March 3, 2010 Bethesda Maryland

Price Drop: 1966 Custom MCM in Bethesda – $985K

Slate flooring is used to connect indoors with the outside.

The price on my listing for this custom Harold Esten-designed mid-century modern in Bethesda has been reduced $90,000 to $985K.

The neo-classical pavilion is set back on a 1/4 acre mature-treed lot in desirable Mohican Hills. Lovingly cared for by the original owners, the home features a stone entry foyer leading to its two levels and 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The white brick and glass design with red doors and blue panels reflects the influences of Breuer and Mondrian. Esten, a former associate of Charles Goodman, still lives in Goodman’s Hammond Wood.

Clerestory windows, seven skylights and seven sliding glass doors that open onto the full-length balcony on the rear of the house (see above from the living room) and several patios, brilliantly light the upper level. With glass on three sides, the house is surprisingly private. To the left, there is an open flow of space, comprising dining room, eat-in kitchen and living room with inside-wall fireplace. Flagstone floors of the dining room and kitchen connect visually with those of the surrounding upper-level patio. To the right, there is a master bedroom suite with bath, dressing area and balcony. Two additional bedrooms share a full bath. At the center of the upper-level is a library/conservatory under a dramatic, geometric cupola, or “lantern,” as Esten described to me during a recent conversation.

The lower level is finished with two bedrooms and a full bath, plus a large recreation/exercise room with sliding doors to a finished patio. There is a large utility room and an integral two-car garage entered from the rear of the house. The home features zoned heating, with two newly replaced furnaces, as well as central air conditioning.

The neighborhood is convenient to Washington, D.C., and public transportation, and offers a community swimming pool.