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Takoma Park MD – Another Wild Hot Year for Real Estate Sales

Founded in 1883, by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, Takoma Park was developed as a “summer resort” area, as a healthful alternative to Washington, DC’s malarial swamps.  With a population of approximately 18,000 it rests along the upper northeast boundary of D.C.   Takoma Park in Montgomery County has it’s own city government, police department, library and is served by Montgomery County Schools
Takoma Park (Also known as Tacky Park, Granola Park, Berkeley of the East and People’s Republic of Takoma Park) is the perfect “bedroom community” for professionals.  It is a 15 minute commute to the middle of Downtown D.C. by Metro from the Takoma Station on the Red Line.

 

Victorian in Takoma Park MDTakoma Park is one the HOTTEST Pockets of Real Estate in the DC Metro Area!

In 2015 there were 144 sales of Single Family Detached homes in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, Maryland:

The Average LIST price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2015 was $581,051

 

The Average SOLD price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2015 was $589,152

The Average Sold Price for a home is over the average asking price by over 8,000.

 

In 2015 the Average Days on the Market for a single family home in Takoma Park, MD was 43 Days.

LOWEST Sale Price  –   $152,000 for a 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 3 Level  Brick Colonial in need of rehab – built in 1947.

HIGHEST Sale Price  –  $1,175,000  for a Magical 5 Bedroom, 4 & 1/2 Bath restored 1900’s Victorian on a 1/2 Acre Lot with 4 finished levels.

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Charming Old North Woodside – Montgomery Hills Homes – Silver Spring MD

North Woodside Bungalow - Silver SpringNorth Woodside is a true Bungalow Lovers Heaven!  Many of the homes in North Woodside are built from models of  SEARS HOMES, built between 1927 and 1940.  In North Woodside, you can find examples of almost every Sears or Aladdin Type “Kit Homes” that were built in this era.  There are 170 Homes in the North Woodside Subdivision.

The 100 homes in the adjacent subdivision of Montgomery Hills and Montgomery Forest were built in the early 1940’s through the early 1950’s.  The Montgomery Hills houses are charming and elegant brick colonials, cape cods and tudors.

These Subdivisions in zip code 20910, are older, charming “inside the beltway” neighborhoods that have a fantastic collection of 270 single family houses within walking distance of the Forest Glen Metro Station and the Silver Spring Metro Station.

The neighborhood has an award winning neighborhood public school, beautiful Rock Creek Park with access to the Capital Cresent trail and Historic Forest Glen nearby.  There is the ever popular Snider’s Supermarket, two dry cleaners, Staples, CVS,  Armand’s Pizza, the Woodside Deli and a host of other attractions on nearby Georgia Avenue.

 Classic Tudor in Silver Spring MDSchools
The Montgomery County public school system is well known as one of the best in the nation.

The public schools serving the North Woodside and Montgomey Hills neighborhoods in Silver Spring are:

Woodlin Elementary
  (k-5)
Sligo Middle School  (6-8)
Einstein High School  (8-12)

Also, at the high school level the Downcounty consortium is available giving students a choice regarding their academic area of study. The five high schools in the Downcounty cluster include Montgomery Blair, Northwood High, John F. Kennedy and Wheaton.

North Woodside and Montgomery Hills Real Estate

 

Real Estate and Homes for Sale Now in North Woodside and Montgomery Hills – Silver Spring, MD 20910

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The Vintage Foursquare Style Homes in Silver Spring Takoma Park and DC

Four Square on Sligo Ave in Silver Spring Md

Four Square House in Silver Spring

The American Foursquare Style was popular from the mid 1890’s through the 1930’s.  The typical foursquare has a square, cubic design that is 2 to 2 1/2 stories high. The simple floorplan of the Four Square is 2 boxy rooms wide by 2 rooms deep on each floor.  A foursquare will most likely include a center dormer and a large front porch with wide stairs.  Another common feature of the foursquare is a distinctive hip roof.  A four square house often offers wonderful interior detailing such as craftsman style woodwork, high ceilings, vintage light fixtures , built-in cabinetry, arches and hardwood floors.

four square house in  Takoma dc

A Foursquare Home in Takoma DC

This style of home was great for the small, narrow city lots of this era, because it made the most use of interior room space.  The foursquare style is found in the older more urban areas of Silver Spring, Takoma Park and NW DC, where the first trains and streetcar lines served these areas. The Foursquare was a popular “mail order” era house.  The house came by train in pre cut pieces on a boxcar with directions for putting it together.  This is why you find many of these homes in close proximity to a rail road line.  The largest mail order catalog companies were Sears and Alladin.

Many Vintage Foursquare style homes can be found in Takoma Park, Forest Glen, Downtown Silver Spring, Old Woodside, Capitol View Park, Silver Spring Park, Blair Subdivision, Takoma DC, Brightwood and Shepherd Park.   There are other “close-in” areas nearby, such as Kensington, Rockville and Garrett Park in Montgomery County, along with College Park, Brentwood, Mount Rainier, Cottage City, Cheverly and Hyattsville in Prince Georges County that also offer vintage foursquare homes to choose from!

