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New Homes to be Built in 4 Corners Silver Spring

New Houses in South Four CornersPlans for the big vacant lot on the corner of Brunett Avenue and University Blvd in the South 4 Corners Neighborhood of Silver Spring have CHANGED… .AGAIN!

The 3/4 acre lot with house was purchased in 2005 by a Builder.  The sprawling old 1940’s era house on the lot was a Dentist’s Office for over 40 years.  The house was razed in 2007 to make way for 6 new Luxury Homes.

The homes that were planned were HUGE with huge prices to go with them, in the upper $600,000’s to 800,000’s.
Then came the market downturn of 2008 and plans for these home had to be scraped.

The lot has remained vacant since 2007 and the Builder has been trying to get a zoning exception for a Day Care Center.  Plans for a Day Care Center were
opposed by the neighborhood residents.  The County, the Residents and the Builder have been going back and forth about this ever since.

Today the Builder has listed the plans for 3 of 5 new homes in the Metropolitan Regional Information System(MRIS)  The homes are listed with the builder/owner who is associated with REMAX.

The homes planned this time are smaller, more modest and  less less expensive.  These new homes are a much better fit with the homes in the surrounding neighborhood of South Four Corners than the Huge Luxury Homes would have been.  The prices for the 3 Homes that are listed range from $499,000 to $539,900.  The homes have a lot of what the older homes in this area lack – Way more square footage, Big, new kitchens, Larger closets, 3 full baths, 4 Bedrooms and garages.  These prices for new construction, in this area of Silver Spring are in line with todays market.

I think this time, with the way the Silver Spring real estate market is now, the planned homes will probably be a big success.

Check out the 5 New Listings with site elevations and floor plans included

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Historic Riggs – Thompson House in Downtown Silver Spring has Long History

The Riggs – Thompson House was built in 1858 by George Washington RiggsRiggs Thompson House Front Silver Spring MdThe house was used as a country estate and working farm that was known for it’s “fine blooded” cattle. 

The estate was originally sited on over 140 acres facing what is now Georgia Avenue.  Imagine a property that originally stretched from Georgia Avenue in the front, to past Sligo Creek in the back and from Colesville Road to present day Bonifant Street on the sides.   The house was accessed by a long drive from Georgia Avenue (then called Westminster Road).  The driveway is now the present day Pershing Drive.  The original GW Riggs house was brick, built in the Second Empire Style with a handsome mansard roof.   At this time the area was known as Sligo, it was not known as Silver Spring yet. 

Riggs Thompson House Front PorchThe Riggs family sold their Silver Spring Farm in July of 1864, a week after the torching and plundering of the Silver Spring area in a skirmish by Confederate and Union troops.  The Riggs estate was generally unscathed by the skirmish, except for the loss of some “hay forage”, vegetables and a valuable ox.
The second owners were William and Helen Thompson.  William Thompson was a prominent Washington businessman who was retiring from a plumbing and gas fitting business.  Thompson was also vice president of the Metropolitan National Bank and had financial interests in Steamboats and Real Estate. 

The Thompsons enlarged the house by adding an Italinate style front and side, encasing the original brick Second Empire/Mansard style house.  The outline of  the original Riggs house and mansard roof can still be seen peeking out over the top and at the back of the present house.

Riggs Thompson House from side showing original 1858 mansard roof outlineIn 1872 Thompson aquired more land along Colesville Rd increasing the size of the estate to 160 acres.

After the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad station opened in Silver Spring (1873) development increased in the Sligo area.  The train stop was given the name Silver Spring in Honor of the Blair Estate, but the area around the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Ave continued to be known as Sligo until the early 1900’s.

The Thompsons maintained a home in NW, Washington, DC and their country estate became a social center where they entertained frequently.  In the late 1880’s the Evening Star reported that the “beautiful rolling country of the Silver Sprng area” was characterized by “attractive residences of people who have established charming country homes with spacious surroundings of lawn, park,
forest and farm”.  The Riggs-Thompson house represents a period of prosperity when upper class Washingtonians established country seats in lower Riggs - Thompson House circa 1930-33?Montgomery County.

William Thompson died in 1896 on his Silver Spring  Farm and Helen Thompson continued to maintain the country estate until the early 1920’s.  She owned several automobiles driven by a chauffer and to manage the estate she employed an overseer.  Helen Thompson died in 1923 leaving her estate to her sister and a sister in law.

To be Continued . . . . .

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South Silver Spring – Newell Street Condos

8045 Newell Street (by Patriot Group) is a five story, 120 unit condominium building.  This building was completed and already Sold out in 2006.
This Building offers a Fun, Funky, Hip and Laid Back Urban Lifestyle, in a Small Intimate “Pet Friendly” Building. Located by Historic Acorn Park in the South Silver Spring neighborhood, the Units have Open Floor Plans with High Ceilings, Washers and Dryers in the Units and either a balcony or sunroom.

