Bethesda Home Proves Passive is The New Green

Last week, Bethesda residents had a chance to talk to solar experts and discover methods that would help reduce energy consumptions in their own homes. Now they have the unique chance to visit a home for sale that employs all those functions, and then some, right in their neighborhood. And the first open house is tomorrow…

This true “Bethesda Green” is not the seductive home that turns green upside down…this passive home, located 4717 North Chelsea Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, in the Glenbrook Village neighborhood is the first in the area and one of roughly 20 in the country. I’ve included the property listing information below – or learn more about the passive homes.

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The Passive Home Defined

“The Bethesda Passive” & What is Passive?”It’s described as an extremely insulated, “virtually air-tight” building that uses solar
methods to generate and contain heat. Rarely will the resident need to use an air
conditioning or heating system, but if at all, the machinery would need to be no
larger than a small heat pump. The system also increases the quality of the indoor

The 5bd/4 and a half bath works solely on natural resources. Its 4,300 square
feet transcends over three floors and a basement, built in a simple, traditional
American “foursquare” manner. The design cost eight percent more for Peabody
Architects, the team behind this home, to build in comparison to a regular home. But
the price, due to the home’s credibility, is significantly lower over the lifetime of the
home than its average counterpart.

I found it interesting that the hard costs for the build was only 8% higher than a comparable “traditional build”. If this number is truly “close”, it’d still take years (sorry, don’t want to do the math right now), but it would “pay out”…and with rising energy prices, there’s already “future value built” for resale.

Architect David Peabody, AIA, LEED says the homeowner of this passive house will save from the moment the first payment is made. As energy costs rise, homeowners will continue to pool their money into financing their home, rather than operating it.

Oh, and I forgot to mention :-), the projected average monthly energy bill?…$70. Find more information about the passive home at

Downtown Bethesda’s Next Boutique Development

Downtown Bethesda’s Next Boutique Development?

Some potentially exciting news for those of you looking for the rare Downtown Bethesda townhome.  With only 58 total in the downtown Bethesda core (between the Villages of Bethesda and The City Homes of Edgemoor), it would be refreshing to see a few new, “lower density” products out there.

Proposed Site of Bethesda Townhomes - Next to Edgemoor Condos
Proposed site of 4 new Downtown Bethesda Townhomes - Next to Edgemoor Condos

And what if one of the area’s premier builders in the area had their hand in/on the project?  It appears (“appears” being the operative word!) that indeed, Sandy Spring Builders builders got their hands on some coveted Montgomery Lane land and are planning on building.  I should have more info in the next few weeks, but I’m pretty clear on the fact that they’ve purchased one parcel (it would be great if they could get their hands on more!) and propose to build in the next few years.

City Homes of Edgemoor - Bethesda Townhomes
The City Homes of Edgemoor Phase II Downtown Bethesda townhomes built in 2000

What seems clear:

Sandy Spring is going to build townhomes on the Montgomery Lane Corridor of Downtown Bethsda

What I think I know

Sandy Spring acquired a corner lot at West and Montgomery.  The parcel will evidently hold 4 townhomes.

Sandy Spring’s History With Downtown Bethesda Townhome Development

– Sandy Spring built the second phase of the “City Homes of Edgemoor” (the last two rows) in 2000.  So they know the lay of the land well.  They also have a dominant share in the single family custom market in the downtown Bethesda area.
–  In the Mid 2000s, they were oh so close to putting an assemblage together that would’ve allowed them to build (7 units?) on Arlington Lane.  All were slated to be +/-3000 square feet with elevators and rooftop decks.

I didn’t think prices in Downtown Bethesda would ever allow a developer/builder the opportunity to build a townhouse again. That is, condo development would be the only property type that would allow the kind of density needed to  justify the cost of aforementioned land!

At the same time…
Sandy Spring has been ahead of the curve for some time now.  From their new Classic modular luxury home line to an organized, smart, and attentive staff, I see why this would be right up their alley.

Not to mention downtown Bethesda condo developers are clearly reticent to step into the ring again (or already lost their shirts).
I’ll leave this for another day, but any Downtown Bethesda condo developers who are just sitting on their land right now are showing, again, just how lost they are.   When I get lost, I at least ask for directions.  Looks like Sandy Spring already has them…that is those plans I saw 6 years ago, they’ll prove again that if you build what they want, they will come.

