Welcome to AMR Commercial Real Estate
AMR Commercial, LLC. ("AMR") was founded in 1994 in Bethesda, Maryland by John C. Alexander, William K. Montrose and Mark D. Rittenberg to provide commercial real estate services to tenants, owners, and investors in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan area (Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia).
The three principals at AMR have a combined total of over sixty years of commercial real estate experience and have witnessed first hand numerous cycles over the past twenty (20) years. We are a mid-size firm in number but large with respect to the number of transactions we have completed.
Placing and understanding the client’s needs first and foremost is what AMR does best. Whether it is negotiating the most favorable lease terms for a tenant, unlocking the full potential of an office building for a property owner, or discovering hidden value for an investor, our goal is to understand the client’s business and expectations before creating and implementing a systematic plan tailored to the specific needs of the client.
We accept nothing but the highest level of service, commitment and honesty from our leasing and sales teams. When it comes to locating space for tenants, regardless of the size or objective, AMR will execute a real estate plan which is mindful of everything from future growth to an improved bottom line.
AMR Gives Back
AMR Commercial is proud to have given over $16,000 in 2016 to support the many organizations that help make our community such a great place to live. The list of beneficiaries includes many local schools, non-profit and service organizations throughout the Washington DC Metro area.
Whiting-Turner Signs Lease
One of the nation’s oldest and largest general contractors, Whiting-Turner, has leased over 10,000 square feet at 8335 Ardwick Ardmore Road in Landover, Maryland. Bill Montrose represented Whiting-Turner in the transaction.
Wintergreen Plaza Welcomes New Store
TennisTopia, Maryland’s premiere tennis store, has opened a location at the Rockville Pike Shopping Center. The store features a wide variety of rackets, apparel and accessories. Ted Kroos represented TennisTopia.
Building and Lot Trade in Northeast DC
2417-2421 Evarts Street, NE was recently sold for nearly $3.2 million. The 14,000 square foot building and 20,000 square foot lot were purchased by a group controlled by Shorb Properties. Ted Kroos represented the purchaser.
Developer Picks Up Falls Church Land
6455 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church, a nearly two acre piece of land, was recently purchased by a partnership led by Snead Homes. Snead is building five luxury single family homes on the site. Sam Farnum was the sole broker in this transaction.
11-Unit Apartment Building Trades
2243 Huntington Avenue in Alexandria recently sold for $2.25 million. The apartment building and four duplex units, two blocks from the Huntington Metro station, are slated for redevelopment. Sam Farnum represented the purchaser in this transaction.
Inserso is on the Move
Growing federal contractor, Inserso, recently leased approximately 8,000 square feet at 1900 Gallows Road, Vienna, Virginia. Since 1994, Inserso has been serving clients that include US Air Force, US Army, US Navy and Department of Homeland Security. Mark Rittenberg represented Inserso.
Donohoe Buys in Bethesda
Adding to its already large presence in the Woodmont Triangle, The Donohoe Companies recently paid $12 million for 4809 Auburn Avenue. Currently home to Sherwin Williams, Donohoe has no immediate redevelopment plans for the site. Jack Alexander was the sole broker in this transaction.
$35 Million Sale in Richmond
A group led by Cohen Siegel Investors recently purchased the office park located on Parham Road in Richmond. The Park consists of five buildings with easy access to interstates 295, 95 and 64. It is minutes from downtown Richmond and within proximity to restaurants, shops and lodging. Arthur Benjamin represented Cohen Siegel Investors.
Burger King to Build in Manassas
Potomac Foods Group recently won approval to build a new Burger King restaurant with drive thru on Balls Ford Road in Manassas, Virginia. Burger King is relocating its existing unit across the street. Mark Rittenberg represented the Landlord.
Bethesda School Makes Purchase
Lycee Rochambeau – French International School recently paid approximately $1.6 million for 9300 Old Georgetown Road. The school has no immediate plans for the existing house and 1.27 acres of land. Greg Gosnell represented the seller.
