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Sold in 4 days! Elegant Sumner Dutch Colonial

Welcome to Sumner and 5114 Nahant Street.

5114 Nahant St, Bethesda, MD 20816

Community: Sumner

List Price: $799,000 – SOLD!

Three Bedrooms, One Full Bath (two vanity areas) plus Main Floor Half Bath

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Beautifully renovated kitchen overlooking the backyard

Welcome to Sumner and this beautiful Dutch Colonial home with many upgrades.  As you enter the home you step into the spacious and elegant living room with hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace with mantel and built-in bookshelves.  The adjacent formal dining room has a lovely bay window.

The renovated kitchen offers custom cabinets & updated lighting, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a deep, garden window overlooking the private backyard.  You’ll also find a convenient half bath on the main floor.

The home enjoys plenty of natural light and through the high quality Pella replacement windows.  A main floor family room has an exposed brick wall and french doors to the patio and backyard.

Formal living room with wood-burning fireplace

Upstairs there are three bedrooms – all with hardwood flooring plus one full bath.  The bathroom has two entrances – a private entrance from the master bedroom and another door from the hallway.  The bathroom offers two separate vanity areas – so it’s almost like having TWO bathrooms.

On the lower level of the home the basement is unfinished and features high ceilings making it a great space to finish for whatever your heart desires –  game room, guest space, au pair suite, exercise or dance studio.  It’s all possible!  The deep, one-car garage with automatic opener can be accessed through the basement and offers space for additional storage as well as car parking.

Family room with french doors to the patio and private backyard

You can’t beat the Sumner neighborhood location!  The Capital Crescent Trail is close by and it is an easy commute to DC using the RideOn Bus or D5 direct commuter line. You will also enjoy shopping nearby at Westbard, Kenwood Station and Sumner Place shopping centers including Starbucks, CVS, Safeway, Praline Bakery & Bistro and more.

Schools include Woodacres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle and the award-winning Walt Whitman High School.

For more information, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

Listed by Maury Real Estate: 301-229-3652

Sold! Updated Wood Acres Colonial

6121 Ramsgate Rd - Charming colonial on a spacious corner lot

6121 Ramsgate Rd – Charming colonial on a spacious corner lot

Tour this Home: 6121 Ramsgate Rd, Bethesda

Subdivision: Wood Acres

LIST PRICE:  $899,000 – SOLD after 2 days on the market

This charming colonial is one-of-a-kind! It offers a circular floorplan with a family room off the kitchen.

The main floor is enhanced by a convenient half-bath and foyer plus a sunroom/office addition.

Park several cars in this convenient driveway with level entry into the home.

Park several cars in this convenient driveway with level entry into the home.

There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs including an en-suite master.  All bathrooms in the home including the master, hall bath, powder room and basement bath have been beautifully renovated.

Off-street parking is available in the extra-long driveway.  Outdoors you will enjoy a Trex deck off the kitchen and sunroom which leads to a beautiful flagstone patio.  A convenient storage shed is situated in the back.  A spacious side yard is perfect for play.  Convenient sidewalks available to walk to the nearby MetroBus stop.

Located in popular Wood Acres, the community offers festivals and events throughout the year for its residents including the famous 4th of July celebration at Wood Acres Park.

Flagstone patio and Trex deck are ideal for entertaining

Flagstone patio and Trex deck are ideal for entertaining

The location of Wood Acres Community offers easy access to buses and a quick driving commute to DC.  Plentiful shopping options with nearby Whole Foods, Giant, Starbucks, RiteAid, CVS, Praline Bakery and more!  The nearby Capital Crescent Trail is also a convenient and popular community feature.

Enjoy some of the best schools in the countryWoodacres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle, Whitman High Schools

Contact Brian or Amy Maury for more information.

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


Bethesda is the Best in October

Capital Crescent Trail between mile marker 6.0 and 6.5

Capital Crescent Trail between mile marker 6.0 and 6.5

Bethesda is truly a wonderful place to be in the fall and there is no better time than the month of October.  The leaves begin to change color and the air cools off but remains warm enough to sport a light sweater or jacket and a comfy light scarf.  Take a walk on the ever-popular Capital Crescent Trail and perhaps you’ll spot a deer, a fox or an owl hovering in the trees.  Oh, and there’s always pumpkin this-and-that to grab at one of the 180+ area restaurants.  C’mon, you know you want that taste of fall no matter how cliche!