3 Most Expensive Homes in Bethesda

Back by popular demand, top Greater Bethesda property lists. This week, just a quick glance at the top 3 most expensive homes for sale in Bethesda. Please note, that GreaterBethesdaOnline has no integrated property search…yet 🙂 What this means? Basically, the list below will link to our “big brother” full featured website, So for those of you who read this post later down the line before it archives, just a kind reminder in advance that these are the 3 most expensive Bethesda homes on the market as of date of this post. And again, this post will take you to another website. Rest assured it’s ours and has a lot fun bells and whistles.

5104 Hampden Lane in Edgemoor (Bethesda)
5104 Hampden Lane didn’t make the list but it’s a great picture!

The Bethesda Top 3 Luxury’ist Homes For Sale

7109 Armat Drive, Bethesda 20817

  • Subdivision: Burning Tree
  • Zip Code: 20817 Parking:
  • Claim to fame: “Country club like grounds, pool, fountain & cabana” in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Bethesda.

Listing Provided By Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

24 Wissioming Court, Bethesda

  • Subdivision: Glen Echo Heights
  • Zip Code: 20816
  • An Extraordinary David Gurney modern with Potomac River views..

Listing Provided By TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

8910 Fernwood Road, Bethesda

  • Subdivision: Bradley Hills Grove
  • Zip Code: 20817
  • Claim to fame: Confession and some “prideful” promotion 🙂 — this one is actually the 5th most expensive but it was too note-worthy to take off such a special list. And it also shows the kind of end product that could be built on a luxury lot we have listed right down the street!

Listing Provided By Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Hope that was relatively enjoyable…now a little bit of language to make sure I’ve covered all bases…have great weeks!

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Bethesda Luxury + 1 Acre Lot = Extraordinary

Bethesda Lot for Sale – Just A Listing Alert:-)

We just listed an absolutely spectacular lot in the Bradley Hills Grove section of Bethesda. And we wanted you to know! At 1.33 acres, the parcel currently includes a bi-level house that was built in 1953 and contains more than 43,000 bricks from a pre-Civil War mill in West Virginia.

Bethesda Luxury Lot
8716 Fernwood Road, Bethesda 20817

But the value is clearly in the land. This is an unusually large lot for a property this close in and the area has seen many recent multi-million dollar builds and renovations. The gradual slope up from street level will assure that the new home has both a presence and privacy.

Prospective buyers and agents are welcome to walk the lot at 8716 Fernwood Road and a plat is available here.

The property is listed at $1,599,000.

8716 Fernwood Road – Bethesda Maryland, 20817
Primary Listing agent: Gretchen from The Koitz Group @ Coldwell Banker, The Chevy Chase Office.

Lionsgate Condo in Bethesda Goes Large!

Update:  Sunday/July19th, 2015 A couple days Several years ago, I wrote in blog  about The Lionsgate in downtown Bethesda.  Serving as “breaking news” and potential opportunity, I updated how the then brand new residence had Nearly sold out.  Having re-read, my feeling remain the same.  The large 3 bedroom+, 2+ baths condos in Bethesda are still in demand; that despite the The Lauren, and Hampden Row Developments, developers still don’t get.  

This luxury development in Downtown Bethesda is one of just a handful of remaining units.  But the real news/excitement comes in the opportunity to adjoin two units on the fifth floor to create over 3500 square feet of one story luxury living.

Lionsgate Bethesda Condos
Lionsgate Large: For a Larger View Just Click The Image

Those who know downtown Bethesda or those looking to downsize understand how hard it is to find one-story living in and DC area “urban village” (Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase, Georgetown, Dupont Circle etc…), much less Bethesda’s urban core!

Because of “technical difficulties” on our aforementioned sister blog :-), I couldn’t upload a “larger picture” or pdf. of the projected floorplan.  But I can upload it here! So for those of you coming from KoitzGroup, thank you for yout patience.

For those of you who found us here:  If you’re looking for more information of this unit, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have great weeks and come on back soon!