The home at 13205 Clifton Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904 looks a lot like the other homes in the Buckley Downs neighborhood. You drive down Clifton Road from Randolph Road and you quickly notice a change in your surroundings. There are trees and birds and the hustle and bustle of the city that is just blocks away fades into the serenity of a suburban neighborhood. Depending on the time of day, you may see neighbors out walking dogs or chatting with one another from one yard to another. The occasional wave is subtle acknowledgement, folks are friendly here. 13205 is located about half way down Clifton. Not much farther down the road is the site of the Cannon Ridge Elementary School. Mornings from September to June share the weekday parade of little ones as they head to class.
The neighborhood itself was born back in 1964 or 1965. This section of Silver Spring was the distant suburbs. New Hampshire Avenue carried a lot less traffic and the McDonalds on Randolph Road was the new kid on the fast food block. It was a time of innocence in the suburbs. Ford had started selling the Mustang. The biggest news was the United States officially began sending combat troops into Viet Nam. Musicals dominated entertainment with the “Sound of Music” opening and “My Fair Lady” capturing the best picture oscar.
Good things came into being in 1965, that have stood the test of time and remain sought after today. The 1965 Ford Mustang is coveted by classic car collectors. “The Sound of Music” continues to be viewed and enjoyed by new audiences. Homes in the Buckley Downs neighborhood, when they come on the market, are a target destination for new home buyers.
13205 Clifton Road is now on the market and available for purchase.
Real estate listings in the MLS (multiple listing service) always share the details. Cold hard facts if you will. They seldom have the ability to share the ambiance of the home. You really have to visit the house, explore the neighborhood and get a feel for the area. Nothing written can replace or substitute the actual experience of being there. Once you visit, you will discover …
Guess what … the home is a perfect place for anyone and everyone.
This foyer will lead you into a remarkable house. It is a raised rambler. Walk through that front door, an eat in kitchen is to your left. Sure, it needs updating, but it is clean. No one is quite sure what happened to the 24″ double oven (rumors abound that an unscrupulous repairman made off with it). The seller will certainly make an allowance towards one. Why not just put one in? Well, if a new double oven is being put in, shouldn’t the new owner pick one they like? Seems like a better way of doing things to me!
Off the kitchen, is a good-sized formal dining area that opens to a large living room. Head down the hallway and you will find two large bedrooms on your right, a full bath on your left, two linen closets and a large master suite on your left. Oh, that’s right, the floors beneath your feet are wood (not some pretend laminate, these are the old school tongue in groove wood floors). Just like that 1965 Mustang, they don’t make floors like this anymore.
The downstairs area is finished. Sure, the tile floor is old, but it is serviceable. The family room is huge! There is a wood burning fireplace and sliding doors that open to a small patio. Move through the family room and you discover a new, updated, double vanity, jetted soaking tub large bathroom. It is situated next to a very large bedroom and a smaller bedroom. But wait…there’s more. The lower level also has a good-sized laundry room with a washer/dryer and deep sink. Beyond the laundry room, there is a storage area that is about 6 feet wide and 30 feet long. Nestled in the back corner are the darn near new furnace and hot water heater.
The back yard includes the patio, a large storage shed and about 1/2 acre of open space and woods. The property goes all the way to the small creek that is at the bottom of the hill. This is the suburbs, but you will see Bambi and her mom, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks and an occasional fox. On clear nights, you can enjoy the moon rising over the patio. You are far enough from the city glare that you can even watch the Perseid Meteor showers every August.
Transportation thoughts? The metro stop in Glenmont is right down the road. New Hampshire Avenue is right up the street. The ICC exit is a short distance away. You really can get on the highway quickly and that puts Baltimore, Washington, downtown Silver Spring, Rockville, Bethesda and Gaithersburg within in easy driving time.
Interested? Oh, how much? This home can be yours for less than $350,000. Undecided? Call me. I will be glad to meet you there and show you around. You might just fall in love with the place. I can be reached at 301-509-5111
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