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September 30, 2012 Bethesda, Endangered

Needs Love: 1960 Cohen & Haft MCM in Bethesda – $695K

Noted Washington architects Cohen & Haft designed a cluster of nearly two dozen mid-century modern homes in Bethesda off Fernwood Road and Michaels Drive just inside the Beltway. This one was built in 1960 and is listed for $695K. As you can see from the listing’s pictures, it is mostly being marketed for the half acre lot on a cul-de-sac. I recently toured the 4 bed/3.5 bath house and the entire house is in disrepair and needs work. It is a large mid-century home with four levels, more than 3,000 square feet and plenty of storage space. The entrance and open living room form the center of the house and both have walls of glass. Could be a great restored mid-century space or complete modern  interior renovation while keeping the mid-century floor plan.


A shot of the back of the house.


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  1. Mid-Century Mike — October 16, 2012 @ 5:20 pm         Reply

    Under Contract.

  2. Mid-Century Mike — November 13, 2012 @ 9:16 pm         Reply

    Sold for cash for $625K. Likely will be torn down.

  3. Chip Moore — March 28, 2013 @ 3:01 am         Reply

    In 1972 I was going to school in Virginia, chasing my dream of a degree in architecture. Like a fool, I had dropped out of college in 1965, and was soon drafted, Having dodged the Viet Nam bullet, I spent the next few years trying to get my life back on track. One day, a fellow student told me his wife worked for an architect in Bethesda, that they had a job opening for a “go-fer”. I applied, was hired, and soon found myself in the midst of an incredible group of people – Cohen, Haft, Holtz, Kerxton and Karabiker (hope I spelled that right!). Doing this, that, and the other around the office, between runs around town in my trusty ’55 Buick, getting supplies, lunches, picking up and delivering plans (I can still smell the workroom at Silver Spring Blueprinting – woooeee!). To be working in the midst of talent of this caliber justified the low pay – I probably would have worked for nothing! As time went by, I realized I had to devote more time to school than to work if I wanted a degree, and had to leave the best lousy job I’d ever have! I was sad to learn Jack Cohen has passed – he was a brilliant, sweet man! Also sad to see that this house is a tear-down!

  4. Chip Moore — March 28, 2013 @ 3:22 am         Reply

    Sorry – it’s 3AM! Worked at CHHKK in ’72. Sad to hear Jack Cohen has passed, he was a brilliant, sweet man. If I were lucky enough to steal this house for 625K, I’d restore it vice teardown. Whatever goes up won’t be half as cool. There!

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