Category Archives: Environment

Greening Bethesda

The recent Bethesda Green awards gala was an opportunity to showcase good, green efforts in the community via their green awards ceremony. We were happy to see that TD Bank and Bell Nursery co-won the leading by example awards for business:

“TD Bank on Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda and Bell Nursery, with a location in Silver Spring, were co-winners of the Leading by Example Award for businesses. TD Bank uses solar panels, a green roof, ivy walls and recycled products to make its building and business as green as possible. Bell Nursery, which supplies flowers and plants across the Mid-Atlantic, has continued to work with Home Depot to recycle millions of plastic pots. The company also has converted two of its facilities entirely to wind power and has promoted the production of native plants.”

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Thoughts on the Future of Bethesda

I was walking around Bethesda with my family this week and we happened to stroll by a new construction project in old Bethesda. We got talking and came to a couple of conclusions:

1. On balance, the smart growth aspect of Bethesda’s plan does make sense – increasing density is a good thing in the age of climate change etc.

2. Bethesda needs to do much, much more to improve its environmental footprint. From green roof projects to adding in more pocket parks, there are things that can and should be done.

Now, some of that responsibility will be on the authorities – in particular at the county level. They need to demand more from developers – just look at DC as an example.

However, it is not only the role of government. Our civil society groups need to do more. Bethesda Green (who we have donated to over the years) needs to push the whole community to embrace a more powerful plan for smart and green growth.

And we the citizens need to do more, from signing up with the compost crew (a terrific bethesda organization) to adding permeable surfaces to our homes and driveways.

We can and must make Bethesda a better, greener place!

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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!

Picture of the Day: Outside Imagination Stage

Wonderful to see a local business innovate in the environmental space:

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Enjoy the Beautiful Weather Bethesda

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Grosvenor Heights Bethesda Model Ready for Viewing!

I recently popped by Grosvenor Heights, the new townhome project by EYA Homes located in Bethesda. The model home is now open and the 33 acre community is really starting to take shape. I liked many of the features in the model and think that the elevator’s are a wise addition.

Happy to discuss further and set up a showing if that is useful. Feel free to give me a call on this or any other real estate matter at (240)486-3921.

Cheers!

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Battery Park Update

Folks,

There will be another hearing (later in Feb) on the proposed road through Battery Park – will get the details posted asap!

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Grab your hot chocolate if you are conducting a Bethesda Trolley Trail Outing!

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Circulator Extended Route

Here at Bethesda Actually we are big fans of the next Circulator route – by driving down Battery Lane the Circulator provides an easy transport option for those who live in buildings ranging from the Madison to the Whitehall to the soon to open residences at the corner of Battery and Woodmont. Additionally, the fact that the new route takes you to Trader Joes is also really terrific. Good thinking folks!DSCF4982

Grosvenor Heights

Friends,

As noted yesterday I visited the site for a new town home development in Bethesda (on Grosvenor lane) called Grosvenor Heights. It is a 33 acre space tucked away close to Grosvenor metro/ 270 access and reasonably close to Wildwood Shopping Center.

The 33 acre space is interesting because it includes a historic property or two + a small office building that seems to be reserved for environmental orgs. It is surrounded by trees and vegetation (and apparently their are efforts to work on increasing native vegetation).

The town home community itself is just being built. The properties will range in price from 1.1 million (approx) to just under 1.4 million (approx) and will have a lot of terrific features including roof terraces and elevators.

I had a very good discussion with the staff there and am happy to set up a private hard hat tour/ viewing if that is of interest to readers of this blog. As ever, you can email me raj@rajabout.com or call at 240 486 3921

I took a few snaps to showcase the work so far and also a map of the area:

 

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