Looking for something to do besides eating and drinking in Bethesda?  For you more adventurous types, check out our concerts, classes, exhibits and events around town at the non-profit Bethesda Urban Partnership or “BUP”.  Established in 1994, the organization creates and promotes a variety of  events and festivals for the community.

Sculptures on Woodmont Ave.

Sculptures on Woodmont Ave.

One of our favorite events is the upcoming Bethesda Row Arts Festival scheduled this year for Saturday, October 15th, 2016 from 11 AM -6 PM and Sunday, October 16th, 2016 from 10 AM – 5 PM.  The event is FREE…. What’s not to love?!

Oh right, you won’t love the parking!  Perhaps try parking just outside of town at the Bethesda Pool and walking into town on the Capital Crescent Trail (about 1/2 mile).  At this time of year, it’s a perfect stroll and you’ll pop right out onto Bethesda Ave in the heart of the festival.  Enjoy!


Sold! Charming Colonial with Room to Play!

5810 Augusta Lane, Bethesda located in Glen Mar Park

5810 Augusta Lane, Bethesda located in Glen Mar Park

5810 Augusta Lane, Bethesda, MD 20816

List Price: $819,000 – SOLD!  Call for sale price.

Click Home Tour to see the additional photos and floorplan tour.

Ideally located in Glen Mar Park off Massachusetts Ave, this classic brick colonial features a renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, new cabinetry, granite countertops and tile flooring.  Formal living room with wood-burning fireplace & mantle opens to a screened porch with a ceiling fan.  Spacious family room off the kitchen and a convenient bathroom and laundry area on the main floor. Upstairs you will find an en-suite master bedroom plus a hall bath and two additional bedrooms with hardwood floors.  The finished basement includes a recreation room and a fully renovated bathroom.

Back yard with deck and trellis with mature vines.

Back yard with deck and trellis with mature vines.

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Fully renovated kitchen!

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Elegant traditional floorplan

There is room to play in the generous fenced backyard!  The spacious deck is perfect for entertaining with built-in seating and a trellis for shade.  Plenty of room to expand the home on this property, if desired.

The Glen Mar Park community offers a playground just steps from the home and annual parties and events.  Convenient shopping is available nearby including Whole Foods, Starbucks, CVS & Rite Aid, Giant Foods, Safeway, and several restaurants including the popular Praline Bakery and Bistro.

The Capital Crescent Trail is close by.  Enjoy an easy commute to DC with access to the Metro bus to Friendship Heights at Massachusetts Ave or catch the D5 commuter bus direct to DC.

Enjoy some of the finest schools in the nation including Woodacres Elementary, Pyle Middle School and Walt Whitman High School.

Popular Capital Crescent Trail nearby

Popular Capital Crescent Trail nearby

Just steps to the community playground!

Just steps to the community playground!

Please contact Brian and Amy Maury for information on this truly special home.

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

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

Day 17: BYOB Bethesda – Bring Your Own Bag…or Pay the Tax!

Buy One Get One Free Bags at Giant

This evening, after a nice long, relaxing walk on the Capital Crescent Trail in nearly 60 degree weather, I went to GIANT® Food Stores on Westbard.  My mouth was watering thinking about eating dinner after that nice long walk – never a good time to go shopping!

I pulled into the parking lot and grabbed my reusable grocery bags.  I have been trying to use them faithfully for months.  As I started walking towards the door to the store, I noticed that the crowded parking lot was filled with all kinds of people carrying in and out reusable grocery bags.  It made me smile as it dawned on me that the new 5 cent bag tax that went into effect on January 1st had truly made its impact on a critical mass!

Montgomery County Bag Tax

I saw one man in his nicely tailored suit (probably a lawyer – everyone in Bethesda is a lawyer) exit his car with one solitary bag in hand that he neatly folded as he walked toward the store.  I thought to myself, “5 cents means that much to you, huh?”  I wondered whether he used to carry in that bag before the tax came into effect or is he responding like so many others to the fact that a tax – even 5 cents – will be avoided at all costs!

