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                                                        The MacArthur Boulevard Corridor
 
 
The neighborhoods along MacArthur Boulevard  are highly prized because of their unique homes and proximity to downtown DC and the C&O Canal.  Following is information about the Town of Glen Echo, Glen Echo Heights, Cabin John Park, Cabin John Gardens and Brookmont.  For more information, or to receive automatic e-mail updates on properties for sale in these neighborhoods, contact Eleanor Balaban at Eleanor.Balaban@LongandFoster.com or 301-215-6875.  
 
 
 
                                                                       Welcome to
                                                            THE TOWN OF GLEN ECHO
 
 
 
Location and Area Description:
The Town of Glen Echo occupies a rather small area located between the Cabin John Park and Glen Echo Heights neighborhoods.  It lies predominantly in the region between MacArthur Boulevard and the Clara Barton Parkway (which parallels the Potomac River).  On the northwest, the Town is bordered by a portion of Cabin John Creek Park and, on the southeast, by the area of Oberlin Avenue and the access road to the Clara Barton Parkway.
 
 
 
Environmental and Recreational Features:
This compact community lies on a slight incline that abruptly slopes down steeply onto the C&O Canal and Cabin John Island, permitting virtually no new residential development.  The Town encompasses wooded areas, footpaths, open spaces, Glen Echo Park, and access to a variety of places for outdoor sporting activities.  The Potomac River and the towpath along the C&O Canal are scenic areas for picnicking, canoeing, hiking and jogging.
 
 
 
The Glen Echo Park site has a colorful history dating back to the 1880s.  With the construction of an amusement park in the early 1900s and a streetcar line from Washington that terminated at its entrance, Glen Echo Park was one of Washington’s most popular places.  The art deco style of architecture of park buildings and attractions creates an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1920s and 1930s.  Currently, the Park functions as an arts and cultural education center accommodating artists who offer year-round classes in mixed art media.  During the summer there is a full schedule of events, festivals, and craft and art fairs.
 
 
 
Master Planning and Zoning:
The Master Plan recognizes the unique characteristics of the Palisades—steeply wooded slopes, open space, vistas, cliffs and the Potomac River.  The Braeburn Parkway Area, north of MacArthur Boulevard, is one of the three locations identified by the Master Plan as a conservation area to be preserved, protected and enhanced.  To preserve this environmentally sensitive area, downzoning from R-60 to R-90 for new development is recommended.  Charles Fortin reports, however, that the Town of Glen Echo is currently zoned R-60 and would remain so designated to preserve its historic and architectural features.
 
 
 
Historic Features
The Town of Glen Echo is unique in several respects.  The Town is incorporated and has been chartered since 1904.  This tiny community has an elected Mayor, four Council Members, and an “unofficial” monthly newsletter (The Echo) with a total circulation of 190.  The Baptist Church within Wellesley Circle is the centerpiece of the Town.  The Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Board have designated four historic sites located within or bordering the Town of Glen Echo.  The Reading House (Oakdale) on Wellesley Circle is in excellent condition as an example of an 1853 Greek Revival filed-stone farmhouse.
 
 
 
The Clara Barton House was the home of the founder of the American Red Cross. It was built in 1891-92 and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.  The 1889 Glen Echo Chautauqua site and amusement park on MacArthur Boulevard is also on the National Register.  Lock #7 and Stone Lockhouse on the C&O Canal date from the 1830s and remain in good condition.
 
 
 
Housing:
The Town of Glen Echo shares many of the characteristics of bordering neighborhoods.  The different architectural styles and housing prices cover a considerable range.  There are very few renter-occupied units in the Town itself.  Within the larger Palisades area, 70% of residents are homeowners, which is just above the County average of 68%.  Many of the renter-occupied unites are concentrated around the Little Falls Mall.
 
