10502 Hayes Avenue Silver Spring MD

This is how I first remember the home at 10502 Hayes Avenue Silver Spring Maryland.  Of course, my earliest memories of the home go all the way back to 1963. My friend Bob Merrbach lived here with his mom and dad.  Bob and I and several of our friend spent the summer at MacDonald Knolls recreation center. We played softball, ping pong and badminton. It was the last summer of our youth. Boyhood games were soon traded for cars, part-time jobs and high school.  We still gathered here.  Late night phone calls, plaintively sharing sweet nothings, to my first real girlfriend originated from the family room in the basement.  Three of us listened to Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title on the old RCA radio here. Pop taught us how to change oil in the driveway. It was really the quintessential all-American home.  We all grew up and moved away. Bob’s parents stayed until one after another they passed on.  Bob ended up moving back in a few years ago and now it is time to finally move on.

This is the house today.  The floor plan is still the same. The front door opens to a large living room that features original hardwood floors and a wood burning fireplace.  The picture window allows lots of sunlight during the day.  The hardwoods gleam!  The eat-in kitchen is behind the living room. Bob put down a new floor.  Did I mention that the upstairs has been repainted?  The two bedrooms are on this floor.  The front bedroom is the larger of the two but the rear bedroom is large enough for a queen bed.  The main floor bathroom has been spiffed up.  There is probably storage space in the attic, but Bob’s father preferred to fill the space with insulation. The insulation kept heating and cooling bills lower all the years the family has owned the home.

Downstairs is the large finished family room and a bar.  There is also a full bath with a shower.  The laundry area features a washer and dryer.  The furnace is only 15 years old.  The memories are timeless.

The home is well landscaped and the backyard is fully fenced-in.  Pop’s old shed is still out in the corner (sorry the “Pop’s Garage” sign does not convey).  There is a small patio and room for planting a garden. The yard gets plenty of sunlight during the afternoon.

Today, people are pretty concerned with location. When Pop bought the place, he just wanted a decent place to raise his son. The location remains terrific. You have your pick of three or four subway stops. You can drive through the park and take Forest Glen Road to the Forest Glen stop. Continue farther down Sligo Creek Parkway to Colesville Road and use the Silver Spring Stop. If you would rather use Wheaton, it is a short drive down University Boulevard and if you prefer Glenmont, you can go across Arcola to Georgia.  Don’t over look the fact that there is a Marc Train stop in Kensington as well as Silver Spring.

The area has grown, but you are still close to Wheaton Regional Park, Brookside Gardens, Sligo Creek Golf Course and Sligo Creek Park.  Feeling adventurous? Sugarloaf Mountain, the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River are all a short drive away.  Downtown Silver Spring has outdoor events all summer, Wheaton features the “Taste of Wheaton” and when summer turns to fall, you are but a 30 minute drive from the County Fair in Gaithersburg.

Commuting to downtown DC?  You have many ways to get there. Sure, you can use the Metro and one of the four Redline stops I mentioned or you can drive in using one of the many under utilized roads downtown or you can bike your way to work. The choice is yours. Work from home? Choose between Verizon fios or Comcast, both are available for your internet needs.

The one thing that pictures can’t convey, there was a lot of love in this home.  A little boy grew up there and became one of my life long friends. I feel privileged to have  been asked to help him sell the home.  As we went through each room, there was always a story and a memory.  We shared the anxieties that teen aged boys faced and realized that it is time.  It is time to open the door to a new owner. It is time to allow someone new create memories. It is time.

The house is on the market. Soon, someone will bring an offer and this chapter will close. It’s time.

If you would like more information about the home, feel free to contact me at 301-509-5111.

ps to the Merrbach’s … thank’s for the memories!

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Sandy Spring Maryland…city close but country quiet

Sandy Spring Maryland is located just east of Olney. The town center is located on route 108 a few miles past the intersection with Dr. Bird Road. Sandy Spring doesn’t have much of a town center, it is city close but country quiet.

