Day 26-Lise Says Fall in Love With RIVER FALLS

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Nestled between the Canal and Brickyard Road is River Falls, one of the favorite neighborhoods in Potomac.  The distinctive River Falls lifestyle focuses on lots of activity! The neighborhood tennis and swim club and the nearby Canal and Great Falls Park are a huge draw for today’s residents.  The Fourth of July parade with streamer decorated bicycles, tennis lessons, lemonade stands, swim teams and lifeguarding, and hiking the C&O Canal towpath – there was, and is, no shortage of neighborhood activities.

Don’t forget that River Falls is just a short bike trip into Potomac Village with the busiest Starbucks in the metro area, Potomac Pizza for quick bites, Tally-Ho for a more leisurely meal, Strosniders for hardware necessities, and grocery stores, pharmacies, the library – in short everything you need for village life!

As River Falls has evolved over its 40 years of construction a “new” phase joined the “old” River Falls! Since everyone loves to live in River Falls, some residents of ‘old’ River Falls have migrated over to the lower maintenance ‘new’ River Falls. Another testament to River Falls strength is the number of River Falls residents who ‘move up’ from one home to another right in the same community. In fact, many times the homes are sold directly to anxious buyers who began their search long before their dream home came on the market.

FEATURED LISTING – 7301 River Falls Drive

This month’s featured listing, built in 1986, is located in the “new” River Falls. A lovelyhome from its construction, the current owners updated & expanded this “Rawley” model so that it has a gorgeous kitchen/sun room/breakfast room, and family room combination in addition to the den and library on the first floor. This is a comfortable home with 5 bedrooms and three baths on the second floor and a fully finished lower level w/au pair suite.  My favorite room in this house may be the dining room since it has a fireplace in it, although the newly renovated kitchen with its double island with dark granite counters may be a close second! It also has a very nice master suite with a relaxing spa bath!

Located in the Whitman HS school cluster, it is also close to many private schools, like Bullis, Holy Child, Landon, Holton-Arms, the Heights School and Norwood.  It is an easy commute downtown via the Clara Barton Parkway or MacArthur Blvd. and offers easy access to the Beltway and the airports. The home is listed for $1,495,000 by Washington Fine Properties.


The Hunter’s Inn, which opened in 1977, is a Potomac Village institution with hamburgers described by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s best.  The Inn is now owned by Washington natives Fred and Murray Berman with Executive Chef John Sarg of the Culinary Institute of America in the kitchen.   Prior to joining the Hunter’s Inn, Sarg worked for Washington’s, D.C.’s Galileo and Teatro Goldini, as well as New York City’s San Dominico.

Hunter’s Inn has a bit of a dual personality.  On the right side of the Inn is a true restaurant with white tablecloths and a more formal feeling – perfect for date night for a couple living in Potomac Falls or River Falls.  On the left is the bar and a pub atmosphere.  On either side you can get fresh fish, steaks and burger and large entree salads, pasta, ribs, and chops,

Hunter’s Inn is always a friendly place to meet your friends and grab a beer or a quick bite – even after the normal lunch time.  I have gone in there with clients at 3:30 or 4 pm and gotten a full meal served by a pleasant waiter.  My daughter and ten of her friends and dates went there last year for dinner before their school’s Holiday Ball and the restaurant put together a set menu that was appropriately elegant for a group of 15 and 16 year olds.  As parents we appreciated that the girls and their dates were treated like adults and the parents weren’t stuck with an excessive bill for dinner.  It was a nice balance that everyone appreciated! It really is a place where families gather for celebrations or where a couple can go for an quiet dinner.  It definitely serves its purpose as the neighborhood pub and restaurant.

FEATURED SERVICE- Liquid Design Of Maryland –240-388-0422

When I was growing up on Cathedral Avenue only a few of my friends had pools in their backyards, and they tended to be very straightforward in their construction and shape.  A Gunite pool was a really well regarded pool, and if you had a diving board too, then you were set for the summer.

Today’s luxury home owners expect more than that in their backyards.  Pools are much more common now in the DC metro area and they no longer only come square.  To design a pool to meet today’s more demanding consumer, I would turn to Liquid Design of Maryland LLC.

Their goal is to turn their customers’ dreams into a reality by creating unique custom luxury inground swimming pools complete with aquascape,waterscape or water garden designs, including soft-scape /landscaping, and water features (like waterfalls and tunnels) that change an ordinary backyard into an enjoyable paradise waterscape. The pools and surrounding areas that this company creates are spectacular!

On top of it, Mark and Leo, the owners, are really great to work with and very responsive.  I recently sold a luxury home in Potomac and on the day of settlement, the pool cover stopped working.  In a panic, I called Mark and Leo,  and since they were already in the neighborhood, they came right over.  They took the pool cover motor apart and fixed the problem. Crisis averted! We settled that afternoon on schedule.   THANK YOU!

FEATURED EVENT- Christmas At Mount Vernon

The C&O Canal reminds me of the colonial economy that created the Canal, and what better representative of colonial times than George Washington and his beautiful home, Mount Vernon.

Christmas at Mount Vernon has been named as one of the “12 Places to Catch the Holiday Spirit” by AAA!

Mount Vernon is again joyfully decking the halls for Christmas at Mount Vernon, a special daytime program offered through January. Themed decorations (including 12 Christmas trees), a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, and 18th-century dancing will be offered.

This year visitors will be able to experience the following activities:

Special Mansion Tours: Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons Celebrated Christmas.

George Washington’s Christmas Camel: In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel, located across from the Bowling Green Gate. This year Aladdin will be joined by the National Thanksgiving Turkey, who will be on display following President Obama’s pardon at the White House.

Mount Vernon in Gingerbread: View a five-foot-wide gingerbread replica of the Mansion.

18th-Century Chocolate Making Demonstrations: Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques.

Chocolate Toast to Christmas: Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington family favorite.

18th-Century Entertainment: Costumed friends and family of the Washington teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon.

All programs are included in general admission: $15 for adults, $7 for youth (6-11), and free for children five and younger. Mount Vernon is open every day of the year.

FUN FACTS – The C&O Canal Mules

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal maintains a stable of six to eight mules for its

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interpretive canal boat operations. The mules are a great favorite of park visitors.   Many people can name the mules by sight.

Although there are both male and female mules, the C&O Canal only has mare mules. Each mule has its own unique personality, strengths, and idiosyncrasies. All of the mules love attention and would like to meet you. Please stop by for a visit soon.

(Did you know that mules are sterile hybrid animals born from a male donkey and a female horse? An offspring born from a male horse and a female donkey is called a hinney or hiney, but they are much more rare because of the size of the offspring in relation to the mother.)

Being serious again! – The C&O Canal begins in Georgetown. The canal made extra money by selling water to numerous factories in Georgetown to power water driven machinery such as water wheels, etc. Many factories were located next to canal property.

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