All About the Willoughby Condos by the Bethesda Condo Queen

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Welcome to the Willoughby Condominiums

Chevy Chase MD 20815

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Welcome to the Willoughby, a well known condo building in  Friendship Heights that is loved for its amenities, location close to shops and restaurants, and its well priced condo units.The Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium, standing 24 stories tall, is the largest residential building in the Friendship Heights neighborhood.  In fact, the Willoughby is so big that it has two addresses - 4515 Willard Avenue and 5500 Friendship Boulevard - with entrances at each side. The Willoughby has  a total of 815 efficiencies, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the North and South building.

 

               

THE HISTORY OF THE WILLOUGHBY

Until the early 1900s, Friendship Heights was an area of rolling farmland far away from Washington, DC.  It was still quiet until after World War II when the returning soldiers created overwhelming demand for housing around Washington.  Suddenly Friendship Heights began to develop as a real neighborhood. Businesses were attracted to Friendship Heights, whose streetcar and bus terminals at Wisconsin and Western Avenues were a major transfer point for people traveling throughout the area.  The Willoughby was built in 1968 to 1969 as a luxury rental building and converted to condominiums in 1982 by the First Condominium Development Company of Chicago.  

AMENITIES AT THE WILLOUGHBY CONDOS

In addition to all that is available just steps outside the front doors of the Willoughby, The Willoughby's residents enjoy the convenience of many amenities, without stepping foot outside. Those who enjoy a vibrant social atmosphere find a dynamic community here, with resident-planned activities taking place throughout the year.

  • Front Desk The front desks at the entrances of both the North and South buildings are staff around the clock, seven days a week.  The front desk staff accepts packages for residents, admits visitors, and issues parking passes for guests. 
  • Controlled Access The Willoughby’s many entrance doors and garage doors are accessible only through the use of an access control card, issued by the Management Office. Residents may admit their guests by phone, using the entry phone at each of three locations. The guest simply dials the unit number and the resident uses the telephone to open the door.
  • Convenience Store The Willoughby Market, located in the South lobby on Willard Avenue, provides a full assortment of canned, frozen and refrigerated foods, toiletries and sundries, bottled wine and beer, soft drinks, ice cream, magazines and newspapers.  The convenience store is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Valet Shop The Valet Shop provides laundry and dry cleaning services, as well as shoe repair.   Other services, including video rentals and faxing, are also available. The Valet Shop is located near the service elevators by the loading dock on the 7th floor.
  • Exercise Room   On the roof level, the exercise room has commercail grade treadmills, elliptical trainers, recumbent bikes, a five stage multi-gym and barbells.  The exercise room is open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Laundry Facilities On each resident floor, there are two laundry rooms, one in the North building and one in the South building. Washers and dryers are operated using stored value cards available in mail rooms of both the North and South buildings.  The laundry rooms are open from 7a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Library The Willoughby Library on the roof level is a completely resident operated amenity.  Books are donated by the residents, shelved by the residents and borrowed by the residents. 
  • Party Room  This amenity is located on the Lobby level of the South Building, has recently been remodeled in an elegant architectural design, and now includes a caterer’s kitchen, a moveable bar, a portable dance floor, and a drop-down screen for video, slide, or photo viewing. Residents and owners may reserve the room, which accommodates up to 100, to host their social functions—for a fee, through the Management Office.
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  • Roof Top Lounge and Deck The heated and air-conditioned rooftop lounge offers a relaxing place to get together with other residents, play table games, or enjoy the quietude of a comfortable place to read. It opens on to a beautifully constructed wooden deck that overlooks the Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase shopping districts. The deck is a pleasant place to view the holiday fireworks displays. Though the lounge is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the outdoor deck is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. or half an hour after sunset, whichever occurs later.
  • The Willoughby Pool offers a full sized pool as well as a children's wading pool.  The on site Management Office provides the seasonal pool passes. 

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FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS - THE NEIGHBORHOOD

If you are looking for an urban lifestyle - a walkable neighborhood with retail and public transportation around the corner - within the cocoo5 of a soft urban environment - then you will love Friendship Heights! Even though you are close to retail, movies, shopping, and the metro, this area still feels like a suburb rather than a bustling urban center! 

       

Everyone who thinks of Friendship Heights thinks of shopping! There are discount retailers and over the top stores like Tiffany's. Saks Fifth Avenue has always been at the north end of Friendship Heights, and has been joined in the last ten years or so by Brooks Brothers. 

There are two malls in Friendship Heights - Mazza Gallerie, which houses upscale retailers like Nieman Marcus and Chevy Chase Pavillion, the second mall, which hosts J. Crew, the Cheesecake Factory, and an Embassy Suites hotel. Bloomingdales has just moved into the neighborhood in a new complex of retail stores that includes Anthropologie and Microsoft headquarters in Washington. 

The national chains are a fairly new development. Friendship Heights used to be composed of more mom and pop stores, but the larger stores are really settling in.  The Whole Foods is another welcome addition to the neighborhood, giving Giant a run for its money!

