Buy a NEW Construction Home or EXISTING Home?

Factors to Consider Before Buying New Construction Homes

Let’s face it. Most people like new stuff, and that includes homes. I’m asked a lot about buying a new home versus an existing home.

You really could make the case for should I buy a custom-built home versus a new home versus an existing home. Money obviously plays a huge role.
Because there’s definitely a difference in what all three would give you. But in the end that difference is mostly cosmetic. I say mostly because there are some differences — especially as it relates to materials used now versus decades ago. And certainly a truly custom built home can be designed (at a price) to the exact specifications you desire.

So what are the biggest reasons why people want to buy a new construction home?

1. They think that a new home is better

And if that’s the thought in your mind, then that’s a thought in your mind.
Sometimes that’s difficult to get out of your head. Certainly there are differences in the way homes are built now vs. decades ago.
And while many of the materials used, such as insulation, electrical, plumbing, and even the HVAC systems might be better today vs years ago — the attention and details to the actual construction work may not be better. That will truly be a case by case analysis.
And if you like things like real hardwood floors, good luck and getting those in most new homes. You have to jump over to the truly custom home construction to get those.
And if you’re looking for a more established neighborhood with larger trees, that’s often going to be missing in a new home development. It might take 15 to 20 years to begin to get what feels like a real neighborhood that you may be used to growing up.

2. The modern open floor plan in new construction homes

Let’s blame HGTV for this one. What’s the one thing that virtually all the buyers on these TV shows say they’re looking for? “We want an open floor plan.”
And there’s no question about it that older homes often have boxed off rooms that aren’t appealing to most buyers today. Even the new townhomes — like North Quarter in North Bethesda — have modern, open concept floor plans.
You don’t want to rule out an older home though just for that reason. It’s worth investigating whether or not some walls can come down to open things up and create the look and the feel that you desire.
And certainly this is something that I do with my clients. We will do a comparison through my Homebuyer Matrix to see what works best for them. The new home price point might not be as appealing versus renovating an existing home.

3. New Construction Homes let you move in and do nothing

Hey, I get it. This is the ideal scenario. And if this is what you really want — sometimes a new home is the best option.
Yet, it’s always worth digging a little deeper into what is move-in ready, and how that could still be accomplished with an existing home. We want to consider multiple factors and terms. Let’s see how and when a renovation and update could take place so that it works into the schedule and timing of you moving into the home…with all the work having been completed already.
Even if you have a home to sell first, this can be possible. It’s not as easy. Yet, I’ve done it before with clients, and it’s something to consider. Find any home is a major decision and I encourage you to really evaluate multiple factors that will help you make the best decision.
I believe you would greatly benefit  sitting down with me and going through my complete Homebuyer Matrix.
This will narrow down the best path for you to take in buying a home. All you have to do is reach out to me on 240-687-2650.
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North Quarter: NEW Townhomes in North Bethesda

Townhomes Emerge from Old Montrose Christian School

Brand NEW townhomes in the North Quarter development. These new North Bethesda Townhomes are built on what used to be the Montrose Christian School and church.

If you know your basketball, this was the place where Kevin Durant played his high school basketball. These are modern style Townhomes that with some of the models incorporate the rooftop terraces that have become very popular.

There are four models to choose from: Langston, Boyd, Chase, and the Montrose. Prices start in the low $600,000 range, but you can expect to pay closer to $700,000 and higher for the larger models. And then of course it always depends on the upgrades you go with in your selection. This is something we can discuss from a value and quality standpoint. Meaning, the builder options for upgrades may not be your best value.

I would walk through all the upgrade options with you, and first determine if you even like those. If you’re buying a new townhome, condo, or home the unfortunate reality is you really are accepting what the builder decides on. So it may be better from a value proposition, and your personal taste preferences to go with the standard items and upgrade yourself. Again, nothing to fear here. I can assist you in selecting great craftsman for any project. I have a team of go to people from countertops (quartz, quartzite, marble, granite, and natural stone, cabinets, hardwood floors, tile floors, painting, and so on.

This new townhouse community in North Bethesda, or Rockville as some would still call this location, is just on the outskirts of the growing Rockville Pike area. It’s certainly walkable all be at just over a mile to the new Pike & Rose development, the White Flint Metro, my Organic Market, Harris Teeter, and multiple restaurants. Though for some this might be a little far.

And it’s right next door to the Badlands (massive indoor kid’s play space with a variety of activities) at Loehmann’s Plaza.

So if you’re looking for a brand new townhome that’s in a very hot area but at a price point that’s a little bit lower than the other newer townhomes, because it’s on the fringes, this North Quarter development might be a good option.

You can always reach me via call or text at 240-687-2650. And we can arrange a time to get in and see any place that you want.

I have access to every property available. Even if it’s just a question about the area, I’m always happy to help you.

 

Mark Fitzpatrick
RE/MAX Town Center
THE CHOICE GROUP
12505 Park Potomac Ave
Potomac, Maryland 20854
301-637-9762 office

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North Quarter • NEW Townhomes in North Bethesda

Kevin Durant once played Basketball on top of these Townhomes

Yes, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, played basketball at the site of the North Quarter townhomes. The tiny Montrose Christian School was once a national high school basketball powerhouse.

But the once Montrose Christian School and church site is no more. What’s emerging in 2019 is a new townhouse development by Winchester Homes called North Quarter.

Branded as North Bethesda, these modern townhomes start in the $600,000’s and will certainly push into the $700,000’s if the builder can help it. After months of site development, the model homes are going up fast. As of May 20, 2019 — they look to be just about a month out.

