Entries by Meg McParland

Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?

There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family, others might think they are too young, and still, others might think their current […]

First Redevelopment Project for Bethesda’s Pearl District Wins Initial Approval

County planning officials Thursday signed off on the first redevelopment project for Bethesda’s Pearl District. Promark Development is looking to replace a surface parking lot with a 145-foot-tall mixed-use building that would bring residents and retailers to the corner of Pearl Street and Montgomery Avenue. Pat Harris, a land-use attorney representing Promark, said that area […]

Safeway in Downtown Bethesda To Close

Updated 4 p.m.: The Safeway on Old Georgetown Road will close March 17, after more than 25 years in Bethesda, a company spokeswoman said Monday. The grocery store, near Woodmont Triangle, about two blocks from the Metro station, is closing because of underperformance, according to spokeswoman Stephanie Maxwell Ridore. Other Safeway locations—including another Bethesda store on Bradley […]

One In Three Homes Sold for Above Asking in DC Last Year

There were several points last year when UrbanTurf highlighted just how competitive the DC housing market had become as evidenced by the number of homes for sale that were inciting bidding wars. And recently, Zillow put out a report that concluded that about 25 percent of homes sold in DC last year fetched above their […]

Stir-fry and Salad Restaurant Honeygrow Opens Next Week on Rockville Pike

Honeygrow, a fast-casual restaurant serving stir-fry and salad, is opening its first Montgomery County location on Thursday in Montrose Crossing. The restaurant, at 12035 Rockville Pike, will offer customizable bowls with noodles made from scratch and locally sourced vegetables. Justin Rosenberg, the company’s founder and CEO, said he wanted to Honeygrow to be more than […]

Discovery Prepares To Sell its Silver Spring Building

Discovery Communications has retained the global real estate company JLL to market and sell its Silver Spring headquarters building. JLL wrote in an email that Discovery is working with JLL’s Capital Markets Group to sell the 540,000-square foot headquarters. The real estate company’s Bill Prutting and Steve Collins will lead the efforts. David Leavy, Discovery’s […]

North Bethesda Trampoline Park To Hold Grand Opening Saturday

A large new trampoline park is having a grand opening in the Randolph Hills area near the Rockville line. The 15,000-square-foot Launch Trampoline Park on Boiling Brook Parkway held a soft opening last weekend, but will hold an event Saturday to formally kick off the start of the business. The park features a variety of trampolines on […]

The Benefits of Homeownership Go Beyond the Financial

Homeownership is a major part of the American Dream. As evidence of that, 91% of Americans believe that owning a home is either essential (43%) or important (48%) to achieving that “dream.” In a market where some people may be unsure about the benefits and possibilities of buying a home, it is important that we remember this. Homeownership is […]

Discovery Communications Announces Plan To Leave Silver Spring

Discovery Communications is planning to move its headquarters out of downtown Silver Spring. In a letter to employees obtained by Bethesda Beat, Discovery CEO David Zaslav wrote the company was making changes to its global real estate strategy. “Chief among those changes, we have made the decision to move our global headquarters to New York City,” Zaslav wrote. “We […]