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Why Live in Bannockburn in Bethesda?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Bannockburn was established in 1946 when its founders, the Group Housing Cooperative, bought the 124-acre Bannockburn Golf Club in Bethesda MD.  The community was intended to be a cooperative neighborhood, perhaps like the Cabin John Cooperative just up Macarthur to the north, but it never materialized.  Instead, Bannockburn developed as a community of single family homes inhabited by a number of civically engaged homeowners who organize and support gatherings and special events held throughout the year. 

The many long term residents enjoy its inclusive, close-knit community, excellent schools, proximity to natural attractions and downtown Washington, DC.   

THE BANNOCKBURN GOLF COURSE and CLUB HOUSE

The clubhouse, which still serves as the community center, dates back to 1897, and may well have been one of the first 18 hole golf courses to succumb to development.  The course was designed in part by a golf architect, Donald Ross, who is celebrated at Pinehurst in North Carolina.  Brought low by the Depression, the course was sold at auction in 1946.

BANNOCKBURN, THE COMMUNITY

Unlike most communities developed by commercial developers, Bannockburn came into existence as a community designed to serve its members in the Group Housing Cooperative.  Their input was sought on the types of homes desired, the amenities needed, and the price the members were able to pay.   Since many of the members were working in the Federal Government their salaries were around $6000 annually.  In the 1940s, that was a good salary but not a luxurious one.  

The first twenty four homes were along Wilson Lane and Braeburn Place in 1949- 1950.  The remainder of the approximately 275 homes were completed by 1960.  The community design had to account for the rolling hills that no doubt lent themselves to the name, Bannockburn, so not all of the homes have level, square lots.  Instead, the gentle roll of the hills and mature trees make a pleasant neighborhood.

BANNOCKBURN NURSERY SCHOOL

How many neighborhoods have their own nursery school within its boundaries?  Bannockburn Nursery School dates back to the 1950s and is located at 6314 Bannockburn Drive in the old clubhouse.  The school has three classrooms, for twos, threes, and fours/fives.  It has a kitchen, a garden,  two indoor spaces and multiple out door spaces.  It offers a summer program and an extended day program in addition to the typical scholastic year program. 

BANNOCKBURN ELEMENTARY AND BEYOND

Located at 6520 Dalroy Place in Bannockburn, this elementary school serves approximately 450 children from kindergarten through 5th grade.  Bannockburn ES is part of the Whitman school cluster.  Other schools in the Whitman Cluster include Bradley Hills, Burning Tree, Carderock Springs and Wood Acres.   The middle school in the Whitman Cluster is Thomas Pyle and Walt Whitman is the high school.

This link to the bus route for 2023 shows where people live in the Bannockburn school district.

RECENT HOME SALES IN BANNOCKBURN

The last three years have seen a fluctuation in the prices of homes in the Bannockburn community.   Over the last three years prices have ranged from $575,000 for a tear down on Wilson Lane (a busy two lane road with a yellow line down the middle) to $3.531,104 for a new construction Craftsman five bedroom home on Arandale with 3500 square feet of space and .6 acres of land. 

The overall 20814 zip code saw a 19% decrease in home values from $802,500 to $650,000 from 2021 to 2022.  The decrease in Bannockburn itself was 16.3% during the same period from $1,750,000 to $1,645,000   Less than 15% of the homes on the market in the last 3 years either listed or sold under $1,000,000. 

TYPE OF HOMES IN BANNOCKBURN

When the homes in Bannockburn were originally built they were typically ramblers, split foyers and a few split levels, reflecting the preferred architecture of the 1950s.  There were a few colonials built along Wilson Lane before Bannockburn was begun but the bulk of homes were appropriately - mid-century moderns. 

Now the new homes being built are large and typically craftsman style.  There are occasionally some fascinating contemporaries that fit in with the mid-century modern neighbors.

To see what is on the market in Bannockburn and nearby, just click here. 

Once you have found that dream home, just give us a call at the Lise Howe Group, 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com and we can schedule an appointment to see that home and others that might also match your criteria! 

WHAT IS NEARBY?

Bannockburn is close to downtown Bethesda with all its shops and restaurants, but far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of rolling hills and tall trees.  Bannockburn is also close to the C&O Canal, Great Falls, Glen Echo and Cabin John for recreation like hiking and kayaking.  This community offers easy access to Dulles Airport, Reagan National Airport and the Beltway and I-270. 

