Kensington, MD Real Estate News

Kensington Maryland Home Sales January 1, 2008 - May 18, 2008   Address Style Subdivision List Price Close Date Close Price Seller Subsidy BR BA HB   9505 BYEFORDE RD   Split Level   BYEFORDE   $679,000   1/14/08   $645,000       3   2   0       10117 WILDWOOD RD   Split Level   CHEVY CHASE VIEW   $599,900   5/9/08   $590,000   $21,000   3   2   1   4519 DRESDEN ST   Rambler   CHEVY CHASE VIEW   $530,000   5/5/08   $531,000   $1,250   3   2   0       5312 BANGOR DR   Split Level   GARRET PARK ESTATES   $539,000   1/17/08   $539,000   $10,000   3   1   1   5101 BANGOR DR   Cape Cod   GARRET PARK ESTATES   $549,000   2/28/08   $539,000       3   2   0   10901 ORLEANS WAY   Rambler   GARRET PARK ESTATES   $514,990   3/20/08   $515,000       5   3   0   4912 FLANDERS AVE   Rambler   GARRET...
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  Other Items Inside: * JT's Restuarant Review - Buyer Specialst for Gary Ditto* Moms Club Meeting in May to Feature Guest Speaker from PEP* Volunteer Tutors Needed for Literacy Council* New Nursery School in Town* Special Events at the Kensington Park Library* New E-Mail Updates from Gary DittoSInterages Tutoring Program Needs Summer Volunteers -www.interagesmd.org Introducing Kensington’s Bookshops  All Books Considered www.allbooksconsidered.comKensington Row Bookshop  - www.kensingtonrowbookshop.comOsiris Books - www.osirisbooks.org Please visit my website to a link for the whole newlstter
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
The Early YearsFrom Half a Century of Club Life: 1899-1949 by Anna H. FarrellWoman's Club of Kensington(A special thank you to the Woman's Club of Kensington for sharing this glimpse into Kensington's early years.)In 1899 the town of Kensington had no paved roads, no electric lights, no telephones, no street signs or house numbers -many wells, pumps, and windmills-for there was no Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission with its underground system of water and sewers; no buses nor private automobiles, but the B&O railroad served it well. And it had the Kensington trolley-car, a distinctive asset in transportation at that time....The households of all the residents were conducted in a similar manner; the men went to Washington to office or school or store; came home and made gardens and ...
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     Address                           Close Price        Close Date    10329 SUMMIT AVE          $397,500        Apr 23, 2008    10901 ORLEANS WAY       $515,000        Mar 20, 2008    3007 OAK DR                 $322,000        Apr 8, 2008    3004 JENNINGS RD         $650,000        Mar 12, 2008    3017 EDGEWOOD RD        $665,000      Mar 18, 2008    10911 DRUMM AVE          $430,000       Mar 28, 2008    5211 FLANDERS AVE         $455,000      Apr 14, 2008    2606 MCCOMAS AVE         $427,500      Apr 22, 2008    3906 LAWRENCE AVE        $315,000     Mar 28, 2008    3519 NIMITZ RD               $310,000     Apr 15, 2008    4109 DECATUR AVE          $328,000      Apr 9, 2008    12 CAMPBELL CT              $635,000     Mar 3, 2008    4104 BYRD CT                 $480,000      Apr 21, ...
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Kensington Park MOMS Club (a national support group for mothers who primarily stay at home with their children) invites moms and their children to attend the monthly meeting Wednesday, June 25 at 10:15am at the Kensington Park Library,4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD  20895.  The Banjo Man, Frank Cassel, will perform a sing along show with his banjo singing popular children's songs.  This MOMS club is open to moms whose children are zoned to attend Kensington Parkwood ES and Garrett Park ES.  The group's activities include trips to parks, lunch and coffee get-togethers, playgroups and more.  More information is available at www.kensingtonparkmoms.com   or you may email kpmomsclub@yahoo.com
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
KENSINGTON DAY OF THE BOOK FESTIVAL: APRIL 27 FROM 12-5 Come celebrate the International Day of the Book! Fun for the whole family!Kensington Day of the Book FestivalSunday, April 27, 12-5Howard Avenue in Old Town Kensington. (Street will be closed fromArmory Avenue down to the Train Station) Just one block fromConnecticut Avenue, one mile outside the Beltway.This is a wonderful street festival, rain or shine. Over 100 localauthors, book and paper artists, small press publishers, literarygroups, booksellers, and community organizations will set up along twoblocks of Howard Avenue in Kensington Md to show, sell, and discusstheir books and art.Live music performed by JP McDermott & Western Bop, and a great duoEsther Haynes & Keith Grimes (Keith is the former guitarist for theEva Cassidy B...
