Buyers looking to spend under $400,000 — and who also want to live within walking distance of a Metro station, shops and restaurants — typically need to make a few compromises. Living near Metro and shops and restaurants doesn’t require a District Zip code, so one trade-off could be to buy property near a suburban Metro station.
The single-family house at 420 Reading Ave. in Rockville, Md., is a short walk from Rockville Town Square, which has dozens of restaurants, a movie theater, a library, bars, an ice-skating rink in winter and free concerts in the summer. The Rockville Metro station for Red Line service is nearby.
Priced at $393,000, this 1920s Arts and Crafts-style bungalow has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,293 square feet of living space. Annual taxes are $4,392 and there’s no homeowner association fee.
Two bedrooms and one bathroom are on the main level and two bedrooms and the second bathroom are upstairs. The house is being sold as is. But it’s in good condition. It just needs some updating. The property has its original wood floors in the living room, dining room and bedrooms, a claw-foot tub, gas heat and window-unit air conditioners. The windows and roof have been replaced and the house has a fenced yard and a driveway for off-street parking.
Assigned schools are Meadow Hall Elementary, Wood Middle and Rockville High. GreatSchools.org ranks the elementary school at five, the middle school at eight and the high school at six, all of which are average to above-average.
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For information, call real estate agent Nancy Vert of Fairfax Realty at 240-305-6315.
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