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A Word From JP: Spring Brings More Than Nice Weather

March 12th, 2014, posted by Marc

Spring is around the corner! While you might have been smiling or laughing as you read that, with last week’s snow still in our minds, Spring is inevitable. It’s in the front of our minds here at Brandon Green Residential, since helping people like you buy and sell homes is something that, to do well, involves careful, advance preparation.

So, how can you prepare for Spring? You’ll find some tips later in this newsletter. If you’re considering buying or selling a home this year, you’ll be most successful if you start to plan now. What are some of the things you can start to do?

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If you’re planning on selling your home, here’s how you start to get ready:

  1. Schedule routine maintenance and repair.  Check and fix your home’s landscaping, your furnace and interior or exterior paint. If buyers see things that need immediate repair, they wonder what else needs repair that they don’t see.
  2. Start to detach emotionally from your home. A sale is about more than you. It’s now the buyer’s future home.
  3. Stage the Home. A model home looks comfortable to everyone. You want your home to have mass appeal. We can help with ideas and recommend a professional stager.

If you’re planning on buying a home, here’s how you start to get ready:

  1. Start with a copy of your credit report. You’ll want to look for and correct any inaccuracies now, since your credit will have an impact on any type of financing you need. We can even help you with resources for improving your credit.
  2. Sell or donate items that you don’t use. If you have less, you may not need as large or expensive a home. You will reduce your moving costs and you will have a little more money to buy a home.
  3. Sit down with us for a “Buyer Consultation.” We can discuss areas and options, price analysis, contracts, negotiation, inspections, appraisal, and more.

As you read through our newsletter, you’ll see that we’re already making our mission happen here at Brandon Green Residential –we’ve already helped quite a few people move their lives forward in 2014. We’ve helped sellers bring homes to market in areas like Chevy Chase and Truxton Circle, and we’ve helped bring buyers to new homes, like Leo S. and Rosario P. in Shepard Park and Jason and Jennifer M. in Silver Spring. We’re helping clients like the British Government look at and buy homes throughout the metropolitan area to house British officials and employees, in areas like upper NW, Alexandria and Bethesda.

We’ve all moved our clocks ahead…”springing forward” as they like to say. If we can help you spring forward, we’re just a call, text or email away.

Cheers,

J.P. Montalvan
Managing Director

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New Listing in Georgetown at 2500 Q Street NW #336 at The Gateway at Georgetown

March 7th, 2014, posted by Marc

OPEN HOUSE  SUNDAY (3/09) FROM 1-4 PM

Take a look at our new listing at 2500 Q Street NW #336 in the Gateway at Georgetown, a 1 Bedroom and 1 Bath Condo listed for $409,000

A wonderful opportunity to enjoy a luxurious and peaceful oasis in historic Georgetown. . . with a unique mix of renovation and amenities adding grace and allure, imagine this home as your retreat from the everyday. Inside the one Bedroom, one Bath condo, the entry Foyer with coat closet leads you to a contemporary, open floor plan, highlighted by beautiful wood floors, oversize windows, built-in bookcases, a gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops, elegant cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, an adjacent Dining Area and a spacious Living Room opening to an airy courtyard view. A long hallway with multiple closets with double doors opens to a spacious Master Bedroom with more built-in bookcases, a generous walk-in closet and a second clothes closet, a large, renovated Full Bath replete with an elegant pedestal vanity and a large walk-in glass shower.

Outside, the home’s windows are quiet vistas of The Gateway at Georgetown or wind up or down on the building’s expansive rooftop deck. The Gateway at Georgetown provides its residents with a community laundry room, exercise room, courtyard and 24-hour concierge service—included with the condo fee that also covers all utilities. From elegant building lobby, you have convenient access to the vibrant Georgetown and Dupont Circle communities, and all points Washington, DC. Enjoy rental parking in the building’s garage or easy MetroRail access to the metropolitan area. This offering is for those who require a convenient and comfortable full-time residence or pied-a-terre.

