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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

 

 

 

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.

 

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!

 

Deck Your Pet and Visit Santa at Bethesda Lane

This weekend pack up your pets, head to Bethesda Lane and grab an adorable photo with Santa for only $10.  No reservation needed.  The event is going on from 12 PM – 2 PM on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December Spotty8th, 2013.  All of the proceeds from this event go to the Montgomery County Humane Society.  Costumes are encouraged! For details, visit BethesdaRow.com

They will be accepting supply donations as well so be sure to grab any gently used bedding or towels as well as unopened food, treats of toys to help out pets in need.  They will also have a few furry friends on site that are looking for warm homes this holiday season.  Grab the whole family and head down to Bethesda Lane to create a fun memory this holiday season.  Ho Ho Ho…Yip Yip Yip!

 

 

A Taste of Latin Fusion in Bethesda

If you are looking for a unique place to grab lunch in Bethesda you should check out Panas Gourmet Empanadas.  They have 14 different flavors of empanadas to choose from including a nice selection of vegetarian options.  These tasty pastries are served nice and hot along with a collection of sauces and plantain chips (which I couldn’t get enough of!).  We ordered the Parranda combo for two for $14. You can pick a selection of eight Empanadas along with four of their sauces and those irresistible chips all served on a fun wooden ‘boat’.

empanada tray

Parranda Combo

They have an afternoon happy hour with half price carafes of Sangria and cheap beer as well as live music on Thursday and Saturday nights from 6 PM – 9 PM.  The dining area’s comfy chairs seated at low tables allow you to really sink in and relax.

If you are looking for something sweet to finish of your meal a Jamundi looks delicious.  It’s a mix of fruit, syrup and condensed milk and looks irresistible!

Panas Gourmet Empanadasis located at 4731-A Elm St in Bethesda right near The Barking Dog.  If you are looking for a break from the monotony of sandwiches and bagels that fill your work week, stop in for a delectable treat.

cholados-jamundi

Jamundi – Photo from panasgourmet.com

Top 5 Things to do in Bethesda in October

Capital Crescent Trail

Capital Crescent Trail

October is, in my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year.  It started at a young age for me…my birthday is in October.  At my current age however, that is no longer a good thing.  Yet the month remains my favorite of the year!  Football season is in full swing, the weather is wonderful, the leaves are changing color, Oktoberfests abound, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie and all things pumpkin are aplenty.  What’s not to love?!

Bethesda has some great October fun to offer as well.  Here is our TOP 5 things to do in Bethesda in October:

1.  Taste of Bethesda is usually the first Saturday of the month; this year it’s Saturday, October 5th from 11 AM – 4 PM.  Ticket sales end at 3:30 PM.  Over 60 restaurants will offer samples of some of their best treats while music lovers can enjoy live performances on five stages.  Kids have face painting and art & crafts to look forward to as well.  The event is held across several streets at the Woodmont Triangle area.

2. The Bethesda Row Arts Festival is being held this year from October 19-20th, 2013.  With over 190 artists from around the world featuring works ranging from the sublime to the surprising, you can’t beat a stroll through the streets of Bethesda for this amazing show.  Of course, no event in Bethesda is complete without food, music and fun, and this Festival is no exception!  Admission is free; however, bring your checkbook or credit card.  It’s awfully tough to leave empty handed when you can find some fantastic art to fill your hallowed halls.

3.  A walk on the Capital Crescent Trail in the month of October is different every week as the leaves change color and alight upon your path.  Walk, run, bike or stroll and enjoy the fresh, fall air as you appreciate one of the great features our town has to offer!  One of our personal favorite spots ranges from Little Falls Parkway (mile marker 4.0) down through the Dalecarlia Tunnel at Mile marker 6.5 just before the DC line.

