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Town Square | ‘Newhart’ lifestyle available for would-be innkeepers


(Courtesy of TruPlace)

If “Newhart” was your favorite 1980s-era TV show, a bed and breakfast listed for sale at 114 Washington St. in Chestertown, Md., could be particularly enticing.

Even if you don’t long to run your own cozy inn, this single-family home has its charms. The John L. Stam House was built in 1860 in the Gothic Revival Victorian style by architect A.J. Downing and restored by Michael and Marta Girone, who bought it in September 1999.

The Girones preserved the original woodwork, hardwood flooring, mantels and ornate plaster ceiling and used period wallpaper to replicate the home’s original style. The kitchen and bathrooms were custom designed to reflect the style yet have the upgraded amenities and appliances that meet modern standards.

The home can easily revert to a single-family usage. The signature elements of the house include a central tower containing a bathroom at the top with a claw-foot tub as well as porches, patios, bay windows and three fireplaces. The upper level rooms have sharply sloping ceilings.

The home, which sits on 1.3 acres, has 3,300 square feet of space with six bedrooms and six bathrooms and is priced at $675,000. For more information, contact realty agent Terry Stafford at Keller Williams American Premier Realty in Bel Air, Md. at 443-512-0090 office or visit


(Courtesy of TTR Sotheby’s International)

Parcel that was part of Mount Vernon Estate sells for $18.6M

A parcel that formerly was a part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon sold for $18.6 million — the highest price on record in Northern Virginia, the highest sale in the history of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and the highest in the Washington area in 2.5 years.

Known as River View Estate, this 16.5-acre parcel is the largest privately held and developable piece of land that was once part of Mount Vernon.

The land includes more than 380 feet of waterfront property along the Potomac River, is 10 miles from Washington River View Estate and has a 6,000-square-foot manor home, a guest house, a carriage house and staff quarters.

Heather Corey and Theresa Sullivan Twiford of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty‘s Alexandria office represented the sellers in this transaction.


(Donaldson Group)

Montgomery Village apartments to undergo renovations

Cider Mill, an 864-unit garden-style apartment complex in Montgomery Village, was recently acquired for about $110 million by the Donaldson Group and Angelo, Gordon & Co.

The partners plan a $15 million renovation to the property. It is across the street from Lakeforest Mall, which is currently undergoing a renovation.

Cider Mill sits on 42 acres one mile from Interstate 270 and 1.5 miles from the Gaithersburg MACR commuter rail station. The development has 72 garden apartment buildings constructed between 1971 and 1973 with one-, two- and three-bedroom units that range from 690 to 1,140 square feet.

Community amenities include a swimming pool, a fitness center, playgrounds, a car wash station, laundry facilities, picnic and barbecue areas and a resident services center. The entire community and amenities will be upgraded and individual heat pumps will be installed for each unit along with new kitchens, carpeting, bathrooms, doors, fixtures and in-unit washer-dryers.

(Courtesy of ArciBIM)
(Courtesy of ArciBIM)

Green luxury apartment to be built in Bethesda

Construction of Element 28, a luxury high-rise apartment building in Bethesda designed by R2L Architects, is set to begin in mid-2014.

The building at 7535 Old Georgetown Rd. will be LEED silver certified and include a green rooftop with indoor/outdoor lounge seating and views of the Washington metro area.

The 101-unit building will offer residents a location steps from the Bethesda Metro Station and within walking distance of the Bethesda Row and Woodmont Triangle shopping and dining districts. Building amenities will include a public plaza with an architectural sculpture, a wine cellar, a bicycle workshop, a fitness center and private outdoor terraces. For more information, visit

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