You can expect the typical modern townhome style now of a 2-car garage with a small room on that same ground level, an open floor plan on the kitchen and living room level, 3-bedrooms with 2-baths and a laundry closet on the 3rd level, and the upper level with the rooftop deck and additional bedroom, hangout area, and full bath.

North Quarter Townhome Location and What’s Nearby

These new townhomes are walkable to the shopping center next door (major tenants are Badlands Playspace and Chucky Cheese), and about 1/2 mile walk to My Organic Market and 1-mile to Pike & Rose.

The White Flint METRO is 1.2 miles away.

What are the biggest options that most people take in these new townhomes?

Don’t be fooled by the models. These are the decked out townhomes the builder wants you to love. So suddenly, because you’ve now seen them, the options seem like “must haves” in your mind.

And these are the big ones that most people want, and most people take:

  • Powder room on the kitchen and living room level
  • Full bathroom on the upper (rooftop deck) level
  • Engineered wood beyond the main living level (Yes, it’s not real wood anymore folks)

There might be additional packages for pimping out the rooftop deck, adding more crown moulding, and upgrades on appliances, but the above are the biggest ones. And adding the additional bathrooms really does make a difference. Value wise, those would be the best options to add.

If you’re handy or have contractors at your disposal (I do for my clients), then you could potentially save a little (emphasis on little) on adding a new bathroom later. But the biggest difference might be in the materials selected. The builder will likely have limits on selections.
• North Quarter homes for sale

 

Mark Fitzpatrick
RE/MAX Town Center
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, Maryland 20854
240-687-2650  call/text

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Chapman Row at Twinbrook METRO

NEW Rockville Townhomes only Steps to Restaurants and METRO

Chapman Row Townhomes at Twinbrook

Chapman Row at Twinbrook METRO are the first new townhomes to emerge in the vibrant and developing North Bethesda area. This enclave of townhomes would be on what I’d label the very outer edge of North Bethesda. They’re a modern style you see in most of the new, urban townhome developments.

Sizes range from 2,106 square feet to 2,315 square feet and feature 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with an optional powder room on the kitchen and living room level. The larger model size difference comes from being 2 feet wider than the smaller models. What you’ll have to determine is if the layout of the bedrooms works for your situation. What a mean? Well, the 3rd floor, which is the main sleeping floor, has 2 bedroom and 2 full baths — not 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The 3rd bedroom is a good size, but it’s on the 4th floor.

The 4th floor also features another small area that leads out to the roof top deck. An optional full bathroom can be finished on the 4th level. Again, this is an upgrade. So if the 3rd bedroom is essential, that 3rd full bathroom will really be essential. And this will increase the final purchase price.

Chapman Row is only a 2 block walk to the Twinbrook METRO, and shopping, restaurants, and more all within just a block or two.

Grocery stores like Trader Joes, My Organic Market, Safeway, and Giant are all within a few blocks to about a quarter of a mile walk. Whole Foods is about a 1/2 mile away. Barnes & Nobles with a Starbucks is just a few minutes walk. The new Pike & Rose developments adds to a mix of restaurants in the area, and also includes Sport & Health Club and the iPic movie theater.

There are plenty of one level high rise and some garden style condos options in the North Bethesda area, but Chapman Row is a rare offering of townhomes.

New Rockville Townhomes near METRO

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are the townhomes at Chapman Row selling for?

Starting in the low $700,000’s means you can plan on a price points ending up being in the $750,000 to $850,000 for most models. It’s important when walking into a new home development to understand what’s going to bring added value, and what’s going to just drive up your price point. Certainly we can discuss the pros and cons of every upgrade from a line by line valuation viewpoint.

What about parking?

Each townhome has a one car garage. You can also squeeze in another car just outside of the garage. This vehicle would be partially covered by the rooftop deck. Guests would have access to free parking at the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center just 2 blocks away. Now, if someone is a frequent visitor and plans on staying over night, I would not advise them to leave their car at the shopping center over night on a regular basis.

What are the community condo fees?

The condo fees at Chapman Row are planned at about $250 a month.

This would include all the outside grounds maintenance, and the community roads, trash removal, and a community bosque for outdoor relaxation.

What are the most common upgrades?

Whenever you purchase a new home or condo, you must have your mind prepared that what you see in the model home is not necessarily what you get at the price you have in mind. This is why whenever possible, I will take my clients through the unfurnished models first. It would be nice if there was a big fat price tag on the upgrades, but that’s not how it works. The idea is for you to fall in love with the model, and buy as many or all of the upgrades.

In some cases, if you really do need the upgrade, and you’re not a contractor yourself, it is worth it to get it.

What are the assigned Schools?

Chapman Row feeds into a very popular Montgomery County School district:

  • Farmland Elementary School
  • Tilden Middle School
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

While it’s rare that your assigned schools change, if you’re making an investment in a condo (or home) based all or in large part because of the assigned schools, I’d always recommend confirming with Montgomery County Public Schools. This kind of change could significantly change your living situation, and your investment. So, we will always want to verify with the school system about the assigned schools.

What are the closest condo buildings to Chapman Row?

As an alternative to Chapman Row, there are multiple condo buildings within about a 1/3 of a mile. Midtown Bethesda North condos, about 2-blocks away being the closest. Here are the next closest condo buildings:

  • 930 Rose Condos at Pike & Rose
  • The Sterling condos
  • Gallery at White Flint condos
  • White Flint Station condos
  • Miramont Villas condos

Are the Chapman Row townhomes right for me?

Chapman Row - Urban Rockville Townhomes

If you are looking for or like urban style townhomes, walkable to virtually everything you need — top grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment, doctors, and more — then Chapman Row could be right for you. As I mention in the video on this page, the 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the main sleeping level might be a problem for families looking for at least 3 bedrooms on the same floor. There is a 3rd bedroom and 3rd bathroom on the top floor.