4.  Bethesda abounds with cuisines from around the world!  One of our favorite activities in October is eating lunch or dinner outdoors at one of the 180+ restaurants in downtown Bethesda.  Bethesda Row offers an array of outdoor eating establishments including Mon Ami Gabi, The Mussel Bar, Assagi, Redwood, American Tap Room, Raku and many others!  And if you don’t want to eat outdoors, you can always just enjoy a nice drink at happy hour!

5. Halloween in Bethesda is an event!  From school festivals to neighborhood parties to late-night parties for the big kids, there is something spooky around every corner!  If you want to dress up and let off some steam, try a bar crawl to Union Jack’s, The Barking Dog, Tommy Joe’s or any of the other dozens of sports bars and pubs who are sure to be offering some freaky fun. Hitch a FREE ride around town on the Bethesda Circulator!

October in Bethesda is definitely the most wonderful time of the year!  What do you enjoy most?

~Amy

 

Sold with multiple offers! 5216 Carlton Street, Bethesda, MD 20816

  • 5216 Carlton Street

    5216 Carlton Street

    List Price $1,249,000

  • Builder’s personal residence
  • Sweeping Contemporary style home
  • 3,500 sq. ft. on 3 levels
  • 2 Car Garage
  • 9’+ ceilings
  • 4 gas fireplaces
  • Floating wood and glass staircase
  • Open floor plan with kitchen to family room
  • Screened porch and flagstone patio
  • Upper floor balcony
  • Master suite with sumptuous master bath
  • Private fenced backyard
  • Estimated FY15 Property Taxes: $7,905

Click here for virtual tour!

This is a one of a kind home!

Brian Maury, Broker

(301) 325-4914

Maury Real Estate (301) 229-3652

 

Date Night at Whole Foods Bethesda

Have you ever tried to find a parking spot in Bethesda at 7 PM on a Friday night?  You may have better luck with the lottery!  After an unsuccessful double pass around the garage on Bethesda Ave and a precarious pass up and down a few streets weaving around pedestrians, we decided this evening to set out for less dense surroundings and an alternative plan for dinner.

Date Night at Whole Foods Bethesda

Date Night at Whole Foods Bethesda

We found ourselves on River Road and on a lark decided to share a meal at Whole Foods Market in Bethesda!  They have many freshly prepared options available: pizzas by the slice, a sushi bar, an extensive soup and salad bar and of course fresh fruits and veggies.

We opted for sushi, selecting some of our favorites including spicy tuna crunch roll and salmon nigiri roll combo.  The picture only shows the last few bites!  We dove in before the picture idea came to mind.  For accompaniments we selected shrimp summer rolls with sweet chili sauce (so fresh and tasty!) and edamame.  The sushi bar even offers free chopsticks and small packets of organic soy souce and wasabi – a must-have for any sushi excursion!  As chocoholics we finished with chewy mini chocolate chip cookies. Ahhh!  After making our purchase ($41) we camped out at the tables up front and chowed down.  Who knew that a Friday night date at Whole Foods could be so much fun?!  And the free parking was the bomb!

Belly Up to the Chocolate Bar in Bethesda

Store front of the new Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Store front of the new Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Looking for a fun date night idea or a unique venue for a birthday party?  A new and original bar coming to Bethesda Row has the solution.  Unlike Max Brenner’s other restaurants in Philadelphia and New York, this new location has been dubbed a chocolate bar and will be serving just dessert all day long.  A little piece of heaven may have just arrived in our town!

The menu includes everything from cocktails topped with marshmallows to a chocolate chunks pizza.  The french fries come dusted in cocoa and they even have a chocolate syringe if you are in need of a quick fix.  As a chocoholic, I am intrigued!

Located at 7263 Woodmont Avenue it was originally planned to open in mid to late June, but has hit a few delays and as of early July we are still waiting..and drooling in anticipation.  We could see doors opening as early as next week. Open! Open! Open! Open!

POST SCRIPT: Max Brenner Bethesda is open as of July 31, 2013!  Check out pictures of some of their delectable treats on this recent article from the Washington Post: Max Brenner Chocolate Bar Opens….

Top 5 Reasons to BowlMor Bethesda!

