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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. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Lot size: 9,664 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 2
  2. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,160 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,349 sqft
    Year built: 1936
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  3. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 6,178 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 3
  4. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 7,295 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 4
  5. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 4,000 sqft
    Year built: 1938
    Days on market: 5
  6. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,014 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,954 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 5
  7. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,500 sqft
    Year built: 1938
    Days on market: 5
  8. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 5,400 sqft
    Year built: 1935
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 6
  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Lot size: 6,670 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 6
  10. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 8,729 sqft
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 6
  11. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,205 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 6
  12. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,439 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,411 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 6
  13. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 8,880 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 6
  14. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Lot size: 10,782 sqft
    Year built: 1936
    Days on market: 6
  15. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,050 sqft
    Year built: 1958
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 6

See all Detached Homes Bethesda.
(all data current as of 5/24/2017)

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?

 

Bethesda Real Estate Snapshot – March 20, 2013

Brian and Amy Maury

We know Bethesda Real Estate!

Spring is in the air!  Flowers are beginning to sprout up all over and so are homes for sale in Bethesda…well, not really.  Let me explain.

There has been a lot of talk in the news about the real estate market fueling some of our economic recovery and admittedly, we are seeing rapid-fire sales in our market place.  Lenders are lending again, buyers are definitely buying and homes are selling – quickly in some cases!

According to the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS), Bethesda has experienced only a 0.1% increase in contracts signed in February 2013 versus February 2012.  However, the statistically interesting point is that there are 34.4% fewer homes actively listed for sale than last year.  The market is rapidly absorbing the available inventory of homes.  As a result, we are witnessing very quick sales, multiple offers and a vigorous real estate climate, especially for homes that show well and are priced appropriately.

Let’s look at things from another perspective.  In Bethesda, there have been 208 homes and condos listed for sale from the period of February 1, 2013 – March 20, 2013.  Since that time almost 50% of those 208 homes have received contracts and are either sold or they are currently pending settlement.  The homes that are under contract (86 of the 208) were listed for a median time period of only 9-10 days.  Like I said, the good ones are going fast!

There are 10 homes that have settled already.  Incredibly, the median amount of time they were on the market was 1 day (yes, ONE) day!  Six of those 10 sold homes were sold for at or above their asking price.

Some speculate that this strong market activity is a result of continued low interest rates.  Some say we have a housing shortage developing.  There are many other assumptions and speculations regarding the market surge.  Perhaps it’s simply that spring is in the air.  Let us know your thoughts on the matter.

If you live in or around Bethesda are thinking about selling, this is a great time to consider it.  If you’re buying a home, get loan pre-approval, get in touch with your favorite real estate agent(s) and go see homes as soon as they hit the market.  The best ones are selling quickly!  We have been helping some buyers secure homes that have not yet hit the open market.  If you’re interested in getting these notices, let us know by visiting our CONTACT page.

Here is a list of homes for sale in Bethesda:

  1. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 5,400 sqft
    Year built: 1935
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 6
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,205 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 6
  3. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,128 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,000 sqft
    Year built: 1938
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 91
  4. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,500 sqft
    Year built: 1938
    Days on market: 5
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,481 sq ft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 213
  6. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 780 sq ft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 20
  7. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 974 sq ft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 20
  8. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 908 sq ft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 20
  9. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 5,518 sqft
    Year built: 1938
    Days on market: 7
  10. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 6,295 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 41

See all Real estate in the city of Bethesda.
(all data current as of 5/24/2017)

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

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Falafelly Good at Roti Mediterranean Grill

Friendly staff at Roti in Bethesda

Friendly staff at Roti in Bethesda

Brian and I were lucky enough to have a sneak peek last week of the new Roti Mediterranean Grill located at 10321 Westlake Drive right next to Westfield Montgomery Mall.  The restaurant opened its first location in Chicago and now they have sprung up in New York, DC, Virginia and Maryland.  Although they have a video story on their website,  I wasn’t sure what “Roti” was all about when we drove up to the very crowded parking lot for this big sneak preview event on March 8th.  My interest was quickly piqued.

Roti Mediterranean Grill has a slogan, “Food that loves you back.”  While it seemed presumptuous of them to assume I would love it, I humbly confess…I love it!

Roti Mediterranean Grill Bethesda

Roti Mediterranean Grill Bethesda

Their focus is on serving freshly made food using healthy ingredients full of tasty spices and complimented with homemade sauces.  Their bread is baked daily and they incorporate things like fresh vegetables, house-made hummus, cous-cous, organic chickpeas and “naturally raised” chicken into their menu.  The flavors were unique and I am looking forward to trying all of their sauces – my favorite this first visit being the dill, yogurt and cucumber sauce.  For those who are embracing the gluten-free lifestyle, Roti has lots of options available for you too.

