Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


I Can Blog About Anything! Like Houses With Docks!

So, I'm sitting here watching Dancing With The Stars wondering If Bristol Palin will make it through another week, and trying to figure out what to write about.  So my Sweetie said, "Hey!  Write about houses with docks!"

He wants one.  If I want to live with him (of course, I'll insist he make it legal) I'll have to want one, too.  And this will be a test of my ability to listen to what he wants and nail it.  Oh! And I'm trying to nail it for me, too.

We talked about it, and I went onto MRIS for a search of anything waterfront in the Metro area.  To my surprise, I found a bunch of great stuff, but it was in Prince George"s County in Maryland - including one that made my heart skip a few beats. 

But there is that location, location, location thing going on.  The house has a lot of appeal - actually there are several that look amazing and are reasonably affordable.  But the idea of moving that far from downtown DC and my primary market area might be a little scary. 

Still, my favorite neighborhoods in DC, like Cleveland Park and most of Georgetown, don't have docks.  We need a dock.  Sweetie has this boat  From first date, he's been talking about wanting to live someplace where he can look out the window and see his really, really fast boat at the dock ready to go. 

This could happen!

Oh!  And Bristol is safe to dance another week!

Comment balloon 25 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 09 2010 10:12PM


Hey Pat ... your own dock is far better than "any port in a storm..."  And it is truly not hard to live in one place and work in another ... in fact it may give you better perspective on both locations! Thanks for sharing your thoughts ... and for the Dancing with the Stars update!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi, The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi) about 10 years ago

What?  Bristol is safe again?  LOL....I haven't watched it yet.  Now I'm really wondering who got the boot!

I'm with your sweetie.  I'd love to live on a lake.  Water is so peaceful to me.  I'd love to live in Georgetown as well :)  Sounds like such an exciting place to live!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) about 10 years ago

we have plenty of homes here in Annapolis with docks that sweetie would love. And you too. Of course that still out of your DC area. maybe a weekend home home would fit the bill.:0)

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) about 10 years ago

Pat - at the risk of being laughed at, I could care less about DWTS. But having a dock is certainly a huge plus as opposed to paying for dockage, plus the inconvenience. Perhaps an in-town place and something on the Chesapeake?


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi Pat... it is scary to consider moving far from your comfort zone, but having someone to share the adventure with usually compensates for any sacrifice!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

OK, Pat, we will all start looking for homes with a dock. Are there AR points for the person who comes up with your perfect home?


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 10 years ago

Would you consider moving to Texas...on Lake Ray Hubbard?  Think about it....hmmmmm! 

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 10 years ago

Pat- don't get me started about why BP is still on DWTS (or why she was ever invited to be on in the first place).  Pat... South Florida... lots of water... lots of docks.  Just a short plane trip away and lots of available property now!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 10 years ago

I'm with Margaret...the first thing I thought was that we can all start looking for your new home. How about Alexandria? Or is that too far?

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 10 years ago

Pat, I can understand your quandery.  Both venues sound perfect;  a Georgetown home near your center of business and a home on the lake so sweetie can have his boat and you both can enjoy the peace and quiet of the water.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) about 10 years ago


Love your new profile photo!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Hi Pat, I am a fellow follower of DWTS and it is OK that I know at least one result, LOL. About your significant other and his dream that you have a place with a dock. Jack's comment is really excellent and you will just have to way the pros and cons and then the two of you decide. In defense of this wonderful idea,you may like the new location so well that you may want change your specialty area or at least add to it.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 10 years ago


You'll love a house with a dock! Nothing beats being able to walk out and use the boats with out the hassle of trailering to the lake. When we lived on the lake we put more hours on the boat after dark at 2 or three mph than all the day light time at 20 to 60 mph. It even beat the years we keep a cruiser in a slip.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

Pat.. you were talking about wanting a dock.. and my first thought was, you need water.. lol  I love houses around water and yes, a dock would be mandatory then...

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) about 10 years ago


I'm sure there plenty of houses around with docks.  But if you get bored with that, there's always docks with houses.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 10 years ago

Good morning Pat. For some reason, that picture does not look like the DC area...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Ahhh hello it's time to move to Belmont Bay :-)  Oh I guess that doesn't solve your "to far from DC" issue does it?  Darn.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Perhaps your Realtor can find you a home with the dock you desire. What about a deck, will that do?

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago

Well Pat, us guys need our toys.  And we like to look at them when we're not playing with them.  But it does get expensive.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 10 years ago

I wonder how many of us are adicted to DWTS?  As far as docks, just brings back the song, "Sittin on the dock of the bay, watching the time rolling away....."

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) about 10 years ago


Last weekend, I showed buyers several lovely homes with docks, albeit in NJ.  I understand Sweetie's need for one from working with this couple!  Good luck on all counts.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 10 years ago

House with a dock...lots of possibilities. Would a vacation home do? A pretty little cottage on the Eastern Shore?

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 10 years ago

There are an abundance of houses with docks here in Pinellas County Florida - let me know when you are planning on moving south!!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

What a great idea! I'm glad one caught your eye and made your heart skip a beat! =D

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) about 10 years ago

Hello Pat and I am so sorry I missed your post, and I was born & raised in a state with over 10,000 Lakes and I own some lake shore and will retire on a lake, river or beach in the future.

Great post & "Highlighted/ Featured" at one of my favorite groups ...


Vegas Bob ;)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 10 years ago