An arts-and-crafts find in Chevy Chase

One of the most unique properties to come to our attention this week is a $2.39 million house in Chevy Chase that blends the contemporary with the classic.

Although it was built in 2006, the house’s arts-and-crafts style — with its deep front porch, cedar shakes, natural stone and copper accents — is reminiscent of an earlier era. Designed by Studio Z Architects, the custom home at 4817 De Russey Parkway has approximately 5,700 square feet of finished space. The four-level manor has six bedrooms, 5 1 / 2 baths and a two-car garage.

While the first level features fireplaces in the dining room, library and great room, many of the home’s highlights are on the top and bottom floors. The fourth level includes a sitting room with a sloped ceiling in addition to a bedroom and full bathroom. The lower level includes a home theater, a billiards room and a club room.

The exterior has plenty of spaces to socialize and retreat — including a covered front porch, a slate rear patio and landscaped areas on a 7,614-square-foot lot.

An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Carl Becker, principal broker of Premier Properties at (301) 873-3221 or visit .

Advocacy group forms for homeowners

A new advocacy organization has formed with the intention of giving homeowners lobbying muscle on a variety of issues.

America’s Homeowner Alliance, which opened for membership this month, aims to “protect and promote sustainable homeownership for all segments of America.” Issues of importance to the organization this year include defending the mortgage interest deduction, preserving the availability of low down payment loans, protecting consumers from higher costs on mortgage loans and from the limited availability of mortgages. The alliance wants to reduce government dominance of mortgage credit, protect home values and encourage more private capital to invest in mortgage financing.

The alliance says it wants to be the voice for the 75 million homeowners and potential homeowners in the nation. The group is led by chairman and founder Phil Bracken, a 35-year housing industry veteran, and president Tino Diaz, former chairman of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

The annual fee to join the alliance is $20. Members get access to a rewards purchasing program with more than 1,000 retail outlets such as Home Depot, Lowes and Sears. For more information or to join, visit .

Fundraiser set for home counselors

For more than 30 years, the Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia has helped distressed homeowners with one-on-one housing counseling, emergency aid and community resource referrals.

On Oct. 24, the group will hold a fundraiser — “Everyone’s Home Matters” — to support the organization’s homeless prevention and financial literacy programs.

The evening includes a reception, silent auction and art exhibit at the McLean Project for the Arts Emerson Gallery at the McLean Community Center. Tickets are $100, or $175 for two. For information and tickets, go to or call (703) 372-5440.

Grocery delivery service moves in to region

If you’ve ever left the office and wished your groceries would be waiting for you at home, you’ll appreciate the service offered by Relay Foods, a grocery delivery service operating in Charlottesville and Richmond which now serves the D.C. area.

Residents of 17 apartments in the city and several in Crystal City and Alexandria can get groceries delivered to drop spots in their buildings. “We’re a combination of a farmers market, a natural food market and a regular grocery store,” said Caesar Layton, senior vice president of business development for Relay Foods.

The online market offers products from 250 local farms along with local providers of organic foods. The delivery service is free to customers and free to apartment buildings; Layton says their prices are similar to those at a farmers market and slightly more than those of a grocery store.

“In Charlottesville and Richmond, we created drop spots in convenient locations such as churches, schools, corporate parks and hospitals where people could pull over in their cars and pick up their groceries,” says Mark Henderson, a manager for Relay Foods. “In D.C., more people use public transportation, so we decided that we could find the population density that makes our service work by contacting apartment building managers. We expect to triple the number of apartments we serve in 2014.”

In order to accommodate the deliveries, drop-off locations need space for temperature-controlled storage containers provided by Relay Foods where residents can pick up their food. Henderson says the company has worked with property managers to organize happy hours and cooking demonstrations with local products to encourage participation in the service.

For information on the service, e-mail

— Michele Lerner

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