Real Estate Building News
" __ ' WASHINGTON^J)^C, SATUBDAY^DECEMBER^ 4, 1937. • • PAGE B-^l~
IN CAPITAL SHOWS
$2,163,225 November Fig
ure Fails to Touch Same
Month Last Year.
NEAR TWO-YEAR LOW
Realty Men See Slackening as
Aiding Present Offerings.
Active Spring Forecast.
The valuation of private building
operations in Washington during
November totaled $2,163,225. a slight
increase over October, but nearly
$600,000 under the figure for the cor
responding month of 1936, it was an
nounced today by Building Inspector
John W. Oehmann, following comple
tion of his monthly survey.
Inclusion of the valuation of Novem
ber building brings the District’s total
for 11 months of the year to $30,278.
040. which is approximately $1,500,000
greater than for the corresponding
1 period of last year. There was more
private building in the Capital in 1936
than in any years since 1930.
Col. Oehmann's report showed that
residential building in November
dropped away to the lowest point in
nearly two years. Permits were Issued
for only 86 one-family dwellings in
the month, as compared with 157 such
structures approved in November, 1936,
and 111 in October of this year. Con
struction of dwellings has shown a
steady decline here since the beginning
Few Apartment Permits.
Apartment construction, likewise.
Hrnnnorf PF PArtcirfoi’oKli' T act mrmtVi
permits were issued for 21 apartments,
with a capacity of 104 families and
a valuation of $241,500. In November,
1936. erection of 64 apartments was
approved. These buildings cost $1,227,
000. and had a total housing capacity
of 497 families. Twenty-nine apart
ments. valued at $665,000. and capable
of housing 229 families, were included
in the list of permits for October this <
Real estate men and builders here
are not alarmed at the falling off of
residential construction. The experts
explain that building here started its
comeback long before signs of revival
were noted in other cities, and they
regard the current slackening of con
struction as a healthy sign, which will
permit many of the home offerings
now on the market to be disposed of.
Active Spring Forecast.
The opinion is that home building
will not show a considerable increase
here until the spring, when most lead
ers in the business look for a very ac
tive market. Suburban communities
in Virginia and Maryland have wit
nessed the greatest home-building ac
tivity in history in the last two years.
However, it is believed that such
suburban construction also is now un
dergoing a "breather.”
Northwest Washington led all sec
tions of the city in valuation of new
building for November. The totals for
the various sections of the city are as
follow: Northwest, $1,104,400; North
east. $380,250; Southeast, $141,850. and
Valuation of additions, alterations
and repairs to existing structures for
which permits were granted in No
vember was greater than in either
October of this year or November of
1936. This total for last month was
$562,725. Valuation of November mod
ernization work by sections; North
west. $451,840; Northeast, $47,730;
Southeast, $27,005, and Southwest,
MAKE GOOD SHOWING
Heal Estate Bonds Decline Only
3 Per Cent in November.
The average price of real estate
bond issues in November made the
best showing in three months, declin
ing only 3 per cent, according to the
current Issue of the Amott-Baker
realty bond averages, based on 200
selected issues of properties in the
larger Eastern cities. Less than a half
of these issues declined in November
while in October 160 fell in price, and
In September 153 were quoted at lower
figures. The average price, however, is
atill at the level of March, 1935.
New home of Arthur J. May.
at 4630 Hawthorne lane N.W.,
which was purchased from
James E. Schwab. The dwell
ing. which contains 11 rooms
and three baths, was designed
by Edivin L. and Lois B. Tay
Home Financing Figure for
Washington Area Cited
by F. H. A. Official.
Home financing loans totaling over
$34,250,000 have been approved by the
Federal Housing Administration in
the Washington metropolitan area, ac
cording to an announcement by H. H.
Dearing. district director, today.
