7601 Dew Wood Drive, Derwood, Md $515,000

Maybe you have a job with an office in downtown Washington DC. Maybe you work in Rockville or Bethesda. There’s a good chance that where ever you spend your day earning your hard earned pay, it is part of the giant urban concrete jungle that extends from Alexandria to Rockville. At the end of the day, you will face the same challenges everyone else faces in just getting home.

Wouldn’t it be nice if home made the daily grind worthwhile? There are so many things to consider when buying a home, wouldn’t it be nice to know that you have a chance at that elusive nightly nirvana. Well, I am here to tell you that you do… Welcome to 7601 Dew Wood Drive, Derwood, Maryland. Reasonably priced at $515,000, this King George model in Mill Creek Towne is available for purchase today.

Let’s get traffic and commuting and how do I get there from here out of the way. If the President of the United States invited you to dinner, it might take around 30 minutes to drive to his house. The rest of the offices located downtown are reachable within the same time frame. If you have to travel to Crystal City or Rosslyn, they are just over the bridge and minutes from downtown proper. Bethesda is about the same travel time from your door. Rockille? Why Rockville is but minutes away.

The important thing to know about commuting in this area concerns not how but how many. They say all roads lead to the city, how many are available to you in Derwood? Well, you have Muncaster Road that heads north and south. You are close to Shady Grove Road which will take you over to the new ICC or 355 or 270. You have a lot of choices and that becomes very important if traffic backs up on one of your roads home.

Home, that is 7601 Dew Wood Drive in a nutshell. Yes, there is a virtual tour. If you just have to see the pictures, you can click on this LINK.  There is a lot more to this area that you can’t see in a picture.  You pull into your circular driveway and get out of the car.  Before you open the door, turn around. You are surrounded by a mature, well landscaped neighborhood.  The noise of the city is far from your doorstep.

And from that front door, you are only about 5 minutes away from Lake Needwood.  Consider that. Five minutes from a lazy afternoon picnic by the lake.  If you would prefer a round of golf, Needwood Golf Course is next to the lake and it is just one of about a dozen public courses within that same 5-10 minutes away.  Montgomery County has no shortage of strip centers and there are a few within a short drive of your home.  McDonalds, Ledo’s Pizza, CVS, 7-11 and a couple gas stations are close enough to be convenient and far enough to be out of mind until needed.

We all find that we have to work (well most of us anyway).  Often, we just can’t decide where we want to work. We end up where we can earn the most and feel the most comfortable each day.  The stress of work usually increases from Monday to Friday. You deserve a home that will release the tension and offer you a chance to unwind and enjoy your family, your friends and your life.

You are looking for a new house.  Consider 7601 Dew Wood Drive. It may become your private haven from the hustle and bustle of the work day and your opportunity to slow down and enjoy the good things a great neighborhood has to offer.

If you would like to see this home, have your agent contact Centralized Showings. We represent the seller of the home and will not tiptoe into the gray area of writing an offer for someone that is willing to reject representation in hopes of getting a better deal. In Maryland, you have a right to have an agent represent you, since we represent the sellers, we can’t represent you. We will be glad to refer you to an agent. This could be home.

Gunpowder Golf Club…Laurel Maryland

You …

stand on the first tee and 18 challenging holes lay before you. This is Gunpowder Golf Club. The club is located in Laurel, MD on Old Gunpowder Road. Bob Milligan bought the land in the early 1950’s. It had been a rock quarry. He designed the front nine and began building. He removed ton’s of stone. The stone that was removed was sold and he then designed and built the back nine. The course opened in 1956.

The course was designed to follow the natural topography of the land in the Scottish tradition. Over 50 years have passed since the opening and the course still holds that character. Fairways are tree lined and there is only one that is relatively flat.

Follow with me. The first hole is a down hill dog leg right. Tree lined down the right side and challenging golfers to not attempt cutting the corner. Trees are much taller today than 1956. The second hole parallels the first, back up the same hill. It is tree lined on both the right and left side. The teeing area is back in a shoot that challenges everyone due to the demands of hitting the ball straight. The third hole is a down hill, up hill par 5 that has the flavor of the 13th at Augusta…don’t know why, it just does. The fourth hole is the hardest on the course. It is an uphill 190 yard par 3. The fifth tee is perched on a hill top, you have to hit the tee shot over a small lake (?) to another dogleg right hole. The sixth hole offers yet another up hill blind shot, leaving you a mid iron to a green that is now below your feet. The seventh hole has another shoot placed teeing area. Off in the distance, beyond a natural bowl, is a small hill. In the middle of the hill is a directional pole. The pole was added a few years back ( I still remember standing on that tee during my first round there wondering “where do I go from here?”. The eighth is another par three, mid to short iron over the lake and to an elevated green that falls from back to front. The ninth is another dog leg (this one left) to a green that is well above your head when you stand in the fairway.