 
 
The homes in the Town of Glen Echo rank among the most expensive in Montgomery County.  Through the multiple listing service, your real estate agent Eleanor Balaban has access to current prices of comparable housing.  Generally, home construction reveals the maturity of this area.  Fully 64% of housing was built in the 1940-1979 period, and 22% even earlier.  The remaining 14% of construction took place between 1980 and 1990.
 
 
 
Schools: Public & Private
The Town of Glen Echo is included within the Walt Whitman High School cluster, which is among the most highly rated schools in the County.  In fact, a recent national survey judged Whitman the top school in the State of Maryland.  Recently, the Scholastic Assessment Test Scores have been the highest of all the County high schools. Not surprisingly, the Thomas W. Pyle Middle School also ranks highly.  Within the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, Pyle places among the top four middle schools in the County for reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. Bannockburn, originally built in 1957 and recently modernized is the local elementary school. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase area has one of the highest concentrations of private schools in Montgomery County and many within easy access for Glen Echo residents.  Montessori Schools: Abingdon and The Holden on Massachusetts Avenue. Nursery: The Primary Day School (PreK3- Grade 6), Washington Episcopal, and the Washington Waldorf. Kindergarten and Elementary: St Bartholomew (K-8), Little Flower School (PreK-8), and Norwood School (K-6).  High Schools: Waldorf, Holton Arms (girls), and Landon School (boys).
 
 
 
People:
The population of the Town represents only a portion of the Palisades area.  The percentages of children under 5 years of age and of those 18 and younger are slightly lower than the County averages.  Not surprisingly, the percentage of people over 65 years (14%) is higher than that of Montgomery as a whole (10.2%).  A rather high percentage of school-aged children attend private schools (26.8%). Median household incomes vary considerably among the rather distinct neighborhoods of the Palisades.  The overall median, however, is approximately $75,000 and per capita income is about $41,000, which coincides with the median for the rest of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase region.  Charles Fortin observes that this figure is well above the County median of $26,000 and second only to Potomac in overall ranking.  The area also ranks very high in adult educational attainment.  For all of the Palisades area, fully 68% of adults over 25 years of age have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher compared to the County average of 50%.
 
 
 
Community Facilities:
The community library closest to the Town of Glen Echo is the Little Falls Library located at 5501 Massachusetts Avenue. Glen Echo has one of the two main post offices (Harvard Avenue) in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. Station No. 11 of the Glen Echo Fire Department (5920 Massachusetts Avenue) is situated at the corner with Sangamore Road. Sibley Memorial Hospital is a very short distance away across the District of Columbia line. The Glen Echo Center across MacArthur Boulevard provides neighborhood convenience stores.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                  Welcome to
                                                           GLEN ECHO HEIGHTS
 
 
 
 
Location and Area Description:
The Glen Echo Heights neighborhood forms part of the Palisades portion of the general Bethesda-Chevy Chase area of Montgomery County.  Its boundaries are Massachusetts Avenue and Sangamore Road to the east, MacArthur Boulevard to the west, and Goldsboro Road on the north.  The community is characterized by two areas: a hilly upper section to the north where older residences are found, and a southern part where less rolling terrain permits a rectangular street layout with homes of more recent construction.
 
 
 
Environmental and Recreational Features:
The Glen Echo Heights are thick with woods and exuberant shrubbery.  The steep grades and hilly terrain permit only irregular lot sizes and shapes and a wide diversity of housing types.  Within this natural setting, residents have access to a variety of places for outdoor sporting activities.  The Potomac River and the towpath along the C&O Canal are scenic areas for picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and jogging.  Nearby Glen Echo Park functions as an arts and cultural education center accommodating artists who offer year-round classes in mixed art media.  During the summer there is a full schedule of events, festivals, and craft and art fairs.
 
 
 
Historical Notes:
Mapping of original Maryland land grants is underway in Annapolis, but written descriptions place the Glen Echo Heights neighborhood within the “friendship” concession granted to Thomas Addison and James Stodart on December 1, 1711.  Neighborhood Information for Home Buyersä observes that River Road passed through the 3, 124-acre land grant from Tenleytown heading in a northwesterly direction.
 
