The Hamlet Place in Chevy Chase is a small community of three level townhomes surrounded by greenspace and parkland. Hamlet Place will be even more appealing as the new Purple Line and Chevy Chase Lake are completed with stores and restaurants. Imagine how great it would be to spend your weekends travelling to museums, the Kennedy Center and wineries instead of spending your Saturdays cutting the grass and cleaning the gutters. All those Honey Do items are taken care of by the coop!
Hamlet Place Offers Traditional Townhomes
You have lots of townhomes to choose from in Bethesda and Chevy Chase. You have Kenwood Forest I and Kenwood Forest II at the edge of Bethesda along Bradley Blvd and Arlington Road. You might prefer the townhomes at Westbard Mews or the ones at Montgomery Mall such as the ones on Arizona, Crestberry or on Westlake Terrace. Definitely you should check out the ones at Maplewood at Old Georgetown Road or along MacArthur Blvd in Cabin John! However, if you want to be along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, your best bet is Hamlet Place!
Built in 1966, the townhomes at Hamlet Place are three level townhomes with either an inground or a walk out lower level. All three levels are finished with gracious architectural details such as crown molding, wainscotting, large picture windows and arches. They offer three to four bedrooms and two and a half to three and a half bathrooms. Formal dining rooms, wood burning fireplaces and separate kitchens are typical features. All have terraces and patios looking out over green space. You also have two reserved parking spaces but there is also lots of guest parking available in case you have more than two cars.
If all this sounds good to you then just give us a call at 240-401-5577 and lets talk. If you want to see what is available now at Hamlet Place (if anything) just click here.
Hamlet Place is a Coop and Not a Condo
Simply put, a cooperative is a corporation formed for the purpose of providing housing for its members or owners. Ownership of a co-operative unit is generally considered an interest in personal property because the co-operative corporation has fee simple title or real property ownership of the entire property. This corporation grants each member or owner the “right” to occupy a unit: herein lies the most significant difference between the co-operative and condominium ownership. One’s ownership interest in the corporation and the right to occupy a unit is considered an ownership interest in personal property and not in real estate. When you purchase a co-op you are purchasing the right to live in a particular unit whereas if you purchase a condo, you are purchasing the unit itself. However, the daily operation of co-operatives and condominium associations is quite similar.
Membership in the corporation is evidenced by two instruments: a stock certificate and a proprietary lease. Shares of stock are issued to show the value relationship of one unit to the other and to pro-rate the corporate mortgage payment, if any, the operation and maintenance expenses, and the property’s real estate taxes. The proprietary lease spells out the relationship between the owner members and the corporation. It contains many of the same clauses that are found in a residential lease but also refers to those special provisions distinguishing an apartment unit owner from a tenant, such as the owner’s right to participate in the affairs of the corporation, vote or have the use and enjoyment of the unit indefinitely.
The Charter and By-Laws are the co-op’s governing documents which describe the relationship between the individual co-op owners. They include items such as how to elect the board of directs, when to hold annual meetings and how to vote. The Charter and By-Laws vest in the Board of Directors the authority to run the building and establish policies, approve new buyers, contract for services and develop an operating budget.
If you want to see what is available now at the Hamlet, just click here.
The Hamlet Place Coop Fee
The biggest difference between a condo fee and a coop fee is that the coop fee includes property taxes. The coop fee at Hamlet Place include taxes, water and sewer, master insurance, exterior maintenance of the townhomes, snow removal and landscaping. The coop fee for a smaller unit such as the 1332 square foot townhome is $895, while the larger units such as a 1672 square foot unit can run nearly $1100 per month.
If you aren’t quite sure about the difference between a coop and a condo, here is an article that explains the differences.
What is Near The Hamlet Place?
Close to the Hamlet Place you will find everything you need! Are you a movie buff? No problem – Bethesda Row offers the multiplex approach for independent films. Don’t like to cook? Bethesda has been named the town with more restaurants per capita than any other town in the United States. Whether you want to go to Don Pollo for grilled chicken or the Mussel Bar for Belgian beer, there is a restaurant to match your taste buds!