This includes $26,565,000 of mort
gages accepted for insurance and $7,
829,368 of modernization and repair
Of the total mortgages accepted for
insurance. $17,765,000 consists of
mortgages on new construction. In
cluded in this figure are mortgages
amounting to approximately $9,000,000
involving 1.500 one to four family
dwellings. The remaining $8,765,000
represents the mortgages accepted on
eight rental housing developments in
the metropolitan area, calling for the
construction of 2.433 dwelling units.
Thus it may be seen that new con
struction projects, in and adjacent to
the District, financed by private cap
ital under terms of the National Hous
ing Act, have provided living accom
modations for approximately 4,000
The area served by the District of
Columbia insuring office of the Federal
Housing Administration embraces the
District and adjoining suburbs in Vir
ginia and Maryland.
The eight rental housing projects
in and adjacent to the District of
Columbia represent a capital outlay
of $11,298,000. These projects are
financed under mortgages held by
three large insurance companies: The
New York Life Insurance Co., the
Union Central Life Insurance Co. and
the Prudential Insurance Co. of
America, and insured by the Federal
Housing Administration in amounts
as follows: Colonial Village, Inc.,
Arlington, Va., mortgage, $875,000, 276
dwelling units; Colonial Village Ex
tension, mortgage, $1,480,000, 462
dwelling units; Colonial Village Addi
tion, mortgage, $725,000, 236 dwell
ing units; Falkland Properties, Inc.,
Silver Spring, Md„ mortgage, $840,000
178 dwelling units; Falkland Addition,
mortgage, $1,225,000, 301 dwelling
unite; first Buckingham community,
Arlington. Va., mortgage, $1,670,000,
Beautiful New Homes in Washington and Maryland Recently Sold
The home pictured here won the Silver Star au-ard several months ago. It is located at 330
Brookside drive. Kenwood. It was purchased by Col. and Mrs. Paul Weeks Jrom the Kenncdy
Chamberlin Development Co. through the office of Mrs. Jack Hayes. Star Staff Photos.
This home, at 6303 Oakridge avenue, Chevy Chase, Md.,
has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Dean J. Almy by Harry Lustine,
builder. There are six rooms and three baths in the structure.
LUNCHEON IS SLATED
BY BUILDING CONGRESS
Meeting Monday to Feature Open
Forum on Initiating Program
in Metropolitan Area.
The first of the regular luncheon
meetings of the Washington Building
Congress will be held Monday in the
Lafayette Hotel at 12:30, it was an
nounced by Artur B. Heaton, chair
man of thhe organization's Board of
This first meeting will provide an
open forum for consideration of ac
tivities to which the congress shall
first direct its attention in initiating a
program designed to advance the gen
eral welfare of the building and con
structioin industry and related inter
ests in the metropolitan area.
Members may bring guests to the
meeting, Mr. Heaton said.
456 dwelling units; second Bucking
ham community, mortgage, $300,000.
98 dwelling units; Brentwood Village
Corp., Washington, D. C., mortgage,
$1,650,000, 426 dwelling units.
A OR REFINANCE
YOUR HOME WITH A
INSURED BY THE F. H. A.
Albert E. Landvoigt j
917 15Hi St. Dli. 7686
Correspondent for Ap
proved Lending Institutions
13 Built—2 Left
4104 10th St. N.E.
The homes face a fifteen-acre
Government park and are within
10 minutes of downtown. Floor
s plans provide all conveniences.
; t There are 3 bedrooms, lovely bath,
spacious linen and bedroom closets
- and beautifully proportioned doors
TO REACH: Drive out Michiaan or
Rhode Island Ave. to Tenth St. N.K..
Usm left on Tenth to sample home.
Malcolm Matheson, Jr., Inc.
Owner-Builder Pot. 4818
The latest Breumnger
home in Westwood. One
of a last group of 4
homes which completes
this subdivision. See the
structural glass walls in
the kitchen and den. It
is a home of tomorrow.
See it today.
Drive out Massachusetts
Avenue to Cathedral Ave
1 of 4 New Brick Homes
920 Sligo Ave.
8ilver Sprint, Md.