Bowlmor Bethesda is a great place to enjoy some family time or a ladies night out!  We recently brought our son (a kindergartener at the time) for his first bowling experience!   When he heard that we were going bowling, you would have thought he won the lottery!  He was so excited he nearly cried.

Bowlmor Bethesda

Bowlmor Bethesda

We rolled into the parking lot at 5353 Westbard Ave and embarked upon on an evening of lights and sounds like he could never have imagined.  And of course it didn’t hurt that Bowlmor offers tasty treats too – sliders, nachos, mozzarella sticks and more.  For the grown ups, they have some nice drinks options as well!  Bowlmor Bethesda was named “Best Place to Hold a Kid’s Birthday Party” by Bethesda Magazine.  With it’s glow-in-dark bowling and 12-foot flat screen TV’s you can see why the kiddos are enthralled!  We will be sure to return soon with our new little bowling fan.

Here are our TOP 5 reasons to Bowlmor Bethesda!

1. You can’t help but smile just putting those silly bowling shoes on and watching your friends and family act like a kid!

2. You can drink and eat to your hearts delight! Leave your calorie-counting friends at home!  (Just kidding of course – Bowlmor offers water too.)

3.  Parking is FREE!  Now that is refreshing in Bethesda!

4.  You can bowl (of course) but there are lots of other games to play too like air hockey and arcade games.

5.  It’s a great way to beat the heat in the summer!

Insiders Tip:

Thursday nights from 9 – Close get unlimited bowling and shoe rentals for $16, plus drink and appetizer specials.  Get your Bowl on Bethesda!

Bowlmor Bethesda can be reached at 301-652-0955.

Free Concerts Every Thursday This Summer

In need of a relaxing outing for your family this summer?  Enjoy the FREE concert series, produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership, happening each Thursday evening from 6 PM – 8 PM featuring a wide variety of music from swing to reggae.  The concerts are held at Veteran’s Park located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues. As the weather heats up this summer take advantage of a perfect excuse to get out and play!

On July 11th, Bethesda Urban Partnership will be featuring a favorite of Bethesda365, The 19th Street Band!  Check out our earlier post featuring The 19th Street Band here.  We won’t be missing the chance to get out and see a great show.

Here is a link to the summer line-up: http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/summer-concert-series

The concerts will begin Thursday, June 6th and continue through July 25th so rally your friends and family and head out to Veteran’s Park.

Photo courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Photo courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Imagination Bethesda 2013

The 19th Annual Imagination Bethesda will be held this Saturday, June 1st, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Imagination Bethesda is designed especially for kids 12 and under with face painting, dancing, art stations and places to play music and hear stories.

June 1, 2013 - Bethesda Urban Partnership

June 1, 2013 – Bethesda Urban Partnership

Performances will include:

11am – The Funny Guy

12pm – Rockin’ Railroad

1pm – Silly Bus

2pm – The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

2:45pm – Dansez! Dansez!

3pm – The Diggity Dudes

Event tents will line the streets of Auburn & Norfolk Avenues and street performers will be roving around. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing, singing and playing like a kid!  Imagination Bethesda is produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership and is sponsored by MIX 107.3 FMWashington Parent and Bethesda Magazine.

40th Annual Strawberry Festival and Silent Auction

June 8th, 2013 Festival  Photo from redeemerbethesda.org

June 8th, 2013 Festival Photo from redeemerbethesda.org

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 8, 2013 to enjoy some good eats and fun and games at the 40th Annual Strawberry Festival at Glen Echo.  The event will be held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  In addition to all the freshly-picked strawberries that can be had, the event includes grilled lunch, a book and plant sale and kids can enjoy the moon bounce and face painting.  Plus, the exciting silent auction will feature artwork, business services and even vacation packages, among other great items.

This event is the largest annual fundraiser for The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and they welcome visitors from the community to attend and enjoy the food and festivities. Personally, I am looking forward to some amazing homemade strawberry shortcake!