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Bethesda Maryland

  • A Modern House to ‘Feel Good In’

    Contrast and harmony. That’s how author Thomas Drexel describes the multi award-winning David Jameson designed home in Bethesda I currently have listed for $1.75 million. The home, located in the wonderful Mohican Hills section of Glen Echo Heights,¬†was selected for the recently released book “50 Houses Read More >

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    November 6, 2013

  • Mid-Century Modern Market Heating Up

    During the past week, I have seen a major uptick in activity in the local mid-century market. Five of the new mid-century modern listings that came on the market this past week are already under contract, including this custom home by Charles Goodman (pictured above) on more than acre in Read More >

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    March 14, 2011

  • Open House Sunday at My Charred Oak Estates Listing


    A shot from the original kitchen.

    I’ll be holding my 5/3 1961 vintage mid-century modern listing in Charred Oak Estates open from 2 to 5 on Sunday. If you are searching for a MCM in Bethesda or know someone who is, stop by to take Read More >

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    September 18, 2009

  • Open Houses Galore in Carderock Springs Today

    If you have been thinking about checking out Carderock Springs in Bethesda, now may be a good time to look. Here are eight houses for sale in the community; six of them are open today. Carderock, built by Edmund Bennett and designed by the MCM architecture team of Keyes, Read More >

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    May 31, 2009

  • Redland Knolls in Bethesda

    This 1942 Frank Lloyd Wright-style home I blogged about here was featured in a Washington Post story yesterday about Redland Knolls, a Bethesda neighborhood off of River Road. The house sold for $1.275 early last year and is said to have been designed by one of Wright’s students, Read More >

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    March 16, 2009

  • Carderock Springs is Now Historic

    Carderock Springs, the mid-century modern community in Bethesda built in the 1960s by pioneering developer Edmund Bennett and designed by Arthur Keyes, Francis Donald Lethbridge and David Condon, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in December after a four-year effort by residents and county officials. Charles Goodman’s Read More >

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    January 14, 2009

  • Bethesda’s Mid-Century Police Station Endangered

    It’s been a little slow for new interesting mid-century modern properties for sale, so I’m trying to catch up on some items that I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile.
    For those who know Bethesda well, the 2nd District Police Station with its distinctive light-blue window panels, is likely Read More >

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    November 30, 2008

  • Open House: Two Early 1970s Bethesda Contemporaries

    Both of these early 1970s Bethesda contemporaries have been on the market for some time and have had their prices reduced. They are also both open today from 1 to 4 p.m. if you are out looking.
    1972 5/5 – $1.999 Million – Located in Bannockburn Estates on nearly an acre, Read More >

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    November 2, 2008

  • Modern Snapshot: Charles Goodman’s Bethesda United Church of Christ

    Charles Goodman designed the Bethesda United Church of Christ at the corner of Fernwood Road and Democracy Boulevard in 1957. The sanctuary is an octagonal room with a soaring wood-beamed ceiling. The church, on its web site, says clear windows were used in the sanctuary rather than stained glass Read More >

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    July 31, 2008

  • Two Ken Freeman Contemporaries in Bradley Park

    Here are two new listings for Ken Freeman-designed homes in Bradley Park in Bethesda.
    1961 4/2.5 – $890K – Does not look like too much updating in this two-level split on a third of an acre. Being sold in “AS IS” condition. It sold for $870K a year ago.
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    July 25, 2008

  • Endangered: 1967 ‘Clubview’ in Carderock Springs; Auction June 10

    This 1967 expanded Clubview model in Carderock Springs in Bethesda will be auctioned at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, at the property location. The home needs an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 worth of work, according to Realtor and community resident Mary Lou Shannon. She says neighbors are Read More >

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    June 7, 2008

  • Modern Snapshot: Charles Goodman’s Whittier Woods School

    I’m launching a new feature, Modern Snapshot, which will highlight mid-century modern buildings in our area that are not only still standing, but still being used on a daily basis–a school, church, library or some other type of space. If you have suggestions, ideas or submissions (with pictures), please send Read More >

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    April 13, 2008

  • Billy Smull-Designed Bannockburn Home to Remain

    Good news. The 1953 Billy Smull-designed Bannockburn Estates home I wrote about here has been purchased by MCM fans who intend to preserve the home. “We just bought this house,” the anonymous poster said. “We love it, and we certainly are not going to tear it down! We plan Read More >

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    April 1, 2008

  • Drumaldry in Bethesda


    Built by developers Miller and Smith in the early 1970s, the homes in Drumaldry are contemporary homes with plenty of glass, open spaces and redwood cathedral ceilings, yet private because of the 6-foot brick walls built around the properties. When I first saw the homes from outside, Read More >

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    December 21, 2007

  • High Point in Bethesda


    High Point is a mid-century neighborhood located along Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda. You can find a number of cool ramblers and California contemporaries on Massachusetts, Osceola Road and Onondaga Road. While most of the mid-century homes remain, there are signs of unfortunate change. Along Onondaga Road, I saw Read More >

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    December 18, 2007

  • Whither Bradley Park?


    I was looking at this 1963 home in Bradley Park the other day when I came across this lot. For the most part, the original California contemporary homes by Ken Freeman remain. Some have been modified while others have met the wrecking ball to make way for homes Read More >

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    September 5, 2007