 
 
Before the 1850s, Washington had no system for supplying pure water to the city. In 1853 and in 1860, Congress appropriated funds to build and aqueduct to bring water from the Potomac River.  This extraordinary feat, carried out in the Palisades area, involved the construction of 11 tunnels, 6 bridges, and a 9-foot diameter conduit, which in several places had to be driven through solid rock.  Construction was completed in 1863, and during the Civil War, it was necessary to protect these valuable resources with fortifications.
 
 
 
Neighborhood Information for Home Buyersä identifies the Glen Echo Heights neighborhood as near to the location of these notable historic landmarks.  To guarantee the security of the water supply system, by 1861 three forts virtually surrounded this area—Forts Franklin on the north, Alexander on the west and Ripley on the east.  Later, in 1863 the three forts and their 28 cannons aimed against raiding Confederates were connected by earthworks and renamed after Major General Edwin V. Sumner, a hero of Antietam.
 
 
 
This same neighborhood drew the attention of developers some 25 years later.  The twins Edward and Edwin Baltzley invented the spatterless eggbeater in the 1880s and invested some of their profits in real estate.  In 1888, they purchased 516 acres in the Palisades and encouraged construction of the Glen Echo Railway to provide easy access to their proposed residential development.  The brothers built their own homes in the neighborhood but were otherwise unsuccessful in attracting permanent residents to this suburban community.
 
 
 
Historic Sites:
In the Glen Echo Heights neighborhood, there are three other locations that have been designated as historic sites by the Historic Preservation Commission and by the Planning Board. Baltzley Castle is in good condition at its location at 5415 Mohican Road.  The 1890 Victorian stone “castle” was built by Edward and Edwin Baltzley, the developers of Glen Echo Chautauqua.  The R.A. Charles Castle at 5417 Mohican Road, one of the three 1890 Victorian stone houses in the Baltzley development, has also been well preserved.  Kimmel House (5446 Mohican Road), the third castle, has been maintained in excellent condition.
 
 
 
Adjacent to the neighborhood, the Glen Echo Park site has a colorful history dating back to the 1880s.  With the construction of an amusement park in the early 1900s and a streetcar line from Washington that terminated at its entrance, Glen Echo Park was one of Washington’s most popular places.  The art deco style of architecture of park buildings and attractions creates an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1920s and 1930s.
 
 
 
Master Planning and Zoning:
Planning for the neighborhood forms part of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Master Plan.  For the Palisades as a whole, the Master Plan makes recommendations to protect the environment and to preserve the cultural resources of the area.  To this end, the Plan endorses downzoning of major portions from Residential-60 to R-90.  Both categories call for single-family residential uses, but R-90 would require larger lot sizes.  In the consolidated Glen Echo Heights neighborhood, R-90 zoning already prevails. Neighborhood Information for Home Buyersä observes that other natural restrictions (woods on the western border) and federal government property (Defense Mapping Agency to the south) prevent increased expansion.   
 
 
 
Development Projects of Neighborhood Impact:
The plan recommends that MacArthur Boulevard west of Glen Echo Heights be developed as a Maryland Scenic Route, which would limit traffic and restrict nonconforming development on either side of the roadway.  In coordination with the National Park Service, the Plan also endorses a scenic overlook (a short distance south of, but inaccessible to, Glen Echo Heights) between Brookmont and Glen Echo to highlight vistas of the Potomac River.
 
 
 
The Little Falls Mall is located just outside Glen Echo Heights proper and serves community retail and service needs.  The Master Plan endorses enhancement of the Mall by adding public use space and adopting design guidelines for future expansion.  For an update on recent zoning changes, please contact the planners responsible for this area at M-NCPPC, Don Downing or Carolyn Hufbaur (301-495-4555); and Transportation Section, Courtney Gallop-Johnson or Dan Walsh (301-495-4525). 
 