• 3 bedrooms
• Copper gutters ond downspouts
• Attached garoge
• Lorge lot
Carefree Comfort With
Modern Gat Appliances
Open Daily and Sunday
Reach Out. Georgia Ave to
viaduct re^iht(Slieo avenue), vatt
viaduct, tight one block to home.
Owner. D. S. BIRON Builder.
1420 , ,t. Pt,1311
| 7119 Stratford Road
Tho Buy of tho Ytar
Tormt—$69.SO Bor Month j
A new brick home in an
excellent neighborhood. Six
splendid rooms, finished at
tic, fully insulated, etc.
To Jnsvect: Out Wisconsin Are. to
Bank ot Bethesda. bear left nut. Old
Georgetown Rd. to Wilson Lane out
Wilson Lane to Stratford Rd. 'i
block right to house.
Washington Real Estate Co.
1427 Eye St. Ns. 0218
K# A v Jv
BEAT, THIS VALUE
IF YOU CAN
Restricted community. Solid brick
poured concrete basements, steel case
ments, slate roofs, electric kitchens,
tile baths, rock wool insulation. Auto
matic oil air conditioning at slight
extra cost. Approved for T H *A
I£eef?*w,k to ISth and H
Kn!d4umtr'™£01&nutL along Banning
irSia* *U*rv thfu Anacoetia River
niiffii'* r?Jm ff ttle Kenilworth or
Terrace L itreet ear direct to River
PRINCE GEORGES AREA
BUILDING UP RAPIDLY
Special Dispatch to The Star.
HYATTSVILLE, Md„ Dec. 4 —The
total cost of new construction in the
metropolitan section of Prince Georges
County, according to permits issued
during the month of November, is
$209,210, according to ^.he county
building inspector's office here. The
largest project is a new apartment
house at Mount Rainier, which will
consist of three apartments and three
stores being constructed by George E
Locknane, at a cost of $20,000.
The necessity of securing building
permits before any work is started is
being brought to the attention of
13TH ST. N.W.
AS EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE
BUY IN CONVENIENT SECTION
Vacant and in good condition.
Detached, well built brick Co
lonial. Attractively decorated
throughout; 6 rooms, modem
bath, automatic heat and re
frigeratlon. fireplace, fine yard,
brick garage. House is furred,
insulated, weather-stripped and
screened. Located just beyond
Military Road on 13th St. See
our open sign.
OPEN AND HEATED
TODAY 10 TO 9
DAILY 3 to 9
BOSS & PHELPS
Cor. Dale Drive A Midwood
• 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
• Attached garage
• Finished attic
• lst-floor den, lavatory
• Maid's quarters in base
• Recreation room
Furnished, by Hilda Miller
2 other new homes on Dale
Drive Just above Midwood
Carefree Comfort With Modern
TO REACH: Out lath St. or
Georgia Ave. to traffic light in Sil
ver Svring. Right on Colesville
Pike to Mrs K s Toll House Tavern,
left on Dale Drive to Homes.
FULTON R. GRUVER
Waple & James, Inc.
8433 Georgia Ave. Shepherd 5200
Silver Spring Office
Brekeri Fall? Protected
builders of the county by Herbert
Roby, building inspector. This ruling
will be rigidly enforced.
As a background for a room fur
nished with maple furniture, walls and
woodwork painted a creamy-yellow
tint, draperies of burnt orange and a
floor covering which combines these
two colors with dull green are effec
Large home for fine
living! Seven bedrooms,
four baths. American
Walnut trim and other
attractive features to suit
persons of refinement and
discrimination. New and
_ . i
9 Built—2 Left
Saratoga Ave. Off River Rd.
Out Wise. Are. to River Rd. Lett on
River Rd. to large Glen Cove signs.
• 5 rooms ond both.
• Living room 13x18.
• Dining room 11x11.
• Screened porch.
• Spacious kitchen with real cabinet
• Light, oiry basement under entire
• Lot 62x113.
