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The Westbard Vision

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Concept Rendering of the New Westbard Ave in Bethesda from Equity One

Equity One, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust specializing in neighborhood retail shopping centers, acquired Westbard Shopping Center, Westwood Center II, Westwood Towers, Springhouse by Manor Care, Bowlmor Lanes and two Citgo gas stations on Westbard Avenue in Bethesda.  The properties stretch over 22 acres.

The company states that their mission is to create a “modern, comfortable gathering space offering convenient shopping and dining integrated with community spaces, green places and a walkable streetscape.”  While their “vision” for Westbard/Westwood is still a conceptual one, plans are moving forward rapidly towards approval of a Final Master Plan from Montgomery County slated for the Spring 2016.

The vision includes a complete renovation of the area including redesigning traffic flow from adjacent River Road and Massachusetts Avenue, including pedestrian walk-ways, street redesigns and more.  There is a plan to add about 600 residential units which has created elevated concern from area residents about the already overcrowded schools and local streets.

Through a series of community meetings in the Summer and Fall 2014, Equity One gathered comments and feedback from area residents.  In addition, on March 4th, 2015, they completed a traffic analysis using Wells + Associates, their traffic engineer.

Their analysis determined that “even with all of these changes, the identified intersections will still allow traffic to flow at a satisfactory level measured against the nationally recognized standards employed by the county.”  Montgomery County will also conduct a traffic analysis in the near future.  Incidentally, residents may like to hear that the plan includes a shuttle to the Metro Red Line.

In February of 2015, Equity One shared its initial concept plans for the redevelopment of the area and provided a power point presentation on their website including renderings of the proposed changes.  Click here to view the presentation.

Upcoming important dates include a public hearing of the draft plan currently scheduled for May 14, 2015.  In the Fall of 2015, the County Council will hold a Public Hearing.  The Final Master Plan is slated for approval in the Spring 2016.

For a full list of dates and activities see the Montgomery County website at: www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/westbard.

Facebook.com/PlanWestbard

Information hotline at 301-495-4567

To track Equity One progress including their presentations, proposed plans, blog posts and Frequently Asked Questions page, visit: WestbardVision.com

As for us, we will be closely tracking the progress of these activities.  Feel free to Contact Us to discuss opinions and thoughts on the big changes ahead for our community, including impacts to residential home values.

SOLD! 5901 Rolston Rd, Bethesda

 

Property Tour Link: 5901 Rolston Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Subdivision: Ayrlawn

List Price: $875,000 (Call for sold price)

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All new master bathroom with soaking tub!

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Huge master bedroom suite with sitting room and private bath

Remodeled custom kitchen at 5901 Rolston Rd

Remodeled custom kitchen at 5901 Rolston Rd

 

Beautifully remodeled home with oversized 2-car garage – a rare find! Eat-in kitchen with cherry cabinets. Convenient main floor den plus living room with ceiling fan.

All NEW master suite offers a private sitting room with french doors, all new bathroom with a soaking tub, separate shower, dual vanity and linen closet.

Second en suite bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with skylights with remote-controlled shades. Upstairs features a renovated hall bath and laundry with newer front-loading washer and dryer. A finished attic on the third floor is an ideal playroom or finished storage space.

The home also includes a two-zone HVAC (newer unit for the main house), newer roof & updated hot water heater. It’s an easy walk to NIH and to Ride On bus #47 to Bethesda.  Nearby parks too.  Great Bethesda public schools including popular Wyngate Elementary.

For a personal tour, please contact Brian or Amy Maury.

Click here for additional photos and the property virtual tour.

Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652.

Bethesda Home Prices Surpass Record!

Home prices in the Bethesda area have surged forward this year eclipsing the annual record detached home price set in 2007.

On January 5th, Bethesda Magazine published an article reflecting this data, quoting Brian Maury of Maury Real Estate, on its local daily news website, Bethesda Beat.  According to data from our local multiple listing service, the average price of a detached home in Bethesda (zip codes 20814, 20816, and 20817) increased by over $47,890 in 2014. The average price of a detached home jumped to $1,093,042 an increase of over 4.6% when compared to 2013.  Less impressive was the jump in median price.  The median price of a detached home in 2013 was $895,000.  The median price of a detached home in 2014 increased just $26,000, or 2.9%, to $921,000 (the median is the price at which half the sales are below that point and half are above).

Bethesda Real Estate performance 2007-2014

Bethesda Real Estate performance 2007-2014

Home prices this year have climbed to new heights in our area and while there is evidence of a sharp decline in the rate of appreciation in home values across the nation, there appears to be some momentum building up again at the end of 2014.

“After a long period when home prices rose, but at a slower pace with each passing month, we are seeing hints that prices could end 2014 on a strong note and accelerate into 2015,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Blitzer added, “Two months ago, all 20 cities were experiencing weakening annual price increases. Last month, 18 experienced weakness. This time, 12 cities had weaker annual price growth, but eight saw the pace of price gains pick up. Seasonally adjusted, all 20 cities had higher prices than a month ago.”
Also good news is that U.S. consumer confidence (as measured by the Current Situation Index) is the highest it has been since 2008.  This optimism is translating into real economic growth.  The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that 3rd Quarter GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth increased at an impressive annual pace of 5%.

Will 2015 shape up to be another solid year for real estate in our area?  We believe so.  While the inventory of available homes in Montgomery County, MD is up nearly 30% from a year ago (only up slightly in the hotter DC real estate market), prices should continue to rise.

We predict another year of home price appreciation in the 4-5% range.  If you are considering a home purchase and/or sale in 2015, contact Brian and Amy Maury of Maury Real Estate for a no-obligation consultation.
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Sold! 9307 Ewing Drive, Bethesda, MD

Newly built in Bethesda, Menditch Homes, LLC.  Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652

Newly built in Bethesda, Menditch Homes, LLC. Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652

Sold March 2015.  This fabulous home built by Menditch Homes, LLC is located in a popular community.  Designed by Claude C. Lapp Architects LLC, this 5-bedroom home has a well-designed circular flow, high ceilings, and quality finishes throughout.

The main floor offers an open kitchen-family room concept overlooking a nice-sized yard.  The upper floor 4-bedrooms are all en suite and have convenient access to the laundry room.  The sumptuous master suite is just right in size with a deep soaking tub, separate shower, double vanity and two very deep walk-in closets.  The basement boasts a fabulous recreation room with many possibilities and a generous bedroom and full bath perfect for a guest or au pair suite.

Sold $1,265,000

Brian or Amy Maury

Maury Real Estate

301-229-3652

For information on any new homes for sale in Bethesda or Chevy Chase, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.  Here are the latest new homes on the market (updated regularly):

 

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!

SOLD! 5618 Namakagan Drive

Sold in November 2014, 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.  As of 10/6, it was the lowest priced single family home in the zip code 20816.

For Sale! 5618 Namakagan Dr off Mass Ave in Bethesda

Sold! 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 about the sale.  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! 5608 Overlea Road, Bethesda

5608 Overlea Rd Bethesda, MD

5608 Overlea Rd Bethesda, MD

Sold Price: $1,010,000

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!

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

 

 

 

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.