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Martin Toews


$780,000 1008 ELM AVENUE, TAKOMA PARK, MD 20912
From A Modest Cape Cod to a Craftsman Dream Dwelling! It happened at 1008 Elm Avenue; a dowdy 1943 Cape Cod that was magically transformed over several renovations with care and consideration for quality and aesthetics that improved the quality of life for the owner. Walk up the winding front path of flat stone in differing colors and notice the continuation to the deck, further along, step inside a traditional Cape Cod living room with Wood Burning Fireplace and Mantle with picture windows as a focal point. Stroll over the original oak hardwood floors to the separate dining room with a 1940s built-in china cabinet and plenty of room for a large dining table. Step into the large bright kitchen addition with semi-custom cherry kitchen cabinets, big granite countertops, center island with stove and built-in exhaust, and big pantry, crowned at the west end by a breakfast nook with a bay window overlooking the rear patio garden. The kitchen has separately zoned heating and cooling. Notice the door to the large custom deck for outdoor entertaining. The kitchen is central for outdoor dining on the deck or the dining room indoors. Step to the rear entrance with a rebuilt custom deck and see the mudroom with custom cherry cabinets and a remodeled half bathroom - great for guests. On the other main level side are two good-sized bedrooms with wood floors and bright windows and next door a remodeled full bathroom with Porcelanosa tile on walls and floor. As you walk to the upper level grasp the custom dogwood handrail - an unusual delight that prepares you for a super custom owner suite with unique and rare touches like top railing verticals in dogwood and black walnut trim. Baseboards in repurposed knotty pine and window frames in cherry wood. Local master craftsman, Alan Hill executed the upper floor extension and renovation while the architectural design was done by well-known architect Bill Hutchins, founder of Helicon Works Architects, and includes his signature "bay window seat" in the bedroom.. Plenty of room here for the office, meditation/prayer area, and lots of light! It has separately zoned heating/cooling. Step by the rear of the upper bathroom and notice the antique 19th century stained glass window sourced in the United Kingdom. There's a walk-in closet here and the bedroom is a delightful mix of wood trim and light with custom seating under the window. The headboard here is spalted maple with ambrosia beetle coloring and is negotiable - it's impressive. Oak floors are featured throughout the upper level, while the bathroom has custom tile and an oversized shower. Above you is a "Green Roof" designed by Gregory Long of Capitol Greenroof, LLC. It reduces energy costs by absorbing heat and providing natural insulation. It keeps out the heat in summer and retains it during the winter. The soil mixture and plants protect the waterproof membrane and decking. The basement has lots of storage, a den, waterproofing with a french drain and sump pump, and 3rd bathroom, and a 4th bedroom/rec room with a walkout door with no steps. A great area for an In-Law Suite or Private Guest Room. Step out the lower level door to a grand brick patio, recently resurfaced and leveled. The exterior is clad in recent composite siding and the kitchen addition in cedar shake shingles. The raised flower beds are encased in stone and there are 2 black custom walnut custom benches made by Marcus Sims of Treincarnation. The garden was designed with several native plants and grasses, drought and deer resistant plants, custom stonework, and designed by Beth Knox of Greener Than Green. The whole front of the house faces a small cul-de-sac with no traffic and only the side faces a proper road and it's lightly trafficked. Stroll to Sligo Creek Park, just 2 blocks away. Takoma Junction with the Cooperative, Spring Hill bakery, and shops are walkable, while Metro and the Historic District restaurants are just over a mile away. What a transformation!
  • Sold
  • 4
  • 4
  • 1943
    Year Built
  • 2,296 Sq.Ft.
    Living Area

Features & Amenities

Area & Lot

  • Status: Sold
  • Living Space: 2,296 Sq.Ft.
  • Lot Size: 6,534 Sq.Ft.
  • MLS® ID: MDMC2006362
  • Type: Residential
  • Year Built: 1943
  • Architecture Styles: Cape Cod
  • View Description: Garden/Lawn, Street
  • Elementary School:TAKOMA PARK
  • Middle School: TAKOMA PARK


  • Total Bedrooms: 4
  • Total Bathrooms: 4
  • Full Bathrooms: 3
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Flooring: Hardwood
  • Fireplace: Mantel(s), Screen, Wood
  • Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Washer, Dryer, Oven/Range - Electric, Refrigerator
  • Other Interior Features: Kitchen - Table Space, Breakfast Area, Built-Ins, Ceiling Fan(s), Entry Level Bedroom, Floor Plan - Traditional, Formal/Separate Dining Room, Kitchen - Gourmet, Kitchen - Country, Kitchen - Island, Recessed Lighting, Skylight(s), Stain/Lead Glass, Stall Shower, Walk-in Closet(s), Wood Floors

Exterior & Building

  • Stories: 3
  • Water Source: Public
  • Utilities: Cable TV Available, Electric Available, Natural Gas Available, Multiple Phone Lines, Sewer Available, Water Available
  • Roof: Asbestos Shingle, Rubber, Vegetated, Composite
  • Lot Features: Landscaping, Corner, Cul-de-sac, Front Yard, No Thru Street, Road Frontage, Side Yard(s)
  • Parking: Concrete Driveway
  • Heat Type: Forced Air
  • Air Conditioning: Central A/C, Ductless/Mini-Split, Zoned
  • Sewer: Public Sewer
  • Substructure: Other, Blown-In Insulation, Composition, CPVC/PVC, Hardi Plank Type, Wood Siding, Cedar
  • Security Features: Main Entrance Lock, Smoke Detector
  • Other Exterior Features: Exterior Lighting, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Deck(s), Patio(s), Porch(es), Above Grade, Below Grade


  • Sales Price: $780,000
  • Real Estate Tax: $7,645/yr
  • Zoning: R60


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