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Maryland Housing Market Remains Stable

by Chuck Kasky, CEO Maryland Realtors
The start of the final quarter of 2019 reveals a steady real estate market throughout the state, according to housing statistics released by Maryland REALTORS®. Average home prices rose by 5.9 percent while the median price increased by 7.1 percent compared to the same time in 2018.
"The average sales price increased from $346,242 to $326,945 and the median price increased from $280,000 to $300,000 in October compared to the same time last year," said Maryland REALTORS® President John A. Harrison. "Units sold saw a slight decrease from 7,138 units in 2018 to 6,947 units this year. These numbers indicate a robust market that continues to be subdued by low inventory levels."

"The median home price in Maryland has surpassed the record high of $289,900 set in June of 2007," continued Harrison. "The gradual increases over the past decade, coupled with a favorable mortgage lending environment, is encouraging but we need to remain focused on affordability. The National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that we should expect to see over 8.3 million first-time buyers enter the market between now and 2022. Our REALTOR® members are working hard to make sure these future buyers are educated about the abundance of available closing cost and down payment assistance programs."

4719 Falstone Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Stunning California contemporary overlooking gorgeous gardens in the Town of Somerset. One level living at its finest. Light filled living room, open dining room, renovated kitchen with breakfast area and family room with wall of windows and exquisite views. Luxurious master suite with two baths, high ceilings and French doors to private patio. Rec room and garage. Enchanting gardens boast small pond with waterfall. Truly a gem.

Close Price: $1,487,500

Monthly Housing Statistics From Maryland Realtors

by Maryland Realtors

August 2019 Montgomery County Market Trends Report

by Phyllis Wiesenfelder

 August Median Sales Price Reaches 10-Year High

The $475,000 median in August was 7.2 percent higher than last August’s median of $443,000 and represents the highest median sales price in the past 10 years. August’s tally of 1,218 closed sales was above last year’s level by .4 percent and above the five-year August average by 1.4 percent. The 1,130 new pending sales marked an 8.0 percent increase from last August and beat the five-year August average by 1.9 percent, or 21 contracts. There were 1,282 new listings added in August, 6.5 percent less than last August’s mark. The 2,092 active listings decreased from last August’s active listing total of 2,379 (-12.1%). There were 1,282 new listings added in August, 6.5 percent less than last August. The average sales price in August was $580,942, a 5.8 percent increase over the August 2018 average of $549,035. Closed sales increased in the detached home segment but declined in the townhome and condo/coop segments.


Washington, DC – (September 12, 2019) – The following analysis of the Montgomery County, MD housing market has beenprepared for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® based on analysis of Bright MLS multiple listing data by MarketStats by ShowingTime.

June 2019 Montgomery County Market Trends Report

by Phyllis Wiesenfelder

Median Sales Price Reaches 10-Year High; Active Listings Decline


The $488,123 median in June was 2.2 percent higher than last June’s median of $477,750 and is the highest June median sales price for the past 10 years. The average sales price in June was $584,401, a 1.6 percent increase over the June 2018 average of $575,509. June’s tally of 1,306 closed sales fell below last year’s level by 7.6 percent and below the five-year June average by 8.8 percent. The 1,412 new pending sales marked a 5.1 percent bump from last June and beat the five-year June average by 3.5 percent, or 48 contracts. There were 1,686 new listings added in June, 2.0 percent fewer than last June’s mark. The 2,419 active listings decreased from last June’s active listing total of 2,497 (-3.1%). The 2,419 active listings heading into June represent 2.6 months of supply given the average sales pace over
the last twelve months, favoring the seller slightly more than the 2.5 months of supply last June. Closed sales declined in all three segments.

Washington, DC – (July 12, 2019) – The following analysis of the Montgomery County, MD housing market has been prepared for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® based on analysis of Bright MLS multiple listing data by MarketStats by ShowingTime.