There are a limited number of townhomes in this kind of setting. So, if this gets you excited, please call me now so can schedule a time to meet and give you a private walk thru.

Contact Mark Fitzpatrick:  240-687-2650

 

Mark Fitzpatrick
RE/MAX Town Center
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, Maryland 20854
240-687-2650  call/text

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How Amazon HQ2 Could Turbo Charge Maryland and DC Real Estate

Amazon Will Bring A Ton Of Cash and Opportunities To North Bethesda

Amazon HQ2 and Maryland Real Estate

Amazon has officially narrowed it’s 2nd headquarters down to 20 locations. But let’s be optimistic. Let’s think forward about just how big this Amazon move to the White Flint location, or another location in DC or Northern Virginia.

Since I live and breathe in the White Flint (North Bethesda area), I’m going to be even more optimistic that this will be Amazon’s choice. Why not right?

No matter the location, you can easily transfer the affect on your local area. And the reason I’m going to be optimistic that Amazon will choose a DC, Maryland, or Virginia location is simple. Washington DC is the center of the world. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently bought a massive property in DC. And Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post.

So Jeff Bezos will want a strong presence in this area. The swamp hasn’t been drained yet, and it never will be fully. So lobbying is still a BIG deal for Amazon. No better way to help out the cause by bringing a lot of money to town.

$5 Billion and 50,000 Jobs

Those are big numbers, but if you’re a regular Amazon buyer of goods, the kind of investment Amazon’s HQ2 would bring makes those numbers realistic. They would spend $5 billion dollars and create 50,000 jobs. The synergistic and trickle down economic effect would be massive and ongoing. The location announcement here would create an immediate surge and an ongoing flow of new money and opportunities. Here are six things you can expect to happen…

1. Expect Housing Prices To Rise

Supply and demand. Inventories are already low. Demand seems strong in 2018 already. If Amazon comes to town, there’s just no way the supply will meet the demand. People who work at Amazon Headquarters will want to be within reasonable range of work. So this demand will push North Bethesda home and condo prices higher — along with the entire radius around the campus.

2. Expect Fast Tracking of Development Projects

North Bethesda Real Estate - Amazon HQ2

These six expectations really tie together. If Amazon announces White Flint as it’s second headquarters, you can expect plans for developments in consideration or in a hold mode to shoot into hyper mode. There will be some kind of expedited approval process likely for any company that brings forward a development project that will work within the now modified master plan for the area.

We’re talking new condo developments, mixed use, apartments, and single family and townhome developments. I’m sure the government and the developers will look at some formulas averaging the incomes of the expected influx of new workers to the area to determine some more economical housing worked into the mix. This part of the real estate component will always have strong opinions on both sides.

The arial shot above shows outlined in red the demolished, old White Flint Mall. This would be the prime area for Amazon HQ2. To give you a quick understanding of the real estate market, as a general rule of thumb, the blue arrows to the left indicate higher priced real estate. The purple areas indicate lower priced real estate. Now, for many people from other parts of the country, the purple area would still be very high priced real estate based on a home by home comparison. The point is to show there is a significant price change upwards West and South of the Rockville Pike compared to East and North of Rockville Pike.

The bottom line is there will be a lot of meetings, a lot of construction plans, a lot of legal documents, a lot of schmoozing, and a lot earth moving and concrete pouring going on for some years to come.

3. Expect Rental Rates to Rise

Back to supply and demand. Real simple. A certain percentage of new people to the area will rent, and there won’t be – at least initially – enough rental units to go around. So that’s the perfect storm for apartment owners to raise rents. So, if you think you’re going to continue to rent in the area, immediately upon the announcement you might want to sign a long term lease.

4. Expect More Home Buyers To Push Already Low Inventory Levels

You see how these all tie together? First, some new residents from the Amazon HQ2 will want to own a home or a condo. Second, some current renters and potential new renters are going to look at the cost of rents and say, “What the ____?” and opt to find a way to buy.

So guess what that means? Home sale inventories in North Bethesda, Rockville, Bethesda, Kensington, Silver Spring, and even up to Gaithersburg, Germantown and Frederick get even tighter. And that means multiple bids for homes. And that means higher prices.

It will surely be an exciting time for home and condo sellers. Not so exciting for home and condo buyers. It can be gut wrenching to go through looking at places, putting in offers, and then losing out multiple times.

Make sure you’re working with a real estate pro who is really in the know. This is not a time for part-timers and those who don’t live and breathe this area.

5. Expect More Demand For All Real Estate Related and Connected Services

With 50,000 new jobs and $5,000,000 invested in the area by Amazon, the effects will run deep into the real estate business and related services. Let’s just run down some of the people that will benefit:

  • Residential real estate brokers and agents
  • Commercial real estate brokers and agents
  • Concrete companies
  • Dry wall companies
  • Electrical contractors
  • HVAC contractors
  • Plumbing contractors
  • Real estate attorneys
  • Settlement companies
  • Roofing companies
  • Carpenters

You get the big picture. A massive trickle down effect up and down the board to companies of all sizes connected to the real estate industry.

6. Expect More Small Businesses Opportunities

But wait there’s more. Imagine if you have a small business in the North Bethesda-White Flint area where the new Amazon HQ2 is going (or in DC or NOVA)…You’re going to rapidly have more potential customers. This will help companies grow. This will help spur people to start a business.

The restaurants that serve great food at a fair price or with a phenomenal experience will crush it. The same goes for spas, salons, dry cleaners, and so on. The opportunities are always there. The small businesses already thriving will have the chance to really accelerate their growth. Fast moving new service businesses will have a chance of a lifetime to get up and running and fill a void.

