Silver Spring, MD Real Estate News

By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
The bungalow, in Silver Spring, MD, is one of the most popular home styles that vintage home buyers will ask me to look for.   When I think of, or hear the word Bungalow, the first streets that come to mind are Silver Spring Avenue, Thayer Avenue, Easley Street, Sligo Avenue, Gist, Richmond and all their cross streets.  The subdivisions are Silver Spring, Silver Spring Park and Blair.  Developed from the early 1900's to early 1930's, this is a Vintage Bungalow Lover's Heaven!  Every imaginable Bungalow type and style is represented and concentrated in this part of Silver Spring.       One  the first homes I ever sold as a newbie real estate agent was a 1928 "Sears" Dutch Colonial Style Bungalow on Richmond Avenue in Silver Spring.  The house was an estate sale, vacant, delapidated and i...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Silver Spring Md. (20906) - May 2007 Sales Only Leisure World of Maryland Status Count Price Range Avg. Price Avg. DOMP ACTIVE 163 87,500 - 539,900 267,881 151 CNT/KO 3 299,900 - 435,000 359,800 150 CNTG/NO KO 14 141,000 - 448,000 290,577 93 CONTRACT 21 120,000 - 525,000 317,167 98 SOLD 27 67,500 - 459,000 243,219 142 Silver Spring Md. (20906) - May 2007 Rentals Excluding Leisure World Status Count Price Range Avg. Price Avg. DOMP ACTIVE 10 1,000 - 2,200 1,452 67 APP REG 0 RENTED 3 1,230 - 1350 1,310 68 These numbers are based on Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. statistics. They include all housing types and configurations within Leisure World of Maryland subdivisions. Contact me if more detail is desired.
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Silver Spring Md. (20906) - May 2007 Sales Excluding Leisure World Status Count Price Range Avg. Price Avg. DOMP ACTIVE 300 174,900 - 1,099,000 445,399 92 CNT/KO 4 355,900 - 599,900 441,425 68 CNTG/NO KO 18 239,900 - 725,000 401,889 65 CONTRACT 32 209,500 - 589,900 388,659 32 SOLD 55 165,000 - 750,000 392,022 78 Silver Spring Md. (20906) - May 2007 Rentals Excluding Leisure World Status Count Price Range Avg. Price Avg. DOMP ACTIVE 23 1,150 - 2,800 1,954 81 APP REG 4 1,650 - 1,995 1748 171 RENTED 12 1,150 - 2,500 1,668 45 CONTRACT 32 209,500 - 589,900 388,659 32 These numbers are based on Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. statistics. They include all housing types and configurations in the 20906 Zipcode, excluding of those in the Leisure World of Maryland subdivisions. Co...
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Last Updated: 6/12/2007 All Information Deemed Reliable, But Not Guaranteed.Reported by Gregory Maley of Keller Williams Preferred Properties Home | Meet Gregory | Listings | Relocating | Special Reports | Community Info | Email Gregory Maley Keller Williams Preferred Properties 9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 102 • Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Direct: 202.528.0495 • Office: 240.737.8119 Fax: 202.478.1735 • Toll Free: 877.217.2153 Email: Gregory@GregoryMaley.com (c)2004 Hobbs/Herder (kml)
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By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
 Tucked away in a 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. Contemporary Mid Century Modern architects and builders such as Charles Goodman and Frank Lloyd Wright  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 a lot natural elements like stone wood and glass with 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 Luxu...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Sitting around doing nothing is not one of the active seniors in Leisure World of Maryland.  Leisure World of Maryland Corporation has established a department - Leisure World Travel; to help kept this from happening.  Leisure World Travel is not full-service travel agency to set up individual travel arrangements but group events.  Some up coming trips for fee include a trip to Allenberry Inn & Playhouse in Boiling Springs to see "Clue The Musical".  A trip to Wolf Trap in Vienna Va to eee "THE MIKADO" with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.  Another trip again to Wolf Trap to see "Riverdance - The Show".Leisure World Travel is not the only entity putting together trip for Leisure World residents.  Several of the over 70 clubs/groups are sponsoring trips.  On the calendar is a 4...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Autumn Walk SubdivisionAutumn Walk is a townhouse community off of Bonifant Road just west of the Bonifant Road and Layhill Road intersection.  These townhouses are predominately 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms units all with basements, with living space ranging from 1420 to 1840 on lots around .07 acres, ranging roughly 30 to 35 years in age, and each with assigned parking.  The condo fees currently covers trash removal, snow removal, tot lot(s)/playground along with Exterior Building Maintenance, a Master Insurance police and Reserve funds.
