Is it the Spartans or the Wildcats? How about Mighty Moo? Better yet is that the Big Train!
- Today we want to give you a tour of the Walter Johnson High School district here in Bethesda, Maryland. Parts of the school district also include North Bethesda, Kensington, and the Garrett Park areas. And to name some of the neighborhoods we are talking about Maplewood, Alta Vista, Wyngate, Wildwood, Tilden Woods, Strathmore, and White Flint. Just to name a few.
- Talking about school districts can have its draw backs for realtors for a number of reasons. One being the school boundaries can be re-drawn from time to time. Here at the old WMAL radio tower field developers are going to build three hundred (300) new houses and townhouses on this seventy-five (75) acre field.
- There is talk that there could be overcrowding at Walter Johnson in the future and a need to bring back the old Woodward High School which had merged with WJ back in 1987.
- Just in case you did not know Walter Johnson was the star pitcher for the Washington Senators from 1907 to 1927 and he was nicknamed the “Big Train”. In 1925 he bought this house and the 8.5-acre farm here in Bethesda. Notice how the side street is Johnson Avenue.
Now for some real estate! Five Hundred Seventy (570) homes and townhomes sold here in the district for an average sales price of $899,000 and with an average of thirty-five (35) days on the market.
The highest of all those sales was for a 6,700 sf, circa 1956, and 2010 renovated architectural designer home with six (6) bedrooms, five (5) full and one (1) half bath home on a 27,000 sf lot, so about half an acre, here in Luxmanor in North Bethesda for $1,900,000.
Now for Condos and Co-Ops. There were a lot and many of them were townhome style condos with five hundred and seventy-tree (573) units trading this past year for an average sales price of $340K with an average of forty-one (41) days on the market.
The highest condo sale for this past year for the area was for a 2,200 sf, two (2) bed, two (2) bath, with a half bath unit with two parking spaces, handsome living spaces and a chef’s kitchen here at Strathmore Park that sold for $1,125,000.