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Silver Spring Pools and Swim Clubs Now Open for Summer 2013

Memorial Day Weekend has come 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.

Community 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 Pool – Home of the Glenwood Tigers Swim Team and Twin Farms Pool Fairland Road Silver Spring MdDiveTeam

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 Pool Silver Spring, MdWest 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.

Connecticut Belair Swim 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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Franklin Knolls – Mid Century Modern 1960’s Silver Spring Neighborhood

Eastern Middle School - Franklin Knolls Silver Spring

Franklin Knolls is a subdivison of single family homes in Silver Spring, Md.  Homes in Franklin Knolls were built in the mid to late 1950’s throuh the mid 1960’s.  The majority of homes are the large, family sized split levels, ramblers and split foyers (bi-levels) that were very popular styles during the early 1960’s.  The lots sizes are larger than average for homes built in this “close in” area of Silver Spring.

Franklin Knolls has it’s own Swim Club and Pool situated on 2 and 1/2 Acres nestled at the back edge border of the neighborhood in Northwest Branch Park.  Eastern Middle School is an impressive Building seen from University  Blvd at the entrance to the Franklin Knolls Subdivision.

The Franklin Knolls-Franklin Vale Community is entered off of University Blvd bordered by the Capitol Beltway (495) and Northwest Branch Park.  Located at a Beltway exit makes commuting and traveling anywhere in the DC Metro area pretty easy from this neighborhood.

Woodsmoor Shopping Center
Shops and The Four Corners Pub at Four Corners
Four Corners Safeway
Montgomery Blair High School
Northwest Branch ParkSplit Level in Franklin Knolls Silver Spring MD

Sligo Creek Park
Long Branch Park


Public Schools serving Franklin Knolls/Fanklin Vale
Elementary – Montgomery Knolls – Pre K to 2nd Grade
Elementary – Pine Crest Elementary – 3rd to 5th Grade
Middle School – Eastern Middle School – 6th to 8th Grade

High School – Montgomery Blair High School – 9th to 12 Grade
Down County High School Consortium – Choice Process Schools: Blair HS, Northwood HS, Einstein HS, Kennedy HS or Wheaton HS


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Northwood Park Real Estate and Home Sales – Silver Spring

Northwood Park Silver Spring MDNorthwood Park is the Oldest Subdivision in the North Four Corners area of Silver Spring.  Northwood Park sits at the corner of Colesville Road (Route 29) and University Blvd.  The oldest homes in Northwood Park were built in the mid 1930’s by Garden Homes Inc.  The heavily wooded area has one of the largest and most popular Neighborhood Parks – North Four Corners Local Park. Northwood Park is part of the North Four Corners Citizens Association.

The houses are all unique, filled with the quaint charm, character and architectural details of a bygone era. One house was a home that was built to be exhibited in the 1939 World’s Fair in the “Town of Tommorow”.  This home was recently featured at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.  Several other houses were used as model “showcase homes” by the Washington Gas Light Company in the 1930’s.

Northwood Park is a communter’s dream! With a location just seconds to an entrance to the Capitol Beltway (495), one can be anywhere in the Washington DC and Baltimore Metro Areas with relative ease.

Tudor Style Home in Northwood Park - Silver Spring MD
The heavily wooded, hilly neighborhood has streets with names ending in wood, such as Northwood Avenue, Southwood, Tmberwood, Pinewood and Edgewood.

Within walking distance:

Woodmoor Shopping Center
Four Corners Safeway
New – Red Maple Restaurant
Newly Re-Opened – Four Corners Pub (Beloved by locals for many many years)
Montgomery Blair High School
4 Corners Neighborhood Park
Northwest Branch Park
Sligo Creek Park

Within Minutes by Car:

1930's Washington Gas Model Home - Northwood Park Silver SpringForest Glen METRO Station
Wheaton and Silver Spring METRO Stations
Burnt Mills Shopping Center with Trader Joes
Downtown Silver Spring
University of Maryland
Downtown Washington DC and Bethesda
Holy Cross Hospital
White Oak Shopping Center
Martin Luther King Jr Park and Pool
Wheaton Regional Park with Brookside Gardens and the Wheaton Riding Stable

Public Schools serving the Northwood Park Neighborhood:

Elementary – Forest Knolls Elementary – K – 5th
Middle School – Silver Spring International – 6th – 8th Grades
Stone Colonial - Northwood Park Silver SpringHigh School – Northwood High School or Downcounty High School Consortium (Choice of Wheaton High, Einstien, Montgomery Blair or Kennedy High Schools)


In the early 1950’s and into the early 1960’s, many more homes were built in several in new subdivisions carved out of the North Four Corners area, next to Northwood Park.  These Subdivisions are: Northwood Knolls, Northwood Park View and Northwood Village.

