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Relocating to Bethesda: Celebrate Christmas with These Events!
Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

Capital Christmas Tree Bethesda Maryland is a great place to live! You can find wonderful condos like the Adagio or the under construction luxury condo, the Lauren. or the best townhouse community in all the DC Metro area - Kenwood Forest! We at the Lise Howe Group love to show off our home town!  Edgemoor is a spectacular community of detached homes behind the Bethesda Library. If you want a single family home within a short distance of the Bethesda Metro on the Red Line, you can't ask for better than Edgemoor!

If you find yourself suddenly transported to Bethesda - the question becomes - how to celebrate the holidays? There are lots of options from Mount Vernon and George Washington to the National Christmas Tree on the Mall, lit by our current President, or the Capital Christmas Tree, to the Kennedy Center and the National Cathedral with its glorious performance of the Messiah. 

Here are some of my favorite possibilities for the holiday season - all on Sunday December 14. 

  1. Enjoy a drive through the countryside of Maryland and buy a holiday gift at the Countryside Artisans' Holiday Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  2. Visit the Agricultural History Farm Park from noon to 5 p.m. in Derwood to learn about "Christmas on the Farm."
  3. Enjoy the Maryland Youth Ballet in Rockville as it presents the Mini-Nut, a shortened version of the Nutcracker  - performances at 11 a.m. 
  4. Thrill to Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker with performances at 1 and 5 p.m. at Strathmore's Music Center.
  5. The Nutcracker, A new Holiday Musical is playing at the Round House Theater in Bethesda at 3.
  6. Imagination Stage is performing 101 Dalmations at 11, 1:30, and 4 p.m. in Bethesda.
  7. Everyone's favorite Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is performing at Strathmore at the music center at 4 p.m.
  8. Celtic Holiday music with Seamus Kennedy appears at the Kentlands Mansion at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
  9. The Christmas Revels is back for its annual run at the Lisner Auditorium.
  10. A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is here to scare us all at the Olney Theater at 7:30.

If you go to a few of these events, you will fall in love with the DC Metro area - and then you should give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at

If you are eager to start your search now, just click here to see all the single family homes in Bethesda. 

We like condos too! Here are all the condos in Bethesda under $1 M.

Just in case you want to go big, here are all the condos in Bethesda over $1M!

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Relocation: Bethesda Lifestyle - Shopping in Bethesda, MD at Secolari
Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

Secolari on Bethesda Avenue Featured by Lise Howe, 240-401-5577Once the Lise Howe Group has helped you move into a great building like the Adagio in downtown Bethesda or into a wonderful townhouse in Kenwood Forest, you will want to start to explore the Bethesda Lifestyle! 

There are lots of restaurants in Bethesda - a restaurant for every cuisine from Thai to Nepalese to American to French, Spanish and Italian.  If you can find the country on the globe, we have a restaurant in Bethesda for its food!  You can make your favorite thing for dinner - a reservation! 

We have lots of big name stores in downtown Bethesda, such as Apple, Lululemon, and Northface, all in a line on Bethesda Avenue near Woodmont Avenue.  We have a Barnes and Noble that Bethesda residents actually go to on Saturday nights for a cup of coffee at the upstairs Starbucks. Pottery Barn for Kids is opening in downtown Bethesda within the year.  Those stores are all fine, but they are not unique like Fancy Cakes by Leslie or Secolari. 

Secolari is at 7249 Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda, MD. Are you looking for the perfect gift? Do you want to find artisan olive oil or different types of vinegars? Secolari is the answer to your search.  Secolari sells 14 different extra virgin olive oils and flavored oils, eight different vinegars and balsamic vinegars, and sixty four different kinds of pasta and orzo.  The olive oils are all from California producers, and the virgin olive oils are certified as such by the California Olive Oil Council.  My favorite oil may be the one infused with jalapeno, but the basil infused oil was a very close second!  If you want a long lasting gift, you can buy olive wood serving pieces or works by local artists!  

There are so many wonderful stores and shops in Bethesda to explore once you have found your perfect new home.  If you find a condo, for example, at the Adagio or new construction at the Darcy or you are lucky enough to find a townhouse at Kenwood Forest, you can walk to Secolari! It is just a few blocks from wonderful properties like the Lauren, which is currently under construction.   To start your search for a new home in downtown Bethesda, just click here. You also can call the Lise Howe Group at 240-401-5577 or email us at! 

