Caspeer Neer-designed mid-century modern in Moyaone Reserve.

Moyaone Reserve Homes Tour – April 30

After a four-year hiatus, the Moyaone Reserve Homes Tour is back this Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 5 pm. Moyaone Reserve is a heavily wooded community of 180 mostly mid-century modern and contemporary homes situated along the Potomac River contiguous to Piscataway National Park. In Moyaone Reserve, all the homes are on five or more acres and were designed by the likes of architects Charles Wagner and Charles Goodman. Moyaone Reserve is located in Accokeek, Maryland, just 20 miles south of Capitol Hill.
One of my past listings (pictured above) will be featured on the tour. The 1958 mid-century modern with A-frame studio on six acres was designed by  Casper Neer, a long time resident of Hollin Hills who graduated from Harvard’s School of Design during the time that Marcel Breuer and I.M. Pei.
Tickets for the Moyaone Reserve Homes Tour include the tour followed by a wine social, art show, and silent auction (5 – 7 pm). The tour starts at the Moyaone Community Center (2311 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Maryland 20607).
You can purchase tickets ($35.00/person in advance; $40 at the door) here.

Bethesda Magazine 2022 Top Producer Michael Shapiro

Bethesda Magazine 2022 Top Producer Recognition

I am honored to be recognized as a 2022 Top Producer in the March/April issue of Bethesda Magazine. Thank you to all my clients and all the mid-century modern fans here in the Washington, D.C. area for trusting me the past 16 years.
It all started with the creation of the Modern Capital blog on Blogger. (Do people remember this platform?). The outpouring of support I received after starting the site spurred me to get my license and become a mid-century modern obsessed Realtor.
There are more than 8,500 real estate agents who reside in Montgomery County. Hundreds more who live outside of the county but do business here. Only 436 agents and teams made the Bethesda Magazine 2022 Top Producer list.
Always feel free to contact me with any questions you have on this extraordinary market we are seeing now.

Mid-century modern home in Potomac Overlook in Bethesda.

Potomac Overlook Seeks Historic Designation

Potomac Overlook, the mid-century modern community in Bethesda overlooking the Potomac River, is seeking to become Montgomery County’s first modernist subdivision designated as a historic district in the Master Plan for Historic Preservation. The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on the effort on March 1 at 1:30 pm.
The neighborhood of 19 homes perched over Macarthur Boulevard was built between 1956 and 1959. Edward Bennett, John Matthews and Lloyd Potter were the developers. The architecture firm of Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon (KLC), well known for the design of nearby Carderock Springs, designed the neighborhood.

“Bennett and KLC espoused the aesthetic design, functional advantages, and untapped commercial potential for modern architecture in tract housing,” the Planning Board says in its draft plan. “The contemporary-styled dwellings are recognized as outstanding examples of situated modernism. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) awarded them the ‘excellence of their cooperative efforts to create better homes and communities for Americans’ award in 1961.”
Next Steps in the Potomac Overlook Designation
The County Council’s March 1 public hearing by will be followed by a series of work sessions at the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee and the full Council. The Council will then vote on a resolution approving the final amendment to the Master Plan for Historic Preservation. The last step would be adoption of the final plan by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Community members who want to testify during the virtual public hearing must Read More >

The mid-century modern community of Wessynton in Alexandria, Virginia.

Washington Post Highlights Mid-Century Modern Wessynton

Wessynton is a wooded mid-century modern community of 156 contemporary homes designed by Deigert & Yerkes, one of the leading modernist architectural teams in the D.C. area. Wessynton real estate was built by developer Miller & Smith in the late 1960s.
The neighborhood features waterways that lead to the Potomac through neighboring Little Hunting Creek as well as a swimming pool, clubhouse and a playground for children. The Washington Post just ran an updated feature on the neighborhood located nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria.
There are five models that dot mid-century modern Wessynton: Forest, Garden, Manor, Meadow and River.
“Manor is the most repeated style, representing 46 of the homes,” writes Olivia McCormack. “The least-repeated is garden, representing 11 of the homes. The size ranges from 3,125 square feet to 4,440 square feet and each style reflects aspects of the natural terrain — large windows to show beautiful gardens and dark wood to create harmony between the forest and the homes.”
Reach out to set up a time to discuss homes for sale in Wessynton, including off market properties.

Coolfont Mountainside Half Round Cabin

Modern Capital’s Coolfont Cabin

In the late 1960s, Sam Ashelman, a Washington businessman, and his wife Martha developed the Coolfont resort and private mid-century modern cabins in the woods just outside the town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Today, the iconic Coolfont Mountainside consists of more than 100 contemporary cabins on nearly 400 acres.

