The Kenwood House is a hidden gem in Chevy Chase. It is also a small co-op building built in 1962 with five floors and approximately 70 units in total. Located on Dorset Avenue at the entrance to the Kenwood community, the Kenwood House sits quietly between Little Falls and the Capital Crescent Trail. In the rear of the building are the sports fields of Washington Episcopal Day School, so from every window of Kenwood House are lovely views of trees and green space. The Kenwood House offers traditional floorplans with enclosed kitchens and good sized bedrooms, storage bins and lots of parking. The building has a mid century feel with large windows in the units and a stylish lobby that could be straight from the 1950s. This is a great community if you are looking for a starter home or someplace to downsize into.

Why Choose the Kenwood House

Do you want to see cherry trees in bloom when you look out your window? Do you want to be able to walk into downtown Bethesda in about 15 minutes? Are you a biker who loves the Capital Crescent Trail?  Then you should start your co-op search with the Kenwood!  Just driving up to your building is an uplifting experience and you will love admiring your neighbors’ homes in next door Kenwood.

The Kenwood House is a mid century modern co-op building with large rooms and big windows.  The kitchens tend to be galley styled and separate from the dining and living areas – unless the co-ops have been remodeled.   This building offers very good value because the high co-op fee (which includes taxes and insurance) discourages some buyers.   If you are looking for a home in a quiet location with friendly neighbors you should put Kenwood House on the list.  To see what is on the market right now, just click here.

What is Near Kenwood House?

Close to Capital Crescent Trail

Although the Kenwood House is located on Dorset Avenue at Little Falls, a very quiet area of Chevy Chase, the building is just a short mile stroll to downtown Bethesda along the Little Falls Parkway and another mile back toward Washington and Friendship Heights. Metro access is available at both the Bethesda station and Friendship Heights. Lots of buses run up and down River Road on a frequent basis, also providing quick access to Friendship Heights or Montgomery Mall.

The Capital Crescent Trail is literally just outside your front door. In a matter of a few steps, you can be on your way to Georgetown or into Bethesda! Get your bike or your roller blades – there is no place better for a little relaxation than the Capital Crescent Trail! In addition, if you are a golfer or tennis player, the Kenwood Country Club is a few blocks away.

Grocery shopping is readily available at the Whole Foods just three blocks up River Road and at the Giant at Westbard, about a half mile away.  All of this Westbard area is changing and will be redeveloped as Westbard Square.

There are not many restaurants immediately nearby, but is a carryout Chinese restaurant within a five block radius and Ledo’s Pizza.

Geico headquarters are less than a mile away, and then in Friendship Heights is the local Microsoft headquarters, and a variety of retail establishments and hotels.

The Kenwood House is a great place to call home  If you want quiet and serenity with beautiful views from your window, this is the place to be. You can find coops for sale at the Kenwood House (if there are any available today) as well as all available condos for sale in Bethesda  or Chevy Chase on my website.

Schools for Kenwood House

The Kenwood House is located in the BCC school district in Montgomery County. Children living here attend Somerset Elementary, Westland Middle, and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.

BCC’s International Baccalaureate program is a great draw to that high school.

There are approximately 2,000 students enrolled at B-CC from more than 55 countries.  Approximately 75 percent of students go on to attend a four-year college; 20 percent attend a two-year college.  BCC High School recently completed a 94000 square foot addition for new classroom space. The new addition includes two wings that connect the existing building to enhance circulation. The design featured collaborative learning areas adjacent to classrooms and found spaces near vertical circulation for gathering, performances, and learning. A naturally lit stairway was incorporated in the new addition as well as a large dance room. The stadium and sports fields were completed in March 2019.

B-CC has been participating in the International Baccalaureate Program since 1996. The program provides students a liberal arts, interdisciplinary education leading to a diploma recognized throughout the world. Instead of pursuing a full IB diploma, students at B-CC may choose to take one or more IB courses (except Theory of Knowledge) and obtain a certificate for the successful completion of the requirements for each course (more on B-CC’s IB program).

Nearby private schools include Washington Episcopal, Little Flower, Holton Arms, Landon and Concord Hill. For all the information you need about the local schools, just click here.

If this all sounds great and you want to see what is on the market right now at Kenwood House, just click here.

Major Employers

Major employers in Bethesda include Marriott, the Walter Reed Medical Center, The Howard Hughes Institute, The National Institutes of Health, Capital One Bank, Lockheed Martin, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The condos at the Edgemoor at Arlington are not only close to the Red Line Metro in downtown Bethesda and the new purple line but also the Beltway and I-270, so that you can always get around the metro area from here.

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Pet Policy

Simply said, the pet policy at Kenwood House is no pets.  If you are uncomfortable with dogs or sneeze at the sight of a cat, then Kenwood House is definitely the place for you.

Condo Fee at Kenwood House

In 2016, the co-op fees, which are all inclusive, range from $773 for a one bedroom to nearly $1000 for a two bedroom 1300 square foot co-op, and of course more for the 1500 square foot units.  For all your questions about financing the purchase of a co-op, just read here.

By 2021, co-op fees have gone up because the community had to take on an underlying mortgage a few years ago. Unit 411, with 840 square feet of space, had a monthly fee in 2021 of 958.62 a month.  Fees for the 03 tier with 1200 square feet ranged from $1312.28 for the first floor unit with one parking space to $1433 for the fourth floor unit with one covered parking space and one surface parking space.  A unit in the 02 tier with 1100 square feet had a fee of $1311.42.   The 14 tier has 1300 square feet of living space.  A unit in the 14 tier had a co-op fee of $1416.33 each month.

