Farm Fresh in DC & Bethesda

Downtown Bethesda

With the Fall harvest virtually upon us, Washington DC and Bethesda have gown increasingly begun alive with vibrant outdoor markets providing an abundance of farm to table items. From produce, to meats and seafood, many local producers have gained an entry into the market place through a growing number of Farmer’s Markets in DC proper as well as the near in suburbs. And where the tradition used to limit these markets strictly to Sunday mornings, we are now seeing them spread to all different days and times providing all sorts of options to shoppers.

There is also an ever increasing trend towards chef participation at these events from local as well as national food personalities, leading cooking demonstrations as well as discussing how they source ingredients for their respective establishments. Some markets are also expanding to include vending on site such as Red Zebra, a mobile gourmet wood fired pizza outfit that has recently taken up a “residency” at the Freshfarm Market by the White House every Thursday from 3-7pm.

It’s nice to know in this ever growing city that we can still get a little taste of country living, and from Dupont, to Downtown, to Bethesda there are opportunities to advance healthy eating habits. Enjoy in good health!

For more information on farm markets near your part of the city as well as a calendar of events and chef appearances, a great resource is, and independent non profit group based out of Washington DC dedicated towards providing economic opportunities for local farmers.

10304 Summit Avenue, Kensington 20895

A Kensington Maryland Luxury Home in This An Updated Classic

This stunning four-story colonial style home in Kensington boasts three lots, culminating into an impressive 24,185 square feet of space.  Surrounded by plush greenery, trees, this striking home built in 1900, provides all modern conveniences without sacrificing period charm. One look at the large wrap-around porch with shutters and decorated windows will immediately point to the meticulous attention to period detail.  Backed by its approximate .6 acres of land, this home lets out to a private outdoor deck and has a shared driveway.

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10304 Summit Avenue, Kensington Maryland (20895) in Depth…

With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, the warm 1900 charmer boasts updates galore – a bumped up attic-turned home office, large kitchen turned “chefs haven” (literally!) with a unique 6 range stove are just a couple of the modern amenities. Beyond that – you’re easily met with a large living room and a very spacious, separate dining room (each ordained with hardwood floors!) and ample closet and storage space.

A Close-in Greater Bethesda Location

Located on Summit Avenue, an area home to a historic town comprised of single- family homes, not too far from commercial areas from Historic Kensington, to Downtown Bethesda. It’s right

off the beltway and a short distance to the MARC train – a commuter haven!  Visit us at our sister, for more pictures and virtual tour…

Maryland MLS Property Description:

Impressive Colonial, part of which dates back to 1900, with charming wrap around porch. Property consists of 3 lots, total lot size 24185 sq. ft. Updated kitchen, HUGE living room and dining room..lots of light, 4BRs up..attic bumped up and converted to great home office. Flagstone patio & beautiful landscaping.

The 5 Most Expensive Homes currently in Kensington Maryland (just for fun!)

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Greater Bethesda Is Real Estate Rebound town USA?

Bethesda Real Estate Rebound Town USA?

This will come to no surprise to those of us who live in or around Bethesda, but in cased you missed it, Forbes published the results from a recent “Local Market Monitor (aka LMM), (just another real estate research firm who Forbes put to the task). Some of the other notables included San Diego, Washington DC, San Jose, Austin.

Bethesda Is A County & Another Town?…

Edgemoor, Bethesda Home
A Bethesda home in The Prestigious Edgemoor Neighborhood

…According to LMM, yes we are…I’ll explain, but at its core:  “number crunchers + “talking heads” – “knowledge of area”  =  gross inaccuracies.

I’m just not a fan of news pretending to be news.  Is there value (and some accuracy) with some areas on this list?  I think so.  I know many Austin agents who are seeing uptick and the current median price seems on track.  But the Greater Bethesda area and Washington DC is more difficult to “define”.

As I started reviewing metrics used to determine Bethesda a “real estate rebound capitols” (I thought we were already doing okay by the way!), I noticed some “issues” off the bat.

Let’s review…

“500,000 residents or more”:

Ermmm, Bethesda may be inching towards 60,000, but I live here and I’d be pretty sure if we had another 400,000+ residents.

“…unemployment and job growth rates, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

…And That’s Where Bethesda Became GREATER…Way Too GREATER

I found aforementioned Bureau of Labor Statistics data and think I found where Forbes/LMM Started to fail Bethesda…Miserably

Per Bureau of Labor Statistics January 4th 2011 release…

“The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment among the metropolitan divisions were posted in Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md. (+2.1 percent)”

And this is where it appears “Bethesda was also another City/Town (Rockville) and another County (Frederick)!” This would explain our “population influx” and a reported “Bethesda Median Home Price” of $384,775.

I’m going to save the research for market reports — but for those of you who live out of the area, approximate median home values in Bethesda is  over $700,000.

Combining two “towns” and one County to define Bethesda..Really? 🙂 — I’m truly smiling as I write this…especially at the thought of exactly how much Forbes paid “The” Local Market Monitor.

Just a kind reminder that even The Forbes’ of the world can be ohhh so far off — (I’d actually call it irresponsibly inaccurate). — so trust the Micro-Markets and local analysis. The rest is just fluff.

Washington DC Suburbs Shine In Forbes Wealthiest County Index

Ranked by median income, Forbes Magazine just came out with its list of the wealthiest counties in the United States. Based on their ranking, the Washington, D.C. area has half of the top 20 counties. Some of these are true suburbs of the DC Metro area, while at least one (Calvert County) is on the Chesapeake Bay and is a second home choice for many D.C. area residents.

The Virginia and Maryland counties that made the list, beginning with the wealthiest county in the U.S., are as follows:

  • #1) Fairfax County, Virginia
  • #2) Loudon County, Virginia
  • #3) Howard County, Maryland
  • #8) Montgomery County, Maryland
  • #11) Stafford County,Virginia
  • #12) Calvert County, Maryland
  • #18) Prince William County, Virginia
  • #19) Alexandria County, Virginia
  • #20) Charles County, Maryland

The full article and the reported median income for each county can be found