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11th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival – What a GREAT Line-Up!

Preservation Hall Band

The Silver Spring Jazzfest is FREE and takes place on the portico in front of Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring on Saturday Sept 6th from 3:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

This year’s fantastic line-up includes:

Preservation Hall Band from New Orleans !!

Opening Act – Jazz Academy of Music of Metropolitan Washington DC

Eliot Levine

The David Bach Consort

Marcus Johnson

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Takoma Park’s 125th July 4th Independence Day Parade

This July Fourth celebration is one of the oldest in the nation.  Takoma Park Maryland is an artsy enclave with tree lined avenues and Victorian Homes, the perfect setting for an annual patriotic Independence Day parade.  This celebration is one of the oldest in the nation and the Takoma Park Community has had 123 years of practice!

takoma gazeboOn Friday July 4th 2014, enjoy what people living in Silver Spring and Takoma Park have have been enjoying for the past 124 years.   This will be the 125th annual Takoma Park 4th of July Celebration.

Parade
Parade starts at 10:00 am beginning at Carroll & Ethan Allen Avenues, travels south on Carroll Avenue to Maple Avenue, turns right onto Ritchie Avenue where the parade will disband.  The parade lasts for 2 hours.

Evening Events and Fireworks – Starts at 7:00 pm

Takoma Park Middle School – 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, Md 20912

Master of Ceremonies: Jared Garelick

The Polyphony Marimba Band

Acro-Airs – Washington Adventist University Gymnastics Team

Takoma Park Community Concert Band


Announcement of Parade Winners

Greetings from the Mayor – Bruce Williams
Drawing for Raffle Prizes
National Anthem – David Goette

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Rachel Carson – Happy 107th Birthday to a True Silver Springer

Todays Google Home Page celebrates the 107th birthday of Rachel Carson, the famous marine biologist, author and conservationist.
rachel-louise-carsons-107th-birthday

Although Rachel Carson was born in Pennsylvania and spent her childhood there, most of her adult life was spent living in Silver Spring, Maryland.  During her career, Rachel rented houses in the Highland View Neighborhood, in the Woodside Park Neighborhood and in the Woodmoor Neighborhood, all located in Silver Spring.

In 1957 Rachel Carson purchased a 1.11 Acre Lot in the Quaint Acres Neighborhood of Silver Spring and built her last home.  This is the house where she wrote the book Silent Spring and the house where she died in 1964.  Her former house located at 10701 Berwick Road, Silver Spring, Md is now a designated historic landmark.

Rachael Carson's house in Quaint Acres Silver Spring

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Stonehedge Condo Town Homes Silver Spring MD 20904 Approved for FHA Financing!

Stone Hedge Entrance (800x600)The 235 Stonehedge Condo Town Houses were built between 1981 and 1986 byStanley Halle Communities. Stanley S Halle has been buidling homes in the area since 1977 and is still building communities today.

The Stonehedge Community is located along Old Columbia Pike off of Route 29 (Colesville Road). The area has convenient access to I 95, the White Oak Shopping Center, The Orchard Shopping Center, Burnt Mills Shopping Center, University of MD and the
FDA campus.

Town Homes in Stonehedge range in size from 4 Bedroom, 3 & 1/2 Bath, 3 Level Units to more compact 2 Bedroom 1 & 1/2 Bath 2 Level Units.  Some town houses have Brick fronts, some have fireplaces and some have hardwood floors.

Since the homes were built in the mid 1980′s many home owners have improved the units over the last 25+ years by adding newer flooring and carpet, adding newer finishes, remodeling kitchens, re-doing bathrooms, adding decks and other improvements.

Stonehedge has an outdoor pool and tennis courts within the community. There is the 4.4 Acre Park at the edge of the development that is maintained by Montgomery County Department of Parks.  TheStonehedge Local Park has 2 playgrounds, a basketball court and a multi-use field.

Stonehedge Silver Spring MD Town HouseThere is the fantastic 95 Acre Martin Luther King, Jr Recreational Park nearby. The Park has the Martin Luther King, Jr Swim Center with indoor and outdoor pools, picnic areas and shelters, ball fields, a lake and hard surface trails through the Paint Branch Stream Valley Park.

Montgomery County Public Schools that serve Stonehedge:

Galway Elementary School – PreK to 5th Grade
Briggs Chaney Middle School – Grades 6th – 8th
Paint Branch High School – Grades 9th – 12th
Northeast Consortium – High School Choice

Town Home Real Estate Sales in Stonehedge – Silver Spring 2013

There were 11 Sales in 2013
Average List Price – $218,445
Average SOLD Price – $215,064
Low Sale Price – $187,000 – (a 3 Bedroom 1 1/2 Bath 2 Level “Pigggyback” Style Unit in Foreclosure needing rehab)
High Sales Price – $282,000 -(a 4 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath 3 Level Brick Front Townhouse with Hardwood floors, updated kitchen and baths, a deck and a Fireplace)
Average Days on Market in 2013 – 69

Brick Front Town House in Stonehedge Silver Spring MDMany years of not having approval for FHA financing caused home sales in the Stonehedge Community to be very slow.

