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The Potomac of Silver Spring – Quaint Acres – Nature and MCM Lovers Heavens

Tucked away in this wooded sylvan setting off New Hampshire Avenue near White Oak is the Neighborhood of Quaint Acres in Silver Spring, Md.

The setting is perfect for the Mid Century Modern houses that were built there in the early to late 1950’s. There are 156 Homes, most were built between 1948 and 1974 and each lot is a little over an acre. These great examples of custom built Mid-Century Modern Homes are what makes Quaint Acres a “Mid Century Modern House Lover’s Paradise”.  I remember people calling the Quaint Acres Neighbohrood,  “Silver Spring’s Potomac” or “The Potomac of Silver Spring”!

The oldest home is the original farmhouse built in 1853 where Quaint Acres Drive and Applegrove Road meet inside the Entrance to the Subdivision. The old farmhouse was the home of Altus Lacy Quaintance, the namesake for the neighborhood.

Contemporary Mid Century Modern architects and builders such as Charles Goodman and   loved to make their homes seem as if they were one with nature.  Mid Century Modern Homes have simple, clean lines without a lot of embellishments. They use natural elements like stone, wood and glass, with a lot of floor to ceiling windows and vaulted ceilings. In a lot of the Modern homes, you get the feeling that you are outdoors when you are inside them. During this time period the homes in Quaint Acres were considered the epitomy of Luxury Living, much like the New Luxury Homes are thought of today.

Rachel Carson, the mother of the environmental movement, built her first house in Quaint Acres on Berwick Road.  This house is now an historic landmark.

Margaret Chase Smith, US Senator from Maine and the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress, also lived in Quaint Acres from the early 1950’s through the early 1990’s
This is a quiet, lovely neighborhood, where you can still find homes set back from the street on gorgeous, large, wooded lots, and NO McMansions what-so-ever.

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Retro Lovers Delight SOLD in South 4 Corners – Silver Spring

Need Your Help.  Took a Listing in Silver Spring, South 4 Corners Neighborhood – Sold for 12,000 Over List Price in less than 5 days with 5 Offers! Portland Sold
Do you know anyone in your Silver Spring neighborhood thinking of Selling?
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Rustic Rural Woods – Springbrook Forest Neighborhood Silver Spring Md 20902

road in springbrook forestA rustic wooded neighborhood with 1+ acre lots. The Springbrook Forest neighborhood has a rare, uncommon setting for homes in the bustling Silver Spring area.  With all the mature tall trees, no streetlights and no sidewalks the community still has that a rural feeling.  There are  just a few roads in Springbrook Forest, they are “long and winding roads”, like a road through a deep Enchanted Forest.  This is a neighborhood for people who are serious nature lovers and want a guiet, private setting for their home yet still have the convenience of being close to transportation, shopping, good schools and a Metro Station!

Part of the Kemp Mill Area, Springbrook Forest is a unique subdivision tucked away off of Kemp Mill Road in a forested area that is surrounded by Northwest Branch Park.

Springbrook Forest was subdivided in the 1950’s by George J Moss. His idea was for people to build their own custom homes on these beautiful heavily wooded acre plus lots.

Most of the homes in Springbrook Forest reflect the contemporary mid century modern style most popular in the mid 1950’s through the 1960’s and were custom built.
Parts of Springbrook Forest are still on Septic Systems.  Springbrook Forest is on acreage that was originally a MICA Mine in the Kemp Mill Area.

There are 119 lots in Springbrook Forest.

There are only 2-6 Home Sales in Springbrook Forest every year.  In 2015 there were 4 Home Sales ranging in price from a low of $460,000 to a high of $740,000.


Gorgeous Wheaton Regional Park
50 Acres of Beautiful Brookside Gardens
Horses! – Wheaton Riding Stable
Westfield Wheaton Shopping Mall
Red Line Metro – Glenmont Metro Station
Kemp Mill Shopping Center

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Silver Spring MD Community Pools and Swim Clubs Now Open for 2015 Season

Memorial Day Weekend has passed and the various Silver Spring Neighborhood and Community Pools are now OPEN for the season! With school out and the mercury rising, a neighborhood swimming pool is the perfect place to while away those hot, humid summer days we have here in Silver Spring, Maryland.

PoolCommunity spirit, the roar of the crowd and the excitement of youthful competition all combine at a neighborhood swim meet. What better way to spend a summer evening than gathering around your local pool in a group effort to be part of an event that promotes fellowship and fun.  Swim Teams in Community Pools of Silver Spring , compete as division members of the Montgomery County Swim League(MCSL).  Being a member of a swim team in Silver Spring is a great way for kids to make friends at the pool, share a teambuilding experience, and compete in a healthy, active sport over the summer.  Some of the pools also have Dive Teams that compete in the Montgomery County Diving League.
Most of the Pools in Silver Spring  offer great Family Oriented Social Events such as Pool Camp Out night, Ice cream socials, pizza night, teen night, family movie night, float night, talent shows and more.

Check out this list of links to some of the best Silver Spring Neighborhood Pools and Swim Clubs:

Northwest Branch Pool – Home of the Northwest Branch Dolphins Swim Team

Glenwood Recreation Club – Home of the Glenwood Tigers Swim Team and DiveTeam

Calverton Swim Club – Home of the Calverton Chargers – Also has a Dive Team, Volleyball League, Horseshoes and Basketball Court

Forest Knolls Pool – Home of the Seahawks Swim Team

Daleview Pool – Home of the Daleview Swim Team

Franklin Knolls Pool – Home of the Gators Swim Team

Hillandale Swim and Tennis Association – Home of the Hillandale Hellcats Swim Team – Also offers 2 Lighted Tennis Courts, a practice wall and Tennis Camp

West Hillandale Swim Club – Home of the Dolphins Swim Team

Twin Farms Swim & Tennis Club – Home of the Twin Farms Tigers Swim Team, Dive Team, Tennis Team and Tennis Camp

Robin Hood Swim Club – Home of the Robin Hood Swim Team – Also has a Dive Team and Tennis Team

Kemp Mill Swim Club – Home of the Kemp Mill Kangaroos

Parkland Swim Club – Home of the Parkland Whales
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the commerical area just off of Arcola Avenue. this is one of the oldest Montgomery County Swimming Pools.
Beautiful Setting with mature shade  trees near Wheaton Regional Park and Sligo Creek Park.