Homes for Sale in the Northwood area of Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

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Silver Spring Woodmoor – Gift Wrapped for Christmas

Residents of the Woodmoor Neighborhood in Silver Spring really know how to celebrate when it comes to the Holidays.  They should be good at it, as it has been a Woodmoor tradition for at least 50 years.

Each year there is a Tree Lighting at a Huge tree planted in the middle of Woodmoor Circle.  This happens to be the Largest Neighborhood Holiday Tree in Silver Spring at 60+ feet tall.  This year the tree was lit on December 2nd, 2012.  The turnout for this event in Woodmoor is huge.

House in Woodmoor Silver Spring - Christmas Gift Wrapped

Woodmoor also has a fierce competition every year for Best Decorated House.  If you want to get into the spirit – Take a drive through this Beautiful Neighborhood at this time of year and it definitely will happen!

Woodmoor Silver Spring Real Estate – About the houses for sale, houses sold, people, history and ammenities of Woodmoor. If you like what you see and want to move here give me a call!

Debbie Cook, The Silver Spring Real Estate Expert

*Note – The House in the Photo is NOT currently for Sale

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Forest Knolls Homes – Silver Spring Family Friendly Neighborhood

Forest Knolls Elementary SchoolThe neighborhood of Forest Knolls in Silver Spring, Maryland was subdivided in 1956 and the homes were built between 1957 and 1962.  These single family homes on generous lots are the spacious Mid Century Modern Style of the late 1950’s and early 60’s era.  The ramblers, split levels and split foyers have hardwood floors, large kitchens, spacious bedrooms and big closets.

There are 393 homes in the Forest Knolls Subdivision located on land that lies between University Boulevard and ends atNorthwest Branch Park.  The very family-friendly neighborhood has it’s own Forest Knolls Elementary School and Forest Knolls Pool – Swim Club within it’s boundaries.Northwood High School is within walking distance and the home school for Forest Knolls.  The streets are lined with sidewalks and streetlights.  Forest Knolls residents belong to the North Four Corners Citizens Association.

Nearby is Gorgeous Wheaton Regional Park and the Kemp Mill Shopping Center.  Forest Knolls is convenient to the Beltway, Washington, DC, Downtown Silver Spring, Woodmoor Shopping Center and Westfield Wheaton Mall.

Public Schools
Forest Knolls Elementary School
Silver Spring International Middle School
Northwood High School is the Base School and part of theDowncounty Consortium – other choices are Wheaton, Einstein, Montgomery Blair and Kennedy High Schools

Homes Sales in Forest Knolls, Silver Spring, MD 20901

17 Homes Sold in 2016
Average List Price in 2016 – $408,259
Average Sold Price in 2016 – $406,076

Low Sales Price – $285,000 (a 3 Bedroom 1 1/2 Bath Split Level built in 1958 in need of total rehab/updating REO/Bank Owned Foreclosure)High Sales Price – $480,000 (a fully renovated/expanded 4 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Split Level on 1/3 acre lot backing to woods, orig built in 1960)
Average Days on Market in 2016 – 62

Search Homes for Sale Now in The Forest Knolls Subdivison of Silver Spring, MD 20901

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North Hills of Sligo Creek Park Neighborhood Homes

Old Brunett House in Silver Spring North Hills of Sligo is a beautiful neighborhood of some of the finest older single family homes in Silver Spring. Set into the heavily wooded hills of  Sligo Creek Park (thus the name) this subdivision of Single Family Homes built during the early 1930’s to late 1940’s is located “inside the Capitol Beltway”, close to Downtown Silver Spring and Washington, DC. The subdivision of North Hills was originally sold as a suburban Neighborhood with large lots “overlooking 2 golf courses”.  The two golf courses were at Argyle Country Club (what’s left of the Argyle Golf Course is now the Public MNCPPC – Sligo Golf Course) and Indian Spring Country Club (what’s left of Indian Spring is now the YMCA property) Considered a Landmark – The old original Brunett Farmhouse (circa 1864) that preceded the development of North Hills, still stands today on an impressive 3/4 acre lot at the top of a Entrance to North Hills - Silver Springhill in the North Hills Subdivision.