SCHOOLS FOR CHILDREN AT THE WILLOUGHBY

The Willoughby is now home to many children.  In fact in the morning, the lobby looks like a school itself since there are so many families that call the WIlloughby home.  The public schools that the children from the WIlloughby attend include Somerset Elementary, Westland Middle School and the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.  There are a number of private schools near the Willoughby including the Little Flower School, Blessed Sacrament, Georgetown Day School, Sidwell Friends, just to name a few choices.

PETS AND THE WILLOUGHBY

There are lots of choices among condo buildings for people who have dogs or cats, but the WIlloughby is not one of them.  On the other hand, if you are someone who is not comfortable with dogs or perhaps you are allergic to cat hair, you will enjoy the pet-free atmosphere of the WIlloughby!

CURRENT LISTINGS AND RECENT SALES AT THE WILLOUGHBY 

With over 800 units at the Willoughby, there are always properties on the market. To see what is on the market now, you can start your search here.

Sales in the Willoughby have always been strong.  It is interesting to see the progress of values in the Willoughby over the years. For instance, In late 2014 there were more than ten condos for sale ranging from a 325 square foot studio for $179,000 to a two bedroom two bath condo with nearly 1300 square feet of living space for $509,000. Parking is occasionally offered for sale separate from a condo as evidenced by the tanden parking space offered for sale for $55000. The most expensive condo to sell in 2014 was a two bedroom two bath on the 9th floor that sold for $515,000.     

In 2019, a 325 square foot studio is being offered for $179,000. A 1326 square foot condo is on the market for $420,000 and a beautifully updated unit with 1288 square feet is on the market for $529,900.  A unit sold for $502,500 with three bedrooms and three baths and 1744 square feet.

In 2021, a parking space sold for $23,000.  A 318 square foot studio on the 21st floor sold for $155,000 in June 2021 while another 318 square foot studio on the 24th floor. sold for $176000.  The condo fee for a 318 square foot unit is approximately $316.  There are several of the larger studios currently on the market (435 square feet) for prices ranging between $219,000 and $239,000.  Their condo fee is approximately $399 per month. 

A one bedroom one bath unit on the 24th floor with 871 square feet sold in April 2021 for $277,000.  Another similar sized unit sold for $280,000 in $280,000 in March.  The condo fee for that unit was $692 per month. 

The most expensive unit to sell in 2021 so far is a 2 bedroom 2 bath unit with 1288 square feet on the 9th floor which sold for $525,000.  The condo fee for that unit was $1070 per month.  

The prices vary, depending on the square footage of the unit, whether parking is included,  whether it has been updated, and the height within the building - the floor on which the unit is located, and the view from its balcony (and whether it has a balcony or terrace at all.)

If you own a condo currently at the Willoughby and want to know its value, just click right here! 

If you want to see what is on the market at the Willoughby, here is the list of condos at the Willoughby! If you have any questions, just give the Bethesda Condo Queen at the  Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com.  If you want to buy a condo in Bethesda or Chevy Chase, call Lise Howe, the Bethesda Condo Queen!

Comments (16)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well if the Condo Queen says it, then clearly you need to listen, Endre

Sep 24, 2021 10:49 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Lise - very impressive video tour.  Willoughby is well maintained and kept up to date.

Sep 25, 2021 03:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a great report about the Willoughby, Lise. Makes one want to run right out and buy a condo there.

Sep 25, 2021 05:01 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The Bethesda Condo Queen is the one to call when you want to know more about what is going on at the Willoughby Condos.

Sep 25, 2021 05:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, great presentation for the Willoughby, and any potential buyers should give you a call!  

Sep 25, 2021 06:44 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise and thanks for the information on Willoughby condos and you are the one to turn to for buyers and sellers,

Sep 25, 2021 10:00 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Will Hamm - thanks for your kind words - it is always nice to hear from you- have the trees started turning in Colorado? 

Sep 26, 2021 06:59 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Joan Cox - thank you - you seem to have been very busy recently - I hope you have lots more sales coming up! 

Sep 26, 2021 07:00 AM
Joan Cox

I went on vacation, and you know what happens....business comes in like crazy.  Got back and hit the ground running! 

Sep 26, 2021 08:05 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Brian England - you know I always love hearing from you - have a great week

Sep 26, 2021 07:01 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nina Hollander, Broker - thank you for your kind words - I hope that you have a wonderful week 

Sep 26, 2021 07:01 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Grant Schneider = thanks for watching the video - I always appreciate your support  

Sep 26, 2021 07:02 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Endre Barath, Jr. - thanks so much for your support!  I hope you are having a great fall

Sep 26, 2021 07:02 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Lise, What a great condo building in the middle of everything, and with so amenities to enjoy too!

Sep 26, 2021 07:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, Lise.

Take care, be safe and have a productive week.

Sep 26, 2021 11:15 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Lise,  Thank you for sharing the information on the Willoughby Condos.  This looks like a fantastic community to live in.

Sep 26, 2021 06:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Lise.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 28, 2021 07:14 AM