kit house of the week: New in Bethesda - 09/21/12 12:54 PM
There are some great new historic kit house listings out, a really charming 6-bedroom, 3-bath Sears "Colchester" in Silver Spring and a rather stately Lewis "Cheltenham" that hit the market just today in Chevy Chase. We'll talk more about them on Sunday. For now, Marcie and I are getting ready for our own Open House in Bethesda -- a really pretty and comfortable colonial with a beautiful spacious kitchen addition:
Hope to see you there!
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kit house of the week: This House Is "On The Market?" Really?? - 03/25/12 05:12 AM
"Call 1-st Lister," said the showing instructions. So I did. I left a message on the agent's voice mail, that is, requesting a Friday afternoon or Sunday showing.
 She called back quickly. "Sorry," she said, "but I don't have a key."
 "So we have to make an appointment with the sellers?”
 “The sellers are out of state. But they have promised to send me a key.”
 “But the house has been on the market for two and a half weeks. And nobody has been able to see it?”
 “I haven’t seen it, either. The tenants are kind of, ehm, hostile.”
“But … (9 comments)

kit house of the week: Kit House Of The Week: 1928 Sears "Americus" in Chevy Chase, DC - 01/27/12 07:41 AM
As we skipped the Kit House of the Week feature last week, I'm making up for it by presenting you with two historic mail-order homes for this weekend. Both are on the market for sale, and both will be open this weekend.
Number one is a somewhat modified but still recognizable Sears "Americus" on Morrison Street in the historic part of Chevy Chase, DC. While unfortunately much of the original woodwork on the exterior has fallen victim to "modernization" efforts, presumably during the 1980s, there's a lot of it left inside. (Note the crude little wooden rectangles at the junction of … (6 comments)

kit house of the week: At The End Of The Week - 01/19/12 04:53 PM

The year has started strong, and we have a lot to look forward to. It seems like I haven't been as excited about real estate since I first started out more than a decade ago!
Mainly, that has to do with my new business partnership. We're truly feeding off each other. Just take this week; it's been busy and fun for Marcie and me.
For once, we're getting close to the launch of our new shared website, dchousesmarts.com, and we've loved developing and tweaking the concept.
Then, I have once more into development and grassroots neighborhood politics, this time the … (5 comments)

 
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