Saturday, August 29, 2015

Exciting New Listing in Luxmanor, North Bethesda - 1/2 Acre Near Grosvenor Metro

$899,000, 3Bd/3Ba Single Family House, 1968 sqft.

Emily Mintz | Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. | 301-704-2913 |
11101 Ralston Rd, Rockville, MD 20852
Remodeled Rambler on Quiet, Tree-Lined Street, Near Metro
3Bd/3Ba Single Family House
Year Built 1955
Sq Footage 1968 sqft.
Bedrooms 3 Beds
Bathrooms 3 Baths
Floors 2
Parking 2 Garage
Lot Size 0.5 Acres
Virtual Tour


Open and spacious living areas, great flow for entertaining, sunshine, views of the private garden, and a beautiful kitchen make living in this one-level home a delight. Bonus lower level family room adds flexibility. All this is located between Montgomery Mall and the Grosvenor Metro station.

This well maintained and renovated rambler is on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac in the Luxmanor community of North Bethesda. A flagstone walkway leads past lovely landscaping to a covered porch and lead glass-accented front door.

The foyer opens to a stunning view, through the living room, of the deck and private yard. The living room includes a wood-burning fireplace which is faced with neutral porcelain tile. Hardwood floors extend throughout the main level. The dining room has a vaulted ceiling and large bow window, with doors to the deck and to the two-car garage.

And then, there’s the kitchen…renovated in 2010,  the eat-in kitchen features granite counters and backsplash, skylight & recessed lighting, custom bamboo soft-close cabinetry, and a two-level island with contrasting granite top on the table-height seating area. Appliances include a wine cooler, Wolf electric cooktop, Faber pull-out range hood, KitchenAid stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator with ice and water dispenser, Bosch stainless dishwasher, and 28” Elkay stainless sink. Cabinetry includes a pantry, pot drawers, lazy-susan, undercabinet lighting, and low open shelves ideal for cookbooks or a pet station.

A hallway with coat and linen closets leads to the three bedrooms. The large master bedroom has recessed lighting and two windows. Of the two closets, one is a walk-in with closet stretchers. The master bath includes a tub/shower. The other two bedrooms have two windows each, ceiling lights, and one has a built-in bookcase. The hall bath includes a window, tub, and toilet alcove.

The open stairs to the lower level lead to the large family room. This finished room has a diagonal ceramic floor and another fireplace, with hearth and mantel; three windows provide lots of afternoon light. A laundry room with washer/dryer/laundry tub, storage, utilities, two windows, and a door to the back yard is also downstairs. There is a third full bathroom with stall shower and window.

The view of the private backyard from the living room, dining room, and deck are spectacular.  Landscaped largely with perennials and ground cover for easy maintenance, the backyard features a brick patio, wood pergola, and mature trees.

This home is offered with a buyers Home Warranty. It features a security alarm, Thermopane windows, extensive hardwood floors, FIOS, 2012 HVAC system with humidifier and natural gas forced air heat, 200 amp electrical panel, 2015 attic fan, whole house fan, newer gutters, downspouts, and exterior drainage. The exterior is primarily brick, with siding and trim painted in 2015. The property is a half acre (21,781 square feet).

Luxmanor is a community of over 500 homes sited on primarily half-acre lots with a vibrant civic association. It is located roughly between Westfield Montgomery Mall and the Grosvenor Metro Station, both accessible via Ride-On bus. The Tilden Woods Swim Club is open to Luxmanor residents, and is next to a creek-bed park with paths, recreation center, basketball & baseball, and a lighted tennis court. Directly east of Luxmanor is the emerging North Bethesda town center. With extensive transit, retail, restaurant, and entertainment amenities, it is being developed as a walkable community with pocket parks and bike paths. Cabin John Regional Park is to the west. This park includes an ice skating rink, miniature train, outdoor amphitheater, group picnic areas, hiking paths, soccer fields, and the Shirley Povich baseball field.


see additional photos below

Unit Features

- Living room- Dining room- Walk-in closet
- Master bath- Family room- Storage space
- Breakfast nook- Attic- Range / Oven
- Refrigerator- Dishwasher- Microwave
- Garbage disposal- Stainless steel appliances- Balcony, Deck, or Patio
- Yard- Lawn- Porch
- Garden- Heat: forced air- Central A/C
- Ceiling fans- Double pane / Storm windows- Hardwood floor
- Tile floor- Granite countertop- Fireplace
- Skylights


1/2 acre near Metro

Approach on Ralston Road

Flagstone walkway

Front porch

Open entry

Living room open plan

Living room fireplace

Living room view to deck

Deck from living and dining rooms

Renovated kitchen

Granite table

Breakfast area

Kitchen with skylight

Kitchen island with wine cooler

Dining room bow window

Dining room vaulted ceiling

Sunlit family room

Family room fireplace

Master bedroom

2nd bedroom

3rd bedroom

Master bath

Hall bath

3rd full bath

Brick patio & pergola

Private yard

Mature plantings

View from patio

Floor plan main level

Floor plan lower level

Contact info:
Emily Mintz
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
For sale by Agent/Broker


Posted: Aug 29, 2015, 9:11am EDT

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Planning Begins for White Flint/North Bethesda Areas Surrounding the Approved White Flint 1 Sector Plan