As I walked through the store aisles I realized that almost without fail the shoppers had their bags in hand – some were nice canvas ones; others were paper shopping bags from department stores; still others were your garden-variety grocery store bags.  The age of the shopper didn’t seem to matter either – I saw a teenage boy carrying one.

The bag tax in Montgomery County came into effect on January 1, 2012 with the primary goal of reducing pollution in local streams and stormwater.  Apparently the plastic bags are one of the most common items to litter our local waterways. In addition to reducing pollution by encouraging the use of reusable bags, the County will also raise funds from the 5 cent tax towards a water quality protection fund.  They expect to raise roughly $1.5 million dollars in the first year.  I guess 5 cents adds up!

Apparently, Bethesda residents agree that the tax adds up as they carry bags with them everywhere they go.  As a self-professed “Greenie” I am very happy to see this new habit developing in our town.  However, even I was caught off guard at subway®  restaurant recently when I was asked whether I wanted a bag or wanted to pay 5 cents for one.  My knee-jerk reaction was, “What?  I can’t just have a bag here anymore?”  But then the Greenie in me kicked in and I just decided to carry my sandwich in its wrap and try not to drop the napkin.  We are not just talking about grocery store bags folks.  Any carry out bag – department store, grocery store, sandwich shop, etc. is included.  According to a January 2nd article in The Huffington Post “It does not, however, apply to bags for prescription drugs, newspapers, garbage, pet waste, yard waste, restaurant leftovers and good[s] purchased at farmers markets.” 

You know what’s next don’t you?  These bags will become a fashion statement and people will be paying big bucks for GUCCI® and Coach™ grocery bags.  It’s only a matter of time!  You know you want one!     ~Amy

Day 318: The Sights and Sounds of the Capital Crescent Trail

The approach to the Tunnel

The approach to the Tunnel

“Ting!” goes the bell as the biker passes by and announces, “On your left.”  Thump, thump, thump, thump as the runner jogs past on the other side of the trail.  Shhhhhh…the wind whispers through the trees as the dry fall leaves rustle and float down to alight upon the path.  Crunch! as I step on a dry brown leaf that crumbles underfoot.

As I round the soft bend approaching Mile Marker 6.0, the Dalecarlia Tunnel comes into view in the distance.  A woman is walking her dog toward the tunnel.  It looks like a golden retriever perhaps as its tail swishes from side-to-side.

The Ghost of the Last Train

As they enter the tunnel with its yellowish light bulbs all in a row lining the ceiling like bread crumbs to lead the way out, an airplane rumbles overhead as it zips toward Reagan Airport in Washington, D.C.  As I soon enter the tunnel behind her, I can almost hear the echo of the last train to run through it in 1985.  “Whoo! Whoo!” goes the whistle and I hear the distant clack, clack, clack of the wheels that once rolled over the track where now only the ghost of it remains.

The Light at the end of the Tunnel

The Light at the end of the Tunnel

The last vestiges of fall color the landscape as I emerge from the Tunnel and take in this perfect autumn 73 degree day – a rare and wonderful treat!  It may perhaps be the last warm day of the year and I am so glad to be able to carve out some time to walk the Capital Crescent Trail – one of my favorite treasures of Bethesda.

For those who are not familiar with the trail, it was formerly known as the Georgetown Branch of the B&O Railroad, created in 1910 and then converted to a trail 78 years later thanks to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.

The Capital Crescent Trail spans a 10-mile distance from Silver Spring, MD to Georgetown in Washington, D.C.  It’s a favorite of 2-wheeled commuters, athletes and people who just stay fit while enjoying the outdoors.  One of the spots I appreciate most on the trail is the Dalecarlia Tunnel which was constructed in 1910.  If you look closely when walking through it, you will notice 4 “duck ins” – carved areas that were made for people who were stuck in the tunnel when a train would come; the train was probably shipping coal from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown in D.C.  The Roman arch brick tunnel is 18′ wide and 341′ long.  You can find the Tunnel between mile marker and 6.0 and 6.5.  It sits almost right at the Bethesda-D.C. line.