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Condominiums for Sale in The Chase At Bethesda Bethesda Md
Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

The Chase at BethesdaCondominiums for Sale in The Chase At -Bethesda Bethesda Md

 If you are looking for a reasonably priced condo in Bethesda with lots of bells and whistles like granite, stainless, and balconies- all within a short walk to the Metro, then you should start and end your search at the Chase at Bethesda! The Chase at Bethesda is a condominium building that began selling in 2006-2007 and is across the street from the Bethesda Metro, and just two blocks from Bethesda Row!  The Safeway is just two blocks in the other direction and the Bethesda Library is two blocks west! We don't think that there is any other condo building so centrally located in all of Bethesda! Everyone loves these stylish condos in a building that offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, spacious sun deck and pool, beautiful grounds and private parking! Best of all for the dog and cat lovers among us, the Chase is PET FRIENDLY! 

You can choose a 1 or 2-bedroom condo. They all offer gourmet granite kitchens with breakfast bars, luxurious bathrooms, hardwood floors and plush carpet, and personal washers and dryers. Some offer private patios or balconies while others on upper floors have working fireplaces!

Find similar  Condominiums for Sale in The Chase At Bethesda Condos Bethesda Md


The Condominiums at The Chase At Bethesda include:

  • Newly renovated residences
  • Wood-burning fireplaces on top floors
  • Granite countertops in kitchen and master bathroom
  • Gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances
  • Maple kitchen cabinets
  • Hardwood floors in living room and dining room
  • Track Lighting
  • Balconies on all units
  • Washers and dryers in each unit

There are approximately 250 units at The Chase at Bethesda ranging from a one bedroom unit with approximately 535 square feet of living space to a three bedroom two bath unit with over 1530 square feet.  Many of the units overlook Woodmont Avenue with its ever changing street scene while others overlook the private courtyard.  The front desk is always staffed with friendly people who keep dog treats on the desk for your pet! The Chase at Bethesda

The Chase At Bethesda Gives Lots of Amenities


Amenities include:

  • 2 Lit Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Grilling Area
  • Beautifully Landscaped Grounds
  • Underground Garage Parking Included with Every Unit
  • Visitor Parking
  • Concierge Service
  • Controlled Access
  • Fully Equipped Fitness Center
  • State of the Art Business Center
  • Steps from Bethesda Metro

The Area Around The Chase At Bethesda

Dunkin Donuts in BethesdaLiving in downtown Bethesda means living in a lively urban community filled with nearly 200 restaurants, 75 home fashion retailers, unique boutiques, day spas and salons, three live theaters, art galleries, two multiplex theaters, and much more!  

My favorite way to spend Saturday night is to catch a movie at the Bethesda Regal and then walk down Wisconsin Avenue to one of the many restaurants in Bethesda like Pete's New Haven Pizza restaurant.  Shopping is fun there too with stores ranging from high end clothing stores to furniture stores to consignment shops and fur stores! 


The Chase at Bethesda condos are a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find condos for sale in the Chase at Bethesda (if there are any available today) as well as all available downtown Bethesda condos for sale on my website. If you want a wider search, you might check out all available Bethesda and Chevy Chase condos for sale on my website. 

  • Located steps to the red line at the Bethesda Metro
  • Surrounded by a variety of restaurants, retail shops, grocery stores, nightlife, theatres, and art galleries
  • The Capital Crescent Trail is within walking distance

Want More Information about Life in Bethesda? 

Give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at if you want more information about life in Bethesda.  We have a great relocation package to share with you, including school information, great neighborhoods, seasonal events, restaurants, weather and demographic information about Bethesda and the neighboring areas. 

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Ground Has Broken on the Lauren Condos in Bethesda, MD
Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

Bethesda MD is home to several new condominium projects - a reflection of the changing market and new consumer confidence.  The most recent condo project to break ground in Bethesda, MD is the Lauren, which is located on the western edge of Woodmont Avenue between Hampden Lane and Montgomery Lane, and just off Woodmont Avenue.  The Lauren is designed by Robert M. Swedroe Architects and Planners and the Akseizer Design Group. 

The Lauren location puts you just steps from Bethesda Avenue with all its shops and restaurants, the Barnes and Noble with its iconic fountain, and the glorious Crescent Trail, which lets you bike to Georgetown and back.

