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Bethesda Row Arts Festival Oct. 18-19, 2014

Bethesda Row Arts Festival October 18-19, 2014

Bethesda Row Arts Festival October 18-19, 2014

My favorite month of the year in Bethesda is absolutely the month of October!  The fall colors come out and can be enjoyed best along the Capital Crescent Trail.  The weather is mild and the festivals in town are plentiful!  We always enjoy the Taste of Bethesda, the Friday night Art Walks, Oktoberfests  and Halloween events and of course, the Bethesda Row Arts Festival.

This year the 17th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 11 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday, October 19th from 10 AM – 5 PM along Bethesda Ave, Elm Street and Woodmont.  Admission is free.

Bethesda Arts Festival 2013

Bethesda Arts Festival 2013

 

With approximately 90 vendors exhibiting their talents, you are sure to find something to excite the senses and compliment your decor…or perhaps a unique holiday gift for a loved one.

Prices will range from around $20 up to tens of thousands.  Whether you intend to make a purchase or just enjoy the show, it’s always fun to stroll around with a warm cup of java and listen to the live music while soaking in the art and the atmosphere.  Rain or shine the show will go on.  For more details check out BethesdaRowArts.org.

Nom Nom…Taste of Bethesda is here!

Taste of Bethesda 2013

Taste of Bethesda 2013

This weekend you can snack to your heart’s delight at the 25th Annual Taste of Bethesda this Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Tickets cost $5 for a bundle of 4 and each taste can range from 1-4 tickets.  (Ticket sales will end at 3:30 PM.)

Although there will be over 60 restaurants available to tickle your taste buds, you can delight other senses too as you enjoy live music on any of the five (5) stages that will offer performances throughout the day.  The experience is always a favorite among Bethesda locals and visitors alike with tens of thousands in attendance.  Walk, bike or ride the Metro which is only 3 blocks away as parking will be a bear.  But it’s worth it!   The event takes place over several blocks around the Woodmont Triangle including Del Ray, Norfolk, Auburn and Cordell.  Come hungry!

Under Contract! 5618 Namakagan Drive

Now under contract!  Close to Whole Foods, Starbucks, Giant, shopping, restaurants and the Capital Crescent Trail, this spacious 4-bedroom, light-filled home is an amazing buy! It’s located in the Mass Ave Hills neighborhood which is adjacent to Sumner. The excellent Bethesda schools include popular Woodacres Elementary, Pyle Middle School and Walt Whitman high school.  Currently (as of 10/6) it is the lowest priced single family home in the zip code 20816 and it’s in great condition.

For Sale! 5618 Namakagan Dr off Mass Ave in Bethesda

For Sale! 5618 Namakagan Dr off Mass Ave in Bethesda

List Price: $769,000

Features of this home:

  • Great neighborhood with easy DC commute options; walk to Capital Crescent Trail and close to shopping & restaurants
  • Updated windows throughout
  • Kitchen renovated in 2006
  • Sunroom addition overlooking a beautifully landscaped yard with flagstone patio and walkways
  • Light-filled home with spacious living room and formal dining room
  • Oversized 1+ or 2 car tandem garage plus expanded, level driveway
  • Generous storage options in large attic area, deep closets and roomy basement
  • Walk-up stairs to attic offer an easy access for future upper floor addition

See the floorplan and additional pictures here!

Call or email Brian and Amy Maury for details or to arrange a private tour.  Listed by Maury Real Estate.  301-229-3652.

 

SOLD! 5309 Wehawken Rd, Bethesda

5309 Wehawken Rd, Bethesda

5309 Wehawken Rd, Bethesda

List Price: $2,095,000

Subdivision: Glen Echo Heights

Spacious backyard.  The lot is 12,000 sq. ft.

Spacious backyard. The lot is 12,000 sq. ft.

This luxury custom-built home is situated on a private & level 12,000 sq. ft. lot. Ideal for entertaining with gourmet kitchen open to a spacious family room with french doors to the backyard patio. Screened porch off the kitchen. Sumptuous master suite. Main floor office, lower level gym & au pair suite. Lots of storage! Over 6,400 sq.ft. with quality upgrades throughout!

Award-winning schools are Wood Acres Elementary, Pyle Middle School, and Whitman High School. Conveniently located near the Capital Crescent Trail, shopping, METRO bus and easy access to 495, 270 and downtown DC.  Sold in September 2014.

Gourmet kitchen ideal for entertaining!

Gourmet kitchen ideal for entertaining!

Spacious family room open to kitchen.  Walk-out to backyard and patio.

Spacious family room open to kitchen. Walk-out to backyard and patio.

Check out the virtual tour and additional photos!

