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May 9, 2010 Maryland Listings

Price Drop: 1954 Charles Wagner MCM in Moyaone Reserve – $330K

A view of the second bedroom.

This listing is for a mid-century modern by Charles Wagner in Moyaone Reserve. The 3 bedroom/2 bath home sits on more than five acres and is being sold “as is” as a “fixer upper.” The price has dropped $50,000 t0 $330K.  Moyaone Reserve, is a heavily wooded community of mid-century modern homes near the Potomac River in the Piscataway National Park’s scenic easement. The homes in the community, just 20 miles south of Capitol Hill, were first built after World War II by architects such as Wagner, who was heavily influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, and Charles Goodman, who designed one of his earliest homes for clients in the community. If you are searching for a MCM restoration project close to D.C. yet one that feels much further from the city, make sure to look at this one.

All the homes in Moyaone Reserve are on more than five acres.

The glass-walled living room.

Open kitchen/dining room area.

The master bedroom.

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  1. Alison Heath — May 10, 2010 @ 9:41 am         Reply

    Uh…exactly what’s wrong with the house? It looks absolutely gorgeous to me. It looks like maybe it could use a coat of exterior paint (maybe?), but the cabinets, flooring and interior paint looks lovely.

  2. HRu — May 12, 2010 @ 6:31 pm         Reply

    Snatch this up! The only things that I think *might* concern ppl is the house’s location (in PG County with rural-type utilities) and the flat roof.

  3. HRu — May 19, 2010 @ 3:34 am         Reply

    We drove by this house and took a peek. It is nice looking, but the way it’s sited on the land is a little counter-intuitive…don’t understand why you drive up to the house’s behind while the front faces close-in woods. The grounds in the “front” have been moved around as if landscaping is about to take place. It is however truly a fixer upper. All the exterior wood (and there’s a lot of it) looks like it needs to be replaced. We weren’t able to see much of what was going on inside, but what we could see looked okay. Listing doesn’t show bathrooms…wonder if they need updating.

  4. Mid-Century Mike — May 19, 2010 @ 11:58 am         Reply

    Bathrooms have not been updated.

  5. 2cents — May 19, 2010 @ 1:59 pm         Reply

    Unfortunately, I think this is another example of a house that, while interesting design-wise, just needs so much work that in the end it might be more cost effective to just tear it down (depending, of course, on what someone is looking for). HRu, I believe there was septic work done in the back yard and that is why the ground has been turned. Also, it is my understanding that only the kitchen/dining room addition, not the original house, was designed by Charles Wagner. Will be interesting to see what happens with this one.

  6. HRu — May 20, 2010 @ 1:08 am         Reply

    Thanks for your insight, MCM and 2cents. A few other things I forgot to mention: there are several beautiful trees in the front/side of the house, the back seems pretty open/bare out to the road, and the roof has the tiniest bit of incline for those of us who dread a flat-roof. I too am curious to see what happens to this house; hopefully, no tearing down (it’s such a struggle to silence my inner-preservationist voice). It photographs beautifully despite its muddled pedigree.

  7. Sheryl Romeo — June 10, 2010 @ 7:16 am         Reply

    No muddled pedigree. According to Nancy Wagner, Charles’ widow, Charles Wagner designed the original house for the first owners and then designed the addition in 1972 for the current owners.

    The pictures do make the house look, well, picture perfect. Bathrooms definitely need to be redone, the kitchen at the very least would need new appliances and the house shows wear from deferred maintenance. That being said it was lived in until this past winter’s storms, and has been a wonderful home for the family and a terrific place for entertaining. I had been to some of the dinner parties so can attest to this. And at the current owner’s 90th birthday party a few years ago the house and deck were filled with well wishers.

    I had never thought of the back being the front and the front being the back. Interesting. Anyway, in the spirit of disclosure I am the real estate agent selling the house. I also live 5 minutes away and can show it to anyone who just is curious. Just call. 301-848-1127.

  8. HRu — June 20, 2010 @ 2:50 am         Reply

    Thanks, Ms. Romeo, for the info. Love it (which is why I keep checking back)! In case you didn’t know you have fans in the Moyaone.

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