 
 
Housing:
Glen Echo Heights shares many of the general characteristics of bordering neighborhoods. The different architectural styles and housing prices cover a considerable range. There are very few renter-occupied units in the community itself. Within the larger Palisades area as a whole, 70% of residents are homeowners, which is just above the County average of 68%.  Many of the renter-occupied units are concentrated around the Little Falls Mall, outside the neighborhood proper. 
 
 
 
The homes in Glen Echo Heights rank among the most expensive in Montgomery County.
 
 
 
Through the multiple listing service, your real estate agent, Eleanor Balaban, has access to current prices of comparable housing.  Generally, home construction reveals the maturity of this area.  Fully 64% of housing was built in the 1940-1979 period and 22% even earlier.  The remaining 14% of construction took place between 1980 and 1999, most of this occurring in the western portion of the Palisades.
 
 
 
Transportation:
Outside the community, MacArthur Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue provide access to the District of Columbia and to other parts of Montgomery County.  A relatively low percentage (62%) of workers travel to their places of employment by car as compared to the County average of 80%.  On the other hand, carpooling is popular for 14% of workers, higher than the norm.
 
 
 
There are several public transportation alternatives.  The Ride-On Bus #23 to the Friendship Heights Metro Station runs from Sibley Memorial Hospital, along MacArthur Boulevard and Sangamore Road to Massachusetts Avenue, along Westbard to River Road, then up Willard Avenue to the station.  The Metrobus (D5) runs between the corner of Westbard and Massachusetts, along Sangamore Road and MacArthur Boulevard (without entering Brookmont), then down to Farragut North and West in the District of Columbia.
 
 
 
Residents have other options to arrive at Metro stations from the Glen Echo Heights neighborhood.  Ride-On #29 runs from the Town of Glen Echo to the Friendship Heights station by way of Goldsboro Road, Massachusetts Avenue, and Western Avenue.  Ride-On #31 also terminates at the Town of Glen Echo and reaches the Bethesda Station along Goldsboro Road, Whittier Boulevard and Wilson Lane.  Metrobus (N7) runs along Massachusetts Avenue to its destination at the Federal Triangle.
 
 
 
Schools: Public & Private
The Glen Echo Heights neighborhood is included within the Walt Whitman High School cluster, which is among the most highly rated schools in the County.  In fact, a recent national survey judged Whitman the top school in the State of Maryland.  Recently, the Scholastic Assessment Test Scores have been the highest of all the County high schools. Not surprisingly, the Thomas W. Pyle Middle School also ranks highly.  Within the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, Pyle places among the top four middle schools in the County for reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. Bannockburn, originally built in 1957 and recently modernized is the local elementary school. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase area has one of the highest concentrations of private schools in Montgomery County and many within easy access for Glen Echo Heights residents.  Montessori Schools: Abingdon and The Holden on Massachusetts Avenue. Nursery: The Primary Day School (PreK3- Grade 6), Washington Episcopal, and the Washington Waldorf. Kindergarten and Elementary: St Bartholomew (K-8), Little Flower School (PreK-8), and Norwood School (K-6).  High Schools: Waldorf, Holton Arms (girls), and Landon School (boys).
 
 
 
People:
The population of the Glen Echo Heights community represents only a portion of the Palisades area.  The percentages of children under 5 years of age and of those 18 and younger are slightly lower than the County averages.  Not surprisingly, the percentage of people over 65 years (14%) is higher than that of Montgomery as a whole (10.2%).  A rather high percentage of school-aged children attend private schools (26.8%). Median household incomes vary considerably among the rather distinct neighborhoods of the Palisades.  The overall median, however, is approximately $75,000 and per capita income is about $41,000, which coincides with the median for the rest of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase region.  Charles Fortin observes that this figure is well above the County median of $26,000 and second only to Potomac in overall ranking.  The area also ranks very high in adult educational attainment.  For all of the Palisades area, fully 68% of adults over 25 years of age have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher compared to the County average of 50%.
 
