April 24, 2010 Maryland Listings

Price Drop: 1965 Ken Freeman in Lake Normandy Estates – $749K

(This dropped to $749K in September 2010). Here is a new listing for a Ken Freeman mid-century modern in Lake Normandy Estates in Potomac. It is listed for $829K and open Sunday (April 25) from 1 to 4 p.m. The four bedroom/three bath home is located here on more than half an acre.

Freeman was a New York clothing designer who moved his family to Maryland in the 196os to become a real estate developer. He briefly worked with his brother, Carl, presumably Carl M. Freeman, who introduced the “California Cottage” to East Coast when his company built an award-winning community in 1947 in Carole Highlands, Maryland.

Like his brother, Ken sought to mix things up here in Washington. “He was nontraditional. He didn’t like the brick Colonials in Washington. He said they all looked the same. He said they were boring, very closed-in, old ideas. He just liked houses being different . . . clean lines, simple and tailored. It was like a religion to him,” Freeman’s daughter, Judith O’Callaghan, was quoted as saying in this 2005 Post story on Bradley Park in Bethesda. Freeman also built homes in Mantua in Fairfax. I’m glad he did.

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