Listed by Brian and Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652

SOLD! Charming Sumner Colonial in Bethesda

5608 Overlea Rd Bethesda, MD

5608 Overlea Rd Bethesda, MD

List Price: $1,029,000

Subdivision: Sumner

Spacious yard . Rear-loaded garage.  Three-story addition.

Spacious yard . Rear-loaded garage. Three-story addition.

This 5-bedroom colonial in the sought-after Bethesda neighborhood of Sumner has been lovingly maintained. Charm abounds with its slate roof, stone exterior and beautiful lot.

The first floor of the home features a large formal living room with fireplace, screened porch, generous formal dining room, updated eat-in kitchen, a library/sitting room, powder room and a roomy new deck with steps to the level, deep backyard.  Upstairs you will find four bedrooms and two bathrooms, including the master bathroom with NEW walk-in shower. The basement contains a rec room and nice au pair suite/guest room with an additional full bathroom as well as a half bath plus a ton of storage space, including a one-car garage accessed from the rear of the home.

Award-winning schools are Wood Acres Elementary, Pyle Middle School, and Whitman High School. Conveniently located near the Capital Crescent Trail, Whole Foods, Westbard shopping center and an easy commute to DC.  Sold in September 2014.

Check out the virtual tour and additional photos!

Listed by Brian and Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652

Fine Fun at Bethesda Fine Arts Festival 2014

Bethesda Fine Arts Fest 2014

Bethesda Fine Arts Fest 2014

Calling all art enthusiasts!  Don’t miss the last day of the 11th Annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival.  With over 120 booths featuring jewelry, fine art, hand-crafted furniture and more, this annual tradition is one of my personal favorites in our town.

This year the festival is located at Auburn & Norfolk Avenues at Woodmont Triangle.  It’s open Saturday, May 10th from 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, May 11th from 10 AM to 5 PM.  FREE parking everywhere – all meters and public garages on Sunday.  Live bands are featured throughout the day including one of our favorites, The 19th Street Band who is playing today from 12:30 – 2:30 PM.  The Fine Arts Festival is produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.  

P.S. A little tip we can give you from our visit yesterday – the chili dog at the Hard Times Cafe booth is absolutely irresistible!  If you do not intend to eat a chili dog, don’t even go near there!  Even though we had just had lunch, we caved and HAD to indulge in a chili dog.  Frankly, I can’t say I regret it!

So take Mom out today and enjoy the art, the music and perhaps some mouth-watering fun at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival!

Open Houses in Bethesda and Chevy Chase This Weekend

Check out the latest open houses this weekend in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.  This post automatically updates so please feel free to check back regularly!  Click on the individual home listing for additional details and open house times or click below “See all Open Houses this weekend.”  If you are interested in privately visiting any home listed for sale, please give us a call!

Here are this weekend’s open houses:

Maury Real Estate 301-229-3652

Maury Real Estate
301-229-3652

See all Open Houses This Weekend.
(all data current as of 10/20/2014)

  1. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Lot size: 25,909 sqft
    Year built: 1942
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 27
  2. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Lot size: 6,319 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 4

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

The Rich History of Our Town Bethesda

This 15 minute video on the history of our town, Bethesda, is worth a watch!  You’ll learn about some famous people behind the street names you recognize in the area such as Lilly Stone, Tuckerman, Leland and more.  You find out about the New Deal and how Bethesda benefited from it and see the old and new photos of significant historic buildings and icons of our town, including the oldest office building still standing, the oldest road in Montgomery County and the Madonna of the Trail.  Narrated by a Bethesda native, Mr. Offutt offers a charming yet informative overview of the rich history of our town.  Enjoy!

Spring Has Arrived in Bethesda!

Rita's Crepes on Woodmont in Bethesda

Rita’s Crepes on Woodmont in Bethesda

As the sweet smell of cinnamon and sugar wafted around me this evening on Woodmont Avenue, I realized that spring has indeed finally arrived in Bethesda!  Rita’s Crepes is open for business!  Now the hard part…how to choose just one!

SOLD! 5518 Westbard Ave, Bethesda

5518 Westbard Ave, Bethesda

5518 Westbard Ave, Bethesda

Just steps to Whole Foods, Starbucks, Giant, shopping and restaurants, this spacious 5-bedroom, light-filled home sold in spring 2014.  It’s located in the Westwood neighborhood which is adjacent to Springfield.  The schools include popular Woodacres Elementary, Pyle Middle School and Walt Whitman high school.

List Price: $789,000

All New Kitchen!

All New Kitchen!