 
 
Community Facilities:
Sangamore Local Park is a tiny recreation area located on the southern border of the neighborhood.  The community library closest to the Cabin John Park is the Little Falls Library located at 5501 Massachusetts Avenue. The Town of Glen Echo, a short distance northwest along MacArthur Boulevard has one of the two main post offices (Harvard Avenue) in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. Station No. 11 of the Glen Echo Fire Department (5920 Massachusetts Avenue) is situated at the corner with Sangamore Road. Sibley Memorial Hospital is a very short distance away across the District of Columbia line.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                   Welcome to
                                                              CABIN JOHN PARK
 
 
 
 
Location and Area Description:
Cabin John Park encompasses a triangular area framed by the Capital Beltway, the Cabin John Parkway, and the Potomac River on the south along with the two major roadways that run parallel to the River, namely, MacArthur Boulevard and the Clara Barton Parkway.  The eastern portion is predominated by older, generally more modest, dwellings nestled on sloping terrain, along narrow streets, in a woodsy environment.  By contrast, more recent and higher-priced housing is found west of Persimmon Tree Road in the Congressional Country Club Estates area.
 
 
 
Environmental Features:
Cabin John Creek Park occupies a large segment of the eastern half of the neighborhood.  In this area, Cabin John Creek meets Booze Creek within the heavily wooded park, and both continue their flow southward to the Potomac River.
 
 
 
Master Planning and Zoning:
The Master Plan recognizes the unique characteristics of the Palisades – steeply wooded slopes, open space, vistas, cliffs, and the Potomac River.  The Braeburn Parkway Area, north of MacArthur Boulevard, is one of the three locations identified by the Master Plan as a conservation area to be preserved, protected, and enhanced.  The Master Plan recommends that the Cabin John community should preserve its current characteristics.  The variety of housing types and price ranges create the opportunity for a diversified neighborhood, a sentiment shared among local citizens.  While downzoning from R-60 to R-90 is recommended for the Palisades as a whole, thereby increasing minimum lot sizes for single-family homes, such a measure is unnecessary in the Cabin John Park community.
 
 
 
Neighborhood Information for Home Buyers reports that the lower half of the eastern portion to Persimmon Tree Road is already zoned R-90.  The upper eastern half and the area west of Persimmon Tree Road are zoned for much lower densities (R-200) which stipulates single family homes on minimum lot sizes of 20,000 square feet.  Congressional Estates is accessed only at Persimmon, which conforms to the State of Maryland’s plans for MacArthur Boulevard.  The proposed Maryland Scenic Route would limit traffic and restrict nonconforming development on either side of the roadway.  For an update of recent zoning changes, please contact the planners responsible for this area at M-NCPPC, Don Downing and Carolyn Hufbauer (301-495-4555) and Transportation Sector, Courtney Gallop-Johnson or Dan Walsh (301-495-4525).
 
 
 
Historic Sites:
Within and bordering the Cabin John Park neighborhood, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Board have designated six sites for their historic value. The W. Lynch House is located at 8313 Tomlinson Avenue.  This Gothic Revival cottage, moved and enlarged, remains in excellent condition.  Locks #10 and #8 on the C&O Canal and their respective 1830s stone lockhouses are also in good condition.  The Rammed Earth House (6532 75th Street) is a 1923 United States Department of Agriculture demonstration house, which is notable for its unique construction method.
 
 
 
The Cabin John Hotel Gas House, made of brick and situated in Cabin John Creek Park, was included in the 1979 Master Plan for Historic Preservation.  The Cabin John Aqueduct at MacArthur Boulevard extends over the Cabin John Parkway.  Placed on the National Register of Historic Places and included in the 1979 Master Plan, this 1859-1863 single arch stone bridge remains in excellent condition as an aqueduct and roadway for traffic.
 
 
 
Housing:
Cabin John Park shares many of the general characteristics of bordering neighborhoods.  However, as noted above, no neighborhood in the Palisades appears to offer such a widely diverse housing stock, from very modest bungalows to mansion-like structures.  Within the larger Palisades area as a whole, 70% of residents are homeowners, which is just above the County average of 68%.  The homes in Cabin John rank among the most expensive in Montgomery County.
 
