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Planning to Sell Your Home in 2015? and Think Spring is the Best Time to Sell a Home? Think Again!

Why selling your Silver Spring or Takoma Park home this winter may be the best, most lucrative route to take if you want to sell this year!

While some sellers think about taking their home off the market in the winter, believing spring or summer would deliver better results, I would caution against this thinking. Here are three reasons why:

Home Sold in Winter

  1. Those home shopping in the winter tend to be more qualified buyers. Often they have to buy a house, or they wouldn’t be facing bad weather and shorter daylight hours to find just the right place.


  1. Many people wait to list their home in the spring or summer, meaning available inventory in the winter months is lower.  Are you certain you want to face a market flooded with freshly listed homes?


  1. There’s no guarantee the spring or summer will be a better housing market. A variety of factors can influence home values.  What if there’s more inventory and prices have dropped?


Right now could be a better time than Spring to sell your Home.   There are buyers out there, and I would hate to see you miss out.  The ultimate decision is yours, but as a professional I like to give the best possible advice I can, based on my experience and the statistics about buyers in winter months.



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Goldie Hawn’s Childhood Home in Takoma Park MD

Duplex in Takoma Park Md - Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn the famous actress and comedian grew up in this quaint and charming circa 1927 Brick Duplex in the Historic District of Takoma Park, Md 20912.

Goldie Hawn - Blair HS PhotoThe Hawn Family lived in the Left Side of this duplex.  Goldie’s small wedding to John Hudson in the 1970’s was in the backyard of this home.

Goldies father Edward Hawn, a musician, died in 1982 and Goldie’s mother Laura lived inthis home up until 1984, when she sold the house and moved to California, where she died in 1994.

Goldie graduated from the old Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md in 1963 and attended American University in Washington DC. Although she grew up in Takoma Park, her “stomping ground” was Downtown Silver Spring in it’s heyday.  She speaks of her fond memories in the Documentary Film “Silver Spring, Story of an American Suburb”

The house has 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, a Basement and 2 Fireplaces. It is within a few blocks of the Takoma Metro Station.  The last sale of this house was in May of 2010 – the sales price was $581,250
The real estate listing description of the house when it was on the market in 2010 . . .

“Elegant urban living on quiet cul-de-sac steps to Metro. Gracious 1920’s light-filled home has comfortable LR w/ wonderful windows and FP. DR is open to both chic designer kitchen and beamed ceilinged family room w/ stone FP open to great deck, hot tub and lushly landscaped yard.If you’re lucky maybe stardom will strike you too – this was Goldie Hawn’s childhood home!”

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Charming Old North Woodside – Montgomery Hills Homes – Silver Spring MD

North Woodside Bungalow - Silver SpringNorth Woodside is a true Bungalow Lovers Heaven!  Many of the homes in North Woodside are built from models of  SEARS HOMES, built between 1927 and 1940.  In North Woodside, you can find examples of almost every Sears or Aladdin Type “Kit Homes” that were built in this era.  There are 170 Homes in the North Woodside Subdivision.

The 100 homes in the adjacent subdivision of Montgomery Hills and Montgomery Forest were built in the early 1940’s through the early 1950’s.  The Montgomery Hills houses are charming and elegant brick colonials, cape cods and tudors.

These Subdivisions in zip code 20910, are older, charming “inside the beltway” neighborhoods that have a fantastic collection of 270 single family houses within walking distance of the Forest Glen Metro Station and the Silver Spring Metro Station.

The neighborhood has an award winning neighborhood public school, beautiful Rock Creek Park with access to the Capital Cresent trail and Historic Forest Glen nearby.  There is the ever popular Snider’s Supermarket, two dry cleaners, Staples, CVS, Tropical Ice Cream, Armand’s, the Woodside Deli and a host of other attractions on nearby Georgia Avenue.

 Classic Tudor in Silver Spring MDSchools
The Montgomery County public school system is well known as one of the best in the nation.

The public schools serving the North Woodside and Montgomey Hills neighborhoods in Silver Spring are:

Woodlin Elementary
Sligo Middle School  (6-8)
Einstein High School  (8-12)

Also, at the high school level the Downcounty consortium is available giving students a choice regarding their academic area of study. The five high schools in the Downcounty cluster include Montgomery Blair, Northwood High, John F. Kennedy and Wheaton.

