Forest Hills Featured!

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Forest Hills is perfect for the home seeker looking for a quiet escape close to all the amenities of urban living as well as the (almost) wilderness area of Rock Creek Park.  This community of winding streets, gentle hills, and lots of trees and vegetation is perfectly named as Forest Hills.  I love Forest Hills for its gracious not-cookie cutter homes, and this may be the best part of the city to find luxury homes with a contemporary style.

While this blog focuses on Forest Hills and homes for sale in Forest Hills, you can always  search dc listings online. NW Northwest SE Southeast condos, row houses for sale,  Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan real estate all at www.lisehowe.com.

FEATURED LISTING – 2807 Chesterfield for $3,995,000

Even though I live in a Kettler colonial, I love a good contemporary, so whenever I get a chance to feature a modern home, I jump at the chance!  This home is designed by an acclaimed Washingtonian Architect, T.Price III, as a contemporary home with almost 11,000sq/ft.   Even though it is a very large home for NorthWest Washington, it masters the expansive volumes and the natural light distribution to create the perfect living space which impresses and, at the same time, provides comfort to all its guests.  It is ideal for entertaining and features a great combination of indoor and outdoor spaces in a special, fresh and modern setting.

FEATURED RESTAURANT: Buck’s Fishing and Camping

I think this restaurant is fine – not great, but fine.  The thing I love most about it is its name and its stickers whichearned a place on my daughter’s camp trunk.  If you want a good steak or a piece of fish and a neighborhood feel, then you should definitely keep Buck’s in mind.

When you go to Yelp, you get divergent opinions on Buck’s – some people like the food, others think it is okay. Some had good luck with service and others didn’t.  My feeling is that it is a neighborhood restaurant which is consistently priced for Chevy Chase DC and it has a good feel to it. The choice is yours.

FEATURED SERVICE: Politics and Prose

I love Politics and Prose! Twenty years ago the business plan was to create a bookstore that would offer superior service and unusual book choices and would serve as a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books.  Here’s the really good news!  They have closely adhered to the  original goals.  The staff loves books and enjoys helping customers find books they will enjoy reading.  The store is a fun place to be and the staff is great.  They chat with customers.  They go the extra mile in trying to locate a book for a customer.

They are selective about the books offered.  The staff tries to read as much as possible so that they can recommend new books.   Authors enjoy coming to P&P because the staff treats them with respect and the customers are exceptionally well informed. It’s a great chance for authors, who work in solitude on their books, to meet readers.  They host authors every night and often twice on weekend days.  If your book group needs a home, consider Politics and Prose. They host many book groups, some run by staff, some run by interested customers. In addition, they provide books for about 75 book groups that order their books for discussion through the store. They also have classes on literature and psychology that meet at the store and serve store customers. For what more could you ask?

FEATURED EVENT: My Father at 100 by Ron Reagan

Jan 25 2011 7:00 pm at Politics and Prose brings Ron Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s son. Were he still alive,President Reagan would turn 100 on February 6, 2011. To mark the centennial, his son, a political commentator for MSNBC and host of his own radio show, has written an intimate memoir about the father he knew—and the one he didn’t. This portrait combines views of both the public and the private man.  As Ron Reagan grew up under his father’s watchful gaze, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader. Yet for all of their shared experiences of horseback rides and touch football games, there was much that Ron never knew about his father’s past, and in My Father at 100, he sets out to understand this beloved, if often enigmatic, figure who turned his early tribulations into a stunning political career.

Since his death in 2004, President Reagan has been a galvanizing force that personifies the values of an older America and represents an important era in national history. Ron Reagan traces the sources of these values in his father’s early years and offers a heartfelt portrait of a man and his country-and his personal memories of the president he knew as “Dad.”

FUN FACTS – ROCK CREEK PARK

Since Rock Creek Park embraces Forest Hills on the east side, it seemed only fair to talk about the history of Rock Creek Park as the fun facts feature.

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 as one of the first federal parks. When the park was established, it was on the edge of the growing city and was already a favorite area for rural retreat. In the establishing legislation, Rock Creek Park was ‘dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasure ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States.” The park would “provide for the preservation from injury or spoliation of all timber, animals, or curi­osities within said park, and their retention in their natural condition, as nearly as possible.”

The main section of the park contains 1,754 acres (7.10 km2) along the Rock Creek Valley — more than twice the size of Central Park in New York City. Including the other green areas the park administers (Glover Archbold Park, Montrose Park, Dumbarton Oaks Park, Meridian Hill ParkBattery Kemble Park, Palisades Park, Whitehaven Park, etc.), it is over 2,000 acres (8.1 km2). The major portion of the area lies north of the National Zoo, and was established by act ofCongress made law by President Benjamin Harrison on September 27, 1890, the same year thatYosemite National Park was established. A later addition of the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway extended the park along a narrow corridor from the zoo to the mouth of Rock Creek at the Potomac River.

Recreation facilities include a golf course; equestrian trails; sport venues, including a tennis stadium which hosts major professional events; a nature center and planetarium; an outdoor concert venue; and picnic and playground facilities. Rock Creek Park also maintains cultural exhibits, including the Peirce Mill andCivil War fortifications, such as Fort Stevens and Fort DeRussy. Rock Creek is a popular venue for joggingcycling, and inline skating, especially on the long, winding Beach Drive, portions of which are closed to vehicles on weekends.[1] It is also the path of a major traffic thoroughfare, the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, especially along the portion south of the zoo.

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