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Dave Chappelle’s Childhood Home in Silver Spring, MD

Dave Chappelle American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor was born 1973 in Washington, DC.

Dave grew up in this Cape Cod style house in the North Woodside Neighborhood of Silver Spring, MD that his parents purchased in 1973.

Chappelle attended Woodlin Elementary School. His parents were politically active, and the family house was visited by notable individuals including Pete Seeger and Johnny Hartman. The latter predicted he would be a comedian and, around this time, Chappelle’s comic inspiration came from Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. After his parents separated, Chappelle stayed in Washington with his mother while spending summers with his father in Ohio. In 1991, he graduated from Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he studied theatre arts. (from Wikipedia)

**Many many years earlier, Sylvester Stallone also lived in the same neighborhood nearby and attended the same Elementary School…

Dave Chappelle’s maternal Grandmother, Beatrice M. Murray, a Prominent Real Estate Broker and Civil Rights Activist lived in Silver Spring too.  She owned her own Real Estate Company/Brokerage (Beatrice M Murray Real Estate) in Washington DC.  Beatrice Murray lived on Greyrock Rd in the Woodside Park Neighborhood of Silver Spring from 1970 till her death in 1999

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Goldie Hawn’s Childhood Home in Takoma Park MD

Duplex in Takoma Park Md - Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn the famous actress and comedian grew up in this quaint and charming circa 1927 Brick Duplex in the Historic District of Takoma Park, Md 20912.

Goldie Hawn - Blair HS PhotoThe Hawn Family lived in the Left Side of this duplex.  Goldie’s small wedding to John Hudson in the 1970’s was in the backyard of this home.

Goldies father Edward Hawn, a musician, died in 1982 and Goldie’s mother Laura lived inthis home up until 1984, when she sold the house and moved to California, where she died in 1994.

Goldie graduated from the old Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md in 1963 and attended American University in Washington DC. Although she grew up in Takoma Park, her “stomping ground” was Downtown Silver Spring in it’s heyday.  She speaks of her fond memories in the Documentary Film “Silver Spring, Story of an American Suburb”

The house has 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, a Basement and 2 Fireplaces. It is within a few blocks of the Takoma Metro Station.  The last sale of this house was in May of 2010 – the sales price was $581,250
The real estate listing description of the house when it was on the market in 2010 . . .

“Elegant urban living on quiet cul-de-sac steps to Metro. Gracious 1920’s light-filled home has comfortable LR w/ wonderful windows and FP. DR is open to both chic designer kitchen and beamed ceilinged family room w/ stone FP open to great deck, hot tub and lushly landscaped yard.If you’re lucky maybe stardom will strike you too – this was Goldie Hawn’s childhood home!”

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Rachel Carson – Happy 107th Birthday to a True Silver Springer

Todays Google Home Page celebrates the 107th birthday of Rachel Carson, the famous marine biologist, author and conservationist.

Although Rachel Carson was born in Pennsylvania and spent her childhood there, most of her adult life was spent living in Silver Spring, Maryland.  During her career, Rachel rented houses in the Highland View Neighborhood, in the Woodside Park Neighborhood and in the Woodmoor Neighborhood, all located in Silver Spring.

In 1957 Rachel Carson purchased a 1.11 Acre Lot in the Quaint Acres Neighborhood of Silver Spring and built her last home.  This is the house where she wrote the book Silent Spring and the house where she died in 1964.  Her former house located at 10701 Berwick Road, Silver Spring, Md is now a designated historic landmark.

Rachael Carson's house in Quaint Acres Silver Spring

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March Madness Invented by Silver Spring Resident – Lefty Driesell

Unless you are a big NCAA enthusiast or a University of Maryland “Terrapins ” fan, you may have never heard of Lefty Driesell.  He was the University of Maryland’s Legendary Basketball Coach from 1969 to 1986.  At Maryland, Driesell began the now nationwide tradition of Midnight Madness.

Built in 1968, this very cool, big contemporary split level was the home of Charles “Lefty” Driesell until he sold it and moved in 1988.

Lefty Driesell House in Silver Spring MD

This unique custom built home is on a short, no-thru street in the subdivision known as Valleybrook. The home is set on a densely wooded 1/2 acre within walking distance to Springbrook High School.

The bright main level of the house has vaulted ceilings and extra windows everywhere. The home has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths on the upper level; plus an extra bedroom and full bathroom in the lower level.  The backyard is level and private, it has (of course) a half court basketball court.  The house overlooks Northwest Branch Park.

More on highlights of Lefty’s career and my all time favorite quote from him:

“The Harder you work, the Luckier you get” . . . Lefty Driesell

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Olympic Medalist’s Childhood House – Dominique Dawes

During this Summer Olympic Season . . .

