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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.

Mid-Year Bethesda Real Estate Update

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Brian and Amy Maury
Maury Real Estate
Contact: 301-229-3652

Our local real estate market has improved significantly this year following the same trend that been occurring around the country.  Here are some of the statistical highlights for the period ending June 30, 2013 in Bethesda (zip codes 20814, 20816, and 20817):

Detached Homes:

  • 414 detached homes have sold so far this year
  • Average detached home price in Bethesda is $1,031,359
  • Average detached home price increase in 2013 = +8.93%

Townhomes:

  • 47 townhomes have sold so far this year
  • Average townhome price in Bethesda is $729,769
  • Average townhome price increase in 2013 = +5.82%

Condominiums:

  • 108 Condominiums have sold so far this year
  • Average condo price in Bethesda is $384,807
  • Average condo price increase in 2013 = +5.51%

The average detached home price is now just $20,000 below the all-time average price set in 2007 before the “great recession” started.  If you are considering the sale of your home now is an excellent time to do so.  The supply of available housing is down significantly which sometimes results in a competitive bidding situation for well priced homes (similar to the market we experienced from 2004-2006).  Interest rates have been climbing recently but are still at historically low levels making home purchases still very affordable (even at higher prices).  The Federal Reserve has indicated that as the economy continues to improve it will begin to wind down the economic stimulus it has been providing to the mortgage market and further increases in interest rates will likely result.  Again, if you are considering selling or buying, NOW is an excellent time to enter or exit the market.

If you are ever in need of assistance and advice regarding your home and the current real estate market, please do not hesitate to call us. You can be assured that your needs will be met with the utmost integrity and professionalism.

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!

SOLD! 5314 Yorktown Rd., Bethesda

5314 Yorktown Rd, Green Acres Neighborhood, Bethesda

5314 Yorktown Rd, Green Acres Neighborhood, Bethesda, Listed by MAURY REAL ESTATE

We recently helped our clients sell this charming home in the popular Green Acres community of Bethesda.  Situated within about a 1 mile radius of Friendship Heights METRO and shops, walking distance to the Capital Crescent Trail, Whole Foods and Westbrook Elementary, the home is ideally located!

  • List price: $799,000 (multiple offers received!)
  • Two-story addition with family room and master suite
  • Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths
  • Screened porch and nice fenced yard
  • Awesome location!

Check out pictures and the floorplan on the Virtual Tour.

New UPS Store on River Rd

For those living in the 20816 area of Bethesda, in Kenwood (Chevy Chase) and around Somerset, it’s good to know that there is a new UPS Store that just opened recently next to Whole Foods located at 5237 River Rd.  You no longer have to pay to park on Hampden Lane in Bethesda or drive out to Democracy Rd.   The new shop doesn’t even show up on Google yet, but it’s there and open every day except Sunday.  Hours are posted as 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Mon- Fri and 9:00 AM – 5:00 on Saturdays.  While you’re there you can stop by one of our favorite places, Georgetown Bagelry, and grab a bite too!  Enjoy!

UPS Store on River Rd Bethesda

UPS Store on River Rd Bethesda

The Best Beer, Band and Bluegrass in Bethesda!

When one of our favorite places combines with one of our favorite entertainers in the Bethesda area, we are compelled to share the news!

19th Street Band at the Irish Inn Wed Nights

19th Street Band at the Irish Inn Wed Nights

Tonight (and every other Wednesday night) the 19th Street Band is playing at The Irish Inn at Glen Echo beginning at 8 PM.  The 19th Street Band trio includes Caolaidhe on guitar, Meghan on the fiddle and Mike on the upright bass.  The three bring the house down at every performance with a variety of songs including popular country, Celtic, rock and even some bluegrass music!  They get the crowd on their feet and having fun with their impressive acoustic performances and engaging personalities.  You can’t help singing and smiling after attending one of their shows!

The Irish Inn adds the warm, inviting pub atmosphere to the experience and of course, the good beer!  My personal favorite is Kilkenny, an Irish cream beer that originated in Kilkenny, Ireland.  Another little “must have” at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo is their calamari, believe it or not.  It’s pretty fantastic – or at least I thought so last time I was there…of course I had consumed a couple beers and sang a few good songs with the band so the mood was highly elevated!

If you’re looking for a great way to relax, unwind and have some fun, I highly recommend a visit to The Irish Inn on any Wednesday night that the 19th Street Band is playing!  Perhaps we will see you there on the dance floor, clapping your hands and singing along!  Cheers!

Bethesda Real Estate is Hot!

As I am sure you may have heard on the news and read in the paper, real estate is back!  As professional agents, Brian and I are hearing comments from people that it must be a great time to be in real estate.  Well, the market has certainly surged again and it’s nice that we no longer have to comfort sellers who were unable to sell their homes for an acceptable price as we did during the dog days of the  Great Recession; however, now it’s the buyers that need comfort and encouragement!  It’s pretty tough to find a home right now in Bethesda…and when they do finally settle on one, they often find themselves in competition for the purchase.

