what’s good @ Pike & Rose

There’s already a ton of development at Pike & Rose and I want to tell you about my favorite places so far! Pike and Rose is located at the old site of Mid-Pike Plaza. Remember that place? So long Geoffrey!

Typically, we (Mike, my fiancé, and I) walk over from the White Flint Metro across Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road to grab a bite and a drink or catch a movie every so often. iPic is quite unique for a theatre and offers some luxurious amenities for watching the latest films. I tend to doze a bit because the seating is so comfy but definitely worth an afternoon/evening out (or a nice nap Zzzzz).

Friday and Saturday are the best nights for having a nice dinner and drinks at City Perch Kitchen + Bar. Stay for the DJ and “throw back” 90’s and beyond music. The bar is packed and has great energy!

When you’re feeling like a day outing or a brunchy weekend, check out Summer House for its handmade cocktails and fresh decór. Or head to the newest spot, Owen’s Ordinary to try some of their continuously changing list of craft brews. I didn’t like beer. And then I did! You MUST get the soft pretzel with mustard. Oh em gee it’s good!

A little birdie told me Anthropologie clothing is going in sometime soon and the huge building that faces the main strip of the pike is REI-outdoor clothing, gear, footwear. Judging by its size, I’m guessing they will have a climbing wall. Don’t quote me on that, it’s just a guess [and a wish]!

There are currently 2 apartment buildings up and running; The Residences-PerSei and Pallas, with another one on the way called The Henri. According to their website, rental rates start at $1596/mo for PerSei and $1795/mo for Pallas.  The Henri plans to open Spring 2017. There are also a number of condos for sale in the area if you’re feeling more permanent.

Below are some pics of the many businesses that already exist.  Find out more information about upcoming retail and restaurants @ the Pike & Rose page.

*FREE two-hour plenty of parking-BOOM!

What do you like best at Pike & Rose? I want to hear from you!

Until next time…xoxo


Melinda Hines-REMAX Realty Services 301.806.1171



Do you even kabob? 

It’s official. Yekta (yum-ee) Restaurant is my favorite place to eat in Rockville! My friend CJ first introduced me to this Persian spot last year and I’ve been hooked.  Yekta sits on the end of the Mi Rancho and Party City strip across from Congressional North Shopping Center.

After a few meals here, I realized I spent many a Cinco de Mayos in this space when it was an extension of On The Border back in the day.  Nice upgrade for the area!

Hummus and herb appetizers

Mike and I love to come here for dinner during the week.  Upon sitting down, we are brought paper thin pita with raw onion and butter.  I make a nice little plate of buttered pita with salt and pepper and roll up a slice of onion inside. Am I doing this right?  We order the salad shirazi and a hummus appetizer in most cases.  They have so many delicious small dishes for starters, but those are our faves.

Celebrating my future mother-in-law’s birthday last night

Whoops! I’m hungry right now so I went straight to the food and didn’t say how beautiful it is inside!  The space is not too big and not too small, not too warm or cold.  Goldie locks would be all over it!  Beautiful paintings cover the walls and there is an impressive dome in the center of the restaurant.  So pretty!

It’s gorgeous in here!

For our main courses we typically go the kabob route.  You CANNOT go wrong! Try the koobideh meal that comes with rice or you can opt for 1/2 rice, 1/2 salad.  If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll order one of the stews.

Kabob koobideh with rice and salad
These are the kind of eats that you won’t feel like rolling yourself out the door at the end of the meal. Wednesday is half price bottle of wine night so book a rezi on Open Table.

What do you like best at Yekta? I want to hear from you!

*don’t forget to visit the fresh Market attached to the restaurant!

Until next time…xoxo


Market & deli right next door
Future father-in-law ordered the lamb and loved it
Salmon for the birthday girl 🎈

5 Little TIPS: Get Your House Ready to Sell in 2017

If you’re planning on selling your home in the Spring, start NOW and start with some smaller things that can be done from inside the house.  We still have time to hibernate and this is our opportunity to get it together, bit by bit, from the inside out.  Refer to these EASY steps to make for a painless prep!

1. LIST BEFORE YOU LISThome-improvementsStart jotting down improvements you have made since you first purchased your house. Include major and minor updates (i.e. replaced bathroom faucet 2009, refinished hardwoods in May, installed new HVAC 2012).  Anything you can think of, write it down! Also, write down features of the house that potential Buyers will enjoy just as you do (i.e. bathroom heat lamp, secret storage closet, laundry chute). The more the better.  Provide this list to your Realtor and go over it with them so they can know the ins and outs of your house to market most effectively.  Help me help you!

2. LET THERE BE LIGHT Conduct your own mini Home Inspection!  Take 15 minutes and go through your house to check that all light bulbs are in and on, all outlets are working, and all switches are properly covered. Attention to detail is important and Buyers notice missing bulbs, exposed wiring, or even just one missing cover plate. While you’re at it, take a peek under your sinks to make sure everything below is dry!  Buyers are mentally subtracting value for each potential problem they see. Don’t let that happen- you’ve got this one!

3. KNOW YOUR NUMBERSIt is very important to know what selling will COST at the end of the day.  Now is the time to call a Realtor so you are ahead of the game to avoid any surprises come closing day! Do you know how much you owe on your mortgage(s)?  What are the State and County transfer and recordation fees? Does your HOA require anything specific for the sale? There is a lot involved in selling your home even after the beautiful photos have been taken, the Open House is over, and a Contract is in place. Realtors have resources and relationships to get the answers you need.  Know this upfront.  Gather the best information, see if you think they’d be a good fit for you, and build trust with the person that is handling your biggest investment.  Ring Ring, CHA-CHING!

  • ask your Realtor for an “Estimated Net Sheet” or “Prelim Closing Disclosure”

4.  WATCH MORE TELEVISION  hgtvNow this is a fun one! You likely watch HGTV already, but when you are preparing to sell your OWN house, you may absorb the information in a different way.  This is a good thing! Many of the shows reinforce what you have heard about the positive impact of de-cluttering, cleaning and staging your home (in most cases, you can work with the furniture and home accessories you already own).  All three have a direct affect on the amount of money you will Net from your sale.  Sit back, relax and….take notes!

5. DON’T CRY, SAY GOODBYE!bye.jpgA client of mine once told me about how she took principles from Marie Kondo’s book on tidying up to prepare for the market.  She went room by room, item by item asking herself “Does this bring me joy?”.  If she hesitated to say YES or if she said NO, she put it in a trash or donation pile.  She had lived in her home for over 25 years and was able to get through the process using this simple tool.  When cleaning out my closets last year, I personally found this method both enjoyable and gratifying.  Try it-let me know how it works for you:)

**If you need somewhere to donate your clothes, I recommend Interfaith Clothing at 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville, MD.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Leave a comment-I’d love to hear about other ideas you have for home prep in the winter months!

Until next time…xoxo