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Archive for November, 2008

More Real Estate Market Updates for Silver Spring Neighborhoods

What’s been happening in your Silver Spring Neighborhood in our challenging real estate market this year?

The Silver Spring Real Estate market is composed of so many hyper-local “micro-markets” that can differ greatly right down to a certain side of a street or block in a subdivision.  Because there are not a lot of “tract” or “cookie cutter” houses in Silver Spring, there are no “one-size-fits all” neighborhoods or home values in Silver Spring.

In the coming weeks we will cover what’s been happening since January 1, 2008 to the present in most of the neighborhoods and subdivisions of Single Family Homes, Condos and Townhouses in “Close-In” Silver Spring.   Suggestions for neighborhoods are welcome . . . . .  We really love doing the funky, off-beat and unusual ones!
                                      Real Estate Activity Year to Date Reports

           Silver Spring Real Estate in  North Hills of Sligo Creek – 20901 

              Silver Spring Real Estate in  Woodside Forest Subdivision -20910

                         Silver Spring Real Estate in  Woodside Park -20910

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Our Real Estate Market – This Little Diddy Tells it All


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Silver Spring’s Pretty Older Sister

Takoma Park, or “Granola Park” as some locals call it now, was the first planned suburban community of Washington, DC.  Founded in 1883, by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, Takoma Park was developed along a branch of the B & O railroad. It was originally conceived as a “summer resort” area, as a healthful clean-water alternative to Washington, DC’s malarial swamps. With a population of 18,000 it rests along the upper northeast boundary of D.C. and strattles Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland. 

B.F. Gilbert named his community TAKOMA, an Indian word meaning “High Up – Near Heaven”.  Takoma Park has it’s own city government, police department, library and is served by Montgomery County Schools.

Religion and politics has shaped the Takoma Park community. From the early 1900’s to 1990, Takoma Park was the world headquarters of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Two of the church’s institutions remain today, The Washington Adventist Hospital, and Columbia Union College. The coming of metro service to Takoma Park has made it a perfect “bedroom community” for young 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 and legal recognition of non-marital partnerships.  

In the historic district you will find grand old Victorians, Bungalows, American Four Squares and other old timey styles, along tree-lined streets. 

The Old Town offers an eclectic, funky mix of small, locally owned specialty shops and small restaurants, cafes and a very popular FOOD COOP.  From the end of April to mid December there is a farmers market every Sunday in the center of town. To celebrate July 4th, the town puts on its own parade and its own fireworks display.  

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Today’s the Day – Go Vote


Check out these Bi Partisan Places in Silver Spring.

After you cast your vote – Take yourself and your “I Voted – YO Vote” sticker over to any Starbucks in Silver Spring and have a FREE cup of Coffee.

On Wednesday Evening, after it’s over (and we all hope it’ll be  over) – November 5th from 6 pm to  8 pm . . Stop by Whole Foods in Silver Spring for a “Thanksgiving Tasting”: 
A store-wide sampling of Thanksgiving favorites including free range turkey to pumpkin pie, they are promising to put you in the holiday mood.

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