But what about taste?

Well, they knocked it out of the park for me on taste!  My favorite item was the fresh falafel made with organic chickpeas on their “Noshes” menu.  I always WANT to love falafel but have, in the past, been left with a dry mouth full of tasteless chickpeas.  Well, not at Roti.  Finally, I found moist, tasty falafel (my mouth is watering right now thinking about it).  I may just pop in for a falafel snack to-go on occasion!

Brian's kabobs smothered in yummy Red Pepper Aioli sauce

Brian’s kabobs smothered in yummy Red Pepper Aioli sauce

The entrees menu includes a choice of wrap or pita sandwiches, salads, rice plates or double chicken kabob plates.  Brian selected the kabob meal and really enjoyed it.  The sauces and spices were terrific as a compliment and we loved the side of flat bread – warm and fresh.  I sound like they are paying me to promote them but I promise you, it’s just my unsolicited opinion…I like the place a lot….ok, ok, I loved it!

What about the price?

We were pleasantly surprised.  The sandwiches were $6.75 and the rice plates and salad plates were $7.75.  Kabobs, $9.00 (check the website for current pricing: Roti Menu).  Not bad, especially for food I enjoyed that didn’t leaving me feeling like I got supersized by eating it!  Service was fabulous when we visited that day.  The staff were friendly, smiling and helpful.  We assume they will remain that way long after the Grand Opening.

One last insider tip: Brian suggests you add a cookie to your entree.  They were positively addicting and a perfect sweet compliment to a nicely spiced meal!

Step into History while you Enjoy a Sandwich

Wagshals Deli Spring Valley

Wagshals Deli Spring Valley

One of the great benefits of living in Bethesda is the proximity to Washington D.C. and all that the Metro area has to offer.  Today reminded me of that perk.  Brian and I were out touring homes for sale during Tuesday Broker’s Open Houses in Bethesda and afterward popped into Spring Valley for lunch.  We decided to grab a bite at Wagshal’s Delicatessen located at 4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016.

Wagshal’s has been a staple in D.C. since 1925 when the founder, Sam Wagshal and his then 13-year-old son, Ben started their first shop.  Wagshal’s is woven into our history books as many a President, Supreme Court Justice and celebrity have become regular customers!  Presidents George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower were Wagshal’s customers, among other famous names they list on the story board out front.  I loved to learn that Wagshal’s was the first to apply for a beer license in DC after prohibition.  That Mr. Wagshal knew his customers well and didn’t waste any time delivering just what they wanted!

Soup Bar at Wagshals

Other than its noteworthy clientele, the place is famous for its prepared foods, extensive wine selection (also noticed some nice whiskeys and brandys today), fresh sandwiches, pastries, and cakes.  They also offer outdoor tables so you can sit right down and enjoy your fares.  I indulged in the soup bar today which offers four different selections daily.  The cream of broccoli was delicious!  Brian met someone in line today who said they lost 60-pounds eating Wagshal’s chicken noodle soup every day!  Now there’s a testimonial for you!

The Jelly Belly Joint in Bethesda

The Jelly Belly dispenser!

The Jelly Belly dispenser!

So have you ever thought to yourself, “Now where would I go to get a good bag of jelly bellies in Bethesda?”  No?  Well, neither have I but hey, now you might be thinking that!

The answer is: Bradley Food and Beverage located at 6904 Arlington Ave.

I recently bagged some beans for my daughter who is away at college as a sweet treat from home.  Of course, I had to sample a few of my favorites!  The beans are paid for by the pound so you can select any combination of flavors you like.  I loved knowing that not a single bean would go to waste because I could bag only the best ones!  They also have some pre-made assortments too for those who would rather be surprised or who may find these types of decisions to be too daunting.

Bradley Food and Beverage is also a great stop for a fresh made sandwich or soup from the deli counter.  They have a great selection of wines, beer, snacks and offer catering services too.  They have a few tables in the back so if you’re stopping in for a quick bite you can sit right down and enjoy your snack…and perhaps a few Jelly Bellies too!  What’s your favorite flavor?

All Fired Up on our Anniversary!

Our Memento from All Fired Up

Our Memento from All Fired Up

Recently we celebrated our wedding anniversary.  While our plan had always been to escape the cold in February and seek sunny shores for our special day, it just wasn’t in the cards this year.  Instead, we ended up in our favorite town, Bethesda of course!  After a nice lunch at one of our local haunts that we affectionately call “The Pain Restaurant” (because we can’t actually pronounce it’s real name) we found ourselves on Elm Street loading into our car and wondering what else to do to make the day both enjoyable and memorable.  As I looked over my shoulder, I noticed “All Fired Up” the do-it-yourself ceramics shop.  I had an idea…let’s make something to commemorate the day.  Brian eagerly agreed (I love that about him) and we were off on a creative adventure.  After getting the instructions from the helpful staff about how the process worked, we rolled up our sleeves and began painting a serving dish we selected.