 
 
Through the multiple listing service, your real estate agent, Eleanor Balaban, has access to current prices of comparable housing.  Generally, home construction reveals the maturity of this area.  Fully 64% of housing was built in the 1940-1979 period, and 22% even earlier.  The remaining 14% of construction took place between 1980 and 1999, most of this occurring in the western portion of the Palisades including the Cabin John Park neighborhood.
 
 
 
Schools: Public & Private
Cabin John Park is included within the Walt Whitman High School cluster, which is among the most highly-rated schools in the County.  In fact, a recent national survey judged Whitman the top school in the State of Maryland.  Recently, the Scholastic Assessment Test Scores have been the highest of all the County high schools. Not surprisingly, the Thomas W. Pyle Middle School also ranks highly.  Within the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, Pyle places among the top four middle schools in the County for reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. Bannockburn, originally built in 1957 and recently modernized is the local elementary school.
 
 
 
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase area has one of the highest concentrations of private schools in Montgomery County and many within easy access for Cabin John residents.  Montessori Schools: Abingdon and The Holden on Massachusetts Avenue. Nursery: The Primary Day School (PreK3- Grade 6), Washington Episcopal, and the Washington Waldorf. Kindergarten and Elementary: St Bartholomew (K-8), Little Flower School (PreK-8), and Norwood School (K-6).  High Schools: Waldorf, Holton Arms (girls), and Landon School (boys).
 
 
 
People:
The population of the Cabin John Park represents only a small fraction of the Palisades area. The percentages of children under 5 years of age and of those 18 and younger are slightly lower than the County averages.  Not surprisingly, the percentage of people over 65 years (14%) is higher than that of Montgomery as a whole (10.2%).  A rather high percentage of school-aged children attend private schools (26.8%).  Median household incomes vary considerably among the rather distinct neighborhoods of the Palisades.  The overall median, however, is approximately $75,000 and per capita income is about $41,000, which coincides with the median for the rest of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase region.  Charles Fortin observes that this figure is well above the County median of $26,000 and second only to Potomac in overall ranking.  The area also ranks very high in adult educational attainment.  For all of the Palisades area, fully 68% of adults over 25 years of age have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher compared to the County average of 50%.
 
 
 
Community Facilities:
The community library closest to the Cabin John Park is the Little Falls Library located at 5501 Massachusetts Avenue.  The Bethesda Regional Library on Arlington Road, however, is only slightly farther away.  The neighborhood is well served by the post office at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Seven Locks Road.  Nearby, the Town of Glen Echo has one of the two main post offices (Harvard Avenue) in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. Station No. 11 of the Glen Echo Fire Department (5920 Massachusetts Avenue) is situated at the corner with Sangamore Road.  Cabin John Park Station No. 10 is also located a short distance away at the corner of River and Seven Locks Roads.  Suburban Hospital on Old Georgetown Road and Sibley Memorial Hospital across the DC line are roughly the same distance away from the neighborhood.  MacArthur Plaza at Seven Locks provides neighborhood retail and service needs.  In addition to Cabin John Creek Park, the neighborhood has two smaller recreation areas, Carderock Park and Seven Locks Park.  The closed Clara Barton elementary school on 75th Street and MacArthur Boulevard is occupied by a day care center and also provides ample outdoor recreational space.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                        Welcome to the
 
                                                                 Cabin John Gardens Coop
 
 
 
Cabin John Gardens is a cooperative of 99 homes dating from the end of WWII that were originally built as housing for enlisted men. Within steps of the C&O Canal, the coop provides some of the last affordable housing in the area, and is located in the desirable Bannockburn/ Pyle/Whitman school district.
 
 
 
 
 
What is a coop?
 
A coop is a corporation a formed for the purpose of providing housing for its members or owners; the corporation owns real property and grants occupancy rights to its members.
 