A Bethesda Home selling in the $1.4 million range

A Bethesda Home selling in the $1.4 million range

Here is snapshot of the market today, May 13th, 2013 in Bethesda according to MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information System) – our local MLS:

  1. There are 183 single family, detached homes available for sale.
  2. The average price is a whopping $1,695,732!  The median price is $1,375,000.
  3. Of the 183 homes for sale, there are only 54 priced below $1 million dollars right now!
  4. In April 2013, 62 homes sold or went under contract priced below $1 million.

See the picture?  We have less than one month of home sale inventory below $1 million.  That means more homes are currently selling in a month than are being listed in that price bracket.  In the range north of $1 million, we have about a 2-3 month’s supply of inventory, according to the multiple listing service.  Of course inventory is boosted in that range by builders who have come back into the market, actively removing old dilapidated homes from lots and rebuilding brand new homes, typically in the range of 5,000+ square feet in size.

If you’re thinking of selling a home in Bethesda, it’s definitely a great time to do so.  We offer a complimentary market analysis, at your request.  If you’re thinking of buying, let’s talk about a home buying strategy.  We have been helping clients buy homes that are not yet listed for sale where possible.  A pro-active plan is often the best approach!  With interest rates so low, it’s still a great time to buy even though inventory is tight.

Stay tuned for more real estate updates and in the meantime here is a list of the current homes for sale in Bethesda (updated daily):

  1. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,158 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,562 sqft
    Year built: 2018
    Days on market: 1
  2. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Lot size: 10,234 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 2
  3. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Lot size: 10,283 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 2
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Lot size: 6,276 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Days on market: 2
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Lot size: 13,328 sqft
    Year built: 1962
    Days on market: 4
  6. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 7,045 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,085 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 5
  7. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,625 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,399 sqft
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 8
  8. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Lot size: 25,554 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 8
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,821 sqft
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 16
  10. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,482 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,802 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Days on market: 16
  11. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,859 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,096 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 16
  12. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Lot size: 8,243 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 16
  13. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,424 sqft
    Year built: 2018
    Days on market: 18
  14. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Lot size: 11,758 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 19
  15. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,892 sqft
    Year built: 2018
    Days on market: 24

See all Detached Homes Bethesda.
(all data current as of 12/16/2017)

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

FREE Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs Bethesda!

Calling all ice cream lovers!  Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th is free cone day (4 oz.) at Haagen-Dazs Bethesda.  Yep, that’s right, you don’t have to pay for your little scoop of  ice cream, gelato, sorbet or frozen yogurt…but come prepared because you know you’ll want more!  The deal is limited to one per customer and is only available from 4 – 8 PM. Cheers!Haagen-Dazs Bethesda

Azalea Festival at Landon School May 3-5th, 2013

Azaleas in full bloom

Azaleas in full bloom

It’s the 60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival at Landon School this year!  The event is a time-honored tradition to help raise funds for student financial assistance and faculty enrichment at Landon School.

The festival runs from 10 AM – 5 PM each day, May 3rd – 5th, 2013 and is located at 6101 Wilson Lane.  Parking and general admission are free.  The event offers more than just gorgeous blooming plants.  You will also find entertainment in the form of music, art and even Funland for the kids!  Oh, and of course, yummy treats too.

60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival

60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival

Click here to check out the pictures and an article from our 2011 visit to Funland at the Azalea Festival.  Perfect for all ages, the festival is wonderful time for the whole family.

Here is a link to the 2013 Landon Azalea Festival Garden booklet for this year’s event details.

 

Certifikid! Bethesda’s Groupon Just for Kids

Summer will be here before you know it!  Have you signed your kids up for camp?  If not, where do you begin when so many Bethesda summer camps are already full?  What about entertainment for those hours outside of camp time?  Have you wanted to try something new with the kids this summer but you’re not sure what to do?  Your AFFORDABLE answer to all these questions lies at www.Certifikid.com, a sort of local Groupon deal just for kids.

Certifikid Logo

Certifikid Logo

Certifikid  founder and CEO Jamie Ratner, a local area resident and Mom, was recently featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Bethesda Magazine as an “Up and Comer.”  She began the Certifikid website just a few years ago and it has really caught on!  Certifikid is essentially a website offering discounts like Groupon yet it is focused solely on family-oriented activities, services and interests in the local area.  The daily deals include all kinds of things to do see and experience with your little folk in the Greater DMV area, including summer camps.  Incidentally, Certifikid also operates in several other metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Brian and I met Jamie and her family last year when they sold their home in Green Acres with us.  We drove up to their house and my interest was piqued right away by her eye-catching van parked outside with the Certifikid logo on its side.  When Jamie humbly shared with me her scope of business and how it works, I was truly impressed.  The word “genius” is actually what came to mind!