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Of the 99 ( 2, 3, and 4 bedroom) townhouses in the Parker Farm subdivison a total of only 3 have SOLD since the first of year.  The DOMP ranged from 8 to 228 days, with an average of 132.  The market is looking up the must recent only being on the market of 8 days.Currently there are 4 ACTIVE units on the market, with an average of 67 DOMP.The details based on # of bedrooms follows - Parker Farm Activity ReportTransactions since 1/1/20072 Bedroom UnitsStatusCountPrice RangeAvg. PriceAvg. DOPMACTIVE1314,500 314,500 27 SOLD1 298,875 298,875 8 3 Bedroom UnitsStatusCountPrice RangeAvg. PriceAvg. DOPMACTIVE2 499,900 - 524,900 512,400 96 SOLD1 489,000 489,900 228 4 Bedroom UnitsStatusCountPrice RangeAvg. PriceAvg. DOPMACTIVE1 519,000 519,000 49 SOLD1 499,000 499,000 160
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Georgian Colonies  -  Real Estate Market Report - For the month of  April, 2007              Status               Count   Price Range                  Avg List           Avg DOMP            Active                20      340,000 - 417,500      386,725            93            CNTG/KO         1              361,750                361,750           261            CNTG/NO         1              399,900                399,900            80                              Contract              1              395,000                395,000           116            Sold                    2       336,000  -  385,000     360,000           190 The two units that sold did so for an average of $14,900 below the last List Price.  While the average DOMP was less than 200 days the longest was 280 days.  ...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Leisure World of Maryland  -  Real Estate Market Report - April 2007 Coops             Status               Count   Price Range                  Avg List           Avg DOMP            Active              40        64,950  -  319,000      164,749           95            CNTG/NO          4          67,500  -  145,000      123,350           136            Contract           3          72,000  -  225,000      144,667           280            Sold                 2        144,000  -  200,000     172,474           37 If looking for more details give me a call. This report reflects all COOPS in Leisure World the 1 an 2 bedrooms, there are no 3 bedroom units. CONDO            Status               Count   Price Range                  Avg List           Avg DOMP            Active              130...
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By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
  Since my recent post about the Oldest House in Silver Spring an EVEN OLDER ONE has come on the market for sale. It's the original Kinsman Farmhouse out Colesville Road between 4 corners and Burnt Mills.  It dates back to 1783!, and I thought 1833 was OLD!! It's on almost an acre hidden from the Road in the midst of  newer houses and townhouses.   You won't believe the restoration that's been done on this 7 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath, 2 Fireplace Historic House or the fact that it is OVER 200 years old and is in the 4 Corners/Northwood Park area of Silver Spring.
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Leisure World of Maryland - Arbor Day (April 27 2007) This year on Arbor Day (April 27), the Garden and Environmental Cub will be sponsoring the planning for a series of Crimson King Norway maples.  The choice of  the Crimson King Norway for this years planting was made after a search of the Leisure World grounds had determined that it was not yet part of the community landscape.. Care has been taken to select a Four acre site. A Crimson King Norway maple has a large dark ret-purplish five-pointed lead a year long.  The Garden and Environmental is one of the over 70 clubs/groups in the active adult senior community of Leisure World.   The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and polit...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Leisure World of Maryland - Spring Walk-a-thon scheduled.This years Spring walk-a-thon has been scheduled for April 27, for the benefit of Mental Health.  This year's proceeds will be going to Threshold Services, a non-profit mental Health provider here in Montgomery.  The event will be kicked off at 8:00 AM and concludes with a continental breakfast after the 3.2 mile walk around Leisure World Blvd.  Maryland House of Delegates Del. Henry "Hank" Heller, a Leisure World resident, will be on hand for a few words of inspiration.  Threshold services' mission is to help people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders to lead fulfilling lives by providing treatment, rehabilitation and housing, and by promoting a caring community through advocacy and educ...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
GEORGIAN COLONIES - 6 Month Market Report                  Price                          Average       Days PropertyStatus      Range         Count      List              on Market (DOMP)Active       <400,000         14     $377,264             86             >=400,000           5     $414,400             33 Contract    <400,000           1     $395,000           116 Sold          <400,000           4     $368,250           102  
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Leisure World of Maryland is a private, age-restricted community located in Montgomery County, Maryland The Community which is a 610 acre parcel of land is boarded on the north by Norbeck Rd, the west by Georgia Ave and south by Bel Pre Ave, Access is to this fenced in area is limited to residents and their guests by using any of the three manned gatehouses.  There are approximately 9,000 people residing in the community which is sub-divided into 30 housing associates which are referred to as Mutuals.  Each mutual is managed by its residents and responsible for the care of their area, while the community counsel which is composed of Leisure World resident as well is responsible for the maintenance and care of the common amenities. The community amenities (which is held in Trust for the ...
