(Paul Butterfield, Re/Max)

Hardy House, identified by the Maryland Historical Trust as “one of the few mid-19th century houses remaining in lower Montgomery County,” recently sold for $448,500.

The four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home at 2650 Cory Terrace in Silver Spring has 3,100 square feet of space on a tree-lined lot that’s nearly one acre.

Built by John Hardy in about 1860, the home originally sat on 230 acres. Over the decades, parts of the parcel were sold to other farmers. The subdivided farmland eventually became known as Kingswell, named after William and Mary Hale Kingswell, who owned the property from 1941 to 1957. The most recent owners of the Hardy House lived there from 1960 to the present.

“The Hardy House combines historic charm with modern amenities,” says Redfin agent Matt Modesitt, who worked with the buyers of the Hardy House. “The home has five fireplaces and lots of original detail, but also has ample parking and is close to the Metro.”


Creighton Farms in Aldie is the site of a Meet the Builders event. (Jon Edwards)

Event to demystify custom home-building process 

If you’ve ever thought of building a custom home or even just doing a custom remodel of your current home, you may want to drive out to Creighton Farms in Aldie on May 3.

The four Signature Builders at Creighton Farms — Visnic Homes, Creighton Enterprises, Apex Custom Homes and the Galileo Group — will all have representatives available to answer your questions while you tour homes they’ve already built or that are currently under construction.

The builders will share information about the custom home building process; working with contractors; construction techniques; and recent designs, including floorplans and photos.

Tastings from Creighton Farms Executive Chef Reid Badger will be available in each of the homes. The Meet the Builders event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Creighton Farms, 22050 Creighton Farms Drive in Aldie. To RSVP for this free event, contact Connie O’Brien at 703-957-4819 or cobrien@creightonfarms.com.



Second luxury high rise leasing at North Bethesda Center

Aurora, an 18-story luxury apartment under development by LCOR at the mixed-use development of North Bethesda Center at the White Flint Metro station, will begin leasing in June.

North Bethesda Center, a 32-acre live-work community includes a Harris Teeter grocery store and a community green where outdoor activities such as movies in the park and yoga night will be held. The development will include shops, restaurants and entertainment venues in addition to offices and residential buildings.

The Aurora, a 341-unit building designed by WDG Architects, features a glass and brick exterior with glass balconies for each residence. The building, which will be LEED certified for energy efficiency, offers amenities such as a resort-style pool with a sundeck, a rooftop terrace, a media and game room, a golf simulator, a fitness center, a business center with computers, concierge services, a bike repair and storage station, 386 garage parking spaces and the Aurora Sky Club, an 18th floor space with a bar, TV lounge and conference area.

The studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments include floor-to-ceiling windows, maple cabinets, granite counters, marble-topped bathroom vanities and either a breakfast bar or kitchen island. Rents range from $1,587 to $1,716 for studios, $1,786 to $2,347 for a one-bedroom, $2,131 to $2,343 for a one-bedroom with a den and $2,315 to $3,145 for a two-bedroom.

For more information,  visit http://aurora-apts.com.

Tip of the week

“Buyers, don’t go for the newest, prettiest listing — everybody else will be all over it, too, and you will end up competing and paying a high premium for it,” says Donna Evers, broker and owner of Evers & Co. Real Estate.

“Instead, consider the house that everybody else has passed by because it needs paint and some renovations,” she says. “The acquisition price plus the fix up price will probably be less than the end price on the pretty house that everyone is bidding up.”

Michele 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.