Brand New Historic District in Bethesda

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties

Historic HomesAn area full of historic places now has one more.  As reported by Gazette.net, the Greenwich Forest neighborhood in Bethesda has just been designated a historic district in a unanimous vote.  This will add the neighborhood's 71 homes to the county's Master Plan for Historic Preservation. 

The decision to create this new historic area sprang from petitions by neighborhood residents who wanted to stop the older homes from being demolished and replaced by new properties. Most of the neighborhood's homes were built between 1929 and 1941, making Greenwich Forest the youngest historic district in the county.

Homeowners living in a historic area must adhere to stricter guidelines for renovations and build-outs so the homes retain their historic charm. This was a point of contention for some neighborhood residents who delayed the initial vote last October.  In the interim agreements were reached and some of the stricter rules relaxed, giving homeowners more leeway in renovations not visible from the road.  Some of these would include porches, new windows or doors, solar panels and skylights.

It's almost inevitable to have clashes of the modern and the historic in places like Bethesda. However, as the Greenwich Forest community illustrates, compromises can be reached to keep everyone satisfied while still preserving the rich history of our area.

Whether the home is historic or modern, I can help with all of your special buying and selling needs . Contact me, Mynor Herrera, today for expert help buying or selling in the DC, MD, & VA areas! I also specialize in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, as well as the sub-divisions of Rosemary Hills, Rock Creek Forest, East Bethesda & Whitehall Condominium.

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Comments (2)

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mynor, wow! I've never thought of Greenwich Forest as a neighborhood that would qualify for a historic designation.  Soon they will be designating the mid-century neighborhoods!

Jul 02, 2011 07:21 AM
Mynor Herrera
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Mynor Herrera, GRI

These things sneak up on us the older we get!! Thanks for your comment.

Jul 03, 2011 03:21 PM