One of my favorite sushi carryouts is on MacArthur - Kanpai Sushi, owned by a wonderful gentleman for the last twenty years or so.  next to Kanpai Sushi is a great sub and pizza shop that also has been providing treats for the neighborhood for many years.  Beside these two gems is Christopher's hardware store, which is an ACE affiliate, but is small enough to find everything you need. 

                                     

Glen Echo, part of the national park service, is near by with a puppet theater, one hundred year old carrousel and an art center offering classes to children and adults.  Historically, Glen Echo was a chatauqua and then an amusement park.  Adjoining Glen Echo is Clara Barton's home, which also is a part of the National Park Service.  

To see what is on the market in Bannockburn and nearby, just click here. 

Once you have found that dream home, just give us a call at the Lise Howe Group, 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com and we can schedule an appointment to see that home and others that might also match your criteria! 

 

 

 

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a great history this area has, and so close to the river as well. Very nice report on the area, style of homes and the current market as well.

Jan 26, 2023 08:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Lise - thank you for the introduction and overview of the Bannockburn neighborhood in Bethesda Maryland.  The area and its history was new-to-me.  Thank you for the lesson - I enjoyed learning.  

Jan 26, 2023 08:45 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, nice presentation for Bannockburn, and sounds like a great area.

Jan 26, 2023 08:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise,

Good question to catch people's eyes! Good background on how Bannockurn was established in 1946 and what all it has to offer now. Sounds like a delightful place to live with excellent location and topography.

Jan 26, 2023 09:20 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Lise Howe , I really enjoyed reading this market report. It was so full of information. Loved the video and also really enjoyed riding with you in the rain to view the home. 

Jan 26, 2023 11:44 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The Bethesda Condo Queen provides plenty of great reasons to live in Bannockburn!

Jan 27, 2023 05:51 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, when you come out in March, there should be REALLY good snow, as it hasn't stopped since December.   Telluride has a 100" base!

Jan 27, 2023 10:29 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lise Howe - 

I was amazed to see all the different home styles, including ultra-modern at the beginning of the video.  There is something for everyone.  This area will begin to show signs of spring and will be so beautiful as the tree leaves fill in.  

Jan 27, 2023 12:54 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lise Howe - I really enjoyed the tour for Bannockburn in Bethesda and learning about the history too! I think this is the first time I'm hearing about a nursery that was built for a community in the 1950's. That's quite an accomplishment. As you drove through the charming neighborhood, I could see the houses through the trees. In a few months when the trees are covered in leaves come summer and fall, it will transform into so much beauty! I liked the variety of different homes styles, the mature trees, and the hills. This is a wonderful place to call home!!!

Thank you for putting this video together. I could really get a good sense of community. It is truly a beautiful neighborhood! And you're a great REALTOR too!

Jan 27, 2023 03:44 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - thnak you for your kind comments.  I really enjoyed putting this together because I actually learned a lot of about that community - and it is less than 1/4 mile from my house!  I had never gone to see the nursery school or the club house - even though I knew it was there. 

Jan 27, 2023 07:51 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lise Howe - you did a great job educating me! It sounds like a stable community that one would feel proud to live there and know its history. I love blog posts like this!

Jan 27, 2023 08:41 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nina Hollander, Broker  - this was fun to put together the video - and I actually learned alot about the community that I had not known! 

Jan 27, 2023 07:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Will Hamm - even though it was a very rainy day, I enjoyed putting together the video! Thanks for the kind comments. 

Jan 27, 2023 07:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - Some of the homes on the other side of the community are really big and contemporary - its fun to see commnities remake themselves. 

Jan 27, 2023 07:53 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Joan Cox - I will certainly have fun with that. My son and daughter (and their related orbits) will all ski and my husband and I will join them for lunch! 

Jan 27, 2023 07:55 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Brian England - I keep trying - I have done most of the condo communities so now i havve to move to the communities! 

Jan 27, 2023 07:55 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Hannah Williams - Thanks for the kind comments!  I am looking forward to the spring weather! The spring will be here soon! 

Jan 27, 2023 07:56 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - thanks for the kind comments!  It is always nice to hear from you! I loved reading about Bannockburn before I wrote the post! I love learning something new.

Jan 27, 2023 07:59 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Michael Jacobs - the irony is that I learned alot in preparing the blog post - and I just l1ve 1/4 mile away

Jan 27, 2023 08:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Lise.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jan 30, 2023 05:37 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jan 30, 2023 07:19 AM