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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.  A Washington Post Article describes the setting in this neighborhood to a tee.

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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Silver Spring – Takoma Park Real Estate Renovations with the Best Returns for 2017

If you’ve been kicking around the idea of some home improvements, but aren’t sure which ones make the most financial sense, don’t miss “The Renovations That Will Pay Off the Most for Your Home in 2017” published by Realtor.com.

While some renovations sound like they’re a home run for your home’s value, in actuality big-ticket projects recoup far less than some of their simpler counterparts.

For example, adding fiberglass insulation to your attic has an astonishing estimated return of 107.7% compared to a bathroom addition, which averages only a 53.9% return.

The report compares the average cost of the project to the expected value at the time of resale. Here are the top 10 projects and their ROI percentage:

  1. Fiberglass attic insulation (107.7%)
  2. Steel entry door upgrade (90.7%)
  3. Manufactured stone veneer (89.4%)
  4. Minor kitchen remodel (80.2%)
  5. Garage door replacement (76.9%)
  6. Siding replacement (76.4%)
  7. Wooden deck addition (71.5%)
  8. Second-story addition (71.1%)
  9. Basement remodel (70%)
  10. Family room addition (69.3%)

 

You can read a more detailed analysis of the projects (plus the next 9 projects in the ROI list) here: http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/best-and-worst-renovations-to-make-in-2017/

Of course, ROI is only one factor in choosing a home renovation. Some projects pay huge dividends in the pleasure they give you while you live in your home. Having a second bathroom with two teenagers in the house? Priceless!

Which renovations are you considering? How concerned are you about your return on investment when the time comes?

When you’re ready to cash in on your investment, give me a call! I’m here to help you get top dollar for your home:  Debbie Cook Call or Text (301) 233-8309

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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?
Need Inventory: Lots of Buyers but No houses.  If you or someone you know has thought about selling, please let me know – Perfect time.
Call or Text me at (301) 233-8309 or email [email protected]

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The Retro Lovers Delight!  10109 Portland Place Silver Spring, Md 20901 – Interior Photos and More Info at:    www.South4CornersHome.com

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How to get the Most Money when Selling Your Home

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House | Keeping Current Matters

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW

This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House | Keeping Current Matters

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. In that way, the seller will not be fighting with abuyer over the price, but instead will have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house.

Realtor.com, gives this advice:

“Aim to price your property at or just slightly below the going rate. Today’s buyers are highly informed, so if they sense they’re getting a deal, they’re likely to bid up a property that’s slightly underpriced, especially in areas with low inventory.”

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This too may seem counter intuitive. The seller may think they would net more money if they didn’t have to pay a real estate commission. With this being said, studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

Research posted by the Economists’ Outlook Blog revealed that:

“The median selling price for all FSBO homes was $210,000 last year. When the buyer knew the seller in FSBO sales, the number sinks to the median selling price of $151,900. However, homes that were sold with the assistance of an agent had a median selling price of $249,000 – nearly $40,000 more for the typical home sale.”

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. That will guarantee you maximize the price you get for your house.

 

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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.

Nearby:

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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78th Annual Pancake and Sausage Dinner next Tuesday at Colesville – Silver Spring, Md Church

This coming Tuesday February 17, 2015 is Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, is the day before Ash Wednesday, (the first day of Lent) it is celebrated by the cooking and eating of Colesville United Methodist Church - Silver Springpancakes, a last feast before the fasting and self denial of Lent.  Many Silver Spring area churches will be having a traditional Pancake Supper or Dinner.

This year marks the 78th Year of the Biggest most popular and well known Pancake and Sausage Dinner at Colesville United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, MD   Since the 1930’s, the Colesville Methodist Church has been having annual  pancake and sausage supper for the communtiy.  This event is well attended by people from all over, not just people that live in Colesville/Silver Spring.  Back in the 1930’s, all the food was donated by area farmers and the dinner was Free.  
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78th Annual Pancake and Sausage Dinner
From 5:00 to 7:30pm
$8.00 Adults – Kids under 12 – $5.00
Colesville United Methodist Church
52 Randolph Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
(301) 384-1941

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Planning to Sell Your Home in 2015? and Think Spring is the Best Time to Sell a Home? Think Again!