A detailed book about the history of North Hills of Sligo Creek was written by Sally Gagne in 2003.  This 190 page book titled “North Hills of Sligo Creek – History, People and Surroundings”, is not only about the history of the North Hills area, but everything you’d really like to know about Silver Spring from it’s development right down to the people that lived here before and that live here now.  Sally is also an expert on Sligo Creek Park., from how it began up to current wild inhabitants and vegetation.

The Parkside Headquarters are just at the edge of the Community in the park.  There are miles and miles of Trails for Hiking, Biking, Fitness, Dog walking and just nature watching!  The park also offers picnic areas, ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and many playgounds. Sligo Creek Golf Course Schools Montgomery County public school system is well known as one of the best in the nation. Public schools serving the North Hills Subdivision: Sligo Creek Elementary School Silver Spring International Middle School, Northwood High School, At the high school level the Downcounty consortium is available givingstudents a choice regarding their academic area of study. The five high schools in the Downcounty cluster include Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy and Wheaton. There is the the ACORN HILL Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery School just steps from the edge of this neighborhood nestled in Sligo Creek Park. Private Schools convenient to the North Hills Neighborhood are: St. Bernadette’s fondly called “ST B’s” Grace Episcopal Day

North Hills & Argyle Park Real Estate There are 356 Single Family Houses in the Legal Subdivisions of North Hills of Sligo Creek and Argyle Park

14 Homes Sold in 2014
Prices are up and Days on Market are Down in this Neighborhood

Average List Price – $581,317
(UP from $500,413 in 2013)
Average Sold Price – $580,835
(UP from $498,367 in 2013)

Highest Sale Price – $1,124,185
For a 6 Bedroom 4 1/2 Bath 4 level Newly Constructed Arts and Crafts Style House with luxury finishes.
Lowest Sale Price – $349,999
For a 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Brick, 3 Level Cape Cod, built in 1945 in need of some updating.

Average Days on Market – 21
(DOWN from 33 Days in 2013)

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Cameron Hill – Luxury Townhomes in Downtown Silver Spring

Built between 1999 and 2000, located at Colesville Road and Ramsey Street, in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, Cameron Hill is an established neighborhood featuring 57 EYA townhomes Cameron Hill townhouse - Downtown Silver Springacross the street from the Silver Spring Metro. This small enclave with a very unique group of Luxury Townhomes with garages has a Georgetown Flair.  Cameron Hill is in the heart  of Downtown Silver Spring. Just steps to Silver Spring METRO Station and all of the restaurants, shopping, and theaters.

There were 3 Sales of Cameron Hill Town Homes in 2014 – Prices ranged from a low $579,000 to a high of $625,000

Looking for an Ultra Walkable Townhouse in Downtown Silver Spring ?

Search all Townhomes Available for Sale in the Downtown Silver Spring Area – 20910

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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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Bungalows Galore in Downtown East Silver Spring – Blair Subdivision

The Blair Subdivision is one of the earliest subdivision of homes in Silver Bungalow in Blair Subdivision East Silver SpringSpring.  Originally called E Brooke Lee’s Addition to Silver Spring, it is one of E Brooke Lee’s first forays into Residential Real Estate Development.  E Brooke Lee’s father,  Blair Lee, had originally started developing the Blair area in the early 1900’s aroung the B&O Railroad Station.   Carved out of land that was part of the Blair Family Country Estate, many of the street names come from the Blair and Lee families, such as Gist, Violet and  Woodbury.  There is even a tiny street named after the famous horse “Selim” that threw Francis Preston Blair and ran off, causing the discovery of the original “Silver Spring”.   Blair is one of the first working class neighborhoods of Silver Spring. Bungalow Blair East Silver Spring DowntownMost of E Brooke Lee’s addition eventually became the commercalized area of Downtown Silver Spring and South Silver Spring.  There are residential single family homes left that make up the Blair Subdivision with some sections called Blair/ Takoma.

The boundaries of the residential sections of Blair and Blair Takoma are roughly:  Sligo Avenue to the South, Philadelphia Avenue and the Montgomery College Campus to the North, Fenton Street to the West and Piney Branch Road on the East.

Within Walking Distance: All the great ammenites of Downtown Silver Spring!  Silver Spring Metro Station (Red Line), Downtown Silver Spring, Restaurants, Shopping, Veterans Plaza, Ice Skating Rink, year-round farmers market, NOAA, Discovery Channel Headquarters, Montgomery College, The New Blair Bungalow Downtown Silver SpringMontgomery College Performing Arts Center, Whole Foods, Safeway, Giant Food, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Sligo Creek Park, many delightful “pocket parks” and much more.

