Idyllic Oasis

Glen Echo

Combining a country feel and a close proximity to the Potomac River, Glen Echo is an idyllic oasis with lovely, low-key luxury homes. Located just a few miles from the Washington, DC border, this tiny town in Maryland’s Montgomery County only covers about a tenth of a square mile. You won’t find a bumper crop of available real estate properties. But that doesn’t stop hopeful buyers, craving a serene atmosphere that’s an easy drive from all the action.

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Glen Echo Real Estate Stats

Average Price $3.3M
Lowest Price $2.1M
Highest Price $5.9M
Total Listings 6
Avg. Price/SQFT $540

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Glen Echo is also often associated with its next-door neighbor to the south, Glen Echo Heights. This serves to expand the real estate inventory, with both communities sharing a propensity for charming old homes as well as some newer construction. They share the commonality of canopies of trees, quiet cul-de-sacs, hiking trails, and even a former amusement park that now serves as a cultural center, complete with a much loved aquarium.

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The history is of the two Glen Echo communities is somewhat interchangeable. The area dates back to the late 1800s when the Baltzley brothers—Edwin and Edward who made a fortune selling a new and improved eggbeater—purchased 516 acres of land, each building elaborate stone houses that resembled castles. In addition to calling their land Glen-Echo-on-the-Potomac, the brothers also referred to the area as “the Washington Rhine.” More recently, a portion of Glen Echo Heights between MacArthur Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue has been labeled Mohican Hills.

But the actual town of Glen Echo, as it is known today, is an area north of Oberlin Avenue, between MacArthur Boulevard and Clara Barton Parkway. One of the earliest features in the area was Glen Echo Park, a highly popular amusement park that remained open well into the modern era. Attractions included a pony track, a railway ride through a waterfall, bumper cars, dance pavilions, the Crystal Pool, shooting galleries, and various rides. The park closed in 1968 and was ultimately taken over by the National Park Service. Today, it is known as the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, with resident artists, art collectives, and showings.

Given the rich history of Glen Echo and its neighbors, it is perhaps not surprising that such a small town would remain a popular visitor destination. In addition to Glen Echo Park, there are lots of other greenspaces, the C&O Canal Towpath, abundant hiking, and biking trails, and of course, the Potomac River itself. There are also local restaurants like Gregory’s Trattoria, Irish Inn at Glen Echo, Kanpai Sushi, Glen Echo Pizza & Subs, and Praline Bakery & Bistro Glen Echo.

And don’t forget the homes, a wonderfully eclectic mix of old and new. Between Glen Echo, Glen Echo Heights, and Mohican Hills, you’ll find a delightful potpourri of architecture including lovely Queen Anne “gingerbread” houses with intricate detailing, original mail order Craftsman cottages, traditional Colonial Revivals as well as Dutch Colonials, Arts and Crafts, mid-century modern, and newer custom homes that have resulted from either teardowns or major expansions.

To learn more about luxury real estate in the fascinating Glen Echo area, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.

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Glen Echo, MD FAQ’s

Q: Where are some of the good outdoor places to explore in Glen Echo?

A: There are a lot of green spaces in the area, including Cabin John Island, the Potomac River greenbelt and the river itself, Cabin John Creek, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, and the Glen Echo Park. The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture is part of Glen Echo Park, along with the Glen Echo Park Aquarium.

Q: What is the difference between Glen Echo and Glen Echo Heights?

A: Glen Echo is its own incorporated town, while Glen Echo Heights is a neighborhood just south of Glen Echo. They each date back to the same turn of the century era of land development.

Q: How far is Glen Echo from downtown Bethesda?

A: The distance is under four miles.

Q: What is the price range of luxury real estate properties in Glen Echo and Glen Echo Heights?

A: Generally speaking, homes range from around $1 million to $3 million, with most recent sales existing somewhere in the middle of that range.

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