Now, after almost a year, through the efforts and hard work of Andy Mac Tigue with First Savings Mortgage, Levi Young with RGS Title Silver Spring and Property Manager Craig Chung with The Managment Group for Stonehedge, this condo community was able to get Approved for FHA financing this past fall !!

If you want to refinance your Stonehedge Townhouse Unit or get a mortgage to buy a home Contact Andy Mac Tigue with First Savings Mortgage today.

If you’d like to purchase a home or Sell your Stonehedge Town House contact me today - Debbie Cook

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They’re HERE! – Paczki at the Woodmoor Bakery

Powdered PazckiTuesday before Lent is a time to indulge or Fatten up before tightening belts and giving up things for Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday.  It is the Fat Tuesday associated with Mardi Gras and it is the Shrove Tuesday associated with Pancake Suppers or Pancake Day.

This coming Tuesday March 4th, 2014 is also Paczki Day, a Polish tradition of making and
eating Paczki the day before Lent starts.

The best place to get Paczki in Silver Spring, is at the Woodmoor Bakery/Pastry Shop in the Woodmoor Shopping Center at Four Corners.  They make the BEST Paczki anywhere in the area.  They are the filled, rolled in powdered sugar type paczki and they are GOOD.

The Woodmoor Bakery started making them a week ago – so they have them NOW!   I’ve waited until  Fat Tuesday morning to get Paczki and there were only 3 left.   You’ll get the best selection if you go at least a few days before Fat Tuesday and you’ll avoid the lines.

Check out reviews of the Bakery and the Paczki at the Woodmoor Pastry Shop.

Woodmoor Bakery
10127 Colesville Road
Woodmoor Shopping Center
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 593-7667

* The Woodmoor Pastry Shop also makes fantastic King Cakes for Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebrations

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Takoma Park MD – A HOT! Real Estate Market in 2013

Founded in 1883, by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, Takoma Park was developed as a “summer resort” area, as a healthful alternative to Washington, DC’s malarial swamps.  With a population of approximately 18,000 it rests along the upper northeast boundary of D.C.   Takoma Park in Montgomery County has it’s own city government, police department, library and is served by Montgomery County Schools


Takoma Park is a perfect “bedroom community” for professionals.  It is a 15 minute commute to the middle of Downtown D.C. by Metro from the
Takoma Station on the Red Line.

Takoma Park is a friendly “laid back”, independent, small town with liberal politics. The residents are politically active and have put in place a number of progressive measures such as the declaration of a nuclear-free zone
Low Sales Price 2013 - Takoma Park Rambler
Takoma Park is one the HOTTEST Pockets of Real Estate in the DC Metro Area!
In 2013 there were 159 sales of Single Family Detached homes in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, Maryland:

The Average LIST price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2013 was $526,597
UP $68,722 from (2012) last year.

The Average SOLD price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2013 was $531,386

UP $89,564 from 2012 and The Average Sold Price for a home is over the average asking price.

Highest Sales Price 2013 Takoma Park BungalowIn 2013 the Average Days on the Market for a single family home in Takoma Park, MD was 43

Selling 14 days faster than last year


LOWEST Sale Price -   $152,000 for a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Level  Brick Rambler - A “Short Sale” built in 1941.

HIGHEST Sale Price -  $1,282,000  for a 5 Bedroom, 3 & 1/2 Bath Arts and Crafts Bungalow inspired by the Pasadena Gamble House built in 2006 on a parklike double lot.


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Homes for Sale Now in Takoma Park, Maryland, 20912

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Silver Spring Home Sales Prices – Annual Review 2013

Silver  Spring is a huge unincorporated area of Montgomery County, Maryland with 7 zip codes that use the name “Silver Spring” as a postal address.   Silver Spring spreads way out from the Washington, DC border at Downtown Silver Spring to the east touching Prince Georges County,  Md.,  to the north touching Howard County, Md and to the west/northwest  touching Bethesda,  Rockville,  Kensington and Rock Creek Park in DC and Maryland.

