Real Estate Roundup: Bethesda’s Smallest House?

It’s hard to find affordable single-family detached homes in Bethesda, especially within walking distance of a Metro station.

Well, if you’re willing to live small, this home on the corner of Willard Avenue and River Road might be the one for you.

The one-bedroom, one-bathroom 315-square-foot home at 4905 River Road went on the market in January for $475,000. The bedroom comes in the form of a loft at the top of a set of skinny staircases. On the other end of the loft is a closet.

The first floor has a kitchen with a stove, sink, storage space and space for a refrigerator. There’s also a tiny living room or office space and a bathroom.

Rita Liptz of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors has the listing.

The house, which real estate database MRIS categorizes as a cabin, is next door to the Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park and about a 15-minute walk to the Friendship Heights Metro station.

A look at the staircase leading up the loft spaces at 4905 River Road, via MRIS

Report: Steamers Site Has Contract Purchaser

Maryland Newsletters, a bi-monthly real estate news outlet, reported this week that the Steamers site on Norfolk Avenue has a buyer that’s interested in redevelopment.

Novo Properties, which manages about 2,000 apartment units in the Mid-Atlantic region, has a deal in place for the two houses that used to be home to the Steamers Seafood House. The restaurant and bar shut down in August while facing liquor license issues. The property went on the market soon after.

During the snowstorm of Jan. 22-24, the roof of the tent-like structure on the site collapsed under the weight of about 25 inches of snow.

Novo is reportedly asking the Montgomery County Planning Board, which is working on the downtown master plan, to provide more density and a 120-foot maximum height for a future redevelopment project on the site.

‘Little Pink House’ in Friendship Heights has new owners

Bethesda-based developer 1788 Holdings and partners bought the “Little Pink House” on Willard Avenue, one of the few remaining single-family homes in Friendship Heights, according to 1788 Holdings founder Larry Goodwin.

The purchase was made in December for $3.5 million.

The house is famous because it was the office of the Edwards Properties company, helmed by Thelma “Tim” Edwards. Edwards spearheaded the assemblage of more than 100 homes in Friendship Heights for redevelopment into high-rise apartment and office buildings.

Goodwin said the house will continue to be leased out for office use. Last summer, a local daycare provider moved its offices out of the house, which is also known for its extensive garden.

While 1788 Holdings is behind luxury projects such as The Lauren condominium in downtown Bethesda and Quarry Springs condominiums on River Road, Goodwin said there are no near-term plans for redevelopment of the site.

The “Little Pink House” in Friendship Heights. Credit: Aaron Kraut