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The Stone House That Left Me Speechless

Stone House in Woodside Park

Balcony off Bedrooms This is one house that had me speechless when I saw it, the outside and the inside.  It’s located in the Wynnewood Park Section of Woodside Park and was listed by an agent in my office as an “AS IS”  fixer-upper.  It was even more interesting inside.

It was built in the late 1920’s in the Woodside Park Neighborhood of Silver Spring.  The stone used to build the house is said to have come from the Crosby Noyes Mansion. Crosby Noyes was the owner and editor in chief of the Washington Evening Star Newspapers.  The stone was “recycled” from the mansion that stood near this house, when it was torn down in 1926.  Stone masons from the National Cathedral laid the stone on this house and the one next to it.   The similar stone house next door is where the wife and children of notorius Gaston Means lived in the 1930’s while he was in prison.  You can read about these houses and the rest of the interesting history of Living Room CeilingWoodside Park on this site:  Woodside Park Architectural Walking Tour

The house has a 2 story living room with a curved staircase leading up to the only 2 Bedrooms in the house. The 2 Bedrooms were off a balcony that overlooked the living room and massive stone fireplace.  It looked to be all original.  The light fixtures and 1 & 1/2 baths were ORIGINAL circa 1920’s.  The kitchen appliances had been removed, darn it , would have really liked to have seen those!  They did leave the awesome huge old 1920’s kitchen sink though.  The basement had a narrrow spiral staircase steps going down with a heavy rope for a handrail (too scary for me).  It was in very very sad shape and not for the faint of heart remodeler or restorer.  This house was snatched up within 24 hours and had multiple contracts.

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Coolest Hair Place in Downtown Silver Spring

Diana - Headlines Downtown Silver Spring
Headlines is one of a handful of businesses that have survived the test of time in Downtown Silver Spring.

Headlines started out as a small hair shop in 1976.  The Shop first occupied a space on the first floor of an old office building on Roeder Road next to the Villa Rosa Restaurant.  Neither the Villa Rosa or the office building are there now – These places were razed for a huge parking lot. I have been going to Headlines since their days in that Roeder Road Office Building.

They have gotten much much better with age.

Headlines has moved twice, first to First Avenue (at the back of Georgian Towers) and then to their “huge state of the art” current location at 8740 Georgia Avenue (the Headlines Hair Salon - Downtown Silver Springfront of Georgian Towers – now re-named The Point)

Headlines is a great, fun place to get your hair done.  It can be a relaxing experience.  Diana Everline (the owner) is my hairdresser.  Headlines is a real independent local family business.  Jim, (Diana’s Ex-husband) runs the administration accounting side of the business and fills in on the phones and at the front desk sometimes.  Jessica (Diana and Jim’s Daughter) is an excellent hair dresser in her own right and has a large following of clients.

Any hairdresser at Headlines is GOOD – They are all well trained and keep up with all the lastest trends.  You can see certificates on the wall from various prestigious hair salon training courses, such as Vidal Sasson.

While waiting for Diana to cut my  hair today, I learned that the lady who had just finished having her hair done by Diana had driven up from South Carolina to have her hair cut!  She had lived in Silver Spring many years ago and had been coming to Headlines even after she moved to New York and still comes after her last move to South Carolina.  I can’t think of a better compliment or testimonial for this great salon!

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Forest Knolls Homes – Silver Spring Family Friendly Neighborhood

Forest Knolls Elementary SchoolThe neighborhood of Forest Knolls in Silver Spring, Maryland was subdivided in 1956 and the homes were built between 1957 and 1962.  These single family homes on generous lots are the spacious Mid Century Modern Style of the late 1950’s and early 60’s era.  The ramblers, split levels and split foyers have hardwood floors, large kitchens, spacious bedrooms and big closets.

There are 393 homes in the Forest Knolls Subdivision located on land that lies between University Boulevard and ends atNorthwest Branch Park.  The very family-friendly neighborhood has it’s own Forest Knolls Elementary School and Forest Knolls Pool – Swim Club within it’s boundaries.Northwood High School is within walking distance and the home school for Forest Knolls.  The streets are lined with sidewalks and streetlights.  Forest Knolls residents belong to the North Four Corners Citizens Association.

Nearby is Gorgeous Wheaton Regional Park and the Kemp Mill Shopping Center.  Forest Knolls is convenient to the Beltway, Washington, DC, Downtown Silver Spring, Woodmoor Shopping Center and Westfield Wheaton Mall.

Public Schools
Forest Knolls Elementary School
Silver Spring International Middle School
Northwood High School is the Base School and part of theDowncounty Consortium – other choices are Wheaton, Einstein, Montgomery Blair and Kennedy High Schools



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Best Subs Around Silver Spring – Santucci’s

santucci storeSantucci’s is a little Italian Deli in the Woodmoor Shopping Center on Colesville Road, Four Corners, Maryland.  This place has the best subs ever!  It’s been here as far back as I can remember.  It’s better than Quiznos, Subway, Jerrys or any other “chain” sub place around.  The flavor is homemade, NY italian deli meat, special seasonings, really good italian bread and attention to detail.  They take their subs seriously here and it shows.

The best bet is the italian cold cut sub – IMHO, It is truly out of this world!

Santucci’s also sells ingredients for italian dishes, dry pasta, tomatoes, cherry pepper relish, cookies, biscotti, pre -prepared pasta dinners, meats and cheeses

Inside Santucci's Silver Spring

Two friends of mine, (New York Transplants) to Silver Spring, swear by Santucci’s.
They say that Santucci’s is the closest to an authentic Italian Deli like home.

One friend (from New York) was searching all over the area for ingredients she was always able to buy in New York for her Italian Cooking and finally found them at Santucci’s.  They also have the “correct” lady fingers for an Italian dessert she makes at Christmas.

Another friend visits Santucci’s when he’s feeling homesick for New York.

Large Steak and Cheese Santucci's Silver Spring

Santucci’s Deli
Woodmoor Shopping Center
10107 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, Maryland 20901 (301) 593-8338

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