Just remember though, this is Amazon coming to town. If you’re a brick and mortar store dealing in physical goods, you better have unique products with an exceptional customer experience. Because is taking no prisoners.

And whether or not Amazon HQ2 does come to the DC METRO area, Amazon is still coming to your neighborhood…One way or another.

 

 

Mark Fitzpatrick
RE/MAX Town Center
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, Maryland 20854
240-687-2650  call/text

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930 Rose condominiums in North Bethesda

Luxury North Bethesda condo rises above The Canopy

Welcome to 930 Rose!

930 Rose condos – Lifestyle & Amenities

– 930 Rose condos for sale
930 Rose condos, also known as ‘Pike and Rose‘, is a 104 unit luxury condo building at 930 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD 20852.  It starts on the 11th floor, above the also brand new Canopy by Hilton hotel, and runs all the way up to the rooftop hangout just above the 21st floor penthouses.

The location is enviable, and for those a little forward thinking, I believe a better value than downtown Bethesda. With the top level penthouse offering 2,520 sq. feet (including the balcony) with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms plus a den — to go along with hotel amenities and amazing views — you could easily pay $750,000 or more for the same space in downtown Bethesda. And this rebranded North Bethesda area has more walkable grocery stores (Whole Foods, My Organic Market, Harris Teeter, Trader Joes, and Giant are all within a 1/4 mile) and a rising number of new restaurants with more to come.

Featuring everything from studio condos as small as 592 sq. feet to 21st floor penthouses with 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathrooms plus a den spread over 2,520 square feet, condo residents at 930 Rose also get access to all hotel amenities at a 30% discount. This includes housekeeping, laundry, and dry cleaning services.

There’s a rooftop deck with 360 degree views down to DC, Tyson’s Corner, and the Sugarloaf Mountains. A fitness center, lounge, and a rooftop doggie walking area make this an ideal urban condo. Step outside and Pike & Rose offers an abundance of restaurants, spas, additional fitness options, grocery stores, restaurants, iPic movie theater, and you’re only 2 blocks to the White Flint METRO.

Time sure flies by…Seems like yesterday when we talked about this place at the launch party at City Perch Kitchen + Bar.

Amenities Recap

  • Hotel style building literally above a hotel
  • 24-7 Concierge style service
  • Private secured entrance and elevators for residence (separate from hotel)
  • Roof top deck with lounge
  • Full access to roof top pool at Henri Apartments across street 
  • Grilling on Roof top
  • Modern fitness equipment
  • Roof top doggie area
  • 30% discount on hotel services
  • 1/4 mile walk to MOM’s Market, Harris Teeter, and Whole Foods
  • 2-Blocks from White Flint METRO

North Bethesda Condos - 930 Rose by iPics

Condo Stats

  • 930 Rose opens on March 15, 2018
  • Features 105 condo units from Studios to 1-bedroom/1-bath, 2-bedroom/2-bath, to a limited number of 3-bedroom/2.5-bath condos
  • Condo sizes range from 592 square feet to 2,520 square feet
  • Balconies of varying sizes with the ground floor level units having small patios

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the condo fees?

It’s a very simple condo fee structure. Many condos base the condo fee on a dollar amount (or cents) per square foot.

Condo fees range from $370 for studios up to the highest fee of $1,485 for a 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom unit with a den. Here is the total condo fee break down:

  • Studio = $370
  • 1 Bedroom = $460
  • 2 Bedroom = $783
  • 2 Bedroom with Den = $960
  • 2 Bedroom Penthouse level = $1,050
  • 3 Bedroom and 2.5 Bathroom Penthouse level = $1,450
  • 3 Bedroom and 2.5 Bathroom Penthouse level with Den = $1,485

The condo fees include all of the amenities (fitness room, use of the Henri pool, tennis court, rooftop terrance, rooftop grills, rooftop doggie area, meeting room, and gas and water), plus the overall maintenance of the condo building and the Master Insurance Policy.

Also, condo residents receive a 30% discount on any a la carte hotel services that include dry cleaning, laundry, and house keeping.

Unlike a single family home, you don’t have the repair or replacement costs of roofs, siding, landscaping, and so on. So your “homeowner’s insurance” policy will also cost you less. Sometimes people are put back by condo fees. Yet, if they added up all the maintenance on a single family home over 10 years plus gym fees and so on, suddenly the number doesn’t look quite as high.

A condo fee, especially in a building like this, really is part of a life style change. You live here and enjoy each day without thinking about anything to maintain outside of your actual unit.

Are any utilities included in the condo fee?

YES — Owners are responsible for electric. Water and gas are included. Also, expect much lower electric bills than you would have in a single family home. This is a brand new building with the highest standards of construction used.

How much does the condo fee go up annually?

Since this is a new condo building, it’s too early to predict annual condo fee increases. However, I don’t know of any new condo building going up with plans to raise condo fees drastically after opening. The condo fees have been set up with financial mapping for the future of the building and maintenance. Typical annual condo fee increases in the area average about 2.3% annually.

What are the assigned Schools?

The 930 Rose feeds into one of the most popular Montgomery County School districts:

  • Luxmanor Elementary School
  • Tilden Middle School
  • Walter Johnson High School

While it’s rare that your assigned schools change, if you’re making an investment in a condo (or home) based all or in large part because of the assigned schools, I’d always recommend confirming with Montgomery County Public Schools. This kind of change could significantly change your living situation, and your investment. For example, Tilden Middle School is going to be converted into a high school. We can help you with this information.

Are Pets allowed?

YES — Pets are allowed. As of now, there has been no dog size limit placed! This is a big deal for dog lovers.