Why selling your Silver Spring or Takoma Park home this winter may be the best, most lucrative route to take if you want to sell this year!

While some sellers think about taking their home off the market in the winter, believing spring or summer would deliver better results, I would caution against this thinking. Here are three reasons why:

Home Sold in Winter

  1. Those home shopping in the winter tend to be more qualified buyers. Often they have to buy a house, or they wouldn’t be facing bad weather and shorter daylight hours to find just the right place.

 

  1. Many people wait to list their home in the spring or summer, meaning available inventory in the winter months is lower.  Are you certain you want to face a market flooded with freshly listed homes?

 

  1. There’s no guarantee the spring or summer will be a better housing market. A variety of factors can influence home values.  What if there’s more inventory and prices have dropped?

 

Right now could be a better time than Spring to sell your Home.   There are buyers out there, and I would hate to see you miss out.  The ultimate decision is yours, but as a professional I like to give the best possible advice I can, based on my experience and the statistics about buyers in winter months.

 

 

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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.

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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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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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Silver Spring Home Sales Prices – Annual Review 2013

Silver  Spring is a huge unincorporated area of Montgomery County, Maryland with 7 zip codes that use the name “Silver Spring” as a postal address.   Silver Spring spreads way out from the Washington, DC border at Downtown Silver Spring to the east touching Prince Georges County,  Md.,  to the north touching Howard County, Md and to the west/northwest  touching Bethesda,  Rockville,  Kensington and Rock Creek Park in DC and Maryland.

Each of the 7 zip code areas that make up Silver Spring, has it’s own unique characteristics, identity, flavor and housing types.  The zip codes in Silver Spring are:  20901 (4 Corners Area), 20902 (some times called Wheaton),  20903 ( Hillandale and Burnt Mills Areas), 20904 (sometimes called the White Oak or  Colesville  areas),  20905 (Ashton, Spencerville, Cloverly  or Greater Silver Spring areas),  20906 (Aspen Hill, Leisure World) and lastly 20910 (Inside Beltway, Downtown Silver Spring).

2013 Annual Property Sales in Silver Spring, Maryland (All 7 Zip Codes)
According to the Multiple Listing Service – MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information System):

Highest Condo Sale in Silver Spring 2013
Condominiums

There were 507 Condos Sold in Silver Spring, Maryland in 2013
Lowest Sales Price for a Condo –  $40,000 for a 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condominium ( in need of total rehab) in the Bel Pre Condo Development, Silver Spring zip 20906.
Highest Sales Price for a Condo –  $820,000 for a 3 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath, 2 Level Condo in a Newly Restored Historic Arts and Crafts Style Building –  The National Park Seminary – Silver Spring zip 20910.

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Highest town house sold 2013 in Silver Spring MD
Town Homes

There were 440 Town Houses Sold in Silver Spring in 2013
Lowest Sales Price for a Town House –  $128,000 for a 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Town Home, a Short Sale built in 1984 in the Avonshire Townhome Development, 20904
Highest Sold Price for a Town House –  $675,000 for a 3 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath Craftsman Style Townhouse with 2 car garage built in 2008 in Forest Glen Park – National Park Seminary Development,  Silver Spring zip 20910

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Highest Sold Single Family House Silver Spring 2013Single Family Homes

There werre 1544 Single Family Detatched Homes Sold in Silver Spring in 2013
Lowest Sales Price for a Single Family House –  $135,000 for a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, One Level Brick Ranch Style House built in 1951, a Short Sale House in the Weisman Subdivision, Silver Spring zip 20902
Highest Sales Price for a Single Family House –  $1,065,000 for a 4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath. Turreted  Romantic Queen Anne Victorian Style New Home built in 2012, 3 Levels with 2 Car Garage in Woodside Park, Downtown Silver Spring, zip 20910

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