The Lauren is expected to be only 29 residences, ranging in size from a cozy 1,444 square feet to more than 6000 square feet.  To see the arrangement of condos within the building, just click here! Special features that will set the Lauren apart from other luxury buildings in Montgomery County, such as the Somerset House condominiums, include:

  • Direct access elevators
  • Nine and ten-foot ceilings
  • Private roof top terraces for select units
  • Home Automation System featuring iPad control of your thermostat, electronic equipment, shades, and more
  • High-end fixture/appliance packages included standard
  • Vented fireplaces
  • Grand two-story lobby
  • Expansive open floor plans
  • Private wine storage

Another special feature of the Lauren is the availabilty of private suites ranging from 565 to 695 square feet.  These private suites are available for purchase with certain units at the Lauren, and will come with a kitchen and full bath.  They can serve as guest suites or be customized as a home gym, home office or screening room - as examples of creative use! 

If you are looking for a luxury condominium in Bethesda, start your search with the Lise Howe Group. As a group of Washington natives, we look forward to helping you find that perfect new home, whether in DC, Maryland or Virginia. 

Give us a call at 240-401-5577 or click here to start your luxury home search! 

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Median Home Prices in 20816 - Bethesda (November 2013)
Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.)

Median Home Prices in 20816 - Bethesda (November 2013)

There was a pause in the market for this close in Bethesda zip code of 20816 in 2013 with the government shutdown as well as a rise in activity culminating in a drop after the quick rise in interest rates.  Overall, the zip code had a year over year rise in all single family homes as well as homes of all types.


Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker, MD, DC, VAAlan Bruzee & Yvette Chisholm Alan Bruzee, Associate Broker, MD, DC, VA
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
 Rockville/King Farm Office 301-548-9700
402 King Farm Blvd #150 Rockville, MD  20850

Telephone: 301-758-9500


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Bethesda Events- Holiday Tango Concert at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club 12/20/2013
Dana Scanlon, Bethesda MD- Award-Winning Bethesda Realtor (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

PhotoBethesda events for this weekend include a Holiday Tango Concert featuring Latin Grammy winner Roberto Pomili Orchestra at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club, 8:30pm on Friday December 20, 2013. $35.00 entrance fee. Tickets can be purchased here:

Bethesda Blues and Jazz
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Contact the Dana Global Advantage Team, for Real Estate Results with "savoir faire". Subscribe to my Bethesda and Beyond blog to receive market information and updates on real estate & happenings in Bethesda, Kensington and the DC Metro area. Feel free to contact me for a confidential consultation on buying or selling in Bethesda and nearby areas.



Dana Scanlon - Local Expertise ~ Global Advantage - in MD, DC & VA - 301-575-4915


Voted One of the Best Realtors by the Readers of Bethesda Magazine 2012                                     
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Foodie Friday - Smashburger Opens in Bethesda
Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

There are lots of ways to cook a hamburger.  For instance, some people like their burgers smashed on the grill. So, burger fans, take note! Smashburger opened in Bethesda on Wednesday, Dec. 11.Smashburger Bethesda—located at 4903 Cordell Ave.—will have 63 seats and will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Bethesda is well known in the DC area for its many restaurants, so a new restaurant is a welcome addition to the area's culinary experiences. 

It's Smashburger's second (of 12) locations slated to open in Maryland over the next two years.  Smashburger is a fast-growing,  "better burger" restaurant, offering burgers that are a cut above the usual fast-food variety. Its signature burger patty is made of fresh (not frozen) Angus beef smashed on a 400-degree flat grill "to sear in the juicy flavor." The burgers are then served on toasted "artisan" buns and "topped with a selection of the freshest produce, real cheeses and highest-quality condiments."  Yum!


If you are not a red meat fan, Smashburger also serves Haagen-Dazs shakes, chicken sandwiches, salads, fries and other sides and regional menu items. Items exclusive to the Bethesda location will include a truffle mushroom Swiss cheese sandwich and a spicy Baja sandwich, "packed full of punch with fresh jalapenos, guacamole, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo on a spicy chipotle bun."

Also, the Bethesda location will serve items exclusive to DC-area Smashburgers, including the Capital Burger and Capital Chicken Sandwich, with grilled onions, Swiss cheese, arugula, applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes and mayonnaise on a brioche bun. 

"When looking to further expand in the Greater DC market, Bethesda was a natural choice for our next location," Scott Crane, Smashburger's chief executive officer, said. "It exudes a booming energy from the hundreds of businesses that populate the area and the people that breathe life into the community."

Smashburger opened in 2007 and now has more than 200 corporate and franchise restaurants in 29 states and four other countries.

If you are planning on buying or selling a home in Bethesda, MD, be sure to give the Lise Howe Group a call!We love showing people our hometown even more than we love eating there! 


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