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Levittown in Silver Spring – Strathmore at Bel Pre Homes

Strathmore Bel Pre LogoLevitt and Sons (of Levittown Fame) built this wonderful neighborhood of single family houses starting in 1967.  In the late 60’s these new home were considered the upscale “luxury homes” of the time.  An interesting history of the Strathmore at Bel Pre neighborhood and all the other Levitt communities can be found on the Levittown and Beyond Website.

The spacious homes are set on larger than average lots.  Most of the lots in Strathmore at Bel Pre are well over 10,000 square feet and some go up to over an acre in size.  The homes have generous setbacks and rolling terrain with curved streets and many cul de sacs with a landscaped center island at the end.  Unlike older subdivsions in the Silver Spring area, Strathmore Bel Pre has underground utilties.  There are no overhead wires to spoil the landscape or cause power outages.

Srathmore Bel Pre has a very active civic association.  The neighborhood has plenty of open park, picnic and play areas.  There is a Swim and Tennis Club for the use of residents.  The Bel Pre Recreation Association (BPRA) is the governing body for the Strathmore Home Owners Association and HOA annual fee is an incredibly low $225 per year.

Rambler strathThere were 4 styles of houses originally built in 1968.  All of the homes came with 2 car garages and hardwood floors. There were options for a basement, fireplace and conversation pit.

There were 545 homes built by Levitt and Sons between 1968 and 1973.

Original 1968 Levitt House Models:

The Judson – Large Ranch or Rambler Style House

The Endicott – Classic Colonial Style 2 Story

The Trent – Modern Dutch Colonial 2 Story

The Fairfield – Farmhouse Style Cape Cod 1 1/2 story

Endicott Model in Strathmore Bel Pre - Silver Spring2 Larger Models with more amenities were added in 1970:

The Embassy – Center Hall Colonial with circular staircase, bay windows and exposed beam ceilings

The Blair – California Ranch with Atrium entrance courtyard and optional conversation pit!

There were 545 homes built by Levitt and Sons between
1968 and 1973.

Levitt and Sons sold the last 250+ lots to a local builder the early 80’s so there are newer homes that were built in the mid 1980’s and later.

Strathmore Bel Pre is located in the northern part of Silver Spring, sometimes called “Aspen Hill” in the Silver Spring Md zip code area 20906.  The neighborhood is bisected by a beautiful wooded preserve.  The Matthew Henson Park and Trail runs through it.

Trent Model House in Strathmore Bel Pre - Silver SpringThe borders of Strathmore at Bel Pre are roughly:  Bel Pre Road to the East, Layhill Road to the South, Georgia Ave on the west and Gate of Heaven Cemetery & Hewitt Ave to the North.

The closest Metro Station is the Glenmont Station on Metro’s Red Line.

Montgomery County Public Schools serving the Srathmore Bel Pre Neighborhood:

There are 3 elementary schools within the borders of the subdivision:

Bel Pre Elementary School – Pre K to 2nd Grade
Strathmore Elementary School – 3rd Grade to 5th Grade
Georgian Forest Elementary School

Colonial in Strathmore at Bel PreThe location (street and number) of the house within the neighborhood will determine which one the of the 3 schools a child living at the address will attend.  The assignment can be found at the Montgomery CountySchoolAssignment Locator Link.

Middle School – Part of the Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) Argyle part of the Magnet Program

Argyle Middle School

High School – Part of the Down County High School Consortium (DCC) Kennedy Part of the DCC Choice Schools

Kennedy High School

Real Estate Home Sales in Strathmore Bel Pre  2014

California Style Atrium Ranch in Strathmore Bel Pre - Silver Spring MD30 Homes were Sold in 2014

Average List Price – $435,753
Average Sold Price – $427,829

Lowest Sales Price – $300,000 ( Sale of a 4 Bedroom 2 Bath 1 level rambler on an 17,201 square foot lot – built in 1973)

Highest Sales Price – $520,000 (A 4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath 3 Level Brick Colonial built in 1987 on a 12,500 square foot lot)

Average Days on Market for Homes in Stathmore Bel Pre in 2014 – 36

See all Homes currently for sale in Strathmore Bel Pre Silver Spring Md 20906

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Silver Spring Pumpkin Patch Opens this Weekend!

Silver Spring Boy Scout Pumpkin PatchThe Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 209 Pumpkin Patch is Opening this weekend.  This annual pumpkin patch always has a good selection of Pumpkins.

The location is on the side lawn of  Woodside Methodist Church at the edge of Downtown Silver Spring.

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

Buy a pumpkin and Support Boy your Local Silver Spring Scout Troop 209.
All proceeds go to the troop’s financial aid fund, making sure that all scouts can participate in the troops many activities.   Besides, it’s much more fun to go to a Pumpkin Patch than just picking up a pumpkin at the 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.

*A word of advice – Don’t wait till the last minute to buy your pumpkin!  This pumpkin patch is very popular and tends sell out and close up way before the end of October.

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