Dominique Dawes Childhood Home Silver Spring TakomaDo you remember when Dominique Dawescaused a lot of excitement, got our attention and made us swell with pride in the USA, the state of Maryland and especially in Silver Spring and Takoma Park?

Dominique Dawes was a member of the 1996 Gold Medal Olympic Team, The Magnificent 7, where she also became the first African-American to win an individual event medal with her bronze on floor. Her coach and teammates called her “Awesome Dawesome.”

Dominique was born in 1976 in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She grew up in this brick, Colonial Style house, circa early 1940’s in Silver Spring, MD 20910.  The house sits on the border of Silver Spring and Takoma Park.

She attended Blair High School at the original Old Blair Campus in Silver Spring on Wayne Avenue.

Her father, Don Dawes sold this house in the Fall of 2006 for 415,000

Dominique purchased a home in the Tivoli Neighborhood of Silver Spring in 1997, according to Public Records she is still the owner.

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Matt Drudge’s Childhood House

Matt Drudge is the creator, owner and editor of the Drudge Report, a news aggregation website.  He is probably Bungalow Cottage in Historic District Takoma Parkmost famous for being the first to break the Monica Lewinsky scandal story in 1998.

His headlines and links to stories are often salacious like this one “Man beats elderly woman to death with air conditioning unit…” or this one “Woman faces charges in mummified boyfriend case ..”

I have to admit, when I first heard of the Drudge Report, I thought it was a small rag magazine or newspaper that “drudged” up dirt on stories and people.

Until I looked it up, I didn’t know that is was named for a guy that grew up in Takoma Park and went to Blair High School in Silver Spring.

Matt Drudge grew up in this adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bath “Santa Fe” style cottage bungalow, built 1941 in the Historic District of Takoma Park.  The last sale of the house was in 2011 for $364,000.

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Azalea Peak in Silver Spring and Takoma Park – Best Viewed in Sligo Park Hills

Coral azalea in Silver Spring MdAzaleas are native to Silver Spring and Takoma Park, Maryland.  Right now they are at their blooming best.   In the older mature neighborhoods close to Downtown Silver Spring, the azalea cover is like no other.   If you take a drive or walk during azalea season you’ll see about 8 of every 10 homes sporting at least one or two of these beautiful blooming shrubs.

The older sections of the neighborhood of Sligo Park Hills (sections 1 & 2) that run from Sligo creek up to Piney Branch Road might have the best displays, due to a resident that worked with the Director of the National Arboretum to hybridize azaleas.

Stuart Armstrong lived on Park Crest Drive in Sligo Park Hills from 1938 till his death in 1970.   Armstrong was  an avid amateur horticulturalist who served as pink azaleas in Silver Spring, Mdpresident of the American Horticultural Society between 1957 and 1960.

He was said to have given plants to his neighbors in Sligo Park Hills as gifts.   There is an azalea named “Stuart Armstrong” grown mostly in the mid atlantic and the south.

Over a period of more than 30 years, Armstrong amassed a sprawling collection of  azaleas in his yard overlooking Sligo Creek Park.

Homes for Sale Now in Sligo Park Hills, Silver
Spring, Maryland 20910

Sligo Park Hills Entrance Sign on Piney Branch Road

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Rambo and Rocky’s Childhood House for Sale in Silver Spring

Sylvester Stallone House

A house that Sylvester Stallone lived in as a child and young teen is on the market in the Montgomery Hills Neighborhood of Silver Spring.  The Cape Cod House on Seminary Road was built in 1952.  Sly’s parents owned the home sometime between 1952 and 1962, when the Stallone’s Sold it. 

The 4 Bedroom 4 1/2 Bath House is Listed by the King Farm/Rockville Office of Long and Foster. The Asking Price is $699,899 Smackeroos.

Click the following URL to see the listing with lots more details and many many photos of the interior


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Stevie Nicks – Fleetwod Mac Connection to Silver Spring

The song Silver Springs was written by Stevie Nicks.   Legend has it that she got the idea Good Fleetwoodwhile riding in a limo on the Capitol Beltway after a concert and seeing the sign for the Silver Spring, Maryland Exit. 

Die-Hard Silver Springers and native residents will tell you they hate it when anyone makes Silver Spring plural.  That extra S drives a lot of us crazy (especially when a public offical makes this Mistake!) if you listen carefully to the song Stevie never uses the plural or the dreaded extra S in the song.  The only place you’ll find that extra S is in the title of the song.

More evidence of this legend that the song came from the beltway sign is the fact that the sign is a “blue green” color mentioned in the song?  A lot of other people believe this legend.

                                           Watch Stevie Wail out this song LIVE

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Silver Spring, Md Famous People’s Houses – Nora Roberts’ House

Romance Novelist Nora Roberts aka J.D. Robb grew up in this adorable bungalow

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