The hallmark of The Gateway at Georgetown residences is luxurious convenience. Georgetown’s commercial corridor, just a few blocks to the south and west, offers endless shops, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife, as does the Dupont Circle commercial corridor just a few blocks to the east. The Georgetown Park shopping mall and Washington Harbour waterfront are just some of the nearby attractions. The neighborhood is served by significant stretches of parkland and green space, including Rock Creek Park, a 1,754 acre park that gives residents easy access to The National Zoo, walking, hiking and biking trails as well as picnic areas and the Carter Baron Amphitheatre, which itself provides various free concerts to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Georgetown runs along the water, with the Potomac River to the south and an endless amount of fantastic views of the District on the water. The Francis Scott Key Bridge connects Georgetown to Virginia for easy commuting as well as three Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metro stops all within a 1-mile radius of the center of Georgetown, including both the Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn stops along the Blue/Orange Line and the Dupont Circle stop along the Red Line.

Take a look at the virtual tour here: 2500 Q Street NW #336, Washington DC 20007

For more info or a private showing: info@brandongreen.com or (202) 318 - 1623

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BGR Welcomes Larry Allen to the Team!

March 4th, 2014, posted by Marc

Larry attended T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria anLarry Allen Joins BGRd has lived in many areas of Washington, DC before going to college at the Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating from VCU, Larry returned to D.C. and started working with Henninger Media Services, a television production company in which he was promoted from office assistant to project manager in a matter of months. Larry left Henninger to explore other television production routes with the likes of ESPN, MSNBC, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. As an expert in video production, Larry is very critical about what he presents to the public, especially with real estate, and refines every aspect to ensure the proper visual presentation of a home and how it impacts the marketing of a property in a buyer’s mind.

Larry was involved in the production of a spin-off of the home redecorating series, Trading Spaces, in which Larry developed a keen sense of the importance of home design and décor. Larry’s production work not only in Washington, DC but also in New York, Los Angeles and internationally affords him a broad network he leverages for his real estate clients. Larry’s network includes an array of both corporate and individual clients, with years of experience working for political action groups in the DC area. Larry started his real estate career with first time homebuyers, and since has expanded his client reach to investors, developers, home sellers and others as a key member of the Brandon Green Residential real estate team.

Why Brandon Green Residential?

“As a child I grew up in such a multitude of places that I was always finding myself in new and different situations, giving me the ability to understand a wide variety of people and cultures. I see the uniqueness and beauty in everyone and working for Brandon Green Residential seemed to resonate with that exact mentality shared among the Team.”

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New Row House Listing in Truxton Circle at 67 P Street NW

February 28th, 2014, posted by Marc

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY (3/01) &  SUNDAY (3/02) FROM 1-4 PM

Take a look at our new listing at 67 P Street NW in Truxton Circle, a 3 Bedroom and 1.5 Bath Row Home listed for $599,000

Welcome to beautiful Truxton Circle and its 19th and 20th century row houses along P Street, NW. Detailed with a handsome brick exterior, this three bedroom, one full bathroom and one half bath home warmly invites you to enter via the ornate blue front door that matches the home’s shutters. Once inside, gorgeous crown molding and hardwood floors span the entire Main Level, stretching from the front door to the back door, which leads to the Backyard and Patio beyond. The Living Area provides abundant seating space and features oversized windows that allow for plenty of natural sunlight to illuminate the home during the day.

The Main Level is designed in an open floor plan, with separate Dining Area off the Kitchen at the rear of the home. The Kitchen includes all stainless steel appliances, granite counters and an abundance of cabinets that strikingly complement the hardwood floors. The Main Level also includes a Half Bathroom and a convenient laundry closet with a washer and dryer, making laundry day hassle free.  The gracious stairs lead to the Upper Level and the three bedrooms of the home — the Master Bedroom and two other well-proportioned bedrooms. The bedrooms feature wall-to-wall carpeting, oversized windows, ceiling fans and walk-in closets, served by a Full Bathroom. The rear of the home is accessed via the back door of the Kitchen, including a fenced-in Patio, Backyard and private parking spaces.

The Truxton Circle neighborhood is a unique and thriving community, centrally located in Northwest DC, allowing for easy access to all things Downtown. Truxton Circle is ideally situated with Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park to the north, Eckington to the east, Shaw and Mount Vernon to the west and the entire North of Massachusetts Avenue (NOMA) developmental district to the south.