 
 
What are the benefits of a coop?
 
Because the sale of a coop share is not a real estate transaction, the purchaser incurs no transfer and recordation tax, and there is no tax escrow at settlement. Nevertheless, the real estate taxes included in the coop fee are deductible. If you move from the coop later, you are still eligible for the Maryland first-time home buyer benefit because the coop is not considered a real estate purchase.
 
 
 
What does the monthly coop fee include?
 
The fee includes real estate taxes (deductible), water and sewer (not metered separately, paid cooperatively) and maintenance of the commonly owned elements, including the coop building used for management of the coop association, meetings and social events.  All other utilities are metered separately and paid by the respective residents.
 
 
 
How does my purchase get approved by the Board? What if I have more questions?
 
Your contract is contingent on Coop Board approval, which usually consists of a short social meeting with the Board.  To get a copy of the coop documents, contact the Coop Manager, Michaela Palumbo, at 301-229-4282.  She can also answer more specific questions.
 
 
 
Can I make changes to my home?
 
All improvements are subject to the normal Montgomery County regulations; there are no specific coop rules regarding improvements. 
 
 
 
Are there lenders who specialize in coops?
 
Yes.  Many lenders provide only conventional loans.  You will need a mortgage company that provides coop loans; ask Eleanor Balaban for information.
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                Welcome to
                                                                        BROOKMONT
 
 
Location and Area Description:
The Brookmont neighborhood is located in the southernmost region of Montgomery County know as the Palisades.  It is bordered by the District of Columbia line, MacArthur Boulevard, the Clara Barton Parkway and the Potomac River.
 
 
 
Environmental Features:
Except for its connection to MacArthur Boulevard, the Brookmont Community is virtually surrounded by wooded areas and steep terrain that slopes down to the Clara Barton Parkway, the C&O Canal National Historic Park and the Potomac River.
 
 
 
Master Planning and Zoning:
Planning for the Brookmont neighborhood forms part of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Master Plan. For the Palisades as a whole, the Master Plan makes recommendations to protect the environment and to preserve the character and cultural resources of the area.  To this end, the Plan endorses downzoning of major portions from R-60 to R-90.  Both categories designate single-family residential uses, but R-90 would require larger lot sizes.
 
 
 
In the mature and consolidated Brookmont neighborhood R-60 zoning prevails.  But Neighborhood Information for Home BuyersÔ has learned that since few lots remain unimproved, downzoning would have little positive environmental impact.  Natural restrictions (woods and steep slopes) and federal government property (recognized as open space buffers) also prevent increased expansion.
 
 
 
The Little Falls Mall is located just outside Brookmont proper and serves community retail and service needs.  The Master Plan endorses enhancement of the Mall by adding public use space and adopting design guidelines for future expansion. The proposed Maryland Scenic Route would limit traffic and restrict nonconforming development on either side of the roadway. In coordination with the National Park Service, the Plan also endorses a scenic overlook between Brookmont and Glen Echo to highlight vistas of the Potomac River. For an update on recent zoning changes, please contact the planners responsible for this area at M-NCPPC, Don Downing or Carolyn Hufbaur (301-495-4555); and Transportation Section, Courtney Gallop-Johnson or Dan Walsh (301-495-4525). 
 
 
 
Housing:
Brookmont shares many of the characteristics of bordering neighborhoods.  The different architectural styles and housing prices cover a considerable range.  There are very few renter-occupied units in the community itself.  Within the considerably larger Palisades area, 70% of residents are homeowners, which is just above the County average of 68%.  Many of the renter-occupied unites are concentrated around the Little Falls Mall.
 
 
 
The homes in Brookmont rank among the most expensive in Montgomery County.  Through the multiple listing service, your real estate agent Eleanor Balaban has access to current prices of comparable housing.  Generally, home construction reveals the maturity of this area.  Fully 64% of housing was built in the 1940-1979 period, and 22% even earlier.  The remaining 14% of construction took place between 1980 and 1990, most of this occurring in the western portion of Palisades.
 