You don’t have to have kids to take advantage of Certifikid (although it helps).  All you need is to be a kid at heart.  You’ll find great gift ideas there as well!  I know that the future for Jamie and Certifikid is not only bright but the sky’s the limit!

See for yourself.   Sign up to receive your daily Certifikid e-mail or check it out on Facebook or Twitter .  Perhaps all hope is not yet lost and you will find cool things for the kids to do this summer after all!

The Best Kept Cookie Secret in Bethesda

Potbelly Cookie Display...my mouth is watering

Potbelly Cookie Display

On occasion one can have a killer craving for good, soft chewy cookies and a tall glass of milk.  In Bethesda, my favorite cookie can be found not at a bakery nor at any sweet shop but rather at PotBelly Sandwich Shop located at 4731 Elm Street in Bethesda.

Sure you may all know that Potbelly is great for soups, sandwiches, chips and even milkshakes but did you know that their oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are to die for?!  I never could understand why someone would put a raisin in an oatmeal cookie when you can add a chip of something wonderfully chocolate into every bite.  To the Potbelly person who decided it would be better to add chocolate chips than raisins, I say “thank you!”

Potbelly is open until 10 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and until 8 PM Sundays – Thursdays to satisfy your cravings.  I cannot guarantee they will have any oatmeal chocolate chip cookies left because I may beat you to the punch!  But they also offer sugar cookies and chocolate brownie cookies too!

Earth Day Bethesda 2013

Reduce, reuse, recycle….  It sounds simple enough but I will be the first to admit to the occasional laziness of tossing a plastic bottle in the trash because there is no readily available recycle bin or running the water while I brush my teeth once in a while.  The little things we do or don’t do can seem to be just too small to matter in the grand scheme of things.  Yet, when you multiply your actions by the number of people in our town, let alone our country, the cumulative effects of these “small choices” obviously make a BIG daily impact.  Earth Day reminds us to be aware.  Be aware of the choices we make that together add up to something significant.

Montgomery County has a great resource available on their website to instruct the public about how to recycle or dispose of wastes like household batteries, paint, cell phones, fire extinguishers, appliances, scrap metal, old furniture and more.

Bethesda Green Logo

Bethesda Green Logo

The town of Bethesda has made a collective effort to become aware and make better choices by forming Bethesda Green.  You can read all about Bethesda Green in our featured article written in 2011, It Ain’t Easy Being Green or by visiting the Bethesda Green website.  Bethesda Green offers all kinds of  resources to “help educate yourself about the environment, your community, and how you can help.”

Today, for Earth Day in Bethesda, why not check out Bethesda Green?  Perhaps you will learn something new, find an organization in which you wish to participate or simply make a small donation to further their efforts to better our community.

 

The World is your Grilled Oyster!

IMG_2059My mother had been prodding me to join her for dinner.  You know how your mom can be. For weeks – no months – she has been “suggesting” that we eat at the Grilled Oyster located in the Cabin John Shopping Center (301) 299-9888.  I should have listened to my mother…My step father Claxton Walker, who we affectionately called Cap’n Clack, was a sailing man – a skipper brave and sure (in an odd coincidence I’m related to the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island as well!)  Clacky, as we called him, loved to sail on the Chesapeake Bay and loved to grill oysters outside his home in St. Michaels.  He cut old 50 gallon oil drum cans in half and welded rebar to the tops for the grilling surface.  He made some serious grilled oysters.  I should have known if my mother liked a place called the Grilled Oyster it must serve up some good seafood and the Grilled Oyster does not disappoint. Of course they have grilled oysters on the half-shell, served with a Stoli Citron cocktail sauce that really clears the sinus.  They have a half-dozen or so grilled oyster appetizers and meals to choose from.

But the Grilled Oyster is more than oysters. They have an extensive menu of expertly prepared seafood items including clams, shrimp, mussels, calamari, crab, rock fish, salmon, and scallops – all fire grilled, fried, and tastefully stewed.  For the land and animal lovers there are a few selections too including hummus, salads, vegetable orzo, as well as grilled filet mignon and rosemary chicken.  The wine list is ample with plenty of choices by the glass at reasonable prices.  It’s also clear that the local owners have taken pride in a well stocked bar with classic favorites, draft beers and “hard cider.”  Mint Julep anyone?  How about a happy hour “oyster shooter!” You can’t beat that shot for $4.  The brunch menu features Maryland eggs Benedict served with crab cakes!  Yum!  Ever have a hunker’n for grits?  This is your place.

The restaurant is open 11:00 am to 10:00 pm daily and an hour later on Friday and Saturday nights.  It seats 100+ and is very nicely appointed.  They’ve also put some tables outside if you want to watch the strip mall traffic – I admit I’d love it even more on Woodmont Avenue.  The staff was amazingly friendly and very enthusiastic about the menu having no doubt tried, tested and become addicted to it all.

I’m going back to the Grilled Oyster again.  I’m going to toast Cap’n Clacky with an oyster shooter soon.  Mom was right.  Why don’t I ever listen?