With expansive options to choose from, whether restaurants, bars, shops or boutiques, Truxton Circle is both a quaint community and a gateway to the District’s arts, culture, entertainment and nightlife. A majority of Truxton Circle is considered historic, with early 19th century homes and historically significant schools such as Armstrong Manual Training School, where Duke Ellington received his high school diploma, and Dunbar High School, still in use after 150 years. The area also features several parks and playgrounds such as New York Avenue Playground, Bundy Playground and Truxton Park. The neighborhood is served by the Metropolitan Transit Authority Red Line Metro Station at NOMA/Gallaudet near the intersection of New York Avenue NE and Florida Avenue NE.

 

Take a look at the virtual tour here: 67 P Street NW, Washington DC 20001

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New Condo Listing in Mount Vernon in The L at City Vista

February 21st, 2014, posted by Marc

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY (2/23) FROM 1-4 PM

Take a look at our new listing at 440 L Street NW #409 listed at $438,500

Welcome to The L in City Vista, a magnificent condominium building in the heart of DC that showcases the chic and fashionable modernity of the neighborhood through both individual custom condo design and a rare, wide array of amenities exclusive to residents. When entering The L, residents are greeted by 24-hour concierge service in the welcoming main lobby. A quick ride up the elevator to the fourth floor leads to No. 409, the largest combination one Bedroom and separate Den configuration in the building.

This home is designed for functionality and maximum livable space in an open floor plan for the Main Living Area. Step inside the home and enjoy gorgeous Hardwood Flooring that spans the Kitchen. Enjoy a modern Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, beautiful wood cabinetry, a Kitchen Island and Granite Countertops, opening onto the combination Living/Dining Area. The Hardwood Floors stretch from the Kitchen into an expansive Living/Dining Area perfect for entertaining or relaxation.  The Living Area also features oversized windows that allow for plenty of natural sunlight to illuminate the home. The Master Bedroom Suite also offers expansive windows, creating a bright, welcoming and serene Bedroom space as well as a walk-in Master closet. The Den offers multiple options as office, guest room and nursery.   The Master Bathroom also offers a modern flair, with ceramic bath tiles, matching granite counters and a combination shower/tub all in a spacious setup.

The L caters to its residents in a unique way, as it is connected to the sister building – The K at City Vista – via an elevated walkway that allows for residents to enjoy a variety of amenities. Some of those amenities include a one acre park, a private Club Room, a Garden Patio, a Library and a Rooftop Lounge with a grilling area. The shared amenities with The K include a second private club room and library as well as a breathtaking Rooftop Pool and Hot Tub patio that offer true “city vistas.” The L is a pet friendly  building.

The Mount Vernon/Chinatown community surrounding The L has an expansive set of options to choose from, whether restaurants, bars, shops or boutiques. Right around the corner, residents can visit the convenient Safeway grocery store, get in a quick workout at Vida Fitness or relax with food and beverages at Busboys & Poets. The L is also within a short walk of the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority Metro with stops along the Green and Orange Lines at the Mount Vernon Metro Station as well as the Gallery Place Metro Station that connects the Green/Orange lines with the Red Line. Residents also enjoy easy access to concerts and sporting events at the Verizon Center, the home location for both the Washington Capitals hockey team and the Washington Wizards basketball team. Other nearby attractions include the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Penn Quarter, Chinatown and the I-395 highway.

 

Take a look at the virtual tour here: 440 L Street NW #409

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New Listing in Capitol Hill at 523 8th Street NE #103

February 14th, 2014, posted by Marc

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY (2/15) &  SUNDAY (2/16) FROM 1-4 PM

Take a look at our new listing at 523 8th Street NE #103 in Capitol Hill listed at $411,000

This inviting 2 bedroom condominium is located in Capitol Hill at the Masonic Temple Condominium building, the former site of a Masonic Temple, which has since been converted into spacious residential living. Upon entering the single-level unit, residents are greeted by 11-foot ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors that span the Living Area, Master Bedroom and Second Bedroom.

The Living Area was designed with an open floor plan flair, allowing for a fusion of a combined Living and Dining Room that provides enjoyment of the warmth of the fireplace from any part of the home, with the gorgeous Kitchen just steps away. The Kitchen has dark granite countertops that stunningly offset the stainless steel appliances and wood cabinetry. The remaining rooms of the home flow from the Living Area.

The home’s Bedrooms are both generously proportioned with oversized windows that allow for plenty of natural sunlight and wide, double closets for storage space.  The home also features an in-unit washer/dryer and a deeded, convenient Parking space.

