Category Archives: In the Community

Niche.com ranks Bethesda No. 89 Nationally

Congratulations to all of the people who make Bethesda their home. Niche.com ranked Bethesda No. 89 nationally in a very detailed study on the top 100 places to live across the country (see here for a searchable site).

Their methodology includes real estate (yay) and a whole lot more besides:

The 2016 Best Places to Live ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area at the place level. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.

It is also important to point out that 11 neighborhoods in Montgomery County made the top 100 list. Congratulations to all their residents!

My day job, as regular readers know, is that of a real estate agent (licensed associate broker in MD and licensed agent DC and VA) and I am very happy to discuss these, and other local neighborhoods, with folks thinking about moving to our area. Feel free to give a call at 240 486 3921.

Cheers!

Taste of Bethesda Cont.

Here are a few more pictures from the (wet) day!

PS Shout out to Fish Taco – that corn dish was AMAZING!

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Taste of Bethesda!

Well, Taste of Bethesda was wet and wonderful (as usual) – please email your favorite pictures to raj@rajabout.com and I will try and post the best of the bunch. Here is a good one to get started (the massive pot of yummy food being stirred by the Jaleo team:

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Real Estate and Aging: Mobility within the Single Family Home

Friends,

As I mentioned yesterday, I am going to spend some time in the coming weeks looking at some of the questions that arise when people in our community begin to think about their changing real estate needs as they age.

Today I wanted to touch on the subject of “mobility within the home.” Many of my real estate clients begin our conversations with this point. More often than not, they are currently mobile but concerned about the structure of their house and its practicality as they age. One client recently pointed out to me that while he and his wife were both fit and loved their town home, he is increasingly aware that their home has 4 sets of stairs (internal and external) and would be really challenging if they had a hip/knee issue in the years to come.

For many individuals who fall into this category, they are not ready to consider senior living facilities but are open to downsizing in a smart way. So what should they be considering?

If they are still keen to live in a single family home some of the key considerations probably should be around the location of the bedrooms/ bathrooms and accessibility into and within the home. A main level bedroom (preferably a master) and a main level bathroom should be considered. Another consideration is access to the front door of the house – can this be done without going up and down stairs? Is there an attached garage and does it come in on the same level as a bedroom? Does the house allow the fitting of certain mobility tools (chair elevator/ internal house elevator/ internal doors that allow wheel chair access)?

If the single family house is desirable, is there a way to live on one level as you get older and perhaps leave the other level or levels for when guests come? I have seen some nice ramblers in Bethesda recently that fit this model very well.

Does the house have dual systems so that you can just heat or cool the part of the house you are using in years to come?

Now there is much more to discuss when it comes to mobility/ single family homes (and I am happy to do so anytime) but for now I am going to sign off.

We will continue to look at mobility tomorrow but turn our attention to town homes and condos.

Until then!

 

Real Estate as You Get Older

Friends,

The demographic data is clear – the United States is aging and Bethesda’s population is certainly tracking that national trend.  As we, as a society, look to address the changing needs of an aging populace, real estate will play a key component in our thinking and decision making.

As a real estate professional I am having conversations about aging and real estate constantly with clients.

For some the challenges surround selling a home that is too large or unwieldy to live in and maintain while for others it is trying to work out whether there next home is their final home or a bridge to assisted living. These are important discussions and each has a fair share of built in questions to consider.

In the coming weeks I will be raising  some of these questions and making a few suggestions that might be useful. I really encourage you to email me questions/ or topics you want me to address at raj@rajabout.com – we can’t cover all the details on every topic in a blog format but hopefully this will be a good start. I am also hoping we can bring in the view points of non-real estate experts who can contribute to this discussion.

Cheers!

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Picture of a Soon to be built retirement facility adjacent to Battery Park. Many in Bethesda are trying to work out their real estate moves prior to entering a retirement facility. I try to assist with that.

 

Bethesda Actually and Cornucopia are back!

Good news friends – not only is Bethesda Actually back up and running after our latest technical snafu but we can also rejoice in the fact that Cornucopia is scheduled to reopen after Ebo’s Summer holiday. I had planned to wander over there to get some bread this morning but the rain has driven me in doors for now. But I am looking forward to popping in and telling Ebo he has been missed these past weeks! In particular the lack of really good gelato during the hot and humid days of summer was a big miss!

 

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Picture of the day: Where is this?

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Med One Urgent Care Bethesda

Now this review is long over due – my family have had cause to visit the urgent care on Old Georgetown road on a couple of occasions in the last year and just wanted to take a moment to say what a reassuring experience we had on each occasion. Eric (the doc and owner of this branch – full disclosure I assisted him a few years ago in finding the space) – was kind, thoughtful and methodical in his approach. In one instance he suggested we follow up with a specialist and in another he was able to take care of things 100%. I really appreciated his efforts and wanted to let the community know about our experience. Obviously medical matters are the most important issue any of us have to deal with and with all emergencies you should contact 911 but for our two situations (which fell short of an emergency) Eric was a real asset.

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Aging in Bethesda Cont.

Just wanted to follow up on yesterday’s post and note that a 60 second walk from the site of the proposed retirement home Brightwood Bethesda (in the Tough Temple Cross fit space) is a project that sees Sunrise Senior Living looking to revamp the building that was once Springhouse Bethesda/ Manor care assisted living.

 

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Aging in Bethesda

It has been fascinating to see the way our aging population is impacting life in Bethesda. From high end services targeting the retiree demographic to home care service springing up, change is all around. We are also seeing a few new players joining the retirement home business and new/ revamped homes springing up close to the down town area.

Here at Bethesda Actually we are going to try and do a better job of show casing the services, challenges and opportunities in this space. To start with we just wanted to note that a new retirement home is slated to fill the space currently being occupied by Tough Temple Cross fit and a dance studio just behind the Battery Garden Apt. complex.

See this pic for details (more info to come as we get it):

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