Now that the Sector Plan for White Flint 1 was approved in the past few years, construction is complete in some parcels (such as North Bethesda Market) and underway in others. The largest areas under construction inclued the 32 acre parcel from Rockville Pike at the White Flint metro station to Nebel Street and Pike & Rose, at Old Georgetown Road and the Pike. Other developers are in approval stages. The county is working on funding and scheduling for publicly-financed infrastructure changes, and negotiations continue regarding the privately-held land that will see the realignment of Executive Boulevard just south of Old Georgetown Road so that the Shriver Aquatic Center site can be developed in to a larger Wall Park and center parking can be built to the north of the pool building. See or

White Flint 2 is now being opened for future planning. This area includes the Executive Boulevard/Montrose Parkway area to the west of White Flint 1, Montrose Crossing to the north, and the Nicholson Lane/Boiling Brook Parkway area to the east. Montgomery County planners made a presentation to community members at the Luxmanor Elementary School on June 25, asking for priorities and suggestions from area residents.

The new website for this newly opened planning area is:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Deconstructing An Old Kitchen So That it Can Be Recycled

A few years ago, we remodeled the master bathroom, recycling as much as possible of what came out, using recycled or reclaimed materials for nearly all of the interior finishes, choosing tile & counters from carbon-responsible sources, and using energy-conserving fixtures.

Now it was time for the big project, the kitchen! This project presented a number of challenges, sustainability-wise. With the project completed not too long ago, here's what we were able to do and what we learned about sustainability in kitchen remodeling. In this post, I will start with the demolition.

The house is over 50 years old, so the cabinets, while solid wood, were not up to today's standards. Countertops were laminate. Some of the appliances were older (none were original), but several were nearly new. All were quite servicable, and it was evident that the existing kitchen, which functioned fine, should be made available for reuse. We made sure our contract with the contractor doing the renovation/remodeling included a statement that we intended to save as much as possible of the existing kitchen and construction materials. They had to instruct their staff to be careful in removal so that items were not damaged.

At the suggestion of our designer, we contacted Second Chance, Inc., a non-profit building materials recycler in Baltimore, as well as an independent deconstruction appraisal company from Virginia, NoVaStar Appraisals.

NoVaStar sent an appraiser to the house, took detailed information on all of the contents of the kitchen and building parts that would be donated, along with photos.

Second Chance, Inc. scheduled a pickup, and our contractor removed the entire kitchen, putting it on tarps on the front lawn and covering it all with huge sheets of plastic until the pickup date. This included not only the cabinets and appliances, but windows, back door, storm door, lighting fixtures, wood flooring, and anything else that came out of the space being renovated.

The company receiving the donations, Second Chance, coordinated with the appraiser so that the appraiser had the complete inventory of what had been donated. During the next few months, they worked up a professional appraisal of all of the items that had been donated. This is required, if you want a tax deduction for the donation. NoVaStar emailed the full appraisal document along with a signed tax form 8283.

There is a substantial cost for the appraisal, but it is compensated by the deduction, and, there is more value in keeping the removed items out of a landfill and knowing that it can all be repurposed for someone else.

Next post, I'll discuss eco-friendly materials for the new kitchen.

It's Possible to Buy a House that Needs Complete Renovation When You Don't Have the Cash to Renovate

Many houses are on the market that need major updating (usually kitchens and baths) or haven't been maintained in years. I come across properties that have structural issues, have needed a roof for a long time, the cosmetics are not up to date, and innumerable other issues. Most buyers can finance their purchase, but then don't have the funds left over to do the repairs and updates.

A renovation loan can be the answer to this dilemma. The interest rate may be slightly higher than a standard purchase loan, and there are hoops to jump through, but it may mean the difference between a transaction or none. The basics are:

  • Start with your real estate agent, who can help you coordinate and navigate through the process
  • Find a property that needs a lot of work and start setting up the financing
  • Get a renovation coordinator
  • Obtain construction proposals from reputable contractors
  • A specialized appraiser prepares an appraisal of the current value and the value after approved contruction is completed
  • The coordinator assists in finalizing a construction contract and approving a loan that includes the original purchase cost and the construction cost.
  • Settlement can occur with the unrenovated value, according to the sales contract with the seller
  • Additional funds are released from the lender to the contractor as the work is completed and inspected for approval
You are left with a loan that is larger than the original purchase price, but includes your renovation costs. Your house is now a home with the updates and repairs that you want. 

This is a specialized area of the lending field. I have a licensed loan officer at Prosperity Home Mortgage who handles these loans exclusively. Let me know if you want to be connected with him.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Save the Date: The Montgomery County GreenFest is March 28th!

Bring the whole family to Silver Spring on March 28th and help make the first Montgomery County GreenFest a day to remember. On Saturday, March 28th, join hundreds of your neighbors and local organizations at the Montgomery County GreenFest on the campus of Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring. Celebrate our amazing local environment and learn about the key role YOU play in keeping it healthy. The Montgomery County GreenFest is a free event with something for everyone to enjoy. Hear from national and local experts, explore the exhibits and talk to non-profit organizations, listen to music or watch an environmental film as a part of the Environmental Film Festival. There will even be a kids activity area and space to run around in Jesup Blair Park! 

Join your friends and neighbors and be a part of the largest environmental festival focused on Montgomery County, MD.

Learn more at

Check out our promotional video