Is there Garage Parking?

YES — Underground, secured garage parking conveys with every 2 bedroom size or higher condo purchase. These are deeded space. Additional garage spaces can be purchased for $42,500. So for Studio and 1-bedroom condo buyers, a garage space must be purchased to officially own a space. However, 930 Rose has offered something unique that makes the actual garage space less of an issue. For $195 a month you can have Valet Garage Parking. So you get a parking space with valet parking service for $195 a month.

GUEST PARKING TIP:  The Pike & Rose development has FREE 2-hour parking in the development garage. There are a number of parking meter options also on Old Georgetown Road across the street. 

Pike & Rose parking

Washers and Dryers in the condo units?

YES — Every condo has its own washer and dryer.

What’s involved in renovating a condo?

Any modifications to the condo unit must meet the condo association guidelines. The concierge will give you the necessary forms and information you need. If you have specific questions before buying a condo here, we can help you determine not only what renovations are possible, but what steps you will need to take. We also have contractors that can help you.

Is there a fitness room?

YES — A rooftop fitness center. Also, Sport & Health has a phenomenal health club at Pike & Rose. It’s just 2 blocks down Grand Avenue off Rose Avenue.

Is there a tennis court or playground?

YES — There’s no tennis court or playground. There are playgrounds and tennis courts within 5 minutes. And just outside of the hotel there is a little hang out area called Rose Park.

Pike & Rose - Rose Park

Is there a Pool?

YES — Condo residents have full use of the rooftop pool on the neighboring Henri Apartments.

Is grilling allowed?

YES — Condo residents can grill in with a view from the roof top terrace. Amazing 360 degree views. It’s stunning!

Is there a Party Room?

YES — There is community room available for residents to use.

Is there a Meeting Room or Conference Room?

YES — There is a meeting  room available to use for condo residents.

Is 930 Rose a secured building?

YES — The building has a 24-7 front desk concierge. All residents must have a key FOB for access. Guest of residents must check in.

Is Extra Storage space available?

YES — Storage cages are available to purchase for $5,000 each. The space is 5′ x 5′ x5′. Also, there are several larger storage facility options only a 1/4 mile away that we can recommend.

Is there a Private Elevator separate from the Canopy Hotel?

YES  — Condo residents have their own elevators. They are separate from the hotel elevators.

Who are the Internet and Cable providers?

Both Verizon Fios and Comcast are available for internet and cable service.

How much is the Move-In-Fee?

Currently no move in fee has been established. The first residents will be moving in mid to late March 2018.

What’s the closest METRO and how far away?

The White Flint METRO is just 3-blocks away (the corner on Rockville Pike and Marinelli Road). Just walk a block to Rockville Pike, and another block 2-blocks to Marinelli Road.

Additional questions or interest in The Wisconsin Condos?

Call or text Mark Fitzpatrick of the Choice Real Estate Group today: 240-687-2650.



Mark Fitzpatrick
RE/MAX Town Center
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, Maryland 20854
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Top 10 North Bethesda condos walkable to White Flint METRO

White Flint METRO and Pike & Rose area condos

Condos Close to White Flint METRO

While there are a limited number of homes walkable to the White Flint Metro, there are plenty of condos that put you within 1-5 blocks away…And more are coming your way.

You can walk from all of these North Bethesda condos (Rockville condos) to an abundance of grocery stores, restaurants, and retail stores. It’s all right outside of your building. And if you’re new or old to the area, 20852 zipcode is for the most part being rebranded as North Bethesda. I like to use this myself to separate the distinguishable zone from Rockville essentially north of Bou Avenue and Rockville Pike.

While nothing is 100% final in terms of the overall finished product that will be the White Flint Redevelopment, the amount of development and improvements happening over the next 5-10 years will be mind boggling for many. Pike & Rose is putting on the finishing touches – with the Hilton Canopy Hotel and 930 Rose Condos grand opening in just about 60 days.

For some of us, we’ve gone back to where we grew up, look in disbelief and say, “Wow, it doesn’t look anything like it used to.”

I’m not sure if the southern Rockville area being re-branded as ‘North Bethesda’ will draw that reaction from those who just recently moved here, but for the long-time residents it might.

For now, we have an abundance of walk-able condos in this section of Rockville. In today’s blog, I’m focusing on living in walking distance to White Flint METRO. The criteria I am using is essentially a 1/2 mile or less. I did include Midtown Bethesda North Condos — even thought it’s slightly closer to another METRO (Twinbrook METRO). It’s a worthy Rockville condo to be on this list.

1. The Gallery at White Flint METRO Condos

The Gallery At White Flint Condos - metro

The Gallery is positioned right next to The Sterling condo building. It has a 24-7 concierge front desk, a fitness center, a club room, a business center room, a seasonal outdoor pool, garage parking, and is just under 2-blocks from the metro. The condo fees are slightly lower than The Sterling (more units helps lower the cost). The top level units that face out to OId Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike have really nice views — especially from the higher floors.

If you like the direct view over to Pike & Rose — to really keep an on the action (people watching can be entertaining), then you might want to consider The Sterling or the brand new 930 Rose Condos. Otherwise, The Gallery at White Flint gives you just a little buffer.

To learn more of the details, including condo fees, pet restrictions, and more, you can read our in depth blog report on The Gallery at White Flint condos.

2. The Sterling at METRO Condos

The Sterling at The Metro Condos - next to Gallery

The Sterling condos sit right on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike — and directly across the street from Pike & Rose. For condo units sitting on the Pike side or directly out to Old Georgetown Road, your views of the action on the Pike is energizing (if you like the action).