J. R. HENDERSON
5031 Saratoga Ave. Wise. 6218
13TH SILVER STAR
HOME WILL CLOSE
Kenwood House Proves One of
Most Popular of 1937
The public will be offered final op
portunity today and tomorrow to visit
the thirteenth Silver Star home of
the year, the attractive dwelling of
Georgian design located at 116 Wood
lawn avenue, Kenwood. The 30-day
exhibition period expires tomorrow,
and the house will be closed at 9 pun.
One of the most popular homes ex
hibited in Washington this year, the
Kenwood house is impressive in ap
pearance. with large white columns
supporting the front portico. It was
erected by the Kennedy-Chamberlin
Development Co. and designed by
A. H. Sonnemann, prominent archi
tect. The house was furnished by
The Kenwood house is built of
brick and contains 12 rooms and 4
baths. It is situated on a large lot
in the beautiful Kenwood community.
It was thoroughly inspected by mem
bers of the Silver Star Homes Com
mittee, a group of five housing ex
perts. The committee, headed by
James S. Taylor, Indorsed the house
BUILDING TOTAL RISES
$243,937 IN ARLINGTON
Construction for November in
County Put at $541.305—97
By a Staff Correspondent ot The Star.
ARLINGTON. Va.. Dec. 4—Build
ing permits for November, as released
today by the inspector's office, show
an increase in construction in Arling
ton County over November, 1936, by
$243,937. Permits for construction
in November, this year, show applica
tions for building costing $541,305.
There were 97 permits issued during
the month: 35 for one-family dwell
ing* costing $200,100: 9 for apart
ments amounting to $317,500: 1 for
business at $5,500: 10 for garages cost
ing $2,335, and 42 remodeling permits
We have a client who has
a lovely new modern home
he will sell outright or ac
cept a home of lesser value
as part payment.
Here is your opportunity
to change from an old house
to a new. Let us show you
the property and help you
work out the details.
• Homewood •
Bordering Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
4714 and 4722
Albemarle St. N.W.
Two fine Colonial home* in a beau
tiful carefully restricted com
munity. 3 bedrooms. 2 baths, first
floor den: deliehtful kitchen: Iaree
rooms, ample closet space. Quality
materials and construction.
Open and Llrhtrd Daily.
BUILT BY L. E. F. PRINCE
Drive out Mast. Are. to lath
St., turn right vast Shopping
Center to Alhemarle St., then
right to houses.
C. H. Hillegeist Co.
1021 K 81. N.W. NAIL RAIMI
Are Yon Making i j
Your Lot Pay Yon I|f
If you own o lot that it now H|
vacant, why not have nt i®S|
erect a hnildini on it—reti
fdential or commercial—and I8&1
enjoy a steady Income from i£*S
rentals? We have a larre HU
flle of individual plans— 158a
rhanteable by our architect. |Hf3
if you desire—and will rladly
assist yon in necessary §§i|
flnanclnr. Han't ferret that M
"Stone-Built Hornet Art iHI
Better-Built Hornet." I '
Paul T. Stone, Inc. ■
92715th St. N.W. Na. 0856 H
Residence Phone, Clrve. 7096
I Rollinowood B
■ Drive on Beach Drive throuoh Rock Creek
■ Park to Leland St., turn left: or out Conn. '^^Bf
■ Ave. to Woodbine St., turn right to Brooke- ^^^B
| ville Pike, then left 1 square to Leland St.
Insured 90 Pet. Loans and
Interest Rate Cut Among
10PCT. DOWN PAYMENT
BUYS BULK OF HOMES
President of National Association,
at Session, Pointed to Data
A number of the proposals in Presi
dent Roosevelt's program for reviving
the home building industry bear strik
ing resemblance to changes suggested
in the National Housing Act by the
National Association of Real Estate
Boards recently in formulating its
platform for the coming year.
The problem of how to stimulate
residential building was the greatest
to face the association at its late
October convention. Organization di
rectors, following hours of study, con
cluded the best way the Government
could assist in the task would be
through drastic revision of the art
which created the Federal Housing
Administration in 1934. A number of
revisions suggested are the same as
proposed bv the President this week
in his housing message to Congress.