SANDY SPRING AREA HOME SEARCH

Sandy Spring has a storied history that includes a prominent place in the “Underground railroad” used by slaves moving north during the 1860’s. Information about the history can be found at the Sandy Spring Museum. There is also information abut the “Underground Railroad” available at the Woodlawn Manor Museum, also located in Sandy Spring.

The area has several neighborhood developments and remains high on the list of those moving to the DC area while seeking the comforts of a community lifestyle not found closer to the city. Sandy Spring Meadow is a beautiful community located off Route 108 in Sandy Spring, Maryland within a short distance from Olney, Ashton, Cloverly, White Oak and Silver Spring.

The 52 unit community consists of 25 townhouses and 30 single family homes. All town homes have two bedrooms and a bath, and family homes have three or four bedrooms with 1.5 to 2 baths. The homes are spacious with wall-to-wall carpeting and washer and dryer.

Ashton Manor, Ashley Manor, Ashton Preserve, Ednor Highlands, Ednor Woods, Olney Estates, Sam Rice Manor, Timberland Estates and Quail Hill are other communities located in and around Sandy Spring Maryland. All of these neighborhoods feature beautifully designed single family homes.

Location and schools…schools and location; these are two large motivating factors when people are choosing a neighborhood. Sandy Spring may be a quiet community, but it does offer easy access to Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Columbia MD and Bethesda and Rockville MD as well. The new inter-county connector has access points within minutes of Sandy Spring.

Sandy Spring is home to the Sherwood High School Warriors. Friday nights in the fall find packed bleachers for the home football games. Sherwood High School is truly a community centerpiece. Their annual musical “Rock n’ Roll Revival” has been sold out annually for 40 years.

If you would prefer to avail yourself of the private schools, Our Lady of Good Counsel is right down the road on route 108. Sandy Spring Friends School is also nearby. Sandy Spring offers location and education.

Sandy Spring Maryland is also just minutes away from one of the county’s longest running summer stock programs. The Olney Theatre has been a landmark for years. I remember visiting there with my father back when Father Hartke from nearby Catholic University was involved with the theater. In addition to the summer stock, the theater offers shows year round. Patrons usually follow up the evening with dinner at the Olney Ale House or one of the fine dining establishments located in the Fair Hill area.

Speaking of food, Sandy Spring is located close to the full range of culinary delights. The downtown area has Urban Barbeque and delightful den of sinfully good pastries located at the French Confection. The shopping center just to the east of town has Dempseys and El Andariego. Dempseys will take you back to the days when neighbors met for coffee and breakfast and shared local news and gossip. El Andariego will delight the palate of anyone seeking true Mexican or Salvadoran cuisine.

Other choices with in reasonable driving distance include Lee’s Kitchen Chinese Restaurant, Rays the Classics, the Mannequin Pis and Ricciutis. There is really good food nearby.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the recreational areas located near Sandy Spring. The Triadelphia Lake and Reservoir are close by. The area is a magnet for those that enjoy a day with nature. Amateur photographers, artists, wild life enthusiast, boaters and those just wanting to get away for a day find this area a Godsend.

If you enjoy a day on the links, there are courses that meet every ones skill level. Hampshire Greens is just down the road, Northwest Park is just around the corner, Blue Mash and Laytonsville and Lake Needwood are just minutes away. The Olney Golf Park is over on Georgia Avenue and offers a full pro shop as well as a heated and lit driving range. Courses within an hours drive include Whiskey Creek and PB Dye. The fact that Montgomery County is a golfer’s paradise is well known.

Sandy Spring Maryland is that rare place that combines the best of yesterday with the nuances of today. If you would like to find out more about the community or nearby areas, I work and live here and would love to share the information with you. You can use CONTACT ME or phone me at 301-509-5111

About the Author: Mr. MacArthur won the JD Power Award for customer service in 2011. Re/Max Chairman and Co-Founder Dave Liniger offered congratulations saying “It truly reflects your professional excellence, your enthusiasm for education, your commitment to distressed sellers, your individual drive and many other qualities that serve the interests of your clients. Your effort to change lives and those people have spoken.”

