Month: July 2014
Several years ago I had the great fortune to work with a marvelous young buyer-client who was looking for a home that would provide complete accessibility for a wheelchair. Helping her to find the perfect home was an interesting challenge and I learned about universal design principals in the process. For example, while wanting a single floor, ranch home seems like an obvious start, there are other factors that play a big role in making a home truly livable for someone who might have mobility challenges. Wider doors, room to turn around, no steps at entryways, large showers with no steps, accessible kitchen space are all great features that make life much easier but are not necessarily features that are easy to find. And, finding those features in a home that’s clean, attractive and move-in ready? Even more challenging.
We found a home that was a great start and my client and her fiance made it an even better home! They renovated the masterbath, remodeled the kitchen, updated lighting, installed new hardwood floors, and turned a great, one-level home into something even better — a home that anyone would love whether they want universal design features or not. This fabulous ranch is comfortable, neutral, low maintenance and has a great lay-out for entertaining! In addition, the established Meadowthorpe neighborhood is one that residents adore with quiet, tree-lined streets and convenient location inside New Circle Road. Life has called the owners in a different direction now and I’m excited to be able to offer this fantastic property to a new owner!
I’ve listed and sold a lot of homes in my ten years of being a Realtor. My children, particularly my son who is now 16, barely remembers a time when I didn’t work in real estate and he wasn’t dragged along to check on a listing or open a house for something. Will’s become a house expert in his own right. I have to commend him for having really good home sensibilities. He’s learned to judge a property’s condition, assess the livability of a lay-out, and he’s an excellent judge of curb appeal and location. According to Will, there’s no better place to live than Chevy Chase where you can walk to the grocery, Wheeler’s Pharmacy, Suggins, school, Ecton Park — everywhere a boy or adult could need to go. And, nothing is better than a stone house unlike any of its neighbors with a real front porch and a excellent back yard of entertaining.
436 Dudley Road ranks high on his list of “best homes” or more accurately “can we buy this home and live here?” list. I’m tempted to say yest to this one myself. 436 Dudley has the best of quintessential Chevy Chase charm. It’s been beautifully renovated and maintained by its current owners. A few details I find particularly attractive is the enormous pantry off the kitchen that houses a second refrigerator and an abundant amount of storage, the beautifully renovated kitchen with gas range (a must for anyone who loves to cook) and the open feel of the first-floor living areas. The first floor bedrooms and bath are private and comfortably-sized with lots of nice closet space and beautiful floors. Upstairs, the sellers have renovated the and updated to make an impressive and functional suite that can be utilized in a variety of ways. The bath has been completely remodeled and a huge closet has been added and organized off of the master bedroom. There’s an additional bedroom that works beautifully as an office or could be nursery and a bonus room that could serve as 2nd floor family room, exercise room, or office.
So much to offer in such a great location!