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By Matt Murton
(The Burch Murton Group of Washington Fine Properties)
www.MattMurton.com
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By Matt Murton
(The Burch Murton Group of Washington Fine Properties)
www.MattMurton.com
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
Kensington Park MOMS Club (a national support group for mothers who primarily stay at home with their children) invites moms to attend the monthly meeting Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30pm at the Kensington Park Library,4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD  20895.  PEP (Parent Encouragement Program) will be presenting a parenting class on Diffusing Sibling Rivalry.  Their goal is the development of stronger, more encouraging families, through systematic education, skill training, and support.  This class will include sibling fighting, teasing and bickering can be very challenging to parents.  Learn why children fight and what you can do to help children develop better relationships and to fight less often.  This MOMS club is open to moms whose children are zoned to attend Kensington Parkwood ES a...
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
The Railroad Comes and "Knowles StKation" Emerges In 1873 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad built the Metropolitan Branch, connecting Washington with Point of Rocks, Maryland. The railroad tracks crossed farm land owned by Daniel Brown, George Duvall, George Knowles, and Alfred Ray. A station was built at the point where the railroad tracks crossed the old roadway-now called, at various points, Cedar Lane, Howard Avenue, St. Paul Street, and University Boulevard. "Knowles Station," as the area became known, was subdivided and various parcels were sold after the deaths of George Knowles and his wife Luraner. The farmland began a rapid conversion to a small community. The lots were desirable due to their closeness to the railway and the improved public road. By 1880, Knowles Station had a pop...
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
Noyes Library Another treasure from Kensington's history is the Noyes Library, at Carroll Place and Montgomery Avenue, built in1893. Now a children's library, Noyes was the first public library in the entire metropolitan area. It's hard to imagine a time when you couldn't easily go to a community library to borrow the latest novel, look up information about the world around us, or browse through the latest periodicals. But if you had been living in the Washington area a century ago, none of these would have been a simple task. Public libraries did not exist, and most people lacked the money or the space to keep their own home collection of reading materials. Many farsighted Kensington residents were determined to change that situation. Two played crucial roles: Crosby Noyes, editor and ...
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
    Kensington Maryland Real Estate - Market Update                       Address Style Subdivision List Price Close Date Close Price Subsidy BR FB HB 9519 E STANHOPE RD Colonial ROCK CREEK HILLS $1,275,000 28-Feb-08 $1,250,000 $7,500 6 5 0 2915 JENNINGS RD Colonial OAKLAND TERRACE $979,000 29-Feb-08 $950,000 $20,500 4 4 1 9607 HILLRIDGE DR Rambler ROCK CREEK HILLS $829,900 31-Jan-08 $829,900 5 3 0 11227 NEWPORT MILL RD Colonial PT WHEATON OUT $795,000 26-Feb-08 $795,000 $35,000 4 3 1 9818 CULVER ST Split Level ROCK CREEK HIGHLANDS $780,000 23-Jan-08 $760,000   3 3 0 9505 BYEFORDE RD Split Level BYEFORDE $679,000 14-Jan-08 $645,000 3 2 0 4300 BROOKFIELD DR Colonial KENSINGTON ESTATES $639,000 22-Feb-08 $600,000 3 2 1 5101 BANGOR DR Cape Cod GARRET PARK ESTATES $549,000 28-Feb-08 $539,0...