Mr. MacArthur is licensed in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Maryland Association of Realtors. His broker is Century 21 New Millennium. His office is located at 1000 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Dave Stevens, the former Assistant Secretary-FHA Commissioner shared “John is a true real estate professional who combines passion, integrity, and deep knowledge of real estate to produce outstanding results.”

Selling? Consider a Land Contract

Selling your home? Depending on your situation, you might want to consider a land contract. In the DC area, home sellers are still facing a depressed housing market. Regardless of the paper tiger pronouncements from the National Association of Realtors, people who live here know that the market is stagnant.

Sellers that place their home on the market face competition with bank owned properties that are for sale at reduced prices, homes put on the market by sellers seeking to complete a short sale (often marketed at a fantasy price), homes being sold by corporations and other sellers that are not upside down and just want to sell. The average days on market usually represents all of the homes for sale.

Faced with this situation, sellers need to be aware of every opportunity available so they can decide which way of selling the home will work to their benefit. The biggest factor behind the increasing days on the market is the fact that over 25% of the people who attempt to get a loan are turned down. The necessary credit score to get a mortgage has risen significantly. Despite information shared in the media, lenders have “overlays” that require a greater score and a squeaky clean credit history. It doesn’t matter if rates are low if those that wish to buy your home can not get a loan.

Another factor sellers face has to do with the appraised value of their home. Lenders will only approve mortgages for a percentage of the appraised value. If the appraised value is less than the contract price, there are a few options and none of them favor the seller. The buyer can opt to make up the difference in cash (in essence use their personal funds to pay more money than the lender has told them the home is worth), the seller can lower the price and if all that fails the contract can be declared void (legal term meaning everyone will act as if it never happened).

Consider a land contract. There are pros and cons to a land contract.  A land contract is a private, contractual agreement between a buyer and a seller. Due to the nature of the contract, sellers do not have to comply with the property-condition requirements that are usually part of a sale funded by a mortgage.  The seller decides upon whom to sell the property to in the agreement.  This creates an opening for people who can not get a loan through traditional methods.  These buyers can not shop around for loans seeking low-interest rates so the seller can demand a higher interest rate and probably a higher price than if the home were being financed by a third-party.  The title does not transfer until the loan is paid in full. This means that the seller retains legal ownership with the right to evict the buyers if they default on the payment plan.  If the buyer defaults, the seller keeps all the money paid.

There are other factors that must be considered. Land contracts do not provide a lump sum payment at the time of the contract.  The seller becomes the lender.  If you need the cash from the sale of your home to buy another property, this may not be the best way to proceed. If the full proceeds are not needed right away or if the market is so depressed there is no other way to move the property, a land contract may be the way to go.  The other point that must be considered is if the buyer stops paying, the seller must evict them and re-market the property.

Ideal candidates for this process include but are not limited to people who inherit property and want to sell it in a depressed market,  people who do not need a lump sum payment right now and people facing a financial crisis. You do not have to pay off your home to sell it via a land contract.  Land contracts and contracts for deed provide a  way for people to sell their homes and owner-finance them and not pay off the existing mortgage. A land contract establishes a purchase price and mortgage terms that the buyer pays to the current owner. If the seller currently has a mortgage lien, the seller continues to pay his monthly mortgage payment to the mortgage company.

Everyone’s situation is different.  If you would like more information about land contracts, CONTACT ME. My name is John MacArthur. I encourage you to experience the difference.

7601 Dew Wood Drive, Derwood, Md $515,000

Maybe you have a job with an office in downtown Washington DC. Maybe you work in Rockville or Bethesda. There’s a good chance that where ever you spend your day earning your hard earned pay, it is part of the giant urban concrete jungle that extends from Alexandria to Rockville. At the end of the day, you will face the same challenges everyone else faces in just getting home.

