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East Silver Spring’s Bungalow Streets

DSC00753 The bungalow, in Silver Spring, MD, is one of the most popular home styles that vintage home buyers will ask me to look for.  When I think of, or hear the word Bungalow, the first streets that come to mind are Silver Spring Avenue, Thayer Avenue, Easley Street, Sligo Avenue, Gist, Richmond and all their cross streets.  The subdivisions are Silver Spring, Silver Spring Park and Blair.  DSC00756                                                           

 Developed from the early 1900’s to early 1930’s, this is a Vintage Bungalow Lover’s Heaven!  Every imaginable Bungalow type and style is represented and concentrated in this part of Silver Spring.  The wide streets with narrow and very deep wooded lots are characteristic of the way parcels were subdivided in this era.  Depending on the size and condition, vintage bungalows in this area of Silver Spring have sold for as little as $332,000 to as much as $645,000 in the past year.
DSC00746One  the first homes I ever sold as a newbie real estate agent was a 1928 “Sears” Dutch Colonial Style Bungalow on Richmond Avenue in Silver Spring.  The house was an estate sale, vacant, delapidated and in bad shape due to years of deferred maintenance.  This was the first “Fixer-Upper”, I had ever showed or seen in my new career and thought it was a rather scary project to take on. The people that made an offer on the house were excited because the original set of Sears Plans for the house were available and conveyed with the DSC00752property.  We all got even more excited when during the Home Inspection, the Inspector opened the rusty old fuse box and found over $3,000 dollars in cash stuffed inside!  The bills were from the 1950’s and 60’s.  That was when I thought, WOW, Old houses ARE Kinda Surprising, mysterious, charming, cozy and CAN be Really COOL!


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East Silver Spring – The Houses in Mc Neills Addition to Silver Spring Park

DSC00385A Mature, Established and Vibrant  Neighborhood of Unique, Old and Charming Single Family Homes on Shady Tree Lined Streets.  Robert H. Mc Neill of Washington, DC aquired the land and laid out the subdivision in 1925. Most of the 114 Homes in the neighborhood were built in the early to mid 1930’s and are prized for their unique character and architectural detail. No two houses are alike, no cookie cutters for Mc Neills Subdivision in Silver Spring. The homes include unique brick and slate cape cods, colonials and Tudor style houses. Unique to this Neighborhood and to most of Silver Spring, DSC00388are the distinct alleys with garages behind the houses. Streets included in McNeills Subdivision are: Dale Drive, Cedar Street, Deerfield Avenue, Queen Annes Drive, Bonifant Street, Dartmouth Avenue and of course, Mc Neill Road.

Over the last year, homes in Mc Neills Addition have sold for an average price of $628,000 and sold within an average of 37 days.

This Recent Listing for $625,000 on Queens Annes Drive in Mc Neills Addition Sold in 2 DSC00185Days.

This is the Newest Listing in Mc Neills Addition on Mc Neill Road.  

The Neighborhood is Walking Distance to Silver Spring Metro, Revitalized Downtown Silver Spring, Town Center, Restaurants, NOAA, Discovery Headquarters, the AFI Theatre, Nolte Park, Bullis Park and Beautiful Sligo Creek Park.

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