That is just the front nine.

Let the game begin…

as you move to the 10th tee. It is elevated. You can see the bunker on the left. The right side is obscured by the large tree on the right. (There was a time when folks just took it over the tree with a gentle draw). The eleventh hole is a dog leg left up hill par four. When I say up hill, the green is about 50 or 60 feet above your head from the fairway. Number 12 is a par three that can be reached with a mid to short iron. Of course, if you miss hit your shot you will discover a gulley before you, a lake to your right front and the absolute pits of hell to your left. The green is most exposed to the sun and the speed is quicker than most. The 13th hole begins “birdie run”. It is a short, slightly up hill par four. The 14th is an even shorter par four that can be reached with a solid drive. The fifteenth is a short par 5 that is not as difficult as the card reads. The sixteenth is a beautiful hole. You stand on a cliff (above the 12th green) and hit across a valley to a landing area about 180 yards away. From the landing area, you have to strike a shot over another valley to a green that is tucked into a green swale. The creek that winds from left to right and back again separated the three areas. The seventeenth hole is a short par 3. The green is severely sloped from back to front. (A ball will not come to rest in some areas of this green). Depending on the diabolical pin position…5 can be a good score! The back side closes out with a gentle up hill par four that is protected in the front by a gaping bunker. The green is not very deep and many second shots find there way to the hill side behind the green.

That’s it.

Not exactly. Gunpowder has regulars. I began playing there is the mid 80’s. I have played with many of the legends. There was the group that played weekends…ante up $7 , teams picked, score the best two net balls. I remember Alie, the fellow in charge when I first showed up. He made the rules and changed the rules as he saw fit. I remember Manny and watching him ride his cart backwards into the lake on the fifth hole. There was Ken and his helicopter sailing golf clubs after errant shots. I still play with the long time club champions…Whitehead and Hooker and Dunny.

My son learned the game at Gunpowder. Mr. Milligan gave him his first job. He learned to play. He learned to gamble. He still remembers playing in the club championship against Dunny the reigning champ. My son was two up after nine holes. He was barely sixteen. At the turn, Dunny stopped at the clubhouse for refreshments. On the tenth tee he told my son that he was really playing well. He offered him a beer. My son had his first beer and went on the blow his lead and lose the match. He has forgiven, but never forgotten.

There are many stories here. It is home. It is friends. It is in a way family. We know it is not the fanciest. We know it is not pristine. We know it is ours.

Gunpowder Golf Club

14300 Old Gunpowder Road

Laurel, MD 20707


It did not sell… but it remains empty

Now this was a fine listing. The owner stopped by my booth at the Montgomery County Fair and asked me to come out and list his home. He was being transferred out of the area. Did I mention that we met in August of 2007.  The home sits on a beautiful one acre lot. It is located in an area surrounded by million dollar homes.

We met and the home went on the market. We had visitors through the fall, but it was priced a little too high and when we brought the price down……..the market had passed us by. Winter came and I made arrangements to have the house winterized. Winter passed with very few visitors. I made regular visits to the house and make sure it was secure and presentable. I kept the grounds up. I cleared the driveway. I used a blower to get the leaves away from the home. I remained an empty soldier in the war on vacancies.

Winter turned to spring. I went to the home. I aired it out. I burned scented candles. I scrubbed winters grime. I help open houses. I checked on the home weekly. It lingered. I could not understand why it was not even receiving visitors. It was an absolutely lovely little private hideaway.

I would visit and sit on the porch and try to conjur up another approach. I had other agents visit and asked for ideas. Oh, the price had been reduced several times. Still, no offers came. No agents came. It remained a quiet spot for afternoon brain storming.

One day, a wind shear from a thunderstorm created a mini-tornado that flat out knocked that stone wall down. The treed lot became a disheveled pile of pine. Power was gone and the driveway became a walkway. I called the owner. I told him of the damage. I walked the property and could not believe the damage to one little area. The refuge was gone.

He never called me back. He just vanished. I went back a few times. Repairs were started and stopped. A funky blue tarp covered the garage. On my last visit, I went from room to room and thought of people that actually came through. I remembered the hours I had spent there. I remembered the soul searching.

Then I took my lock box off the door my sign out of the driveway and left.

As I drove away, I remembered the thought…“I don’t feel guilty for what happened.” Life is funny that way. You do what you believe to be the right thing. You do what you can to please. In the end, some things just don’t work out. If you have done your best, all you can do is drive away and hope for a better tomorrow.

I will not look back. The future is straight ahead. I will just store the memories. After all, even failures are full of good memories and important lessons.

The house remains a chalice of broken dreams………..still empty.