If you are hunting for that perfect old, vintage gem of a house or want to sell one in Maryland or DC, please contact me – I am passionate about knowing how and where to find and sell them!

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Takoma Park MD – A HOT! Real Estate Market in 2013

Founded in 1883, by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, Takoma Park was developed as a “summer resort” area, as a healthful alternative to Washington, DC’s malarial swamps.  With a population of approximately 18,000 it rests along the upper northeast boundary of D.C.   Takoma Park in Montgomery County has it’s own city government, police department, library and is served by Montgomery County Schools


Takoma Park is a perfect “bedroom community” for 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
Low Sales Price 2013 - Takoma Park Rambler
Takoma Park is one the HOTTEST Pockets of Real Estate in the DC Metro Area!
In 2013 there were 159 sales of Single Family Detached homes in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, Maryland:

The Average LIST price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2013 was $526,597
UP $68,722 from (2012) last year.

The Average SOLD price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2013 was $531,386

UP $89,564 from 2012 and The Average Sold Price for a home is over the average asking price.

Highest Sales Price 2013 Takoma Park BungalowIn 2013 the Average Days on the Market for a single family home in Takoma Park, MD was 43

Selling 14 days faster than last year


LOWEST Sale Price –   $152,000 for a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Level  Brick Rambler – A “Short Sale” built in 1941.

HIGHEST Sale Price –  $1,282,000  for a 5 Bedroom, 3 & 1/2 Bath Arts and Crafts Bungalow inspired by the Pasadena Gamble House built in 2006 on a parklike double lot.


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Homes for Sale Now in Takoma Park, Maryland, 20912

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Built in 1783 – The Oldest House Standing in Silver Spring MD

This Tidewater Style Farmhouse was originally built in 1783 at the top of a densely wooded hill on over 100 acres in Silver Spring, Maryland.   Built by Josiah Beane, the home is located overlooking Colesville Road between 4 Corners and Burnt Mills. The property was named “Holly View”.

Holly View - Kinsman Farmhouse - Silver Spring

Among the next owners of the property were Joseph H.Bond, owner of the mill at nearby Burnt Mills, and James F. Meline, comptroller of the U.S. currency.

The farm and house and 80 acres was purchased by Union Civil War veteran, Colonel Oliver Kinsman and his wife in 1880.  The Colonel died in 1927 and the house and grounds were left to his 4 daughters.  The home was occupied by their daughters until 1971, part of the original Kinsman property having by then been sold and developed.  Afterwards, heirs rented out the heavily-wooded property for about 10 years until the Developer purchased the property in the early 1980’s

Now, the old house on 3/4 of an acre is nearly surrounded by 82 townhomes built by Stanley Martin Communities.  The different architectural styles/models are named after the 4 daughters, Olive, Angela, Lucretia and Elinor.

On an adjoining remnant of the Holly View property, Stanley Martin also constructed 50 detached homes.

The old house has 7 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, 2 Fireplaces and is listed on the National Historic Register.  History of “Holly View” written in the 1970’s.

*Note – This house is not currently for sale

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Scary Open House in Silver Spring

As a brand new real estate, I was always looking for a house to hold open on weekends and would volunteer to hold any house open.  An older & more experienced agent in my office was very (almost overly) anxious for me to hold open her new listing in East Silver Spring.   It was a cute Dutch Colonial Style house.  I was really excited about having it open and wondering why she didn’t want to do it herself.   This agent ALWAYS held her own listings open, especially if it was the first open for a brand new listing.   I did get this funny feeling in the office that the other agents knew something I didn’t.  I can’t explain exactly what it was, I thought they were snickering, chuckling or whispering about me.  I shrugged it all off as my imagination and the that I was a nervous newbie.

Dutch Colonial Style HouseThe day before the open, I was talking to a loan officer friend of mine.   Prior to being a loan officer my friend had been a real estate agent.   She asked me what house I was holding open.   When I told her the address there was dead silence and a Huge GASP…. OMG

She told me that her real estate company had listed the same house 8 years before and sold it to a nice couple.  The couple moved in on a Saturday.  The next day while the wife was out at church, the husband had gone into the basement and shot himself to pieces with a double barrelled shotgun.  The wife never went back, so my friend’s company cleaned the house up and resold it to another couple.  Obviously all the agents in town had known about this except me!  No wonder they were acting so funny around me!

It was a long, quiet, lonely, spooky 3 hour open house.  My mind kept thinking of the Dutch Colonial house from theAmityville Horror story.  I was scaring myself to death and every noise I heard made me jump.   I Couldn’t go anywhere near that basement and never did go down there and look, not once!   Only one person came to look at the house that day (needless to say, I did not escort him into the basement) and low and behold he bought the house from me.

