An I.M. Pei Inspired Modern “Tree House” on Gibson Island and a 1930s Brick Colonial Hit the Market

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Lorin Culver and Ellie Shorb List Two Iconic Homes

BALTIMORE (April 11, 2014)—  Ellie Shorb, sales associates with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Bethesda office,  has  listed 6401 Kennedy Drive in Chevy Chase for $3.237 million and co-listed 703 Skywater Road on Gibson Island for $1.29 million with Lorin Culver.  The Chevy Chase property is located in the exclusive Kenwood neighborhood and provides views of the Crescent Trail. The Tree House on Gibson Island is a mid-century modern glass and steel home, designed by Ulrich Franzen. The virtual tour and website for the Gibson Island property can be found at:

The home at 6401 Kennedy Drive is a traditional, three-story, brick colonial. Built in the 1930s, the residence is a 7,600-square-foot, eight-bedroom home with six-full-bathrooms and one-half-bath. The residence is located on a cherry-tree-lined street. The blossoms are anticipated to be in full bloom the week of April 14th. Highlights of the layout include a spacious entry hall, formal dining room, family room, game room, office, eat-in kitchen with island, sun room and large walk out basement with separate den, recreation room, bedroom and kitchenette. The second floor features the master bedroom suite with walk-in closets and en suite bath, and four additional bedrooms. There are two additional bedrooms on the third floor.  The home has undergone renovations and updates, including interior painting, all new moldings and the addition of a deck with railings that run across the entire back side of the home, overlooking the wooded parkland.


“This home is located on one of the most beautiful streets in the Kenwood neighborhood,” said Shorb. “The owners love the casual elegance to the home. They enjoy the morning light in the sunroom and relaxing by the fireplace in the family room after dinner.”


The Tree House, located at 703 Skywater Road was built in 1962. It was designed by Ulrich Franzen, a German-born architect who studied under I. M. Pei, the architect who designed the Grand Louvre in Paris. The home was originally commissioned to be built for an executive of Bethlehem Steel and features the company’s weathering steel on the exterior of the structure.  The mid-century modern home is located on the highest point of Gibson Island on a sloping 1.08 wooded acre lot. The 2,826-square-foot, two-story home is comprised of three-bedrooms, three-bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, living/den/family room areas and an indoor resistance swimming pool with radiant heat flooring. Unique architectural features of the home include a floor-to-ceiling double pane glass curtain wall system with UV coating, stone infill walls, an elevator and manicured sloping gardens with low maintenance landscaping.


Significant upgrades were made to the home with local architect, Amy Gould, AIA, who maintained the architectural integrity of the original layout and construction materials. Renovations included enclosing the two main level decks, enlarging the master bedroom, as well as the addition of elevator and interior staircase, exterior stone steps connects the upper and lower patios, lower driveway and carport.


“This is an exceptional mid-century modern home, and aptly named the Tree House for its immersion with the surrounding woodlands. It is truly a nature lover’s paradise,” said Culver. “The home’s interior living areas are flexible and open which provide convenience and functionality for entertaining family and friends.”


Gibson Island has many amenities to offer its residents like sandy beaches, a freshwater pond and numerous fitness trails. The Gibson Island Club provides dining, tennis, golf, swimming, summer camps, skeet, paddle tennis and a fitness center. The island is also home to the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron’s facilities, among which include a boathouse, moorings, slips, showers and a full service yacht yard. Gibson Island is a secure, gated community with its own police force and service department.

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