Residents are served by the Union Station Metro Red Line as well as all the shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques along the H Street Corridor, including the nearly completed H/Benning DC Street Car line.

 

Take a look at the virtual tour here: 523 8th Street NE #103

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New home for sale in Adams Morgan at 1700 Kalorama Rd NW #202

February 14th, 2014, posted by Marc

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY (2/15) &  SUNDAY (2/16) FROM 1-4 PM

Take a look at our new listing at 1700 Kalorama Road NW #202 in Adams Morgan listed at $719,900

Welcome to the Kalorama Lofts, a unique loft-style condominium building in the heart of Adams Morgan.  This pet-friendly building features a welcoming lobby, elevator and three common roof decks. With just over 1,350 square feet of living space, this large two Bedroom, two Full Bathroom unit features 14 foot-high ceilings and a chic open floor plan.  The home boasts beautiful bamboo floors and expansive windows; the Bedrooms have sliding panel doors that can be left open to create an expansive open space or rolled closed for privacy.

The chef’s Kitchen is open to the Living & Dining Area and features granite counters, stainless appliances and convenient breakfast bar.  The sunny, open Living Area has a gas fireplace and sliding glass doors to a private balcony that faces Kalorama Road.  Walk-in closets with custom designed shelving units, expansive, well-appointed Bathrooms, an in-unit washer and dryer and a reserved parking spot complete the package, making this a home ideal for both convenience and style in one.

Adams Morgan is prime location for all things DC — centrally located and in close proximity to U Street, Dupont Circle and Columbia Heights. The community is served by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority Metro stop at Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Red Line as well as the Red Line stop at Dupont Circle and the Green/Yellow Line at U Street Station. Adams Morgan provides an array of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutiques, and hosts an annual Adams Morgan Day Festival celebrating all that the neighborhood has to offer.

The home is adjacent to the Crossfit Hierarchy health club and just steps away from the Harris Teeter grocery store. The neighborhood is excellent for bikers, with easy access to DC’s dedicated bike lanes as well as several nearby Capital Bikeshare stations. There are several choices for recreational activities, including Marie H. Reed Recreation Center, Happy Hollow Playground and Meridian Hill Park.

 

Take a look at the virtual tour here: 1700 Kalorama Road NW #202

For more info or a private showing: info@brandongreen.com or (202) 318 - 1623

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New Listing: Chevy Chase Home for Sale at 4502 Drummond Avenue

February 7th, 2014, posted by Marc

OPEN HOUSE  SUNDAY (2/09) FROM 1-4 PM

Take a look at our new listing at 4502 Drummond Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD listed at $1,495,000

This splendid brick Colonial in Chevy Chase is a home of classic architecture magnificently appointed with modern day amenities.  This grand Colonial home lays within the Village of Drummond neighborhood, established in 1916 as a self-governing district. The handsome exterior opens to a grand, vaulted Center Hall with exquisite marble floors, custom moldings and majestic entries to the expansive Living Room with fireplace and the banquet Dining Room, each with hardwood floors.  An intersecting hallway leads to the two wings of the home…the left wing with an elegant Family Room with cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, sunny, traditional and bay windows, a fireplace and a wet bar, in an open floor plan.

The gourmet Kitchen offers generous cabinetry, spacious granite countertops and a large Kitchen island. The Kitchen includes a convenient wine rack as well as a double oven and double cooktop, ideal for large meals, parties or family gatherings. The right wing of the home leads to a Powder Room and to the Main Level Master Bedroom beyond. The large Master Bedroom provides ample space for a sitting area, as well as dual custom walk-in closets and a luxurious, en-suite marble Master Bath with dual vanities, soaking tub, separate shower and water closet. The Main Level includes a Laundry Room with cabinet storage.

A sweeping stairway leads to an expansive Second Level landing, featuring the same beautiful hardwood floors, overlooking both the Dining and Living Rooms. The Second Level leads to four additional, well-proportioned bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms and two sharing a full hall bath.  On the Lower Level, discover a dramatic Entertainment Room with fireplace, as well as three additional rooms, including two bedrooms and one full hall bath, which present multiple possibilities as office, studio, guest/nanny space or a potential in-law suite. The Lower Level offers a separate stairway entrance that leads to the side of the home’s neatly landscaped and fenced private Backyard with mature trees and shrubbery…a perfect location for a Patio or Barbecue area. This gracious home and its two car attached Garage are steps to Friendship Heights, downtown Bethesda and each area’s restaurants, shopping and recreation.