And the top level units have spectacular views. Like the Gallery condos next door, The Sterling offers a 24-7 concierge desk, fitness room, club room, seasonal outdoor pool, and is one block from the White Flint METRO.

To learn more of the details, including condo fees, pet restrictions, and more, you can read our in depth blog report on The Sterling at the Metro condos.

3. White Flint Station Condos

White Flint Station party facility

White Flint Station condos are the last of the trio of condos running along Old Georgetown Road from Rockville Pike down to Nebel Street (where Old Georgetown Road officially ends). These condos are garden style, and have a more sprawling, beach resort type feel. Not a resort feel in terms of absolute luxury, but rather just the layout. So for some condo units, you might have a few more turns to navigate.

The picture from above is the Bethesda Club Room in the condo building. It’s part of your space here, and it can be rented (like this party for my Dad’s 80th birthday party). Most of the time, there aren’t parties, so this is a quiet work area for some during the day.

Once you get used to the layout, and where your condo unit is, you can take advantage of the secured entrances at multiple locations to shorten the walk. White Flint Station has the same amenities with a front desk, seasonal pool, fitness room, club room, and garage parking. Depending on your units location, you have about a 3-4 block walk to the White Flint METRO but Harris Teeter and MOM’s Organic Market are a bit closer than The Gallery at White Flint or The Sterling condos.

To learn more of the details, including condo fees, pet restrictions, and more, you can read our in depth blog report– White Flint Station Buyer Guide.

4. The Fallswood Condos

Fallswood-Condos-Rockville

The Fallswood condos are tucked in quietly behind trees off of Nicholson Lane and Executive Boulevard. This high rise has a more grand opening entrance and secured gate access into the complex. It has a nice outdoor pool, fitness room, concierge desk, and is just 2-blocks from Whole Foods and the White Flint METRO. It sits directly across the street from The Wisconsin. Because the condo was built in 1985, it has a little more dated feel with its decor than The Sterling, The Gallery at White Flint, and the White Flint Station condos (all built in the early 2000’s), but some owners have renovated units quite nicely. This building offers some seclusion while still being ultra close to the stores and the action.

To learn more of the details, including condo fees, pet restrictions, and more, you can read our in depth blog report on the Fallswood condos.

5. The Wisconsin Condos

The Wisconsin Condos

This condo building sits directly across the road on Nicholson Lane from The Fallswood Condos. It was built in 1989 as an apartment building but converted to condos in 2006. A rare feature that The Wisconsin has going for it is the expansive grounds for walking between it and the apartment building The Madison.

Also, The Wisconsin condos boast both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, along with tennis courts. Ironically, the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center sits right next to it. So, if you live to swim, then you have no excuses living here. There’s also a fitness center, and it’s about a 2 block walk to the METRO.

To learn more of the details, including condo fees, pet restrictions, and more, you can read our in depth blog report on The Wisconsin condos.

6. 930 Rose Condos

930 Rose Condos

I’m jumping the gun on this one, because it won’t be ready for full move in until about March 1, 2018…But why not?

It’s new. It’s smack dab in the middle of the blossoming Pike & Rose development on Old Georgetown and Rockville Pike. What’s unique from every other condo building in the area is 930 Rose starts on the 11th floor.

Yes, it starts on the 11th floor. Below the condos units is the brand new Canopy Hotel by Hilton. The condo owners will be able to draw upon the added amenities of the hotel with a 30% discount. Along with concierge service, a fitness room, laundry service, and more — dog owners will have access to a roof top doggie area. As expected for brand new in this market and developing North Bethesda market, these condos will be the priciest of the ten featured condos

Also, for people who want a pool, you will have access to the rooftop pool at the Henri Apartments directly across the street. And iPic Movie Theaters — the most luxurious movie theater you’ve likely ever experienced.

iPic Movie Theater - North Bethesda

To learn more of the details, including condo fees, pet restrictions, and more, you can read our in depth blog report– 930 Rose condos.

7. Georgetown Village Condos

Georgetown Village Condos

Georgetown Village condos are conveniently located off Commonwealth Drive in North Bethesda – accessible from both Nicholson Lane and Edson Lane.

These are garden style condos. So unless you get the ground floor unit, you will at least have a handful of steps to navigate. This is important. And if you’re on the upper floor, you have to like walking stairs…and some people do. For a similar garden style development, with plenty of safe sidewalks to walk around, many people also consider Old Georgetown Village. So if steps are or could be a problem for you in the near future, we have to make sure you’re looking at the best condo option.

There’s plenty of parking but it’s in a parking lot. There is no garage parking. So, if a garage space is important, there are better condo options.

8. Old Georgetown Village Condos

Old Georgetown Village Condos

If you’re not a high rise condo person and like a little more sprawling grounds to walk more privately, then you might want to consider Old Georgetown Village Condos. They are not only walkable to the White Flint METRO, but also a short walk to Whole Foods. The official address is on Strand Drive, which is wedged between Edson Lane and Executive Boulevard. Edson Lane is a pass thru street from Old Georgetown Road to Rockville Pike — coming out just across the Pike at the currently vacant, demolished White Flint Mall

These are garden style condos, and there is an elevator. Unlike its next door neighbor, Georgetown Village Condos, Old Georgetown Village condos have garage parking.

Built in the 1980’s, some units can be dated but easily updated. And they have everything from larger 1 bedrooms to 3 bedroom units just under 2,000 square feet with in unit washers and dryers. No dogs or cats are allowed, but you can have birds or reptiles.

They also have a pool and fitness center, and fairly typical condo fees from about $500 – $1,000 depending on the size of the unit. Here’s your complete insiders info on Old Georgetown Village Condos.