Each of the 7 zip code areas that make up Silver Spring, has it’s own unique characteristics, identity, flavor and housing types.  The zip codes in Silver Spring are:  20901 (4 Corners Area), 20902 (some times called Wheaton),  20903 ( Hillandale and Burnt Mills Areas), 20904 (sometimes called the White Oak or  Colesville  areas),  20905 (Ashton, Spencerville, Cloverly  or Greater Silver Spring areas),  20906 (Aspen Hill, Leisure World) and lastly 20910 (Inside Beltway, Downtown Silver Spring).

2013 Annual Property Sales in Silver Spring, Maryland (All 7 Zip Codes)
According to the Multiple Listing Service – MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information System):

Highest Condo Sale in Silver Spring 2013
Condominiums

There were 507 Condos Sold in Silver Spring, Maryland in 2013
Lowest Sales Price for a Condo –  $40,000 for a 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condominium ( in need of total rehab) in the Bel Pre Condo Development, Silver Spring zip 20906.
Highest Sales Price for a Condo –  $820,000 for a 3 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath, 2 Level Condo in a Newly Restored Historic Arts and Crafts Style Building –  The National Park Seminary – Silver Spring zip 20910.

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Highest town house sold 2013 in Silver Spring MD
Town Homes

There were 440 Town Houses Sold in Silver Spring in 2013
Lowest Sales Price for a Town House –  $128,000 for a 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Town Home, a Short Sale built in 1984 in the Avonshire Townhome Development, 20904
Highest Sold Price for a Town House –  $675,000 for a 3 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath Craftsman Style Townhouse with 2 car garage built in 2008 in Forest Glen Park – National Park Seminary Development,  Silver Spring zip 20910

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Highest Sold Single Family House Silver Spring 2013Single Family Homes

There werre 1544 Single Family Detatched Homes Sold in Silver Spring in 2013
Lowest Sales Price for a Single Family House –  $135,000 for a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, One Level Brick Ranch Style House built in 1951, a Short Sale House in the Weisman Subdivision, Silver Spring zip 20902
Highest Sales Price for a Single Family House –  $1,065,000 for a 4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath. Turreted  Romantic Queen Anne Victorian Style New Home built in 2012, 3 Levels with 2 Car Garage in Woodside Park, Downtown Silver Spring, zip 20910

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Levittown in Silver Spring – Strathmore at Bel Pre Homes

Strathmore Bel Pre LogoLevitt and Sons (of Levittown Fame) built this wonderful neighborhood of single family houses starting in 1967.  In the late 60′s these new home were considered the upscale “luxury homes” of the time.  An interesting history of the Strathmore at Bel Pre neighborhood and all the other Levitt communities can be found on the Levittown and Beyond Website.

The spacious homes are set on larger than average lots.  Most of the lots in Strathmore at Bel Pre are well over 10,000 square feet and some go up to over an acre in size.  The homes have generous setbacks and rolling terrain with curved streets and many cul de sacs with a landscaped center island at the end.  Unlike older subdivsions in the Silver Spring area, Strathmore Bel Pre has underground utilties.  There are no overhead wires to spoil the landscape or cause power outages.

Srathmore Bel Pre has a very active civic association.  The neighborhood has plenty of open park, picnic and play areas.  There is a Swim and Tennis Club for the use of residents.  The Bel Pre Recreation Association (BPRA) is the governing body for the Strathmore Home Owners Association and HOA annual fee is an incredibly low $225 per year.

Rambler strathThere were 4 styles of houses originally built in 1968.  All of the homes came with 2 car garages and hardwood floors. There were options for a basement, fireplace and conversation pit.

There were 545 homes built by Levitt and Sons between 1968 and 1973.

Original 1968 Levitt House Models:

The Judson – Large Ranch or Rambler Style House

The Endicott – Classic Colonial Style 2 Story

The Trent – Modern Dutch Colonial 2 Story

The Fairfield – Farmhouse Style Cape Cod 1 1/2 story

Endicott Model in Strathmore Bel Pre - Silver Spring2 Larger Models with more amenities were added in 1970:

The Embassy – Center Hall Colonial with circular staircase, bay windows and exposed beam ceilings

The Blair – California Ranch with Atrium entrance courtyard and optional conversation pit!

There were 545 homes built by Levitt and Sons between
1968 and 1973.

Levitt and Sons sold the last 250+ lots to a local builder the early 80′s so there are newer homes that were built in the mid 1980′s and later.

Strathmore Bel Pre is located in the northern part of Silver Spring, sometimes called “Aspen Hill” in the Silver Spring Md zip code area 20906.  The neighborhood is bisected by a beautiful wooded preserve.  The Matthew Henson Park and Trail runs through it.

Trent Model House in Strathmore Bel Pre - Silver SpringThe borders of Strathmore at Bel Pre are roughly:  Bel Pre Road to the East, Layhill Road to the South, Georgia Ave on the west and Gate of Heaven Cemetery & Hewitt Ave to the North.