For example, the realtors suggested
amendment of the housing act to
permit insurance of mortgages up to
90 per cent of_the_value of land and
(See HOUSING, Page B-2j
Beautiful 25-acre estate near White
Stone. Va. Colonial-type brick house,
excellent condition, modern conven
iences. 11 rooms. 3 baths, artesian
well, guest house: '4-car garage, ex
cellent dock and hath house: concrete
sea wall, outstanding all-year home
LEONARD SNIDER Lo Plato, Md.
Rent or Sale
new CHEVY CHASE new
California type, fireproof. 5 rooms,
hath done in colored glass, large clos
ets. garage; lots .">0x110. Sale price.
2-Story Homes—Rent $87.50
Colonial d«*ign. 7 rooms, two baths,
garage, open fireplace in living room,
lwo bedrooms on first floor All of
these homes are equipped with care
free gas appliances, including range,
refrigerator and automatic heat. Sale
Open All Day Sunday and Daily
From 1 to 8 P.M.
Drive out Wisconsin Are. to Mont
gomery Air (i block south ot East
West Highway in Bethesda>. turn right
on Mont. Are. at Police Station and
drive blocks to furnished sample.
4304 Montgomery Ave.
NAT. 9452 WIS. 3159
Cooley Built for Fine Living
2212 39th PLACE N.W.
Beautifully Furnished by F. J. Nee.
d“Q OCft Con Be Finonced to
Y ' |AOU Suit Purchaser
In Washington's most popular intown section, only 10 minutes from
downtown. Oxford kitchen cabinets, Westinghouse refrigerator, insu
lated range in the colorful, de luxe kitchen. Large mirrored door. 3
big bedrooms, 2 complete baths. Beautiful recreation room, delightf-ul
sunroom. Built-in garage. Hardwood floors, screened, weather
stripped, rock wool insulation. From kindergarten through college
within 5 blocks. 1 block to bus line, 2 blocks to stores and theaters.
Carefree Comfort with Modern Gas Appliances
Open Doily and Sunday to 9 P.M.
Out Wiecnnein Are, tn Calvert St .
treat on Calvert tn 19th St . tnuth
one black tn Benton St., treat on
Ton... 111. kii ann Benton to 19th Place, then left
lower Bids. NA. 9240 v» block to home.
These Fine New Homes
Are Built to the Rigid Gruver Standards That
Have Been Maintained for Over a Quarter Century
M.M EXHIBIT HOME
f " 2233 39th PL N.W.
O^e* flai/y onrf Sunday Until 9 PM.
* even >y ^ ^ SIZE • • •
* '<P»5w Vj|ia| Living room, dining room. up-to-*he
itaia i» ' ...a minute kitchen. « bedrooms, ample
fSii MU MOArn closets, attractive tiled bath, concrete
J?' - covered front porch Recreation r0om.
rfttrlate laundry, servants’ toilet and storage
;♦ Vvncinjirc space in basement.
FEATURES . . .
JfJMarOsF* Kitchen has special cabinets, douhle
- ' ’ drain porcelain enamel sink, electric
<a<Hi> refrigerator, and insulated gas range.
Screens, weatherstrlpped. rock wool ln
Hmm Owmto sulatlon. Clear white oak floors Ex
m...*. | as- pensive fixtures. Usual Gruver quality
VWR awn iwa construction.
v*m ■ LOCATION . . .
L- -f|' ?■ ■ - J High elevation In popular Glover Park.
^ Grade school right, at hand. Junior
to trini- w.._ w(l high and high schools neajbv. Oov t
and Calvert' St io wit an park ,nd P'»W>und within one square.
Calvert St. tn 3»th FI., annth
an 3MH Ft. about 1 annare to . .f.. d
exhibit home. Hilda N. Miller
Do Co GRUVER, Builder
In vestment IMf. Netl. 1737
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