When you do want to stay in and cook, the ingredients for your gourmet meal can come from Trader Joe’s on Wisconsin Ave, the Giant on Arlington Road, Harris Teeter on Wisconsin Ave. or the Safeway on Bradley. Your favorite pet will never go hungry! There is a Pet Smart on Wisconsin Ave and a Staples too!
Shopping? No problem! From the makeup at Blue Mercury with its great collection of Laura Mercier and Bobby Brown to the well priced and every changing clothing at Francesca’s and the men’s collection at Bonobo’s, there is something for everyone! North Face and LuluLemon have stores on Bethesda Avenue, while you shouldn’t miss the stores on Bethesda Row too. Don’t miss the competition between Georgetown Cupcakes and Fancy Cakes by Leslie for the best cupcake in Bethesda or getting your bagel fix at Bethesda Bagels.
If all this talk of food and shopping makes you long for an active lifestyle, never fear! There is a 35,000 square foot Washington Sports Club at 6528 Wisconsin Avenue. The Sport and Health Club is close by at 4400 Montgomery Avenue, and Equinox is just a few blocks away at 4905 Elm Street, in the heart of downtown Bethesda. Soul Cycle is another gym in downtown Bethesda that shouldn’t be missed. The Capital Crescent Trail and the Purple Line are nearby in case you want to walk, bike or rollerblade to Bethesda, Silver Spring or Georgetown and back! Your dog will love a good run along the trail too!
Major employers in Bethesda include Marriott, the Walter Reed Medical Center, The National Institutes of Health, Capital One Bank, Lockheed Martin, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Hamlet Place Cooperative is close to not only the Red Line Metro but also the Beltway and I-270, so that you can always get around the metro area from here.
The Hamlet Place in Chevy Chase, MD is a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you are lucky enough to call this home! You can find condos for sale at the Hamlet Place (if there are any available today) by clicking here as well as all available condos and coops for sale in Chevy Chase on my website. If you would rather live in Bethesda, here are all the available condos and coops for sale there!
Pet Policy at Hamlet Place
Pets are warmly welcomed at the Hamlet Place Cooperative. Another aspect of the Hamlet that makes it very pet friendly is its proximity to lots of woods and the soon to be completed Purple Line. The Capital Crescent Trail is also nearby. From there you can walk with your dog all the way to Georgetown and back again. There is a great public dog park at Cabin John in case you want to take your dog off leash and Bark Social at Pike and Rose should not be missed.
Grooming is available at Pet Smart on Wisconsin Avenue, or you might try Bark In Style, a mobile pet grooming business.
Where Children Go to School
Where do the children go to school when they live at Hamlet Place? The Hamlet is part of the North Chevy Chase ES, Silver Creek MS, Bethesda Chevy Chase HS cluster.
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. There are approximately 2,000 students enrolled at B-CC. Students come 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.
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 Holton Arms, Landon, Georgetown Prep, and Stone Ridge. If you would like more information about the schools that serve the Hamlet, just click here.
Sales in 2019-2020 ranged from $625,000 for a 1332 square foot home with two bedrooms and two and a half baths to $746,000 for a 1534 square foot end unit with three bedrooms and three and a half baths. In 2021, there was only one sale at Hamlet Place, a 1672 square foot three level townhome that sold for $945,000. That home had a walkout lower level opening to a private patio, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths.
Each townhome at Hamlet Place is individually owned and has been renovated or updated by their owners. Here are some sample floorplans for a 1600 square foot townhome.
What is the Value of Your Home at Hamlet Place
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 or condo in Chevy Chase or Bethesda and let you know what you can expect. Our valuation is based on up to the moment 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 or condo.
Just give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at Lise@lisehowe.com. Whether you are buying or selling, put the Lise Howe Group to work for you!
If there are no townhomes on the market now at Hamlet Place, you might consider other townhomes such as Kenwood Forest, Whitley Park, the Crest, Camelot Mews, Westbard Mews, or the townhomes on Arizona by Montgomery Mall or on Westlake Drive. There are lots of choices – just give us a call at 240-401-5577 to talk about which community is the best match for you. We are here to help!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to talking with you!