Brookfield Acquires Bethesda Office Building
The developer, adding to its holdings at Bethesda Crescent, purchased the 19,000 square foot building at 4650 East West Highway. Brookfield paid $12.4 million as part of a sale/leaseback with Long & Foster. Jack Alexander and Mark Rittenberg were the sole brokers in this transaction.
Easter Seals Expands
Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA, Inc. has leased 18,000 square feet at 1400 Spring Street in Silver Spring, Maryland. The building, owned by Peel Properties, is now 95% leased. Bill Montrose and Zach Dubin represented Peel Properties.
Volvo Service in Bethesda
Ourisman Volvo signed a lease for an 8,500 square foot service center on Butler Road in Bethesda. The building was previously home to Euro Motorcars. Jack Alexander was the sole broker in this transaction.
2nd QUARTER 2016 NEWS
AMR Gives Back
AMR Commercial is proud to have given over $25,000 in 2015 to support the many organizations that help make our community such a great place to live. The list of beneficiaries includes many local schools, non-profit and service organizations throughout the Washington DC Metro area.
15,000 SF Lease in Tysons
C2 Technologies has recently renewed the lease for its corporate headquarters. The government contractor will continue to occupy a full floor at 1921 Gallows Road. Bill Montrose represented the tenant in this transaction.
Multi-family Redevelopment in DC
1122-1124 Bladensburg Road, NE, was recently sold for $3.4 million. The purchaser intends to begin construction of multi-family apartments before the end of the year. Ted Kroos was the sole agent on the transaction.
Bladensburg Road Sale
4321 and 4331 Bladensburg Road in Colmar Manor, Maryland recently sold. Two 12,000 square foot buildings on over two acres of land which is to be redeveloped traded for $2.4 million. Ted Kroos represented the buyer in this transaction.
1400 Spring Renews/Expands TD&P
Tom Dawson & Partners has recently signed a lease for approximately 7,000 square feet that will keep them in the Silver Spring building for the foreseeable future. Bill Montrose and Zach Dubin represented the Landlord in this deal.
Bethesda Law Firm Expands
IA Donoso and Associates has recently expanded into approximately 5,500 square feet at 4800 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda. Mark Rittenberg represented the tenant in this transaction.
1st QUARTER 2016 NEWS
Alex Alperstein has been promoted to Vice President.
4833 Rugby Avenue Gets New Tenant
Earth Touch Studios is moving their U.S. production studio into a full floor at the Draiman Office Center. Mark Rittenberg represented the landlord, Draiman Properties.
LADO Enterprises Renews
Teaching foreign languages for over 35 years, Lado has recently renewed its lease for approximately 8,000 square feet at 1400 Spring Street, Silver Spring. Bill Montrose and Zach Dubin represented the landlord, Bernstein Companies.
Peak Performance USA Finds New Home
The environmental manpower company signed a lease for approximately 7,100 square feet at Two Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase. Bill Montrose represented Peak Performance.
$11,350,000 Office Sale in Fairfax
10555 Main Street in Fairfax was recently sold off market to Fairfax Building LLC. Arthur Benjamin and Zach Dubin represented the purchaser in this transaction.
Warehouse Sells in District Heights
7950 Cryden Way, Forestville, recently sold for $2 million. The two building complex totals approximately 34,500 square feet zoned I-1. Ted Kroos represented the seller, 79 Cryden Way LLC.
Bethesda Urban Partnership Renews
The Bethesda urban district managers have renewed their lease for approximately 6,000 square feet at 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Jack Alexander represented Bethesda Urban Partnership.
RP3 Agency Leases at 7316 Wisconsin
Building owner Chevy Chase Land Company has renewed the advertising agency for 6,200 square feet. Jack Alexander and Mark Rittenberg represented the landlord in this transaction.
Equity One Keeps Two at Westwood II
Smathers & Branson, the makers of needlepoint belts and accessories, has renewed its lease for 7,500 square feet at 5110 Ridgefield Road, Bethesda. River Road Surgery Center has also renewed its lease for approximately 4,500 square feet. Jack Alexander represented Equity One in both transactions.
715-717 Sligo Avenue Sells
The 38,000 square foot piece of land traded for $1.8 million. Zoned CRT, the lots are home to a small office building. Bill Montrose and Alex Alperstein represented the seller.