The closest Metro Station is the Glenmont Station on Metro’s Red Line.

Montgomery County Public Schools serving the Srathmore Bel Pre Neighborhood:

There are 3 elementary schools within the borders of the subdivision:

Bel Pre Elementary School – Pre K to 2nd Grade
Strathmore Elementary School – 3rd Grade to 5th Grade
Georgian Forest Elementary School

Colonial in Strathmore at Bel PreThe location (street and number) of the house within the neighborhood will determine which one the of the 3 schools a child living at the address will attend.  The assignment can be found at the Montgomery CountySchoolAssignment Locator Link.

Middle School – Part of the Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) Argyle part of the Magnet Program

Argyle Middle School

High School – Part of the Down County High School Consortium (DCC) Kennedy Part of the DCC Choice Schools

Kennedy High School

Real Estate Home Sales in Strathmore Bel Pre – YTD 2013

California Style Atrium Ranch in Strathmore Bel Pre - Silver Spring MD38 Listings Sold

Average List Price – $430,711
Average Sold Price – $426,588

Lowest Sales Price – $312,000 ( Foreclosure Sale of a 3 Bedroom 2 Bath 1 level rambler on an 18,751 square foot lot – built in 1968)

Highest Sales Price – $559,000 (A 5 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath 3 Level Brick Colonial built in 1987 on a 14,000 square foot lot)

Average Days on Market for Homes in Stathmore Bel Pre in 2013 – 26

See all Homes currently for sale in Strathmore Bel Pre Silver Spring Md 20906

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Silver Spring Pumpkin Patch Opens this Weekend!

Silver Spring Boy Scout Pumpkin PatchThe Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 209 Pumpkin Patch is Opening this weekend.  This annual pumpkin patch always has a good selection of Pumpkins.

The location is on the side lawn of  Woodside Methodist Church at the edge of Downtown Silver Spring.

Boy Scout Troop 209 is Silver Spring’s Oldest Boy Scout Troop.   The troop has been in existence since the 1930′s at this same Silver Spring Location.

Buy a pumpkin and Support Boy your Local Silver Spring Scout Troop 209.
All proceeds go to the troop’s financial aid fund, making sure that all scouts can participate in the troops many activities.   Besides, it’s much more fun to go to a Pumpkin Patch than just picking up a pumpkin at the grocery store!

Woodside United Methodist Church
8900 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Located at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ballard Street,
1 block north of Spring Street.

*A word of advice – Don’t wait till the last minute to buy your pumpkin!  This pumpkin patch is very popular and tends sell out and close up way before the end of October.

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Naples Manor – Silver Spring Real Estate and Home Sales

Old Bonifant Farm House in Naples Manor - Circa 1860'sIn 1951, Carmon Robert Naples MD (a Doctor practicing in Silver Spring)and his wife Eleanor E Naples purchased a 237 acre farm with a circa 1860′s farm house from the Bonifant Family.

The old farm house, on a little over 3 acres was sold as a residence and still stands as a private residence on Bonifant Road today.

Some of the acreage was sold to the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission for conservation of Northwest Branch Park. Another part of the acreage became the National Trolley Museum.

The house and the rest of the surrounding acreage became the subdivision of Naples Manor.  There are 378 single family detatched homes in Naples Manor.  The first homes were built in 1982 and building continued into the mid 1990′s.  Most of the homes in Naples Manor were built in the mid 1980′s.
Brick Split Level in Naples Manor Silver Spring
The setting for Naples Manor Homes is rolling green, wooded countryside.  The subdivision is adjacent to the much larger older subdivision of Stonegate.  The community shares many of the same ammenities of Stonegate such as the Swim Club and is part of the Stonegate Citizens Association.  For the most part, the homes in Naples Manor are larger and newer than the houses in Stonegate.


Northwest Branch Park

National Capital Trolley Museum
Stonegate Park
Stonegate Swim Club


Colonial Style Home Naples Manor - Silver Spring MdPublic Schools for Naples Manor Subdivision

Elementary – Stonegate Elementary
Middle School – William H. Farquhar Middle School
High School – James Hubert Blake High School

Naples Manor Real Estate Sales – June 2012 – June 2013

10 Homes were Sold

Average List Price – $543,856
Average Sold Price – $526,656
Low Sale Price – $430,000 for a 4 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Colonial Built in 1985
High Sales Price – $650,000 for a 4 Bedroom 4 1/2 Bath Colonial with a 3 Car Garage Built in 1986
Average Days on Market – 76

Search Homes Currently for Sale in Naples Manor and Stonegate Silver Spring, MD

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