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
The Kensington Letters By: Marion M. Corddry of the Woman's Club of Kensington The Woman’s Club of Kensington, preparing for its Centennial in 1999, has much to look back on with more than a little pride. Early in this century, members marched for suffrage, lobbied for the child labor bill, and presented the town with its very first trash can. During World War I, the ladies sent pillows to Europe, knit warm garments for the Navy League and Red Cross to distribute, planted liberty gardens and canned the produce, helped provide books for soldiers and sailors, and bought a Liberty Bond. But it was during World War II that a club project combined patriotic support for Kensington personnel serving their country with morale-building treasures from home, at Christmas time. From 1942 to 1945, c...
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More Kensington Memories Stories from some of the longtime members of the Woman’s Community Club of Kensington (WCCK), told at their March meeting. Part 2. Lively Looking Back Irene Iskrant, member since 1955 The club has been fortunate to have such talented and capable presidents. I became a member in 1955. Jeannie Baxter opened my eyes to what club work is all about. She was an inveterate note writer. Everything, no matter how small, was rewarded with a cordial note from Jeannie. I remember her announcing, “I’m so proud of all of you.” Estelle Waters served for two terms and never wore the same hat twice. I asked her where she kept all those hats. She said that she kept them in the attic. Bessie Shafter wore stunning outfits. But she was much more than that. She got us involved in th...
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Fifty Years of Friendships, Fundraisers, Food, and Flowers And service to the community Part 1 In March, members of the Woman’s Community Club of Kensington (WCCK) came together to celebrate several decades of activities and volunteer service. The program also commemorated National Woman’s History Month. Eighteen members shared their memories and honored some of the club’s past leaders. Here are excerpts from some of their stories. In future issues, we’ll have more. A Musical and a Mystery Lorraine Kennedy, member since 1950 I was invited to the drama club as a guest. At the meeting, which took place in a member’s home, a play was read and the members took the parts. I didn’t know what to expect. From the very first scene, I was enchanted. We read South Pacific. I went home on Cloud Ni...
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
Kensington Community Service for Peace / Shalom On Tuesday evening, April 8th at 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Uunited Methodist Church, located at 10401 Armory Avenue, Kensington, Maryland, will be hosting an inter-faith service sponsored by the Kensington-North Chevy Chase Ministerial Association. The service will recognize and celebrate the peace-making traditions of our area’s faith communities. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Colman McCarthy, a columnist for The Washington Post from 1969-1997, and the founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace, a Washington non-profit since 1985 that helps schools begin or expand academic courses in nonviolent conflict resolution. Since 1982, he has been teaching peace courses, and is currently on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Law ...
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By Gary Ditto
(Long & Foster Realtors)
CORE YOGA • KENSINGTON CORE YOGA • KENSINGTON Spring 2008 ClassesIntegrative Yoga TherapyKathleen Holmay, Registered Yoga TeacherGuided Meditations … Hatha Yoga PosturesBreathing Exercises … Healing Imagery • Tuesdays 12:30 – 2:00 pm • Thursdays 5:45 – 7:15 pm and 7:45 - 9:15 pm 12 Weeks – March 31 through June 19, 2008 Registration Contact Kathleen Holmay at 301-942-9595 or Kathleen@CoreYoga.us. Please pre-register to ensure your place in class and to help maintain a regular yoga practice. Missed classes can be made up by attending any other class during the current or following term. The Monday 7:30 pm class is available for make ups but is full for spring registration. What’s Provided – What to Bring Mats, ties, blocks, blankets and eye pillows are provided. Please wear comfortable ...
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GARY H. DITTO'S NEWSLETTERFALL 2007  Please see link below for a pdf of Gary's Newsletter  Newsletter  IN THE ISSUEIntroducing Two New Restaurants in the Town of Kensington - Cafe 1894 & Pumpernickels DeliThe Cardinal 5KWelcome to "Green In"Congratulations to the Winners of Paint the Town Yard & Apple SalesGary H. Ditto Free Pumpkin CouponThe Children's Garden Dedication CeremonyAlexander Technique in Kensington
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