Dutch Colonial in North Woodside Silver SpringNorth Woodside and Montgomery Hills Real Estate

In 2014 there were 9 Homes Sold
Average List Price in 2014 – $635,211
Average Sold Price in 2014 – $634,978

Low Sale Price – $480,000
(for a 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Brick Colonial Style Home built in 1940)

High Sales Price – $810,000
(for 3 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Brick and Stone Tudor built in 1932 that had been totally Updated)

Real Estate and Homes for Sale Now in North Woodside and Montgomery Hills – Silver Spring, MD 20910

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The Vintage Foursquare Style Homes in Silver Spring Takoma Park and DC

Four Square on Sligo Ave in Silver Spring Md

Four Square House in Silver Spring

The American Foursquare Style was popular from the mid 1890’s through the 1930’s.  The typical foursquare has a square, cubic design that is 2 to 2 1/2 stories high. The simple floorplan of the Four Square is 2 boxy rooms wide by 2 rooms deep on each floor.  A foursquare will most likely include a center dormer and a large front porch with wide stairs.  Another common feature of the foursquare is a distinctive hip roof.  A four square house often offers wonderful interior detailing such as craftsman style woodwork, high ceilings, vintage light fixtures , built-in cabinetry, arches and hardwood floors.

four square house in  Takoma dc

A Foursquare Home in Takoma DC

This style of home was great for the small, narrow city lots of this era, because it made the most use of interior room space.  The foursquare style is found in the older more urban areas of Silver Spring, Takoma Park and NW DC, where the first trains and streetcar lines served these areas. The Foursquare was a popular “mail order” era house.  The house came by train in pre cut pieces on a boxcar with directions for putting it together.  This is why you find many of these homes in close proximity to a rail road line.  The largest mail order catalog companies were Sears and Alladin.

Many Vintage Foursquare style homes can be found in Takoma Park, Forest Glen, Downtown Silver Spring, Old Woodside, Capitol View Park, Silver Spring Park, Blair Subdivision, Takoma DC, Brightwood and Shepherd Park.   There are other “close-in” areas nearby, such as Kensington, Rockville and Garrett Park in Montgomery County, along with College Park, Brentwood, Mount Rainier, Cottage City, Cheverly and Hyattsville in Prince Georges County that also offer vintage foursquare homes to choose from!

If you are hunting for that perfect old, vintage gem of a house or want to sell one in Maryland or DC, please contact me – I am passionate about knowing how and where to find and sell them!

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Visit The Silver Spring Pumpkin Patch

The  Annual Pumpkin Patch has a good selection of Pumpkins and some pretty chrysanthmums at Woodside Methodist Church in the Woodside area at the edge of Downtown Silver Spring.

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

Buy a pumpkin or some mums and Support  your Local Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 209.   All proceeds go to the troop’s financial aid fund to make sure that all scouts can participate in the troops many activities and it’s more fun than just picking up a pumpkin at the local 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. Google Map

Look for the Boy Scout Troop 209 Truck.

Make your pumpkin last much longer this year:
Check out these tips for preserving your pumpkin and prevent it from rotting out in the yard or on the porch.

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Friday Fun – Fenton Street Community Garden Party and OPEN HOUSE

012Open garden party!

Public Invited – Friday October 3, 2014 – 3:00 pm till Sunset
Fenton Street Community Garden at the corner of Fenton Street and Rt. 410 (East West Highway Bridge)

Bring the Kids . . .

Learn about the Fenton Street Community Garden.
Meet Master Gardeners.
Learn about cool weather gardening; how to identify garden pests and how to create gorgeous flower arrangements.
Meet the gardeners who are growing vegetables and flowers in an Urban community setting in Downtown Silver Spring.

Face Painting
Scaveneger Hunt
Kathy Jentz  Editor/Publisher
Washington Gardener Magazine
826 Philadelphia Ave.
Silver Spring MD 20910

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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 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.

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


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

Search all Town Houses for sale in Silver Spring MD Zip Code – 20904

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