New Listing! 4712 HUNT AVE, CHEVY CHASE

by Phyllis Wiesenfelder


Click Here to View the Virtual Tour

Welcome to this picture perfect storybook colonial on a tree-lined street in sought-after Chevy Chase West. Built in 1931, this charming light-filled residence has been thoughtfully updated and expanded over the years while retaining its original architectural details and character. The main level offers a spacious living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room, den or guest room with full bath, library and updated kitchen. There are three bedrooms and bath on the second level and a private master suite with siting area, bath and abundant closet space on the upper level. The picturesque yard provides a serene setting and wonderful play space.
This versatile home is super convenient to many neighborhood amenities.  It is within walking distance to Somerset Elementary School, Norwood Park with its tennis courts, playgrounds, and tot lots, two Metro stations, the Bethesda Pool, the biking and jogging trails of the Capital Crescent Trail and the vibrant social life and restaurant scenes of downtown Bethesda and Friendship Heights.
• Welcoming front vestibule with coat closet and French door
• Elegant living room with gas fireplace and archway 
• Formal sun-drenched dining room with a wall of windows
• Updated kitchen with Corian counter tops, pickled wood cabinetry, utility closet, recessed lighting and access to yard 
• Den or guest room with full bath
• Updated ceramic tile bathroom with a luxurious shower with four wall jets plus an overhead showerhead
• Library with built-in bookcases on two walls, bay window and overhead lighting
• Large second bedroom with enchanting hideaway nook and playroom
• Ceramic tile full bath with linen closet
• Third bedroom with large walk-in closet with extensive shelving
• Fourth bedroom with recessed lighting and two exposures

• Spacious master bedroom suite with sitting room, two voluminous walk-in closets (one is a Cedar closet), three additional closets, overhead lighting and new wall to wall carpeting
• Updated master bath with unique built-in cabinet
• Access to floored attic
• Unfinished lower level with work bench area, wonderful storage space and access to yard
• Half bath
• Lovely architectural details, including glass door knobs, window trim, handsome wood paneled doors and delightful archway
• Refinished hardwood floors on main and second levels
• Underground sprinkler system with backflow preventer
• Private lushly landscaped partially fenced yard with colorful plantings and mature trees
• Storage shed
• Fabulous location
• Offered at: $935,000
• Lot Size: 5,392 square feet
• Legal Description: Lot 6
• Subdivision: Chevy Chase Gardens
• Year Built: 1931
• Estimated taxes and non-tax charges in the first fiscal year of ownership are $10,428.27
• Schools: Somerset Elementary, Westland Middle, and Bethesda- Chevy Chase High School (International Baccalaureate Program)


by Maryland REALTORS®

Stately Colonial with a Show Stopper Family Room in The Town of Somerset!

by Phyllis Wiesenfelder



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Welcome to this stately center hall colonial perfectly located in one of Chevy Chase’s most popular neighborhoods, the Town of Somerset.  Overlooking one of the most generously sized yards in this close-in community, this distinctive residence has been impeccably maintained and seamlessly expanded over the years. The stunning family room addition by acclaimed architect Anne Decker boasts soaring ceilings, walls of windows, exquisite custom cabinetry and spectacular views. This exceptional home also offers a light-filled living room with fireplace, formal dining room, updated kitchen with breakfast bar, three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, recreation room with walkout entrance and garage.  Enjoy the sound of birds in the lushly landscaped gardens, dine alfresco on the impressive patio or play a game of soccer in the fabulous backyard.

This superbly placed home is close to all the amenities that the Town of Somerset has to offer – the swimming pool, tennis courts, batting cage and basketball hoops. It is steps to Somerset Elementary School and just a short stroll to Metro, the Capital Crescent Trail, Norwood Park and the vibrant social life and restaurant scenes of Downtown Bethesda and Friendship Heights.  Somerset, founded in 1890, elects a mayor and council members. The Town Journal, list serve and “Helping Hands” network keep the community informed and connected. Sledding on the Cumberland Avenue hill after a snowfall, the Fourth of July parade and picnic, swim team meets, pool parties and trick or treating on Halloween are popular neighborhood traditions.