9. Midtown Bethesda North Condos

This condo building sits right off of Bou Avenue and Rockville Pike – right next to the Target and Barnes & Nobles. Yes, it’s a bit closer walk to the Twinbrook METRO station, but it’s still very walkable to White Flint METRO. If in a rush, you’d want to go to Twinbrook, but if you want to hit some of your favorite places or a grocery store other than Trader Joes (almost directly across the street), then you might want to walk to White Flint.

Midtown Bethesda North has a boutique hotel lobby feel when you walk in. If someone wanted to shoot a movie and use Midtown as a hotel for the scene, they could (outside of no outside canopy) easily pull it off based on the feel of the lobby. There are nice places to sit, a fire place, a coffee and tea bar with a tv. There’s a little library, a meeting conference room, and tucked away on the lobby level is the ample fitness room, a pool table, and even a theater room for special movie nights.

A helpful 24-7 front desk holds packages for you and is generally helpful. Elevators are secured, with a registered FOB necessary to access your floor and the roof top. And the roof top offers spectacular views down to Washington D.C, Tyson’s Corner, and even up to the Sugarloaf Mountains. You can lounge around the rooftop pool, barbecue on the grills, or hang out in the Sky Lounge (also available for rent for parties).

Midtown Bethesda North Condos - Rockville

The condo units themselves offer large expansive windows (not floor to ceiling but close enough for most people who want that) and have washer and dryers in the units.

10. The Forum Condos

The Forum Condo - Rockville

Yes, that’s a Roman soldier logo on the building in the upper right corner. I almost excluded The Forum entirely for several reasons. One, of all the condos in this North Bethesda (White Flint-Rockville) area, The Forum has the most dated feel and look overall (it was built in 1969).

There’s also a shared laundry room on each floor. AND most importantly, the rental rate to owner occupied has pushed near 50% at my last check. On top of that, they allow 3-month rentals. So this is a problem. And it makes a condo unattractive to lenders so financing could be a serious issue. So it’s more of a rental apartment than a condo building. It’s also important to note, none of the units have a balcony.

And for those reasons, I’ve put it at the bottom of the list. With that said, how about the positives? Well, the location is prime. That’s why I had that picture taken this way. So you could see it.

The condo is two blocks from the METRO, directly across the street from Pike & Rose, and just a few blocks walk to My Organic Market, Harris Teeter, and everything else that The Sterling, The Gallery condos, and the others offer in location. And there’s a tennis court and an outdoor pool. And a small fitness room too. Costs are certainly much lower also. You can get a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom condo of 1,144 square feet for roughly $245,000.

The difference is you will also have a condo fee of about $830 a month. This does include all utilities minus cable. But read the first paragraph again. Fundamental changes need to take place with the condo owners to make this a viable option. Otherwise it’s an apartment building to me. But we’ve gotten clients some great deals there, and it always comes down to what works best for you.

Stay tuned for condo updates…

As the White Flint redevelopment take shape, we will certainly keep you in the loop. Pike & Rose is essentially complete at the time of this publishing, and Federal Realty really did an amazing job on the look and feel of this redevelopment.

Pike & Rose Stores

Each one of these condos has characteristics that make them more appealing to some and less appealing to others. The purpose of this blog is to give you a better feel for each condo in advance. So you can save some time in your first level evaluation. Certainly you can dig in deeper on the specific condo pages and get my in depth personal knowledge at any time.

Nothing beats seeing a condo building, a few units, and walking the grounds first hand though. And certainly we can make those arrangements.

Some websites have some basic information on these condos (that doesn’t make you an expert). I’m in and out of these condos every single day. I shop and eat at the stores here. I have friends and relatives that live in all of these condos. And I have clients (now friends) who live in these condos.

I often get calls from children who are looking to help their parents downsize, and I love this. Because this is such an important process, I’m grateful to help make it a smooth and enjoyable transition.

So feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions, and I look forward to helping you or a family member.

Mark Fitzpatrick: 240-687-2650

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The Wisconsin condominium in North Bethesda

Luxury amenities with spacious grounds at The Wisconsin condos

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The Wisconsin condos in North Bethesda

The Wisconsin Condos – Lifestyle & Amenities

The Wisconsin Condos are ideally situated in the heart of North Bethesda —  yet set back a few blocks from the noise of Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road on 5809 Nicholson Lane, Rockville, MD 20852. 

The condo has enviable grounds that no other close in condo can boast. So if having some private space to walk around with in the condo grounds is something that you enjoy, then the Wisconsin might be a place to consider. My Aunt Millie has lived her for around 20 years, and has enjoyed it very much.

Featuring everything from 1-bedroom condos as small as 748 sq. feet to 3 bedroom with 3 bathroom condos up to 2,435 square feet, the Wisconsin also has a 24-7 front desk concierge. To enter the condo grounds, your car must be registered to get through the manned security gate. All visitors must identify the condo unit they are visiting and get a parking pass.

The Wisconsin is amenity rich — featuring both an indoor pool and an outdoor pool to go along with a fitness center and tennis court. Whole Foods and dozens of restaurants are all easily walkable within 2-4 blocks. And Trader Joes, My Organic Market, and Giant are all within a quarter mile.

Plus the new Pike & Rose development is also just a 5 minute walk away. So living at The Wisconsin gives you privacy with quick access to all that’s available in the developing North Bethesda.

