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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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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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Silver Spring Real Estate Prices of 2012

Silver Spring is located along the north east border of Washington D.C.,  an  area that was named for a spring with sparkling bits of mica.  The eastern arm of the Metro Red Line serves four metro stops in Silver Spring, the Silver Spring station,  Forest Glen station,  Wheaton Station and the Glenmont station.
Silver  Spring is a huge, sprawling unincorporated area of Montgomery County, Maryland with 7 zip codes that use the name “Silver Spring” as their postal address.   If Silver Spring were a real Incorportated city, it would be the second largest city in Maryland,  just behind Baltimore!  Silver Spring sprawls 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.
MICA Penthouse - Highest Condo Sale Silver Spring 2012
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).

2012 Sales in Silver Spring, Maryland (All Zip Codes):
According to our Multiple Listing Service – MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information System)

Condominiums
There were 463 Condos Sold in Silver Spring, Maryland in 2012
Highest Town Home Sale - Courts of Woodside - Silver Spring 2012 Lowest Sales Price for a Condo –  $39,900 for a 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condo Foreclosure ( needed total rehab) in the Heritage Woods Condo Development, Aspen Hill zip 20906.
Highest Sales Price for a Condo –  $785,000 for a 3 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath (3,990 sq ft)  Penthouse –  the MICA Building, Dowtown Silver Spring 20910.
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Town Homes

There were 373 Town Houses Sold in Silver Spring in 2012
Lowest Sales Price for a Town House –  $104,000 for a 3 Bedroom 3 Bath Town Home, built in 1968 in the Burnt Mills Townhome Development, 20901
Highest Sale Price Single Family Home 2012 - Woodside Park Silver SpringHighest Sold Price for a Town House –  $645,000 for a 4 Bedroom 4 1/2 Bath End Unit with 2 car garage Townhome, built 2008 in the Courts of Woodside Development, Downtown Silver Spring, 20910
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Single Family Homes

There werre 1568 Single Family Detatched Homes Sold in Silver Spring in 2012
Lowest Sales Price for a Single Family House –  $86,199 for a 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath Foreclosure House built in 1946, Viers Mill Village Subdivision, 20906
Highest Sales Price for a Single Family House –  $1,015,000 for a 4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath, built 1929 on a One Acre Lot in Woodside Park, Downtown Silver Spring, 20910
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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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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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Saved a Tree in Downtown Silver Spring

TREE 014I have been dreading this day for years.  The (once) beautiful colorado blue spruce by my front door had to come down.  When I first bought the house this tree looked like the perfect Christmas tree, like the one you would see on a Christmas scene or a pretty card.  The shape and bluish color of the tree looked beautiful right by the front door. Not to mention it smelled wonderful!

Over the past 20 years, the tree has grown taller than the house, developed a double top (not the best for the Christmas tree shape) and a wild overgrown look.  I have had many tree people try to trim it back into that gorgeous shape – but the last few years, nobody could really do much with it.  Everyone was recommending it come down.

It was overwhelming the house.  You couldn’t see the front door from the street or see out into the street from the front porch.  It was blocking the sunlight from the front porch and part of the walkway.  In the winter it blocked the sun so much that the front porch always iced up and took such a long time to melt.  In the summer and spring wet seasons I’d have moldy areas on the porch and walkway because the sun couldn’t get to it.

They came today to take it down, with a heavy heart I watched as they started to cut the bottom limbs off.  I hate it when any tree has to come down.  When they got about 6 feet up on the bottom branches, I said stop!

Hey – It didn’t look so bad with just the bottom cut up about 6 feet.  We walked around and took a look at it from the front and sides.  They all thought it looked nice just like this.  It solved the sunlight problem. I could see the street from my front porch again. I could see the front door and the window it was blocking from the street again. The walkway was clear now too. They cleaned it up, planted some hostas underneath and added some mulch.


It looks sooo much better and I feel like I saved the life of a tree today!

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Pools are Now Open!- Silver Spring Neighborhood Swimming Pools – Swim Clubs

Summer is here and the neighborhood pools in Silver Spring are opening for the summer season.  With schools out and the temperture rising, a neighborhood swimming pool is the perfect place to while away those hot, humid summer days we have here in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Oakview Pool Silver SpringCommunity 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 Twin Farms Pool Fairland Road Silver Spring MdDive StTeam

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

Oakview Pool – Home of the Oakview Octopi Swim Team – The Oakview Pool was the first community pool in Montgomery County and celebrated  its 50th year in 2007

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.

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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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 ?

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Paczki and Pancakes – Fat Tuesday in Silver Spring

Woodmoor pastry shopTomorrow is Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Paczki Day, the time we all Fatten ourselves up before tightening our belts and giving up things for Lent begining on Wednesday.  

A couple of  ways to do Fat Day in Silver Spring: 

For Paczki or King Cakes

Head  to the WOODMOOR Pastry Shop in the Woodmoor Shopping Center for some of their famous, divine, decadently outrageous Paczki.   It is the very best, or maybe the only place to get real homemade Paczki in Silver Spring. 
 
apple paczki -apple filling maple icing Check out reviews of the Bakery and the Paczki at the Woodmoor Pastry Shop

They also make fantastic King Cakes.

 For All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes
 
There are several Silver Spring and Takoma Park Churches with Pancake pancakes goodSuppers tomorrow night:

Church of the Ascension on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring

Grace Episcopal Church on Grace Chruch Road and Georgia Avenue

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church on Tulip Avenue in Takoma Park

Woodside United Methodist Church on Georgia Ave

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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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