(Sean Shanahan)

One of the most unique properties on the market is aimed at someone who could combine his or her love for high-end living in a post-and-beam home along with a taste for local wine and a desire to run a small business.

Vintage Ridge, a winery in Delaplane since 2000, is listed at $3.39 million. The 44-acre property includes seven acres of grapes that produce approximately 1,200 cases of wine each year.

The main residence was created from three barns transported from New Hampshire in 2008. The grounds also have a winery with a tasting room and a log cabin built from reclaimed wood with a bedroom, a kitchen, a living area and a bath.

The main residence has an open floorplan and high ceilings on the first level with French doors linking the foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen and sunroom to the open porches, flagstone patio and screened porch that wrap around the house.

The residence also has a swimming pool, a clay tennis court, a vegetable garden and views of the vineyard, meadows, trees and mountains.

A first-floor master suite includes a stone fireplace, a beamed ceiling, a reading nook lined with built-in bookcases, a luxury bath and a den. Upstairs are a library, a loft, two more bedrooms and two additional full baths.

For information about Vintage Ridge, contact Realtor Roy Melloni with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at (703) 863-0077 or visit www.roymelloni.com.

Demolition signals start of development in Woodmont Triangle

(JBG Companies and FXFowle Architects)

The JBG Companies, ROSS Development & Investment and the CIM Group have teamed to demolish the single-story retail in Bethesda where Fairmont and Norfolk avenues meet in preparation for the construction of 7770 Norfolk Avenue. The 17-story, mixed-use development will include 244 apartments and approximately 6,000 square feet of retail space.

The project was spurred by the Montgomery County government, which wants concentrated development — both residential and retail — close to the Bethesda Metro Station.

The development is within walking distance of the Metro, restaurants, shops and nightlife in the Woodmont Triangle and downtown Bethesda and is directly across the street from Veteran’s Park.

Construction is expected to begin in September and residents are anticipated to move into the building in mid-2015. Plans call for the apartments to include a rooftop pool, a fitness center, a clubroom and concierge services. For more information, visit www.Live7770.com.

Tool helps painters avoid spills

(Paint Handy)

If you avoid simple painting projects because of the mess, you may just have run out of excuses.

Paint Handy” is a Frisbee-shaped paint caddy with a liner that lets you fill a brush but stops the paint from spilling even if you flip it upside down or sideways. It was developed by Ben Mayberry, a Tulsa, Okla., inventor who’s worked as a commercial painter.

To use the Paint Handy, slip your hand into a strap on the back, pour your paint into the Frisbee and blend it into the surface of the liner. When you’re ready to paint, fill your brush or roller without any excess paint.

The liner works to hold the paint in place so you can even put in several sections of different colors of paint and they won’t run together. If you plan to paint again later or the next day, you can store the filled Paint Handy in a sealed plastic bag until you’re ready to use it.

When you’re finished painting, squeegee leftover paint into the can and rinse the liner with cold water. The Paint Handy kit, which includes a squeegee, a 2-inch foam brush, a 3-inch paint roller and a 2-inch paint brush in addition to the Frisbee and liner, costs $37.99. It’s available at www.PaintHandy.com and will be sold on QVC in September.

Tip of the week

Buying a home in a particular school district is often a priority for parents. But finding information about schools in an unfamiliar area is often difficult.

Century 21 Real Estate recently introduced “Search by School” function to its Web sites that allows parents to customize their home search by adding desired school districts to their list of criteria. When a home goes on the market in that school district, the potential buyers will receive an e-mail alert.

Fair Housing laws prohibit Realtors from steering buyers to particular neighborhoods and from sharing information about which schools are “good” or “bad.”

“Finding accurate data on schools and their performance has been hard for both consumers and Realtors,” says Anthony F. Geraci, broker/owner of Century 21 HomeStar in Highland Heights, Ohio. “Realtors have always worried about what they can and cannot say about schools. They had to make sure the information they gave to consumers were facts, accurate and not in any way the opinion of the Realtor. Now the Search by School feature helps make sure the information about schools is not the opinion of a Realtor and based on accurate information and statistics.”

In addition to allowing parents to narrow their home search by school district, visitors to the site can get a list of top-rated schools and refine the data by looking at student-teacher ratios, specific grade levels and by searching for public, private or charter schools.

Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.