After years of looking, my wife and I bought “Half Round” (all the cabin’s have names), a 1975 cabin that is exactly as it sounds. From the front, it has a more typical contemporary cabin construction but the back half of the house is round with walls of glass.
Half Round Cabin Features
The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. The open dining-living room area has soaring ceilings, 360-view fireplace and the walls of glass looking out to the deck and woods beyond. We have brought in mid-century art and furniture, including a pair of restored Jens Risom chairs. The house is one level with ramp access to the front door and wrap-around deck, with seating and gas BBQ grill.
You can rent the house through VRBO.

Coolfont Mountainside Community Features
The community in-ground heated pool and hot tub is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. (Year round indoor pool available at nearby Coolfont Resort for $8pp/day.) Other community features include on-site hiking trails, tennis and basketball courts, rec field and tot-lot.
The Berkeley Springs area of West Virginia is less than a two-hour drive from major metropolitan areas such as Washington, Read More >

Chloethiel Woodard Smith-designed mid-century modern in St. Michael's.

Smith-Designed Mid-Century Modern in St. Michael’s

Talk about a perfect spot for the summer. Take a peek at this custom mid-century modern home designed by Chloethial Woodard Smith. Set on 8.85 acres on Broad Creek in Saint Michael’s, the 1959 sprawling one-level home is nearly 6,000 square feet with walls of glass and has a later added pool and pool house. Check out all of the vintage elements that remain in the house. Smith was one of the country’s premier modernists–male or female–and one of the driving forces and architects behind the urban renewal plan in Southwest, designing such residential complexes as Capitol Park townhomes and apartments  and Harbour Square.
Jennifer Martella of the Talbot Spy has the scoop on the history of the house, which is listed for $2.995 million by Chuck Mangold Jr. of Benson & Mangold.

America's Best

America’s Best Real Estate Professionals Listed

Very thankful to all my clients who put their trust in me. I have been included in this year’s WSJ Real Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals list for 2021. Top 100 in the state for individual agents.

NBM Hosts Program on Chloethiel Woodard Smith

NBM Hosts Program on Chloethiel Woodard Smith

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the National Building Museum is hosting an online program on Wednesday March 17 about Chloethiel Woodard Smith, FAIA (1910–1992). Smith was an American modernist architect and urban planner who was an architectural powerhouse here in Washington.
Smith was known for her planning and residences in Southwest DC, office buildings and homes in the suburbs including Pine Spring, Reston and custom homes like my past listing in Somerset.
“She was the sixth woman inaugurated into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and at the peak of her practice led the country’s largest woman-owned architecture firm,” the museum says.
Neil Flanagan, architectural designer and writer, Peter Sefton, independent architectural historian, and Catherine Zipf, architectural historian and author, discuss the career and legacy of Chloethiel Woodard Smith, whose work in the District a study of new uses for the Pension Building, now the National Building Museum. The program is moderated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, director, Washington Alexandria Architecture Center and consulting curator, National Building Museum.
You can also take a virtual walk of  Smith’s work here.

Carderock Springs

Charles Goodman Townhomes for Sale in River Park

There are currently three Charles Goodman-designed townhomes for sale in River Park. All three units have been listed for more than a month and look like they need work.
History of Goodman Townhomes at River Park
Opened in 1962, River Park is a mid-century modern cooperative housing project of Charles Goodman townhomes and an apartment block built by the Reynolds Aluminum Corporation. It was developed as as a way to showcase aluminum as a building material.
The complex was built as part of Southwest Washington’s urban renewal efforts in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The community was designed by architect Goodman and landscape architect Eric Paepcke, who also did work in Hollin Hills in Virginia with Goodman.
River Park Highlighted
River Park has been highlighted by the likes of The Washington Post, which in addition to calling it “unmistakable,” wrote that “to live under a barrel roof in Southwest is to live in a building of some historical import.”
The New York Times featured the River Park shortly after it was built on the front page of the newspaper, calling the community a “fresh design outlook.”

Drone Tour of Charles Goodman’s Highland Hills

With so many of this year’s typical home tour events cancelled, Modern Richmond put together a brief, socially-distanced drone tour of the Charles Goodman’s Highland Hills. This mid-century modern neighborhood is located in Central Virginia.
For five years beginning in 1953, Washington’s own modernist Goodman served as a consulting architect for Lafayette, Ind.-based National Homes. At the time, National Homes was the country’s largest prefab home manufacturer.
Located in Bon Air in Chesterfield County, the 80 or so homes in Highland Hills were developed in the mid-50s by National Homes and featured the designs of Goodman. Highland Hills is the only neighborhood in central Virginia exclusively consisting of mid-century homes.
Looks like Modern Richmond plans to do a fuller drone tour of Charles Goodman’s Highland Hills this coming spring. Can’t wait to see.

Modern Richmond Drone Tour – Highland Hills from Modern Richmond on Vimeo.

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