Amenities Recap

  • Hotel styled spacious lobby
  • Concierge desk open from 7am to 11pm (helpful and able to secure your large packages)
  • Security gate guard access and secured building access (FOB or front desk entry only)
  • Open grassy area and walking path
  • Indoor Pool and Outdoor Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Racquetball Court
  • Sauna
  • Large Fitness Room
  • 2-Blocks from Whole Foods
  • 3-Blocks from White Flint METRO

The Wisconsin - Condo Near Pike & Rose

Condo Stats

  • The Wisconsin Condo building was built in 1991
  • Features 203 condo units from 1-bedroom/1-bath, 2-bedroom/2-bath, to a limited number of 3-bedroom/3-bath condos
  • Currently Natural Dental Associates has an office at the garage level
  • Condo sizes range from 748 square feet to 2,435 square feet
  • Balconies of varying sizes with the ground floor level units having small patios

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the condo fees?

The Wisconsin condos have what would be considered luxury amenities compared to other area condos. Yet, with this understanding, the condo fees are reasonable.

Condo fees range from about $450 a month for smallest 1-bedroom condo to $1,450 a month for the largest 3-bedroom condo. Since there are more 2-bedroom/2-bathroom condos than any other size, an average condo fee would be about $940 a month.

Also, the condo fees include all of the amenities (fitness room, both pools, tennis court, racquetball court, grounds maintenance, meeting room, basic cable, and water), plus the overall maintenance of the condo building and the Master Insurance Policy.

Unlike a single family home, you don’t have the repair or replacement costs of roofs, siding, landscaping, and so on. So your “homeowner’s insurance” policy will also cost you less. Sometimes people are put back by condo fees. Yet, if they added up all the maintenance on a single family home over 10 years plus gym fees and so on, suddenly the number doesn’t look quite as high.

Are any utilities included in the condo fee?

SOME — Owners are responsible for electric. Water and basic cable are included. Expect much lower electric bills than you would have in a single family home.

How much does the condo fee go up annually?

Condo fees have gone up a little more than 2% annually since 2009. As with financial market disclaimers, past average increases do not mean future increases will be the same. Yet, an eight year sample provides a good gauge for your budgeting purposes. There have been no extreme condo fee increases at The Wisconsin.

What are the assigned Schools?

The Wisconsin Condos feed into a very popular Montgomery County School district:

  • Luxmanor Elementary School
  • Tilden Middle School
  • Walter Johnson High School

While it’s rare that your assigned schools change, if you’re making an investment in a condo (or home) based all or in large part because of the assigned schools, I’d always recommend confirming with Montgomery County Public Schools. This kind of change could significantly change your living situation, and your investment. For example, Tilden Middle School is going to be converted into a high school. We can help you with this information.

Are Pets Allowed?

SOME — Dogs are not allowed, but you can have a cat.

Is there Garage Parking?

YES — Underground, secured garage parking conveys with condo purchases. These are deeded space. Some owners do rent out spaces for those looking for additional spaces. This usually runs $125 – $150 a month.

As a Choice Real Estate client, we will definitely verify if the condo you’re interested in has a garage space, and if not, if its possible to secure one. Or in the case of a 2nd space, make arrangements to rent one.

GUEST PARKING TIP:  Guests can get a parking pass from the security guard at the gate. If you’re having many guests, and garage parking is filled, there metered spots within 2-blocks. Also, as of December 2017, there’s still a large parking lot just a block away that is free on the weekends.

Washers and Dryers in the condo units?

YES — Every condo has its own washer and dryer.

What’s involved in renovating a condo?

Any modifications to the condo unit must meet the condo association guidelines. This is common for all condos. The concierge will give you the necessary forms and information you need. If you have specific questions before buying a condo at The Wisconsin, we can help you determine not only what renovations are possible, but what steps you will need to take.

Is there a fitness room?

YES — A very nice exercise room and a sauna.

Is there a tennis court or playground?

YES — There’s both a tennis court and a racquetball court. There very nice playgrounds within a few minutes if desired. Just a few blocks off of Tuckerman Lane and Old Georgetown Road.

The Wisconsin in North Bethesda - Tennis Courts

Is there a Pool?

YES — There’s both an Outdoor pool and an Indoor pool. Very few condos have indoor pools. The closest being The Promenade (a co-cop).

The Wisconsin Condo Pool

Is grilling allowed?

YES — Grills are not allowed (as is the case with every condo) on your balcony, but there are grills that can be used on the grounds.

Is there a Party Room?

YES — There is a party room that can be used. The front desk can help with any arrangements.

Is there a Meeting Room or Conference Room?

YES — There is a meeting room available to use for condo residents.

Is The Wisconsin a secured building?

YES — Not only is the building accessible only by key FOB, but there’s a 24-7 manned security gate. There’s also a concierge front desk open from 7am to 11pm. All guests must check in with the security guard before proceeding.

Is Extra Storage space available?

YES — But we would want to confirm based on the unit you were interested in buying. And we not only do this for our clients, but we also help find additional available storage. Also, there are several larger storage facility options only a 1/4 mile away that we can recommend.

Is there an Elevator?

YES  — The Wisconsin has elevators from the garage all the way up to the top floor.

Who are the Internet and Cable providers?

Both Verizon Fios and Comcast are available for internet and cable service, along with some satellite services.

How much is the Move-In-Fee?

Currently it’s $150 be it for a new owner or renter. Your move-in must be scheduled in advance to insure the elevator is reserved for you. There is no move-out fee. 

It’s advised that you schedule with the front desk at least one week in advance.

What’s the closest METRO and how far away?

The White Flint METRO is just 3-blocks away (the corner on Rockville Pike and Marinelli Road). The shortest route walking is to cut through the shopping center turning left at Woodglen Road (opposite direction of going to Whole Foods). The other side of the shopping center is Marinelli Road.

Additional questions or interest in The Wisconsin Condos?

Call or text Mark Fitzpatrick of the Choice Real Estate Group today: 240-687-2650.

 



Mark Fitzpatrick
RE/MAX Town Center
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, Maryland 20854
240-687-2650  call/text

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