Bethesda | MD
Welcome to 4620 N Park Ave 503W! This unit has been significantly redesigned and rehabilitated into a stunning, luxurious home. All doors and trim have been replaced and updated— doors to the entry closet, laundry room, second-bedroom closet and large hallway storage closet are outfitted with milk glass doors, there are triple sliding doors in the second bedroom closet and large hallway storage closet, and all new matching door hardware has been added. All of the closets throughout the apartment have Container Store Elfa System shelving and storage. The heights of shelves and hang poles can be moved and rearranged at will. In addition, the master bedroom has built-in Elfa Systems desk and shelving for a mini-office. The guest room has a vast array of Elfa System drawers and shelving in the closet and in the “nook” next to the window. Window coverings in the living room and dining room are Hunter Douglas silhouette (side draw); the master bedroom and guest bedroom have duette shades (top-down/bottom-up in guest room).
Flooring throughout the unit is both new carpet and oiled wood. The entry hall has an antique mid-century Swarovski crystal light and all other lighting was new with the the renovation. The down-lights in the living room and second bedroom were installed into a new pair of soffits. The kitchen pendant lighting is upscale glass halogen by a small company in Ohio. The track lighting in the kitchen, hallways and master bedroom closet are all LED and can be swiveled as desired. The laundry has a new stacked full-size washer and dryer with easy-to-reach dryer controls that mount at the bottom, but can be changed to the top and Container Store Elfa shelving provides ample storage. A space is left below the new silestone counter and sink for a wine cooler or laundry baskets. The once fully-enclosed kitchen was opened up and fitted with all new appliances (including a 6-burner Wolf gas range and range hood, a very quiet Bosch dishwasher, a French-door KitchenAid refrigerator (with ice and water), and a drawer microwave. The kitchen was outfitted by Ferguson with a high-end silestone counter and faucet. The kitchen cabinets boast not only a pull-out spice rack, trash/recycle bin, a two-tier carousel in one lower corner cabinet, but also a unique pull-out series of racks in what would otherwise be a blind corner cabinet. An extra deep sink is fitted with a disposer and a rack to protect crockery from hitting the sink base too hard.
Around the corner is a huge bookcase and cabinet perfect for storing for cookbooks and recipe folders. The layout of the closet and bathroom in the master was totally redesigned to optimize the available space. The bathroom was enlarged to accommodate two sinks and the floor is wood-like ceramic tile. A heat lamp, fan and all new lighting and hardware have been added throughout. The master closet is outfitted with Elfa System from the Container Store as is the “mini-office” in the alcove on the way to the master bath.
New hallway decor, elevators, lobby and front entrance were completed in 2021 with no special assessment. The monthly condo fee includes electricity, gas, water, and heat.
Bethesda is located just northwest of the U.S. Capitol of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House, which in turn took its name from Jerusalem’s Pool of Bethesda. The National Institutes of Health main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, as are a number of corporate and government headquarters. In 2014, it placed first on both Forbes’ list of America’s most educated small towns and Time’s list of top-earning towns. Bethesda is situated along a major thoroughfare that was originally the route of an ancient Native American trail. Henry Fleet, an English fur trader in the 1600’s, was the first European to travel to the area, which he reached by sailing up the Potomac River. Most early settlers in Maryland were tenant farmers who paid their rent in tobacco. The extractive nature of tobacco farming meant that colonists continued to push farther north in search of fertile land, and in 1694 Henry Darnall surveyed a 710-acre area that became the first land grant in present-day Bethesda.
Throughout most of the 19th century, Bethesda never developed beyond a small crossroads village, consisting of a post office, a blacksmith shop, a church and school, and a few houses and stores. It was not until the installation of a streetcar line in 1890 and the beginnings of suburbanization in the early 1900s that Bethesda began to grow in population. Subdivisions began to appear on old farmland, becoming the neighborhoods of Drummond, Woodmont, Edgemoor, and Battery Park. Further north, several wealthy men made Rockville Pike famous for its mansions. World War II and the expansion of government that it created, further fed the rapid expansion of Bethesda. Both the National Naval Medical Center (1940–42) and the NIH complex (1948) were built just to the north of the developing downtown. This, in turn, drew further government contractors, medical professionals, and other businesses to the area. This recent growth has been significantly vigorous following the expansion of Metrorail with a station in Bethesda in 1984.
Washington Metro’s Red Line services two primary locations in Bethesda: the downtown area at the Bethesda, and the area near the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed Medical Center at the Medical Center Washington Metro stations. The Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line, a light-rail rail currently under construction, will provide a direct connection from Bethesda to Silver Spring, the University of Maryland, College Park, and New Carrollton. The Purple Line will allow riders from Bethesda to move between the Red, Green, and Orange lines of the Washington Metro transportation system, as well as to MARC and Amtrak trains, without needing to ride into central Washington, D.C.
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