Coop fees include all utilities, water and sewer, the underlying mortgage, common area maintenance and custodial services, exterior building maintenance, lawn maintenance, on site management, master insurance policy, laundry room on lower level, bike storage, reserve funds, taxes, trash removal, snow removal and trash removal.

Floor Plans

The smallest coops at the Kenwood House are a spacious 840 square feet for the one bedroom one bath units, found in tiers 07, 10, 11 and 12.  The 02 tier is a two bedroom unit at 1100 square feet, while the 06 tier provides you with 1200 square feet of space.  The 00, 01, 08, 09 and 14 tiers are two bedroom two bath units with 1300 square feet.  If you are looking for more space, you should consider the 04 or 05 tiers with three bedrooms and two baths at 1500 square feet!

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The Difference Between a Co-op and a Condo

The difference between a co-op and a condo can be confusing – and you probably are wondering if you need to know all that “stuff.”

Before you reject Kenwood House completely out of hand for its high fee, it is crucial that you examine what is included in the co-op fee and compare it to what is included in the condo’s fee.  Co-op fees include taxes and insurance. Most co-ops include all utilities in their fees and in many instances an underlying mortgage.  The underlying mortgage is deducted from the amount which you will be financing or paying at closing and provides a tax deduction for most buyers.   It is really helpful to compare the condo and co-op fee side by side. In most instances, the co-op fee is not as high as it might seem.  For more information about the difference between a co-op fee and a condo fee, please read this article.

The co-op fee at Kenwood House includes property taxes, all utilities including electricity and gas, water and sewer, air conditioning and heat,  common area maintenance, exterior building and lawn maintenance, master insurance, on site management, parking, recreation facility, reserve funds and snow removal.   The fee which covers all your expenses except phone and upgrades to your cable gives you the ability to manage your expenses, a great bonus if you are on a fixed income or trying to save money!

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What Has Sold in 2021 at Kenwood House

Seven homes sold in 2021 at Kenwood House.  The least expensive sale was $185,000 for a one bedroom one bath unit with 840 square feet of living space.  Prices for the 03 tier with 1200 square feet ranged from $199,900 to $290,000.  Sales in the 02 tier with 1100 square feet ranged from $270,000 to $329,600. Unit 314 with 1300 square feet of living space sold for $275,000.

In 2015, prices ranged from $153,000 for a one bedroom 840 square foot coop to $370,000 for a two bedroom, 1300 square foot coop. Coop fees, which are all inclusive, ranged from $773 for a one bedroom to nearly $1000 for a two bedroom 1300 square foot coop, and of course more for the 1500 square foot units.  For all your questions about financing the purchase of a coop, just read here.

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What is for Sale at Kenwood House Now?

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Do You Want to Sell Your Home at Kenwood House?

There are a number of sites on the internet that will give you ‘estimates’ for what your home will sell for. These sites use public records and usually some kind of algorithm to try to produce a value for your home. These sites also publicly state their ‘error rates’. That means they aren’t correct, they are simply an estimate based on incomplete date. We would love to do a free comparative market analysis of your home  and let you know what could expect to get in today’s market if you are considering selling. Our valuation is based on up to the day data for homes that have recently sold in the area. Our valuation is not based on a formula that relies on public records which can take months to update. Please visit my website in order to get your free property evaluation for your Bethesda home  We would love to help you sell your co-op at Kenwood House in Chevy Chase.

Do You Need a Realtor?

I have been a realtor for over 33 years, specializing in helping buyers and sellers with all their Bethesda and Northwest Washington real estate needs. In addition to being a realtor with many years experience in all kinds of markets – the good, the bad and the ugly, I also am an attorney admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia.  While I no longer practice as such, I think that my years of experience as a lawyer also work to the advantage of my clients.

In addition to a deep knowledge of the market and the ins and outs of the real estate transaction, I bring to my sellers a real commitment to technology in general and its absolute necessity in marketing properties.  My buyer clients also benefit from my technology skills because I am constantly searching all the hidden corners of the real estate market looking for that perfect home for them.

If you want an agent who always puts your interests first, then you should call me and set up a time for a cup of coffee, a little pastry and a lot of conversation.   Let me show you Howe Real Estate Should Be.  I am at 240-401-5577 or lise@lisehowe.com.   Looking forward to talking with you!

Market Reports

If you would like detailed demographic information about Bethesda as well as school reports or market trends and statistics (including recent sales in the area) just ask us at lise@lisehowe.com or call us at 240-401-5577!

Similar Condos and Co-ops

Like other mid-century modern buildings with high fees and low prices, the Kenwood House is a great value if you compare it to other buildings nearby.  If there are no homes on the market at the moment, you might consider buildings with inclusive fees such as Chelsea Towers, Westlake Towers, and the Whitehall. There are not many co-ops in Montgomery County, but if you want a co-op you also should consider the Promenade at Pooks Hill or Maplewood, the retirement community on Old Georgetown. and some communities in Leisure World, the Sligo Housing Coop, and the Hamlet.

If you still are not sure which buildings you should be considering, then you should definitely be talking to us.  We love acting as matchmakers to help you find that perfect condo, co-op or single family home in the DC metro area!