* NOTE . . .To those of you who are thinking – was this disclosed to the Buyer? – No, it was not.   Hey, ..  it wasn’t even disclosed to me up front!   Because in the state of Maryland it is the Seller’s choice (not the listing broker or agent’s) whether to disclose or not.   What is required in Maryland is Disclosure of “Material” and “Latent Defects” only.  The Maryland Legislature/Law excludes Murder, Suicide, Violent death and the presence of Aids from being “material or latent defects “.

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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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104 Year Old Farmhouse Still Standing in Downtown Silver Spring

Deerfield 40sThe Farmhouse built in the early 1900’s still sits at the edge of  McNeills Subdivision in Silver Spring, Md 20910.  This old farmhouse has had many transformations over the last century.

First owned by John McNeill and then his brother Robert H McNeill (namesake of the subdivsion platted in 1925) Robert H McNeill’s Addition to Silver Spring Park.

During the time that Robert McNeill lived here in the early 1900’s it was known as the McNeill Farm and was adjacent to the Henry Nolte Farm (namesake for Nolte Park)

This photo was from the 1940’s when the house was owned by a widow named Margurite Burke.  Burke once worked at the hospital/rest home that was located on the site that is now Bullis Park before it was the site of the Bullis School.

(1940’s Photo courtesy of Marguerite Burke’s grandaughter Toni Wilson)

In 1959 Margurite Burke sold the house to the Oaks Family.  Mr Oaks enclosed some parts of the house. He expanded and added to the house in the 1960’s, adding more bedrooms upstairs and a 2nd kitchen.

The Oaks Family occupied the house until Alma Oaks died in 2003.  The house was Sold to Alan Alder, of Arbor Homes, a builder who has an incredible knack for the restoration of old houses.


In 2006 Alan Alder renovated and restored the house to the beautiful gem it is now.


In the meantime, he subdivided the original 15,682 square foot lot and sold the new 7,366 sq ft adjacent lot, where a brick garage was located, to Overton Homes.


Overton Homes razed the garage on the new side lot and built a large brand new home there.

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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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Pocket of Pretty Vintage Houses – Downtown Silver Spring – McNeills

A Mature, Established and Vibrant  Neighborhood of Unique and Charming williamsburg cape in mcneills addition Downtown Silver SpringSingle Family Homes on Shady Tree Lined Streets, just 2 Blocks from the Downtown Silver Spring Central Business District.

Robert Hayes Mc Neill was a 40 year old Washington DC attorney from North Carolina, living with his wife Cora and 2 Children on the “Mc Neill Farm” – Silver Spring in 1918.  At this time in the 1900’s Silver Spring was mostly open land and forests dotted with a few farms and 3 Large Country Estates. 

In 1923 Robert Mc Neill subdivided his farm into lots that today is Robert H. Mc Neills’ Addition to Silver Spring Park. 

The lots were sold to a few different builders with E Brooke Lee’s North Washington Real Estate company ending up with most of the lots.  Building Alley behind houses in Mcneill's Addition - Silver Spring Downtownstarted at the beginning of the Depression in 1932-33. 

The old circa 1900’s farmhouse on the Mcneill property is still there, having been updated several times in the last century. 

Most of the 137 Homes in the neighborhood were built in the early to mid 1930’s and are prized for their unique character and period architectural detail.  No two houses are exactly alike.  This is no cookie cutter neighborhood. 

The homes in Mc’Neills include unique brick and slate cape cods, colonials and Tudor style houses. Hardwood Floors, Fireplaces, arches, high ceilings and porches were standard ammenities in most of these charming houses.  The homes have wide alley’s behind them with garages, another feature that was common in the 1930’s era.

The Boundaries of McNeills Subdivision are: Dale Drive to the south, Cedar Street to the north, Deerfield Avenue on the east and Dartmouth Avenue on Brick and Slate Tudor - McNeills Addition Downtown Silver Springthe west.

This Great location is just steps to Nolte Park (playground, several ballfields and picnic area), Bullis Park and four blocks to Sligo Creek Park. Walking distance to the local public elementary & middle schools, both with a French Immersion program. It’s only ¾ mile to Metro and the MARC train, and a few Blocks away is the Silver Spring town center with the new civic building & Veteran’s plaza, ice rink, shops, restaurants, entertainment, and farmers market. The site of the upcoming, state-of-the-art Silver Spring Library is only four blocks away. McNeill’s Neighborhood is the ultimate walkable neighborhood with the perfect balance of urban and suburban living.

Public School Info for McNeills Subdivision – Silver Spring  20910

Sligo Creek Elementary School
Silver Spring International Middle School
Downcounty Consortium (DCC)

*School information is as reported on the MCPS school finder site. As directed by MCPS, this information shall not be relied upon without a call to the MCPS Boundary Line at 301-279-3331.

  Homes in this neighborhood sell quickly – Check out the most recent Homes SOLD in Mcneills Addition

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