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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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.

Haunted Houses of Maryland & The Trillium Bethesda

Haunted Houses of Maryland, from Potomac to Annapolis, to Baltimore, and…The Trillium Bethesda Condos?

In a region so filled with history, it should hardly come as a surprise that Maryland is also home to many haunted houses and other structures. From the ghostly principal who roams the halls of George Fox Middle School in Anne Arundel County to unexplainable happenings and ghostly apparitions at the Middleton Tavern in Annapolis, to phantom luxury Bethesda Condos in the Downtown Bethesda area, there are literally dozens of haunted properties throughout the state. Here is a look at just a few of Maryland’s famous hauntings.

The Haunted Marwood Mansion in Potomac Maryland

Since the early 1920s, there have been several sightings of an old man standing in the middle of the Potomac River, but it is the Marwood Mansion that is the creepiest Potomac, Maryland home. Here, there have been numerous reports of strange things happening, such as the toilet flushing on its own, the bathroom window being raised and steam mysteriously emitting from the bathtub. Strange sounds are regularly heard coming from the basement, which cannot be used because every time something is stored in the basement it is ruined the next morning. There are also reports of the cracks in the marble disappearing and then reappearing and a ghostly butler has been spotted walking throughout the property.

Haunted Houses in Potomac?
Haunted Houses in Potomac? 

Baltimore’s Many Hauntings

Baltimore is home to more than two dozen different haunted sites. Todd’s far, which dates back to the early 1800s, is haunted by a woman who sits at the attic window with a candle as she waits for her soldier to return from the war. Slaves can also be seen hanging from the trees late at night and the lights in the home are said to turn on when an intruder enters, despite the fact that there is no electricity in the home.

The Haunted Catonsville Mansion

An old abandoned mansion is said to be found on Asylum Road in Catonsville. Although the mansion is closed to the public, there have been many reports of mysterious banging sounds, tapping noises and whispers coming from the inside. Many have also reporting seeing people walking on the property, but the people disappear when they are approached.

The Trillium, Bethesda – A Ghost Bethesda Luxury condo development

I’ve seen advertisements in The Post, The Washingtonian, The Bethesda Magazine to name just a few — I’ve witnessed the bulldozers level the Old Clarion hotel to prepare for this 173 unit edifice of opulence.  I’ve even seen a model unit set fabricated in The Old Clarion for an electric opening night.  But as time has passes, I start to wonder whether the ghosts of “Economy’s crash” created these illusions in my mind.

In all seriousness, I kindly ask construction to commence because in my humble opinion, The Trillium should be an extraordinary addition to close-in Bethesda development.  But more thoughts are for later.  For now, I wish The Trillium and all of Greater Bethesda area safe and happy Halloween….