Bethesda Office House Changes Hands
4712 Rosedale Avenue recently sold for $1,350,000. The 2,100 square foot house will be occupied by the new owner. Mark Rittenberg and Tyke Papanicolas represented the seller.
The Tysons based communication and information technology company recently signed a renewal and expansion that will grow their presence in 8330 Boone Boulevard to 14,000 square feet. Bill Montrose and Sam Farnum represented MicroTechnologies.
Takoma Theater Sells
Purchaser Rock Creek Property Group paid $2.2 million for the historic theater located at 6833 4th St. NW, Washington. Alex Alperstein was the sole broker in the transaction.
Jemal pays $5.8 million for Bethesda Gas Station
Douglas Jemal purchased approximately 9,500 square feet of land that is currently home to the Auburn Exxon gas station located at 7975 Old Georgetown Road. Arthur Benjamin and Zach Dubin represented Jemal in the transaction.
Rare Georgetown Sale
1413 Wisconsin Avenue in sought-after Georgetown recently sold. NG Georgetown Realty paid $3.3 million for the 6,000 square foot mixed-use building that is home to Reddz Trading on the first floor. Zach Dubin and Arthur Benjamin represented the seller.
CORE Network Selects Bill Montrose as Chairman
The international network of independently owned commercial real estate firms has elected Bill to serve as the national chairman for the coming year.
VIKA Maryland Continues to Grow
The Germantown, Maryland civil engineering firm has signed a lease that now gives them 18,000 square feet at 20251 Century Boulevard. Jack Alexander represented VIKA in the transaction.
Keller Benefit Renews in Bethesda
The insurance consultants will continue to call 7316 Wisconsin Avenue home, as they recently renewed their lease for approximately 8,000 square feet. Jack Alexander and Mark Rittenberg represented the landlord, The Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County, Maryland.
Multi-Family Sells for $2.9 Million
Community Realty Company purchased 1401 Tuckerman Street, NW. The 29-unit building was fully occupied at the time of the sale. Sam Farnum and Tyke Papanicolas were the sole brokers in the transaction.
SunEdison Adds Another Floor
The world’s largest alternative energy company leased another floor and a half at 7550 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. They now lease over 50,000 square feet. Mark Rittenberg represented SunEdison.
1300 Spring Street Lands 15,000 S.F. Tenant
HIAS, the Jewish refugee aid agency, will bring its 50 employees to the Silver Spring building owned by The Bernstein Companies. Bill Montrose and Zach Dubin represented The Bernstein Companies.
80,000 Square Feet of TDRs Trade in Northeast, DC
An entity related to Ronald D. Paul Companies bought the development rights to use at a development at One Florida Avenue, NE. Arthur Benjamin was the sole broker in the transaction.
Silver Spring Building Sells
8611 Second Avenue was purchased by the Goddard School. The 26,000 square foot building sold for $5 million. Bill Montrose and Alex Alperstein represented the seller.
4th QUARTER 2014 NEWS
Future Development Site Sells in NE Washington
The Exxon at 2230 New York Avenue NE was recently sold to the Ronald D. Paul Companies. The property, located at the corner of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road, traded for $12 million. Arthur Benjamin and Zach Dubin represented the seller, Capital Petroleum Group.
Woodmont Triangle Buildings Sell:
4934 St. Elmo Avenue, the longtime home of Bethesda Florist, was sold for approximately $1.9 million to The Lenkin Company, who also recently purchased the adjacent 4936 and 4938 St. Elmo for approximately $3.4 million. Jack Alexander represented The Lenkin Company in both sales.
Warehouse Sale in the District
2052 West Virginia Avenue in NE Washington was sold for $4,320,000 to purchaser, GH Development, LLC. Ted Kroos and Sam Farnum brokered the deal.
Laurel Medical Building Sold
Montpelier Office Center at 9811 Mallard Drive recently sold for $3.4 million to buyer Bristol Capital. Greg Gosnell represented the seller.