Features of this home:

  • ALL NEW KITCHEN (2014) including stainless steel GE appliances, Cambria quartz countertops, painted Maple cabinets, new fixtures, faucet, sink, new window and new hardwood floor.
  • Spacious floorplan with 3 bedrooms on the main level including en suite master bedroom.  Hardwood floors throughout main level.
  • Generous formal dining room and living room with wood burning fireplace.
  • FRESHLY PAINTED interior throughout!
  • Large recreation room with fireplace and two bedrooms on the lower level.
  • Separate entrance from the driveway to the lower level of the home!
  • One-car attached garage with opener.
  • Amazing location!  Sidewalks and easy stroll to shopping, Whole Foods, METRO bus, and Capital Crescent Trail.

Check out pictures!

Listed by:  Brian & Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652

Here are other homes currently for sale in the 20816 zipcode.  To schedule a visit to ANY home, please contact Brian or Amy Maury:

See all 20816 Properties for Sale.
(all data current as of 10/20/2014)

  1. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 925 sq ft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 10
  2. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,200 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 65
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,326 sq ft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 9
  4. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,336 sq ft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 48
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,686 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 17
  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,515 sq ft
    Year built: 1976
    Days on market: 100
  7. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,444 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 30
  8. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,524 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 194
  9. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,524 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 32
  10. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,723 sq ft
    Year built: 1975
    Days on market: 10

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

 

SOLD! 7529 Heatherton Lane, Potomac, MD

7529 Heatherton Lane

7529 Heatherton Lane, Potomac Listed by Maury Real Estate

SOLD! Rarely available end-unit townhome conveniently located near Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall.  

List Price: $649,500

Year Built: 1984; Taxes: $6,334 (Est. FY15 Tax)

Subdivision: Inverness Knolls HOA Fee: $148/mo.

Features of this home:

  •  Rarely available Ashley end-unit backing to common area with four bedrooms and two full baths upstairs.
  •  Kitchen features updated stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile flooring, and peninsula seating adjacent breakfast area with large bay window.
  • Covered front porch overlooking community common area with recent upgrades (‘13): front entry door, entry lighting, flagstone walkway and wrought iron railings.
  • Additional recent upgrades include: new roof (‘06), kitchen updates (‘06), Bryant/Carrier heat pump (‘08), half bath (‘06), lower level full bath (‘07), basement carpeting (‘14), landscaping and fencing (‘11), basement Andersen French doors (‘12), windows (‘09).
  • Conveniently located adjacent the Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall featuring Giant Food, Starbucks, CVS Pharmacy, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s Baskin Robbins, restaurants and specialty stores.
  • Community features a large pool with swim lanes and baby pool, gated tennis courts, playground with equipment, and hiking path around the community.

Check out pictures and the floor plan on the Virtual Tour.

SOLD! 5128 Scarsdale Rd, Bethesda

Sold in 2014!   Ideally located off Massachusetts Ave in the popular Sumner Neighborhood, this split colonial home was a rare find!

5128 Scarsdale Rd, Bethesda Listed by Maury Real Estate

5128 Scarsdale Rd, Bethesda Listed by Maury Real Estate

  • List price: $949,500
  • 12,000+ sq. ft. lot!
  • Two-car attached garage
  • Spacious formal living and dining rooms
  • Four bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2 half baths
  • New roof and gutters
  • Main floor office or sunroom
  • Woodacres Elementary, Pyle Middle and Walt Whitman High Schools
  • Walk to shops, close to METRO,Ride-On bus and very close to the Capital Crescent Trail!

Check out pictures and the floorplan on the Virtual Tour.

Here are other homes currently for sale in the Walt Whitman School area in Bethesda.  Please call or e-mail us to schedule a visit to any home. We would be glad to help!

See all School - Walt Whitman Homes.
(all data current as of 10/20/2014)

  1. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Lot size: 5,041 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 7,957 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  3. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Lot size: 8,875 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  4. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 7,356 sq ft
    Lot size: 35,914 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 3
  5. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Lot size: 6,319 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 4
  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,750 sq ft
    Year built: 1975
    Days on market: 4
  7. 6 beds, 7 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 11,025 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.02 ac
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 5
    Days on market: 4
  8. 5 beds, 5 full, 3 part baths
    Lot size: 25,084 sqft
    Year built: 1995
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 7
  9. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Lot size: 15,006 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 7
  10. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,569 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,953 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 7

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Open Houses in Bethesda Chevy Chase This Weekend

The market has proven fairly “dry” so far this year with few homes available for buyers to choose from.  As a result, when a “good one” comes along, it’s a good idea to be poised and ready!  If you’re thinking of buying a home now or in the near future, give us a call for a no-obligation consultation and learn how you can be ready to get that right house when it hits the market.  We would be glad to help!

Here are the latest open houses scheduled this weekend.