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By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
This email was on my neighborhood's List Serve, I am personally for it, How about you?. . . . . . . . .  .  . . . .  This was on Silver Spring Moms - I thought I'd pass it onto others: Though I'm not usually one for big chains, given the loss of Storehouse and IA ETC, this might be a good addition to our neighborhood- and help anchor even more stores. If you're so inclined......... Fri Apr 6, 2007 7:08 am (PST) Once again, I need your help. I'm trying to help with an e-mail campaign to bring Crate & Barrel to Silver Spring. Rumor has it they they are considering it. We've managed to find the e-mail address for the real estate consultant they are using, and we're asking that you 1) send some version of the message below to him and 2) that you circulate this or some other message that you...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Leisure World of Maryland Real Estate Market Report - Listing since Oct 2006 Coops1 Bedroom                   Status               Count               Price Range                  Avg. DOMP            Active              11                    67,500  - 129,000                    81            Contract           0                                                                                                          Sold                 4                      66,000 -  97,000                      55 2 Bedroom - 1 level            Status               Count               Price Range                  Avg DOMP            Active              9                      135,000 - 182,000                 79            Contract           2                      137,000 - 144,000                   5 ...
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By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
  The 1970's and 80's Tennis Star Harold Solomon grew up in this big custom-built split level home in the Springbrook Estates Subdivision of Silver Spring.  The house was built in 1958 and has 7 Bedrooms and 4 Full Baths, an inground swimming pool and (of course) a Tennis Court. The house is located within one block of the former home of Lefty Driesell.  Harold Solomon graduated from Springbrook High School in 1970 and became known with fellow tennis star Eddie Dibbs as one of the "BAGEL TWINS".  Solomon's parents sold the home in 1977 and moved to Florida. Harold Solomon runs the Harold Solomon Institue of Tennis and is featured in the book "Great Jews in Sports"
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By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Built in 1968, this big contemporary split level was the private home of Charles "Lefty" Driesell until it was sold by him in 1988. This unique custom built home is on a short, no-thru street in the subdivision known as Valleybrook. The home is set on a densely wooded 1/2 acre within walking distance to Springbrook High School.The bright main level of the house has vaulted ceilings and extra windows everywhere. The home has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths on the upper level; plus an extra bedroom and full bathroom in the lower level.  The backyard is level and private, it has (of course) a half court basketball court with lighting! and steps to a path that leads all the way to Wheaton Regional Park.  My favorite all time quote from Lefty . . .  . .  The Harder you work, the Luckier you get"...
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By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
 This old farmhouse sits at the highest point on a hill overlooking Colesville Road from the top of Greyrock Road and Harvey Roads in The Woodside Park Neighborhood of Silver Spring.  Built in 1833, it is by far the oldest house I have ever encountered in Silver Spring. Surrounded now by homes built in the 1940's on Harvey Road and Greyrock Road, it looks to me like before  these homes were built around it, it must have looked out on Colesville Road and down at Mrs K'sTollhouse with lots of acreage around and probably had a Colesville Road address. The address now is Greyrock Road, Silver Spring, the street address is at the back of the 3/4 acre property.  The front of the property (front of the house with the porch) is at the end of Harvey Road facing ColesvilleI was surprised to find ...
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