Making Time in Bethesda

Lesser known fact about The Koitz Group, besides being real estate pros, we are also all fitness freaks. I spend an average of 10-15 hrs a week working out — it provides me with an outlet for stress and an opportunity to meditate on many of the complex aspects of deals for clients. Another lesser known fact is that I am such a swift runner, that I can actually change space and time, and here’s the story behind that..

Back in 2009 I became really serious about running being a part of my health routine. I run an average of 30 miles a week and have run as many as 80 miles a week at points. In 2010 I competed in my first full marathon, and thought I’d choose an easy city…so I went with San Francisco. Simply put, when it comes to training, I keep it real.

Recently I smoked my colleagues Matt Moses and Kevin Koitz in the Parks Half Marathon running from Rockville to Bethesda on a course that winds through Rock Creek Park. But this accomplishment alone was not enough — I’m destined to do something greater.

…So this coming Sunday, November 6th, I will be running to reverse time. That’s right, I said it, I will be literally running so fast that time will move back exactly one hour during the course of my race. In a run appropriately titled the “Anything Is Possible 5k” I will be changing the spectrum of time.

The run will begin at 1:50am EST at Georgetown Square in Bethesda, and over the course of the race what everyone will see happen is their clocks will literally go back an hour. If you have seen the movie Back to the Future, it will be like a smaller version of the experiment in that film, minus the Delorean. When I have reached a cruising rate of around 10mph the whole world will travel back in time one hour!

Work hard, play hard is part of what makes every individual balanced. To stay sharp in business matters we find that our bodies must help us keep our minds sharp. Plus it helps to have the ability to turn back time too, you never know when you’ll need that (and yes, you can thank me in advance for the extra hour of sleep that night)!

For more information on the race, check out the website at

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.

Downtown Bethesda Summer Events 2011

Summer is just around the corner – let the Downtown Bethesda event planning begin!

Downtown Bethesda Summer Events
Downtown Bethesda Summer Event 2011

Bethesda will be kicking off the season with a slew of family friendly activities, starting with Imagination Bethesda on June 4th. The 17th annual arts celebration features live entertainment and hands-on activities like face painting, arts & crafts and sing-alongs with live performers. The Little Maestros, the Funny Guy, and Mutts Gone Nuts are just a few names of performers who will take the stage from 11am to 4pm.

Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street, the urban core of Downtown Bethesda, will be lined with tents all day (21 in total!) featuring local interactive businesses like Audubon Naturalist Society, Bethesda Magazine, Gymboree Play & Music… the list goes on! The event is open and free to
families all day.

Downtown Bethesda Artist Market

The following weekend is the now famed Downtown Bethesda Artist Market on June 11th (and also on July 9th) Bethesda will be the center exhibit for local art with the Bethesda Artist Market. Located on Norfolk Avenue, 25 local and regional artists will sell their paintings, jewelry, and other fine crafts throughout the day’s event, accompanied by live music. The public can enjoy the sounds of Soul, Indie, Jazz, Folk, Light Rock and Pop music from local faves.

Movie Night in Woodmont Triangle (“old” Downtown Bethesda”)!

Toward the end of July from the 26th to the 30th, still on Norfolk Avenue, the public can watch all-time favorite movies for free, right on the lawn. Stars on the Avenue will feature The Breakfast Club, Rocky, and the Social Network for the 7th annual outdoor movie series, with show times beginning at 9pm. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs for comfort – there will be limited seats available!

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More on Downtown Bethesda Condo “Moderno”

Great New Downtown Bethesda Condo – For Sale or Rent

More information and Photos of 4818 Hampden Lane

Located just one block from the Bethesda Metro, a unique two-story condo is now available for either sale or rent. Walk into the living room from your own private courtyard entrance. The kitchen was remodeled just a few years ago with the “best of everything” – from high end stainless appliances, to Poggenpohl cabinets, to Caesar Stone counter tops with glass blackspash. This is truly one of the finest kitchens in Downtown Bethesda.

A powder room is located off of the living/dining area and upstairs there are two bedrooms (the Master has a generous walk-in closet) and a remodeled bath. An in-unit washer/dryer and a skylight over the stairway are two additional outstanding amenities.
This unit is available for sale at $599,000 or for rent at $2250/month.  More information can be found in our Bethesda real estate guide on our sister website,

Spring Valley DC, DC Luxury, Castles, & Presidents

Spring Valley DC – A  DC Neighborhood Profile from a unique and entertaining lens.

Picture it, I am driving South on Wisconsin Avenue…as I turn the corner I pass The American University…ahh that reminds me of my first Erasure concert at the University’s Bender Arena. Spare me your funny comments…it was the Eighties ,but I digress. A couple more turns off of Nebraska Avenue and you will find the affluent Washington DC neighborhood of Spring Valley. In the dictionary Spring Valley means “to be catapulted into a picturesque tree-lined neighborhood reminiscent of a movie set.” Alright, you found out, it does not — but that is how I feel when I am here.

Some Background:

Spring Valley DC houses American University (which I had previously mentioned), and Wesley Theological Seminary. It is surrounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Loughboro, Nebraska Avenue and Dalecarlia Blvd.

Is Spring Valley, DC’Lebrities & Presidents “Town” USA?

The DC celebrities love Spring valley— Jim Vance , Ann Compton, Washington Nationals Principal owners Debra and Ed Cohen. But the most notable residents to ever inhabit Spring Valley (no offense, Jim Vance!) — eh, just a couple Presidents. Did you know that Nixon lived in Spring Valley before he was President? Lyndon B Johnson did as well when he purchased the three-story mansion Les Ormes (The Elms).

Spectacular Spring Valley DC Homes & Estates To Be Expected

Spring Valley DC HomeColonial and English manor style homes (and a few mini castles!)  typically range range between 1.5 million to 10 million. Although not every home in Spring Valley is a true Estate, most homes sit beautifully on large manicured lawns (and many rest on lush, rolling hills).

Wanna learn more about what makes Spring Valley one of DC’s finest neighborhoods? Feel free to visit our Spring DC Luxury Neighborhoods guide to learn more about DC’s premier Urban oasis.

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