See all Open Houses This Weekend.
(all data current as of 10/20/2014)

  1. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Lot size: 25,909 sqft
    Year built: 1942
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 27
  2. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Lot size: 6,319 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 4

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

 

Capital BikeShare Rolls into Bethesda

Capital Bikeshare Bethesda

Capital Bikeshare Bethesda

It’s a new year and like many, you may have resolved to “get fit.”  Thankfully, in Bethesda it has now become just a litter easier to meet that goal with Capital Bikeshare.  Recently the company installed stations in many convenient locations around town.  Also, there are bike stations situated all over DC, Montgomery County and Virginia.  If you’re so inclined, you can virtually get around “car-free” almost anywhere in the greater DMV region.  Here is the station map of current Capital Bikeshare locations where you can grab a bike and go.

The price is pretty good too.  You have four payment options: rent for one day (or by the hour), for a 3-day period, for a month or even for a year.  The first thirty minutes of any rental is free.  As of  January, 2014, the 24-hour daily rate is $7, the 3-day rate is $15, monthly is $25 and the annual rental rate is $75 (or you can pay $7 per month with an annual agreement).  Here are the current Pricing Options.

For safety, I guess a little planning ahead is advisable though because they do not rent helmets.  However, there are many convenient shops around Bethesda where you can pick one up including Griffin Cycle Bethesda (4949 Bethesda Ave), Big Wheel Bikes (6917 Arlington Rd), Freshbikes Cycling (7626 Old Georgetown Rd), City Sports (7121 Arlington Rd), Modell’s Sporting Goods (7201 Wisconsin Ave) and RnJ Sports (4945 Elm St).  Also advisable, while planning ahead, consider skinny jeans vs. bell-bottoms – always a better bet while biking!  Happy Cycling Bethesda!

Bikeshare kiosk

Bikeshare kiosk

Smashburger…Honestly a Better Burger

BBQ, Bacon and Cheddar Burger...to die for!

BBQ, Bacon and Cheddar Burger…to die for!

My mother always said to me, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.”  Smashburger is Bethesda’s newest burger joint and I must say, they are doing burgers well!

They offer all the things you’ve come to love in a burger place, juicy burgers, great fries, milkshakes and even beer!  But this burger joint is something different as well.  They are truly smashing the notion of the same old traditional burger experience we have all come to accept, if not love.  Smashburger offers some inventive burger and side-dish creations and has really thought about what the customer wants.  For example, they offer moist vegetarian burgers (with a serious kick!), juicy chicken burgers, great salads and quality ingredients such as the 100% fresh, never frozen Angus beef patties smashed on a 400 degree grill to sear in the flavor.  Their sides are decidedly fun too including rosemary-garlic “Smashfries”, Haystack Onions, Sweet Potato Fries and Veggie Frites.  And the fact that they offer root beer floats with Haagen Dazs ice cream is reason enough for a visit!

For those “in the know” Smashburger has a few Secret Menu items you can order anytime!  We suggest the fried pickles – a tasty surprise but I warn you!  They are addicting!

Seth Goldman, Co-founder and TeaEO, Honest Tea

Seth Goldman, Co-founder and TeaEO, Honest Tea

In addition to all that yummy goodness, they are smashing the convention of consuming burgers with sugary soft drinks by partnering with Honest Tea, the nation’s top-selling organic bottled tea company headquartered in Bethesda, MD.  Honest Tea will be brewed on-location at Smashburger restaurants and pairing suggestions will be offered for the various burgers.  Admittedly, I confess to some skepticism towards the idea of tea with burgers but was pleasantly surprised at the experience!

Bethesda resident, Seth Goldman, Honest Tea’s co-founder and TeaEO states, “We are thrilled to have Smashburger as our first national partner for our freshly brewed organic teas.  Both companies view high-quality ingredients as an integral part of the tasting experience….”  While he may deny having a favorite, I hear that Seth’s secret favorite is the Lemon Herbal Tea offered at Smashburger – a caffeine-free blend of organic Indian tulsi (a unique kind of basil) with lemongrass, lemon peel and lemon myrtle.

While Smashburger definitely offers a tasty Classic burger what I found most exciting were the innovative creations such as the Capital Burger (our Regional Burger with baby arugula among other ingredients) and the unbelievable Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger…a must-have for any truffle enthusiast.  HINT: order some truffle mayo on the side for your fries!  The BBQ Bacon & Cheddar Burger was another favorite with its applewood-smoked bacon and haystack onions!  Try pairing with the Honest Tea 1/2 and 1/2.

Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger

Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger

Smashburger Bethesda opens today, December 11, 2013 and is located at 4903 Cordell Ave.  Hours are 10 AM – 10 PM although they really should consider longer weekend hours for those crawling out of Caddies in need of a late-night binge!