The Village of Drummond neighborhood, which includes some 43 homes, organizes a variety of services for community residents and holds an annual picnic in September.
Within a short walk, residents can enjoy the vibrant Friendship Heights and Bethesda neighborhoods, which offer an incredibly wide range of shops, grocers, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife, as well as convenient access to the Red Line of the MetroRail system.

Village of Drummond residents are well served by nearby parkland and recreation.  Capello Park, about a block away on Wisconsin Avenue, offers a basketball court and several tennis courts. Vinton Park on Dorset Avenue is an 18 acre natural area with a hiking trail. At the west end of Drummond Avenue, a previously abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad right-of-way is now the Capitol Crescent Trail, which runs from Silver Spring, through Bethesda and Chevy Chase and connects to the C&O Canal towpath and ultimately to Georgetown, offering runners, hikers and bikers a wonderful and natural connection to many points Maryland and Washington, DC.

 

Take a look at the virtual tour here: 4502 Drummond Avenue

For more info or a private showing: info@brandongreen.com or (202) 318 - 1623

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A Word From Brandon: What the Holidays Mean to Real Estate

December 19th, 2013, posted by Brandon

December is the perfect month to spend time with family and if your family is like mine, inevitably real estate will come up in the conversation.  We love to talk about real estate because there are fewer things more important to us than where we live.

Your home is important to us too at Brandon Green Residential and we like to remind everyone that December is a great month to finish the winter preparations before it gets even colder, and to begin working on your interior to-do list.  Particularly if you’re interested in listing in the spring, work on your list now to be ready to sell your home earlier if the market opens an opportunity for you.  January and February have presented some good opportunities for sellers over the last few years, so don’t discount the winter market.

Buyer enthusiasm overall may be lower, though the buyers that are out there are highly motivated and inventory is low, creating an opportunity for a well-priced home. There’s no definite way of knowing what the market will be like once spring hits, but this is the season to get ready for the New Year’s changes as we progress into 2014.

This is the time to start looking at what you like, when you are finally ready for that change. As many of you know, sometimes these changes can’t wait — maybe you’re just starting a family and want more space — or maybe your family has a new addition on its way and you need more space.

Whether through want, need or somewhere in between, family is what makes this time of year such a memorable and special season, wherever you may call home. We have much to be thankful for at Brandon Green Residential thanks to you and as we move through the Holiday season, please know we think of you often and wish you the very best for 2014.

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‘Green Home’ Listing in Petworth with Open Houses This Weekend!

December 13th, 2013, posted by Marc

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY (12/14) 1-4 PM & SUNDAY (12/15) FROM 1-4 PM

Take a look at our new listing at 4114 New Hampshire Avenue NW #1 in Petworth listed at $324,900

When most people think of a condominium building, they think of a multi-story stack of the same types of homes above and below each other.

The Solidago in Petworth is a rare exception, the only LEED Platinum condominium building in Washington, DC.

LEED Platinum certification is the highest green building rating available — and means a home or building that is not only environmentally friendly, but also budget friendly by achieving real energy savings.

The Solidago is just that–a model sustainable row house exemplifying the benefits of a ‘Green Home.’ Upon entering the home, discover a modernity of style that is apparent in design, fit and finish.

You are welcomed into a spacious Living-Dining Area, featuring exposed brick and a distinctly open floor plan that includes a luxurious Kitchen. The Kitchen offers beautiful cabinetry and granite counters, high efficiency Energy Star appliances including built-in over-the-range microwave and high efficiency water heating for the laundry hookups and dishwasher.

The home has two bedrooms, each with unique, space-saving sliding doors and high performance windows, doors and full seal insulation. A serene, well-manicured patio garden in the rear of the home provides a fenced-in lounge for the Solidago’s residents.

This Petworth home is a unique place for the environmentally-conscious, budget-attentive and creature-comfort-aware homeowner.

And much more!

Take a look at the virtual tour here: 4114 New Hampshire Avenue NW #1

Fore more info or a private showing: info@brandongreen.com or (202) 318 - 1623

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