 
 
Transportation:
Within the community, circulation is restricted, largely due to one-way streets and “no outlets.”  There are sidewalks along many streets and thoroughfares are sparsely traveled.  As a result, Neighborhood Information for Home BuyersÔ has observed that residents use the streets for walking, bicycling and ball-playing in relative safety.  In addition to the neighborhood park, the Village Green provides public space along with the community bulletin board.
 
 
 
Outside the community, MacArthur Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue provide access to the District of Columbia and to other parts of Montgomery County.  A relatively low percentage (62%) of workers travel to their places of employment by car as compared to the County average of 80%.  On the other hand, carpooling is popular for 14% of workers, higher than the norm.
 
 
 
There are several public transportation alternatives.  The Ride-On Bus #23 to the Friendship Heights Metro Station runs from Sibley Memorial Hospital, along MacArthur Boulevard and Sangamore Road to Massachusetts Avenue, along Westbard to River Road, then up Willard Avenue to the station.  The Metrobus (D5) runs between the corner of Westbard and Massachusetts, along Sangamore Road and MacArthur Boulevard (without entering Brookmont), then down to Farragut North and West in the District of Columbia.
 
 
 
Schools: Public & Private
The Brookmont neighborhood is included within the Walt Whitman High School cluster, which is among the most highly rated schools in the County.  In fact, a recent national survey judged Whitman the top school in the State of Maryland.  Recently, the Scholastic Assessment Test Scores have been the highest of all the County high schools. Not surprisingly, the Thomas W. Pyle Middle School also ranks highly.  Within the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, Pyle places among the top four middle schools in the County for reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. Bannockburn Elementary serves most of Brookmont. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase area has one of the highest concentrations of private schools in Montgomery County and many within easy access for Glen Echo residents.  Montessori Schools: Abingdon and The Holden on Massachusetts Avenue. Nursery: The Primary Day School (PreK3- Grade 6), Washington Episcopal, and the Washington Waldorf. Kindergarten and Elementary: St Bartholomew (K-8), Little Flower School (PreK-8), and Norwood School (K-6).  High Schools: Waldorf, Holton Arms (girls), and Landon School (boys).
 
 
 
People:
The population of Brookmont represents only a small fraction of the Palisades area.  The percentages of children under 5 years of age and of those 18 and younger are slightly lower than the County averages.  Not surprisingly, the percentage of people over 65 years (14%) is higher than that of Montgomery as a whole (10.2%).  A rather high percentage of school-aged children attend private schools (26.8%). Median household incomes vary considerably among the rather distinct neighborhoods of the Palisades.  The overall median, however, is approximately $75,000 and per capita income is about $41,000, which coincides with the median for the rest of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase region.  Charles Fortin observes that this figure is well above the County median of $26,000 and second only to Potomac in overall ranking.  The area also ranks very high in adult educational attainment.  For all of the Palisades area, fully 68% of adults over 25 years of age have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher compared to the County average of 50%.
 
 
 
Community Facilities:
Brookmont Park, nestled among the woods within the neighborhood, has a tennis and basketball court, picnic tables and playground equipment for children.  The Brookmont Baptist Church at 4000 Virginia Place also provides a center for local activities. The community library closest to Brookmont is the Little Falls Library located at 5501 Massachusetts Avenue. Glen Echo, a relatively short distance northwest along MacArthur Boulevard, has one of the two main post offices (Harvard Avenue) in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. Station No. 11 of the Glen Echo Fire Department (5920 Massachusetts Avenue) is situated at the corner with Sangamore Road. Sibley Memorial Hospital is a very short distance away across the District of Columbia line. 
 
 
 
 
Information about the Town of Glen Echo, Glen Echo Heights, Cabin John Park, and Brookmont based on neighborhood profiles prepared for the customers of Eleanor Balaban by Charles Fortin, PhD, Neighborhood Information for Home Buyers
 
 
                                                 All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
 
 
 
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