SAVE your GAS! and Walk everywhere from this building that has a very high Walkabilty Score.  Walking Distance to Silver Spring Metro/Red Line, Rock Creek Park hiking biking trails and all the ammenities of Downtown Silver Spring.
Thinking about Selling or Buying a Silver Spring Condominium? – Contact  Debbie Cook (301) 587-3528 for your current, No Obligation Market Report on the Silver Spring Condominium Market.

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

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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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The McMansions in East Silver Spring

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This post was inspired by a another local blogger  who posted about a ginormous McMansion going up in East Silver Spring on Thayer Avenue.                                              

Most of East Silver Spring still has “normal sized” older houses.  The few McMansions or new infill construction Easley Middlethat we do have REALLY stand out. 

One example on Easley street is the “McMansion with no windows”  It started out as a small bungalow home built in 1928 between 2 other similar houses.  The home had a larger and deeper than average lot size of 12,180 sq ft. 

It was torn down sometime ago and remained a big watery mud hole with trash and debris in it for a few years.  I once walked by the lot and noticed they were still getting junk and other mail delivered to 701 Easley, it was strewn all over the front of the mud hole. While it was still just a hole, it caused a lot of concern and complaints from the adjoining neighbors and the neighborhood in general. 
I though they’d never build anything there.  Then all of a sudden a huge foundation went up this past year.  The picture does not do it justice – it is ENORMOUS.  Can’t wait to see what it will look like when it’s finished.  It will certainly stand out amongst the small old bungalows on that street. 
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A tasteful newly constructed infill home was completed recently just down the way at 608 Deerfield in East Silver Spring – McNeills Subdivision. The lot was a little over 7,000 square feet and an old garage at the back of the vacant lot was the only thing torn down to build the house.

This house sold for $1,191,064.00 ( one million, one hundred ninety one thousand and sixty four dollars ) and settled less than 3 months ago.  I think this NEW house just “nails it” for a perfect fit with the neighborhood character of East Silver Spring.
Check out the Listing and Interior Photos Link for 608 Deerfield Avenue, Silver Spring, Md 20910.

Some Gigantic Monster Houses have gone up or are going up in some older Silver Spring neighborhoods, for instance this one on Randolph Road.  There is a Monster Palace on New Hamphire Avenue in Hillandale and a Giant House going up in Woodmoor just past the Woodmoor Shopping Center going North on Colesville that you just can’t miss when driving out that way.  Sligo from Silver Spring Singular has posted a few blogs about McMansions in Silver Spring.  I liked this post about Mc Mansions by a local blogger.  Dan Reed (Our future architect/Urban Planner) from Just Up the Pike writes about them all the time and Silver Spring Daily Photo has a lot of photos of McMansions in and around Silver Spring.

So, How do you feel about McMansions in Silver Spring?  What’s your opinion?  Want more? Want less? Want Larger? Smaller? or just don’t care?

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Silver Spring, New Construction, Estates at 4 Corners Finally Gets Going – Old House Razed Recently

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Silver Spring Md Tiny Mini Kentlands Coming to the Woodside Neighborhood

The Corner of Noyes & Georgia Avenue (just north of the Downtown Silver Spring

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Silver Spring, Md East Silver Spring Proposed Residential Development

DSC00358Proposed Condo/Apartment Building at 814 Thayer Avenue – Currently an Office Building (Accross from Silver Spring Towers Apartments) will be a 5 story 52 Unit Residential Building – Units will be 1 or 2 Bedroom – Some will have a mezzanine. Expected Prices are to be less than $450,000.  The developers are not sure how many or if any units will be for rent.  The designers are considering the location as a “transistional site” between the commercial buildings of Fenton Street Village and the adjoining residential area.  The building facade along Thayer Ave. will be pointed, with extensive glass panelling, the building will be set back from the street, and have a small plaza featuring chess tables, plus trees & ornamental plants.  The current building on the site was once home to the National Association of the Deaf & the National Association of the Deaf and Blind, to commemorate this the new building will have Braille on the exterior surface, plus other tributes to these associations. There will be only be 37 parking spaces for this Building. This Building design is Conceptual and not Final, at this time. The East Silver Spring Citizens Association heard about this proposed development at their January Meeting.  

For the February meeting the East Silver Spring Citizens Association will hear from the DSC00360Attorney for the developers of the site on the southeast corner of Silver Spring Avenue and Fenton Street. (currently a Parking Lot – Just a block away from the 814 Thayer Ave Site)  There is a  94 Unit Residential Project proposed.  This project will be either Condominiums or Apartments.  Residents in East Silver Spring have some valid concerns about traffic and parking, in and around an already busy, crowded, way too narrow Fenton Street.

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Lots of New Faces Ditching the Burbs and Heading to Urban Condo Frontier

canada-dry-pic.jpgAre you part of the demographic trend that’s driving the rising cost of condos in recent years? According to the NAR (Nat’l Assoc of Realtors), increases in condo values have recently begun to outstrip those of single family homes for the first time ever.

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Wacky, Wierd and Wonderful? Historic Forest Glen, Silver Spring, Md gets long awaited Face Lift


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