Jemal Picks up 1601 New York Avenue NE
Currently a Shell gas station, the property traded for $2.7 million. Arthur Benjamin and Zach Dubin represented the seller, Capital Petroleum Group.
507 N. Frederick Avenue Trades
The 10,500 square foot building sold for $1,950,000. This is the second time Bill Montrose has sold this building on behalf of the then current owner.
NE Washington Assemblage Grows
1122 Bladensburg Road was sold to Shorb Properties for $625,000. The 2,500 square foot lot will be added to Shorb’s adjacent holdings. Ted Kroos represented Shorb Properties.
Long and Foster Finds a New Home
The residential real estate power house recently signed a lease for approximately 5,000 square feet at 8737 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Bill Montrose and Zach Dubin represented the landlord, a partnership controlled by Atlantic Realty Companies.
Capital Laser and Skin Care Joins The Collection at Chevy Chase
This state of the art skin care center has signed a lease for the 2nd floor of the premier destination for luxury shopping in the nation’s capital. Jack Alexander and Mark Rittenberg represented the owner, The Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County, in the transaction.
The medical device maker recently leased approximately 12,000 square feet at 4350 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland. Mark Rittenberg and Zach Dubin represented Telcare.
Bank of America Renews Flagship Location
The longtime anchor tenant at 7316 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda has renewed its lease with landlord, The Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County. Jack Alexander represented the landlord in the transaction.
3rd QUARTER 2014 NEWS
Shoppes of Bethesda Welcomes Four New Tenants
Along with its $1 million renovations, the Bethesda retail center has recently signed SoulCycle, Noodles and Co, Dunkin’ Donuts and Tako Grill to bring the center to 100% leased. Mark Rittenberg represented the landlord in these transactions.
20,000 S.F. Lease at 1300 Spring Street
Silver Spring based Associated Insurance Management (AIM) is relocating its corporate headquarters to the Class A building in downtown Silver Spring. The building is now 98% leased. Bill Montrose and Zach Dubin represent owner, The Bernstein Companies.
2nd QUARTER 2014 NEWS
Sam Farnum Joins AMR
The commercial real estate veteran represents tenants and investors primarily focused on the Washington DC market.
Montgomery Animal Hospital on the Move
The Rockville based veterinarian practice has signed a lease for the entire building at 5401 Randolph Road. Mark Rittenberg was the sole broker in this transaction.
FP1 Strategies Lands in Dupont Circle
The high profile public affairs and advertising firm has leased 7,500 square feet at 1826 Jefferson Place, NW, Washington. Bill Montrose represented FP1.
SurgCenter Continues Growth
The outpatient surgical center has leased space for a new 7,000 square foot facility at 6430 Rockledge Drive in Bethesda. Bill Montrose represented SurgCenter.
Gunnison Consulting Opens Virginia Office
The Chevy Chase based government contractor recently signed for 4,500 square feet at 2760 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. Jack Alexander represented Gunnison.
7th Hill Pizza Opening Second Location
The popular Capitol Hill eatery has signed a lease to open another location at 4885 MacArthur Blvd, NW, Washington. The 3,000 square foot restaurant and wine bar is slated for a November opening. Mark Rittenberg and Arthur Benjamin represented the landlord.
SunEdison Leases 33,000 Square Feet
The NYSE traded company has signed as the lead tenant at Akridge Development’s new 7550 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda. Mark Rittenberg represented SunEdison.
Washington Analysis Inks Renewal
The political and economic analysis firm recently renewed its 6,500 square foot lease at 1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington. Alex Alperstein represented Washington Analysis.
Smathers & Branson Renews/Expands
The clothing retailer recently signed a new 6,400 square foot lease to stay at Westwood Center II in Bethesda. Jack Alexander represented the landlord, Equity One.
Long and Foster Sells Building
A partnership headed by P. Wesley Foster recently sold 9094 Baltimore Avenue. The building traded for $1,550,000. Zach Dubin and Mark Rittenberg represented the seller.
NE Washington Development Site Sells
2300 4th Street, NE, Washington traded for $1,525,000. The redevelopment of the existing convenience store will yield a new 18,000 square foot mixed use project. Ted Kroos was the sole broker in this transaction.