Mile Marker 4.5 near River Rd

Mile Marker 4.5 near River Rd

There are many places to access the Capital Crescent Trail.  A popular spot is on Bethesda Ave., across the street from Barnes and Noble.  Take some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Trail.  At any time of year you will enjoy a beautiful and relaxing experience.  You may come across deer, a fox or even one of your neighbors also taking in this special place.  ~Amy

Capital Crescent Trail Map, Bethesda

Capital Crescent Trail Map, Bethesda

Day 143: Save the Trail 5K Run May 28th

Photo from Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail website

The second annual Save the Trail 5K and Family Fun event is scheduled for May 28th.  There will be prizes, t-shirts, tote bags and children’s activities at Elm Street Park located at 4601 Willow Lane at 9am. The cost of the 5K run is $25 and registration is available on-line.  Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail.  Registration is also available at packet pickup on Friday, May 27 from noon to 7 pm at Chevy Chase Running Company located at 4461 Willard Avenue in Friendship Heights or on race day at Elm Street Park, but sadly those who don’t register on-line won’t get a tee-shirt.

So, what’s this race all about?  It’s about saving a large portion of the Capital Crescent Trail from destruction due to the proposed Purple Line which would wipe out 20-acres of mature trees and habitat.  The highly controversial plan to add a new rail line has long been a source of debate for all and angst for some.  Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail has posted a link to many news articles, resources and information about why this plan may not be as much of a benefit as it is a detriment to our community.  In addition, the non-profit organization, Purple Line Now!, has a website dedicated to their arguments in favor of the construction of the new rail line.

Study the facts and comment with your opinion here on Bethesda365.   As a fan of the Capital Crescent Trail and a self-confessed tree hugger, I personally would hate to see the destruction of a such a pristine and wonderful natural resource in our community that, once changed, cannot be un-done.  While traffic snarls are apparent all over the greater DC area and there is a real need for better public transportation, it seems there should be a better option.  What do you think?      ~Amy

Day 85: Cherry Jubilee in DC and Bethesda

Cherry Blossom March 26th in Kenwood

Each year, a fleeting but spectacular indicator of spring occurs in our local area with the blooming of the cherry trees with their delicate pink blossoms and soft floral scents.  It all began in 1912 when the people of Japan sent a gift of friendship, 3,020 cherry trees, to Washington DC.  The first two trees were planted by First Lady Taft and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador.  There is a fascinating and moving historical account of the complete history at the National Parks Service website.

Here locally near Bethesda in 1929, developers of the Kenwood community were inspired by the trees from Japan and decided to follow suit in their plans for this upscale community of approximately 300 of the finest homes in the area.  Although technically a Chevy Chase neighborhood, Kenwood is flanked by Bethesda addresses all around it and can be accessed from River Rd. just past the entrance to Whole Foods.  The trees in Kenwood are meticulously maintained by its residents.  Crowds of over 25,000 people flock to Kenwood to take in the sights and smells of spring with the blooming of its 1,200 trees that line its winding streets. 

This year, experts are predicting the peak bloom in DC (when 70% of the blooms are evident) to occur from March 29 – April 3.  However, it is said that the Kenwood blooms usually peak a couple of days later.

Entrance to Kenwood Neighborhood

The Kenwood neighborhood has narrow roads lined with stunning homes of diverse architectural styles ranging from Tudor to contemporary to french provincial to colonial.  The streets are typically packed with slow-moving cars during the peak blooming period and lots of pedestrians.  Kids set up lemonade and cookie stands and folks bring their blankets to sit under the trees and enjoy the magical splendor of the canopy of delicate pink blossoms overhead. 

A great way to access and enjoy the experience is to participate in the Kenwood Cherry Blossoms & Spring Flowers Walk sponsored by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club (that’s a mouthful).  It’s a 10 km self-guided walk that begins at Starbucks in the Shops at Sumner Place (4611 Sangamore Rd.) and takes you to Kenwood via the Capital Crescent Trail.

Whether you decide to travel to Washington DC and enjoy the array of activities and events celebrating the Cherry Blossoms or you stroll through our local Kenwood neighborhood, let’s remember the people of Japan who gave us these beautiful and delicate gifts and the strife they are enduring now after the March 10th earthquake and tsunami.  You can make a donation to the Red Cross to contribute to the relief efforts through the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.    ~Amy