Chevy Chase Condo Gets Some Class
Chevy Chase in Montgomery County may be an unincorporated census-designated place, but it has many faces, In some instances it is a village, in others a town, and still others an upscale neighborhood a mere 5 miles away from the White House. It really depends on which part of the community to which you are referring. Technically, it is a collective community that share a history and has an approximate center at Connecticut Avenue north of Washington, D.C.
The area occupied by the various subdivisions of Chevy Chase was farmland as late as 1890, and it was a Nevada senator with his partners that started the ball rolling on its development as a residential streetcar suburb. The Chevy Chase Land Company made an aggressive bid to acquire property in the area, and eventually accrued nearly 7 square kilometers along what is known as Connecticut Avenue today to Florida Avenue. They built houses that only the rich could afford, pricing it upwards of $5,000, roughly equivalent to $127,767.60 today. The first resident was architect Leon E. Dessez, who also designed the first houses in Chevy Chase together with Lindley Johnson.
The name itself is culled from a tract of land called “Cheivy Chace” assigned to Colonel Joseph Belt in 1725, which in turn refers to a 1388 battle over a “chevauchee” or border raid.
The US Census considers Chevy Chase Village one of the highest-income communities in the US as of 2015. The population mix of Chevy Chase CDP, which is presumably the same as the rest of the Chevy Chase communities, is predominantly white at 88.1% (as of 2014), with a small Hispanic (4.7%) and Asian (3.8%) population. The small number of African Americans (1.0%) in the area may be partly due to the exclusionary policies of the 1920s in real estate deeds, which prohibited African Americans from owning or renting homes in the area. That is no longer the case, of course, and has not been since 1948, but the fact remains that there are very few African Americans in the community.
Among the notable neighbors in the community include bestselling author Ann Brashares of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” fame and Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. It is also the home of Gayle King, the good fiend of Oprah Winfrey and co-anchor of CBS This Morning.
Things to Do Around Chevy Chase
While Chevy Chase is a residential community, and a suburb besides, you would not know it from the number of shopping malls, high-end retail stores such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and restaurants in the area. If you want all the mod cons in a suburban environment that is equivalent to or exceeding that of a small city, Chevy Chase would be your destination.
Aside from the shopping, Chevy Chase is also where the National 4-H Youth Conference Center is located, which is good for the young folks, and it is where the National Science Bowl is held every year in April or May.
Kitchen and bathroom upgrades
The client relocated to Chevy Chase and worked for a financial firm in the area. She purchased a large transitional style 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo unit in Chevy Chase because of its proximity to her workplace. The unit was built in 1979, and while it was perfectly maintained, it was very dated. The client was very busy and did not have much time to spend on renovations, so she contacted us for a quote on replacing the kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops with granite “for a touch of class.”
The condo was solidly built and had a neutral design that was neither traditional nor modern. The client wanted to upgrade the look by putting in marble in the kitchen and bathrooms. She had seen our website and had already chosen the Cosmic Black from the product gallery, and she wanted all the countertops to be of the same material. Looking at the current design of the kitchen and bathrooms, it was an unusual choice. The kitchen was quite small and had black appliances, maple wood flooring, and dark walnut cabinets, A dark granite like Cosmic Black would look great in the bathrooms, which were all white, but would make the kitchen look even smaller. We tactfully pointed this out to the client, suggesting a lighter color such as Crema Bordeaux would make the room look bigger.
After a bit more discussion and several consultations using our Kitchen Visualizer, the client agreed to use the lighter Crema Bordeaux for the kitchen. We made our measurements to give her an initial quote. She agreed, provided we could do the job over the weekend because she would have to be back at work on Monday. We agreed, and she paid a deposit for the granite slabs she would need.
We got on the job right away. We sent the fabricator with the work crew that same day to the house to make the templates and prep the counters for installation. The fabricator came back four hours later with the templates, and began cutting the slabs at once. There was some miscommunication, and he had marked the kitchen templates to the Cosmic Black when one of our alert staffers spotted the mistake. Whew! The rest of the fabrication went without a hitch, and the slabs were ready for delivery and installation the next afternoon.
The client was very happy with the results, and agreed that the Crema Bordeaux looked fantastic in the kitchen. She wasn’t much of a cook, but she said it inspired her to try cooking more often. The new vanities also gave the bathrooms a more elegant air than the industrial white it used to be.
We at KNC Granite are not afraid to tell our clients our opinion when it comes to installing quality stones for the home. If we believe the chosen design will not work for the home, we will say so. After all, they are consulting us for our professional views. Of course, at the end of the day, the client’s wishes are our command.
We strive at all times to give our clients the best advice we can given theior particular circumstances. Visit the KNC Granite showroom or shoot us an email to ask for a free consultation and cost estimate. You will be the better for it.