Soul Cycle Bethesda

Just read a really interesting series of interviews in Fast Company on innovators and leaders in the new economy. I found the bits on Soul Cycle to be particularly interesting and would love to hear thoughts from people who have experienced Soul Cycle in Bethesda. Do you like it? Love it? Go a lot? Drop an email to raj@rajabout.com:

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Bethesda Real Estate: Both Under Contract and Available

Hi folks,

Just wanted to share a little “insider” real estate process info with you. When you look at properties on a number of the public facing real estate portals, they will use words like “pending” to note when the property is “under contract.” Generally speaking, this information is fairly accurate and the property is, in fact, not available.

However, if you are working through a good real estate agent, they are sometimes able to uncover that rare property that is “under contract” and also “available.” Confused? Actually it is fairly straight forward and the mechanics can be explained in detail by a good real estate agent (I am also happy to discuss with you one on one).

The reason I wanted to raise this is that I was looking at available condo units in Bethesda for a client and the very best unit I found was one which fell into this grey zone. I am not sure if the client will buy the unit but it is a prospect that did not seem available.

So if you are looking at property in Bethesda or anywhere else, confirm that you too have a shot and finding properties in this “grey zone.”

As ever, I am happy to discuss this or any other real estate matter with you – my email raj@rajabout.com and cell (240)486-3921.

 

Cheers!

 

Saw this really interesting helicopter maneuver at Suburban Hospital – it looked like a test/ drill:

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Bethesda Restaurant Week

Bethesda Restaurant Week is winding down friends but you still a couple of days left. We enjoyed Mon Ami Gabi at the start of restaurant week and found the food to be terrific and a good value. Might try and pop over to Cesco before the week is up and see what their menu is like.

Let us know what your favorite spot was for restaurant week – drop me an email at raj@rajabout.com

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Bethesda Kids Mini-March

This was a terrific story! Really nice to see these young kids pushing a positive message in the community.

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Marriott International Moving HQ to Downtown Bethesda

Marriott just announced they would be moving their HQ to Downtown Bethesda.  This will further transform the Bethesda Urban/ downtown area.

Take a look at the link and below (taken from Marriott International) for more information/ FAQ’s etc.:

 

Why was this site selected?
The selected location at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue is ideally situated just a short walk from Metro and adjacent to ample parking options. It is near the heart of the Bethesda Central Business District with abundant resources for dining, shopping and other services that will support Marriott, its guests and employees.

Going to Nandos Bethesda Today!

Seemed like a good place to be on inauguration day based on this: http://everyoneiswelcome.us/

 

Rezoning Single Family Homes (SFH): MoCo Councilman Riemer Provokes Strong Reaction

I noticed that MoCo Councilman Reimer recently noted an interest in allowing SFH to be rezoned to accommodate duplexes. This idea has already provoked strong reactions – take a look at this comment from Robert Dyer (CEO of Suburban News Network).

What do you think? Is Reimer right to consider allowing SFH’s to be rezoned?

Is the density a boon or a problem for our area?

Or do you agree with Robert Dyer?

Feel free to drop me a note at raj@rajabout.com and we will share the most interesting comments here at Bethesda Actually.

New Renderings for Development that Will Replace Apex Bethesda

Thanks to @RobertDyer here is a link to some rather cool pictures. Of course the height of the proposed building is rather controversial as some folks feel it will accelerate the changing of Bethesda to more of a high-rise/ big city community.

What do you think?

A few key details were reported by Nena Perry-Brown @dcurbanturf:

The approved development from Carr Properties will deliver 360,000 square feet of office space, 14,572 square feet of retail space and 480 residential units. Approximately 60 of those units would be set aside as moderately-priced dwelling units for households earning up to 70 percent of area median income. The residences will be split across two towers linked by a glass-enclosed skywalk. The offices would front Wisconsin Avenue and the retail would front both Wisconsin and the southern portion of the public plaza. A portion of the Capital Crescent Trail is also meant to run through the site.

Thought About the New Police Station (2nd district on Rugby Road)

As readers know, there will be a new site for the 2nd District Police Station this Spring with the opening of its LEED Silver building on Rugby road.

It occurred to me that a “Safe Lot” to facilitate Craigslist sales would be a terrific addition.

What do readers think? A good idea?

More info on Safe Lots can be found here.