Public Schools:
East Silver Spring Elementary School (K-4)
Piney Branch Elementary
Sligo Creek Elementary
Takoma Park Middle School
High School: Home School is Montgomery Blair High School Downcounty High School Consortium – Choice Process: Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, or Wheaton high schools

*Note: always Check the Montgomery County School Assignment Locator for the specific school a child will attend that is assigned by street address.

Full of wonderful old timey bungalows, some colonials, american four squares, victorian farmhouses and cape cods, this neighborhood borders on Downtown Silver Spring on one side and Takoma Park on the other.   The 1910 victorian farmhouse Blair - Silver SpringBlair and Blair/Takoma Subdivisions are considered part of East Silver Spring.

Blair and Blair-Takoma Home Sales 2015
16 Single Family Homes Sold in 2015
Average List Price – $568,920
Average Sold Price – $579,500
Lowest Sale Price – $406,000
(a  3 Bedroom 2 Bath 1934 Tudor in need of total rehab)
Highest Sale Price – $849,000
(a 5 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath 1938 Large Expanded Updated Brick Cape Cod )

Average Days on Market – 58

Check out Homes for Sale Now in Blair Subdivision, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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South 4 Corners Silver Spring – Friendly and Affordable

four corners sign University and ColesvilleBoundaries: University Boulevard West and Dennis Avenue to the north. Colesville Road to the east. Forest Glen Road to the south and Tenbrook Drive to the west

South Four Corners is a desirable location close to Forest Glen Metro Station and Downtown Silver Spring.  Walking distance to recently renovated “Woodmoor Shopping Center”, a very friendly “Neighborhood” Safeway Store and the ever popular Corner Pub.

One of the polychrome houses in South 4 corners Silver SpringBordered by Sligo Creek park with an abundance of nature, hiking-biking trails
and recreation. This neighborhood has a very active Civic association, many events such as an annual COMMUNITY DAY, Halloween Parade and neigborhood yard sale.  There are a lot of young families with children, a babysitting coop, a Large playground and community center on Forest Glen Road.  There is a unique “small town” feel within the neighborhood of South Four Corners.

The Houses of South Four Corners

Developed Around the Original Argyle Country Club (Now Sligo Public Golf Course) before the Beltway bisected the country club grounds. This is the Cape Cod Style House in South 4 corners Silver Springreason for the Sudivision names in South 4 Corners such as, “Country Club View”, “Fairway” and “Argyle Forest”.  The Oldest Houses in South Four Corners date back to the early 1930’s.

There are 5 houses in South Four Corners that make up a Montgomery County “Historic District”.  They are the “Polychrome Houses” built by John Joseph Early in 1934 and 1935. The houses are outstanding examples of the Art Deco Style with richly ornamented appearance and relatively rare examples of pre-cast concrete panel constuction in single family homes for the time period. 3 polychrome houses are on Sutherland Road and 2 of the polychrome houses
Brick and Stone Cape Cod in South 4 Cornersface Colesville Road near the exit ramp to the Beltway.  A Silver Spring Blogger wrote this article about the Polychrome Houses.  From Montgomery County The Historic Polychrome House District Article.
Popular House Styles in South Four Corners are the Cozy Cape Cods, Storybook Tudors and Traditional classic Colonials built  before, during and just after WWII.  During the post war building boom years, the 1950’s and 60’s brought 1950's Rambler in South 4 Corners neighborhoodnewer mid century modern ramblers and split levels to complete the neighborhood.

There are approximately 1,100 Single Family Homes within the Neighborhood boundaries of South Four Corners.

Public Schools in South 4 Corners
The South 4 Corners Neighborhood is served by 2 School Districts:
Elementary Schools
Oakland Terrace Elementay School
Sligo Creek Elementary School
Middle Schools
Silver Spring International
Sligo Middle School
High Schools
Northwood High School
Albert Einstein High School
*At the high school level the Downcounty consortium is available giving students a choice regarding their academic area of study. The five high schools South Four Corners Park on Forest Glen Rdin the Downcounty cluster include Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood and Wheaton.

South Four Corners Real Estate and Home Sales:


41 Homes were Sold in South 4 Corners in 2014

Average Listing Price – $428,961

Average SOLD Price – $426,867

Lowest Sold Price – $300,000 (A 2 Bedroom 1 Bath 1 Level Rambler built in 1951)

Highest Sold Price – $610,000 (a 4 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Colonial built in 1948 with a 2 Story Addition and many upgrades )

Average Days on Market in 2014 – 47

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