The tallest condominium in Bethesda is a 17-story glass-and-steel edifice in the middle of a downtown commercial center that is beloved by locals.
From the rooftop terrace of Cheval Bethesda, at Fairmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road, the view is pretty awesome, practically a 360-degree sweep that takes in parts of suburban Maryland, the District and Northern Virginia.
“Look, that’s Tysons Corner over there,” said Inga Scobie, the McWilliams Ballard sales manager for the Cheval, which the builder, Duball, completed in early 2018. “And there’s Rosslyn and Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Mormon [temple].”
The rooftop has a social area with a bar, comfortable chairs and a gas grill. There are decorative plantings, and the floor is a combination of stone patio and boardwalk-like wood planking. Recorded music plays in the background.
“We go up often on these summer evenings because the sunsets are amazing,” said Judi Schwarz. She and her husband, Milt Schwarz, moved to the Cheval in mid-June.
The Schwarzes are enthralled with their 16th-floor home, which is bright white, spacious (at 2,349 square feet) and decorated in a contemporary style. They moved to Bethesda from a 4,000-square-foot single-family house in Seattle. They wanted to be closer to their sons and their sons’ families, plus, Judi Schwarz said, “we decided at our age, it’s best to be on one floor.”
The couple had no complaints about the reduction in living space. “It turns out it’s bigger than I expected,” she said of the condo unit, gesturing toward the open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen, all with nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. “We don’t feel the least bit confined. It actually doesn’t get better than this.”
A variety of floor plans: The Cheval has 71 units, including four penthouses with private roof terraces, and the various floor plans offer a mix of open layouts and more traditional layouts with clearly defined rooms. Sixty percent of the units, including two penthouses, have been sold.
Unit living space ranges from 1,279 to 2,763 square feet. The units have two or three bedrooms and two to four bathrooms. Prices range from $695,000 to $2,925,000. Balconies are enclosed by low glass walls. Each unit has a washer-dryer installed in a separate room. Units have dual HVAC systems to provide optimal air circulation, and a fresh air damper opens automatically when the stove exhaust fan is turned on.
Building amenities: An on-site property manager handles residents’ questions and organizes rooftop events for communal enjoyment. A concierge is on duty at the desk in the lobby all day every day. A doorman is out front on weekends. A lounge — with a couch, armchairs, a fireplace and coffee-table magazines — is located off the lobby entrance. The building has a fitness center, a yoga studio and on-site garage parking for residents on floors two to five.
What’s nearby: The Bethesda Outdoor Pool, a public swimming pool, is about a mile to the south, at Little Falls Parkway and Hillandale Road. Norwood Local Park, a little more than a mile to the south, has a lawn, ball courts, a playground and picnic tables. Cabin John Regional Park, about 5½ miles to the northwest, has nature programs, picnic shelters, picnic tables, grills, woods and trails. Locust Grove Nature Center is about five miles to the northwest. The Bethesda Trolley Trail, between Bethesda and North Bethesda, is a four-mile hardtop walking and biking trail. Bethesda Row Cinema is about a half-mile away on Woodmont Avenue next to a Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop.
Shopping: Downtown Bethesda is packed with shops, including Quartermaine Coffee Roasters, Bethesda Bagels, Apple Bethesda Row, Strosniders Hardware, Bradley Party & Variety (for school, office and sewing supplies, and children’s amusements), and Breads Unlimited (for rolls, loaves, cakes and cookies).
Schools: Bethesda Elementary, Westland Middle, Bethesda Chevy Chase High.
Transit: The Bethesda Metro station, on the Red Line, is within walking distance. The Bethesda Circulator bus runs Monday to Saturday, making 20 stops, including at the Metro station and at eight garages. Parking meters on downtown Bethesda streets cost 25 cents per seven minutes.
4960 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, Md.
There are 71 condominium units. Thirty are for sale, ranging from $695,000 to $2,925,000.
Features: The units have nine-foot-high ceilings and nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. The units have hardwood floors. All units get at least one garage spot; those above the 11th floor get two. Kitchens are outfitted with Bosch and Thermador appliances, quartz counters and imported cabinetry, mostly white, some gray and a few walnut-colored. Most units have balconies, which are big enough for a small table and two chairs. Some balconies wrap around a corner of the building. The building is constructed according to LEED standards and silver certification is in progress.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 to 3 / 2 to 4
Square-footage: 1,279 to 2,763
Condo association fee: 72 cents per square foot.
View model: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Contact: Inga Scobie at 301-473-1527 or LiveChevalMD.com.