• Welcoming entry foyer with a walk-in coat closet
• Spacious living room with bay window, handsome fireplace, custom blinds and French doors to family room
• Elegant dining room with large bay window
• Gorgeous sundrenched family room with high ceilings, walls-of-glass, exquisite custom cabinetry, recessed lighting and French doors to patio
•  Updated kitchen with breakfast bar, Corian counters, copper tile backsplash, under mount lighting, floor to ceiling cabinetry, stainless steel French door refrigerator and ceramic tile flooring
• Powder room with recessed shelving


• Master bedroom suite with two walk-in closets and overhead lighting
• Private master bath with ceramic tile shower and linen closet
• Large second bedroom with two exposures and overhead lighting

• Hall bath
• Third bedroom with two exposures and overhead lighting
• Hall linen closet
• Access to attic with abundant storage space


• Spacious recreation room with wood paneled walls and exterior entrance to backyard
• Versatile office with display shelving
• Dual entry laundry room and storage room with built-in shelving, work bench and utility sink


• Hardwood floors on the main level and upper level
• Replacement windows
• Beautiful lushly landscaped private yard with mature plantings and a truly magnificent tree
• Outstanding patio with great entertaining space
• Additional storage space under family room addition
• Attached garage


• Price: $1,365,000
• Lot Size: 10,110 square feet
• Legal Description: Lot 3 , Block 8
• Subdivision: Somerset Heights
• Year Built: 1953
• Estimated tax and non-tax charges in the first fiscal year of ownership are $14,538.24

Home Sales in 2018 Chevy Chase

by Phyllis Wiesenfelder

We are pleased to be sending you our annual real estate report for 2018. We experienced another year of impressive home sale prices. Nearly 90% of the homes sold were over $1 million. The record home sale prices are a reflection of the appeal that draws people to our community: a premium close-in location, award–winning schools, a medley of architectural styles, proximity to Metro and convenience to fine dining, shopping and entertainment. If you would like complimentary information, such as help with a property tax appeal, or if you are thinking about a home sale or purchase, please give us a call. We are longtime neighborhood residents and at all times put our knowledge and our three decades of experience to work for you.




By Kathy Orton 
February 15th, 2019

Link to the Washington Post Article

Lucky Marmon picked out her neighborhood before she picked out her home.It wasn’t the house I bought. It was the neighborhood,” Marmon said.

Marmon lives in a 1931 Sears house in Somerset, an incorporated town nestled between Bethesda and Chevy Chase in Montgomery County. The community offered everything Marmon was looking for.

“I had three criteria, which were public recreation, public transportation and public education,” she said. “Somerset gives you a small-town feel in a big-town location. . . . It had a swimming pool, three tennis courts, a basketball court, a swim team — all the things when we were in Cleveland Park, people were wishing they had.”

Marmon and her husband, Bill, bought their house from the son of its original owner in 1980 and are just the second family to live in the home. Their house is the Maplewood model from the Sears catalogue. From 1908 to 1940, the company sold build-it-yourself houses through its mail-order catalogue, giving working-class Americans a chance to own an affordable home. The materials from the prefabricated house — everything from pre-cut lumber and nails for the walls to the kitchen sink — were shipped by rail and assembled on site. Chevy Chase has one of the biggest groupings of Sears houses in the region.

“This house arrived in a package in Takoma Park,” Lucky said. “We found the bill of lading in the wall when we were renovating.”

The family room and master bedroom addition were designed by the late architect Harry Montague, who is perhaps best known for his invention of a foldable high-performance bike. After talking to a few architects, the Marmons called Montague on the advice of a friend.

“He saw the house and said ‘You all are big people. You need big rooms,’ ” said Lucky, who is 5-foot-10 and whose husband is 6-4. Because a big addition would overwhelm the small house, Montague — who at 6-2 appreciated headroom — stayed respectful to the home’s architectural style but created a gathering space for the family that is open and filled with natural light. The master bedroom features a gabled ceiling, built-in closet, and storage and a bathroom with a skylight in the shower.“It was so cute,” Lucky said. “When he originally designed [the skylight in the shower], I said, ‘You know, Harry, I think it doesn’t cover me. Oh yeah, I better raise the wall.’ So he did. It’s a wonderful skylight. You can look outside when you are taking a shower.”

Whether she is showering or sitting on the large deck at the back of the house, Lucky enjoys the view. “Landscape architects will call [it] found treasure because you have all this beautiful park, but you don’t have to take care of it,” she said.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom, 2,700-square-foot house is listed at $1.475 million.

Listing: 4921 Cumberland Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.

Listing agent: Phyllis Wiesenfelder, Long & Foster

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Phyllis Wiesenfelder
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
4650 East West Highway
Bethesda MD 20814
Direct: (301)215-6915
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