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Story Book Home for Sale in Downtown Silver Spring – South Woodside Park

Romantic Tudor situated along Sligo Creek Park
Houses like this don’t come along very often . . . .

Pershing house Enchanted, Elegant and Gracious 4 Bedroom, 2 1/4 Bathroom Tudor within walking distance of Silver Spring METRO, Beautiful Sligo Creek Park and all that is new and exciting in Downtown Silver Spring!

This home has a Unique, Private, Spacious Master Bedroom Suite with a Full Bath and Skylights. Fully Equipted Gourmet Kitchen with high end Bosch and Maytag appliances. Separate Formal Dining Room. There is a finished Daylight Berber Carpeted Lower Level with Large Den or extra Bedroom, and Recreation/Family or Media/Game Room, Laundry Room, and 1/4 Bathroom.

Built in 1934 this house retains the charm of sought after architectural details, such as the intricate brick work in the sunroom, to the hardwood floors, built ins and masonary fireplace that are original to the house. The Neighborhood is Vibrant and delightful to live in, with it’s Quiet, Old, Shady tree-lined streets and access to the amenities offered by the recent revitalization of Downtown Silver Spring.
    More photos and details at this property’s website:

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8 Reasons to List and Sell Your Silver Spring Home During the Winter

Snowflake 1. Serious Buyers– Yes, there are fewer buyers , but those buyers are usually very serious about making a purchase or, have to make a purchase.

2. Less Competition—Most sellers wait until spring or summer to list their home. This means that during the winter months your property will have far less competition verses any other time of the year.

3. January is the Biggest Transfer Month—Did you know that more corporate moves happen during January than any other time of the year? This may be a great reason to list your home during the winter.

4. Timing—By putting the home on the market during the Winter you may be able to more easily hit your moving goals and priorities. After all, if you need to relocate now, for personal, business or family reasons should you really wait to sell?

5. More Time to get Top Dollar—By starting to market your home early you may be able to secure a higher price. Less supply can yield a higher price for your home.

6. Great Time to Shop—If your home sells quickly, you will be able to shop for your next home during the winter, a great time to find a bargain.

7. More Advertising—Because most Realtors and offices have less inventory in the winter, your home will stand out with a comprehensive marketing program.

8. About 20% of the homes sold in a given year are sold between November and February—Buyers and Sellers are usually quite motivated to get the transaction completed. This can mean less price haggling and fewer hassles during the inspection period. There are quite a few benefits for moving forward now.

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Silver Spring Residents Fighting to Save the Watson House

The Committee to Save the Watson House, a large group of residents in Silver Spring’s Woodside Forest, has  appealed to Montgomery County to save the historic Watson House, one of the best and few remaining examples of the Dutch Colonial architecture in the area. Early in 2007, the Committee hired EHT Traceries, Inc., architectural historians based in D.C., to research the house and its architectural significance. Originating in homes put up by German settlers in Pennsylvania as far back as the 1600s, the Dutch Colonial style saw a revival in the early 20th century. Built ca. 1918, the house at 9206 Watson Road sits atop a hill on just slightly under 1.5 acres. In its wooded setting bordered by an intricately woven stone wall, it bespeaks a time before the late 20th century boom in suburban development.  The house almost abuts two others that have already received historic designation by the county: the Civil War-era Condict House and the late 1880s, Second Empire Wilbur House. From this historic enclave whose three distinctive styles tell a story of American architectural history spanning three-quarters of a century, it is a stone’s throw to Sligo Creek to the north and only a short walking distance to downtown Silver Spring to the south. The county’s Historic Preservation Commission took up the case of the Watson House along with other proposed historic resources at its scheduled Dec. 19 meeting. Although HPC staff did not recommend the nomination for designation, the commission, allowing for additional materials to be submitted, put off a vote until its January 9 meeting. At that time, commissioners will decide whether to recommend to the County Council that the house be placed on the county’s Master Plan for Historic Preservation. If it is not designated, Committee members fear the house will be demolished.  “We do not want to see this beautiful old house razed and the surrounding landscaping destroyed to make way for a new development,” said Kathleen Staudt, a Committee member. “At the same time, we’re not opposed to reasonable new development on the property as long as the existing home is preserved.” Apart from the house’s architectural value, there is increasing evidence that the elevated area on which the triad of houses sits was used as a Confederate encampment, as is suggested in memoirs of soldiers who marched with Confederate General Jubal A. Early when he advanced toward Washington in July 1864. In addition, the Watson House property contains a wide spectrum of mature plant specimens and groves, including Azalea, American Holly, Hemlock, Kentucky Coffee Tree, White Pine, Poplar, Dogwood, Southern Magnolia and Crape Myrtle. 

Many Thanks to a Commitee Member of Save the Watson House for Information and Photos!
The Next Public Hearing about this Property is this Wednesday, January 9th at 7:30pm MNCPPC Auditorium * 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring MD 20910 
Phone (301) 495-4500     Directions             

If you are intrested please contact Jim Cassell with SAVE THE WATSON HOUSE                                  * Phone 301-585-4638 *E-mail:

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Important for Silver Spring, Md and all Maryland Home Owners – Homestead Tax Credits

The great State of Maryland has decided to make all of their property owners reapply for Good Md Sealtheir Homestead Deduction.   I don’t remember ever applying in the first place, but I know I recieve it every year and it’s quite generous!  
Property owners should have received or will be receiving their assessments for 2008.  Within the envelope is the standard Assessment Notice and two additional pages.  The two additional pages at first glance appear to be the standard junk that is put in these mailers from the state.  At second glance you will find that one page informs land property owners that everyone must apply to “continue” receiving their Homestead Deduction.  Those who have not received it yet must also apply to “begin” receiving the deduction.  The third page is the actual paper application for the deduction.

Property Owners will have the ability to mail in the paper application or apply online.  The deadline is 4/1/08. 

More info at the website Md Homestead Tax Exemption for an explanation and to apply for the exemption go to this link Homestead Eligibility Application”.

This is something that will be missed by more than a few people (myself included!) I’m sure you can imagine how difficult it will be to make a correction once the deadline is passed!  

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Awesome New Listing in Downtown Silver Spring – An Eco Friendly Masterpiece!

Cedar Front
Go Green and Gorgeous!

This New Eco- Friendly and Energy Efficient Home is located in Downtown Silver Spring in a beautiful, mature established Silver Spring neighborhood with quiet, shady tree lined streets.  An easy walk to the METRO, shops, restaurants, theaters and many wonderful parks.  
Every inch of this beautiful home and yard has been carefully designed, restored and remodeled from top to bottom! The original charm and character of the House and Neighborhood remain. Move in Ready with 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, all New Luxury Kitchen, Dining Room, Breakfast Nook, Living Room with Fireplace, Mud room, Full Finished Basement, Utility Room and Attic.

This home provides a high level of quality, balances environmental impact, energy use, maintenance, comfort and convenience.

WHAT”S NEW? – A redesigned open floor plan including left side addition and roof, dual HVAC system, electrical system, plumbing system, brand new (granite, cherry and stainless steel) kitchen, master bath and all other baths, all porches, windows, exterior doors, patio, driveway and landscaping.

Many Many Photos and more details @ 


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