We learned a great deal about the ceramics process while there – about the paints and how drastically the colors change after firing – about the tricks for writing words with paint and giving things texture.  But one of the best things we learned about “All Fired Up” is that you can drink wine while you work!  Who knew?!  Sadly, we did not know until we were almost finished with our two-hour project but NEXT TIME, we come prepared!  We laughed and talked while we created our little artsy memento of our special day and it was the perfect way to celebrate…despite the parking ticket we received from Montgomery County.  Bummer.  We highly recommend All Fired Up for little or big people who like to create and want to share some time doing something a little different.  The dish we made was $22.  I can’t think of a better experience we could have had for $22 and we have something we will keep forever to remember it by.

All Fired Up in Bethesda is located at 4923 Elm Street conveniently located near the Metro Red Line (Bethesda Station).  Their phone number is: 301-654-3206.

SOLD! 4932 Sentinel Dr. #204, Bethesda

 

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EYA’s Little Falls Place

LittleFallsPlaceThis week Amy and I attended the Realtor grand opening of EYA’s new showroom for the soon to be built Little Falls Place townhouse community.  The project is nestled along the Little Falls Parkway between River Road and Massachusetts Avenue and will be accessed by a new bridge to be built over the existing Willet branch (creek) that meanders along the Little Falls watershed and park.  Thirty townhomes will be built at the project including 25 two-car garage townhomes starting at $1,385,000, and five one-car garage units priced below $200,000, as required by Montgomery County Workforce Housing regulations.  In Montgomery County, Workforce Housing is intended to be housing affordable to households whose incomes are too high to be eligible to participate in the Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) Program.  How high is too high but still qualifies?  Single people in the $75,000 range and a family of four near $100,000.   I suspect demand for these five Workforce units will be high!  The larger four level townhouses will have approximately 2,500 square feet of interior space and a roof-top terrace that will have a gas fireplace and options for a retractable awning, outdoor grill and kitchenette.  The expected delivery date of the project is February of 2014.

LittleFallsPlaceSiteThe new garage townhomes will be constructed with views overlooking the park and have access to the Capital Crescent Trail that runs along the north edge of the property.  EYA describes the project’s architectural style as Mid-Century modern, which is quite a real estate buzzword right now.  The origins of this architectural style in the U.S. go back to Frank Lloyd Wright’s “organic architecture” at the turn of the century and he in turn was influenced by the International and Bauhaus movements that included the designs of Mies Van Der Rohe (which inspired the modern Glass House in Connecticut by Philip Johnson).  I really like this Frank Lloyd Wright style of architecture and built a “prairie” style home that reflects this Mid-Century modern design a few years ago in Bethesda (8400 Westmont Court, Bethesda, MD 20817).  EYA’s interpretation of the Mid-Century modern style is reflected in the project’s integration into the park-like setting of the site.  The project features strong vertical lines of deep hued metal and lots of large glass windows that reflect and mirror the surrounding woods.  Quartzite stone and wood grained exterior (actually made from low maintenance fiber cement) accent the project and the artist’s illustrations depict attractive paneled wood garage doors as well.  The interiors will be luxuriously appointed with hardwood flooring, an abundance of electronic home management options, top of the line appliances and luxury amenities.  All this in an environmentally friendly home built to LEED for Homes standards.  EYA’s slogan is “life within walking distance” and this project personifies the hottest trend in real estate toward the development of communities that have easy access to restaurants, shops and urban conveniences.  I think this community could be a great option for aging baby boomers who are ready to downsize but not quite ready for condominium living!  Want to know more?  Call us!

Sundae at CPK, just $1. Good time….priceless!

SundaeLet’s face it a dollar bill just does not go very far these days.  But it does at the California Pizza Kitchen at Westfield Montgomery  (a.k.a. Montgomery Mall to the old timers in the area). Recently I took my boys out to dinner at this restaurant located near Nordstrom in the Mall and, after getting the usual kids fare (chicken tenders and pizza), we ordered the $1.00 sundae. It’s only a dollar if you order one of the kid’s entrees and it’s plenty big for my guys (ages 6 and 9). It was a hit. The hot fudge is old fashioned and really makes the dessert.  How do I know?  Much to the chagrin of the kids I have a routine when I want to sample of their food.  I grab the spoon and take a bite and then say in a deep voice, “safety check.”  After appearing to really analyze the bite taken I give the “o.k. it’s all clear and safe to eat.”  This is usually followed by groans and howls from the kids who complain bitterly about my food stealing on a false pretense.  Head over to CPK and don’t forget the “safety check!”