Tanglewood Community Swim Center – Home of the Tanglewood Tigers Swim Team – This community center is located in the middle of the Tanglewood neighborhood and includes a large open field, playground and tennis courts

Connecticut Belair Swim and Tennis Club – Home of the Connecticut Belair Gators. This Swim and Tennis Club has recently been fully renovated and is spectacular.  Lots of water fun here with big slides and raft day on Saturdays.

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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
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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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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Stonehedge Condo Town Homes Silver Spring MD 20904 Approved for FHA Financing!

Stone Hedge Entrance (800x600)The 235 Stonehedge Condo Town Houses were built between 1981 and 1986 byStanley Halle Communities. Stanley S Halle has been buidling homes in the area since 1977 and is still building communities today.

The Stonehedge Community is located along Old Columbia Pike off of Route 29 (Colesville Road). The area has convenient access to I 95, the White Oak Shopping Center, The Orchard Shopping Center, Burnt Mills Shopping Center, University of MD and the
FDA campus.

Town Homes in Stonehedge range in size from 4 Bedroom, 3 & 1/2 Bath, 3 Level Units to more compact 2 Bedroom 1 & 1/2 Bath 2 Level Units.  Some town houses have Brick fronts, some have fireplaces and some have hardwood floors.

Since the homes were built in the mid 1980’s many home owners have improved the units over the last 25+ years by adding newer flooring and carpet, adding newer finishes, remodeling kitchens, re-doing bathrooms, adding decks and other improvements.

Stonehedge has an outdoor pool and tennis courts within the community. There is the 4.4 Acre Park at the edge of the development that is maintained by Montgomery County Department of Parks.  TheStonehedge Local Park has 2 playgrounds, a basketball court and a multi-use field.

Stonehedge Silver Spring MD Town HouseThere is the fantastic 95 Acre Martin Luther King, Jr Recreational Park nearby. The Park has the Martin Luther King, Jr Swim Center with indoor and outdoor pools, picnic areas and shelters, ball fields, a lake and hard surface trails through the Paint Branch Stream Valley Park.

Montgomery County Public Schools that serve Stonehedge:

Galway Elementary School – PreK to 5th Grade
Briggs Chaney Middle School – Grades 6th – 8th
Paint Branch High School – Grades 9th – 12th
Northeast Consortium – High School Choice


Brick Front Town House in Stonehedge Silver Spring MDMany years of not having approval for FHA financing caused home sales in the Stonehedge Community to be very slow.

Now, after almost a year, through the efforts and hard work of Andy Mac Tigue with First Savings Mortgage, Levi Young with RGS Title Silver Spring and Property Manager Craig Chung with The Managment Group for Stonehedge, this condo community was able to get Approved for FHA financing this past fall !!

If you want to refinance your Stonehedge Townhouse Unit or get a mortgage to buy a home Contact Andy Mac Tigue with First Savings Mortgage today.

If you’d like to purchase a home or Sell your Stonehedge Town House contact me today – Debbie Cook

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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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Naples Manor – Silver Spring Real Estate and Home Sales

Old Bonifant Farm House in Naples Manor - Circa 1860'sIn 1951, Carmon Robert Naples MD (a Doctor practicing in Silver Spring)and his wife Eleanor E Naples purchased a 237 acre farm with a circa 1860’s farm house from the Bonifant Family.

The old farm house, on a little over 3 acres was sold as a residence and still stands as a private residence on Bonifant Road today.

Some of the acreage was sold to the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission for conservation of Northwest Branch Park. Another part of the acreage became the National Trolley Museum.

The house and the rest of the surrounding acreage became the subdivision of Naples Manor.  There are 378 single family detatched homes in Naples Manor.  The first homes were built in 1982 and building continued into the mid 1990’s.  Most of the homes in Naples Manor were built in the mid 1980’s.
Brick Split Level in Naples Manor Silver Spring
The setting for Naples Manor Homes is rolling green, wooded countryside.  The subdivision is adjacent to the much larger older subdivision of Stonegate.  The community shares many of the same ammenities of Stonegate such as the Swim Club and is part of the Stonegate Citizens Association.  For the most part, the homes in Naples Manor are larger and newer than the houses in Stonegate.

Northwest Branch Park

National Capital Trolley Museum
Stonegate Park
Stonegate Swim Club


Colonial Style Home Naples Manor - Silver Spring MdPublic Schools for Naples Manor Subdivision

Elementary – Stonegate Elementary
Middle School – William H. Farquhar Middle School
High School – James Hubert Blake High School

Naples Manor Real Estate Home Sales Silver Spring, Md 20905
2015 Real Estate Home Sales in Naples Manor

12 Homes were Sold in 2015

Average List Price – $567,608
Average Sold Price – $552,292

Lowest Sale Price – $430,000 for a 4 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Dutch Colonial Built in 1982

Highest Sold Price – $700,000 for a 4 Bedroom 4 1/2 Bath 3 Level Colonial Built in 1988

Average Days on Market in 2015  – 47


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