Wouldn’t it be nice if home made the daily grind worthwhile? There are so many things to consider when buying a home, wouldn’t it be nice to know that you have a chance at that elusive nightly nirvana. Well, I am here to tell you that you do… Welcome to 7601 Dew Wood Drive, Derwood, Maryland. Reasonably priced at $515,000, this King George model in Mill Creek Towne is available for purchase today.

Let’s get traffic and commuting and how do I get there from here out of the way. If the President of the United States invited you to dinner, it might take around 30 minutes to drive to his house. The rest of the offices located downtown are reachable within the same time frame. If you have to travel to Crystal City or Rosslyn, they are just over the bridge and minutes from downtown proper. Bethesda is about the same travel time from your door. Rockille? Why Rockville is but minutes away.

The important thing to know about commuting in this area concerns not how but how many. They say all roads lead to the city, how many are available to you in Derwood? Well, you have Muncaster Road that heads north and south. You are close to Shady Grove Road which will take you over to the new ICC or 355 or 270. You have a lot of choices and that becomes very important if traffic backs up on one of your roads home.

Home, that is 7601 Dew Wood Drive in a nutshell. Yes, there is a virtual tour. If you just have to see the pictures, you can click on this LINK.  There is a lot more to this area that you can’t see in a picture.  You pull into your circular driveway and get out of the car.  Before you open the door, turn around. You are surrounded by a mature, well landscaped neighborhood.  The noise of the city is far from your doorstep.

And from that front door, you are only about 5 minutes away from Lake Needwood.  Consider that. Five minutes from a lazy afternoon picnic by the lake.  If you would prefer a round of golf, Needwood Golf Course is next to the lake and it is just one of about a dozen public courses within that same 5-10 minutes away.  Montgomery County has no shortage of strip centers and there are a few within a short drive of your home.  McDonalds, Ledo’s Pizza, CVS, 7-11 and a couple gas stations are close enough to be convenient and far enough to be out of mind until needed.

We all find that we have to work (well most of us anyway).  Often, we just can’t decide where we want to work. We end up where we can earn the most and feel the most comfortable each day.  The stress of work usually increases from Monday to Friday. You deserve a home that will release the tension and offer you a chance to unwind and enjoy your family, your friends and your life.

You are looking for a new house.  Consider 7601 Dew Wood Drive. It may become your private haven from the hustle and bustle of the work day and your opportunity to slow down and enjoy the good things a great neighborhood has to offer.

If you would like to see this home, have your agent contact Centralized Showings. We represent the seller of the home and will not tiptoe into the gray area of writing an offer for someone that is willing to reject representation in hopes of getting a better deal. In Maryland, you have a right to have an agent represent you, since we represent the sellers, we can’t represent you. We will be glad to refer you to an agent. This could be home.

Montgomery County Living … this is it

Picture yourself in a boat on a river

With tangerine trees and marshmallow skies

This is Montgomery County Living

. This is it

Make no mistake where you are

Montgomery County Living

This is it !

Cherry Blossoms in Potomac in Spring

Visit the County Fair at Summers end

Harvest your own at Butler’s Orchard in the Fall

Marvel at the lights at the Mormon Tabernacle at Christmas

Montgomery County Living

This is it !

Montgomery County Maryland is located along the Potomac River just Northwest of Washington DC. There are several commuter routes to facilitate residents that live in the county and work in the District of Columbia. Montgomery County living offers all sorts neighborhoods and lifestyles. There are “cookie cutter” neighborhoods that were built following World War ll and there are small clusters of individually designed custom-built homes. The county offers high-rise condo’s and developer designed town home neighborhoods.

Montgomery County is defined by three major commuter routes, Wisconsin Avenue (which changes names several times on it’ s journey from the Potomac River to Frederick Maryland), Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road. These major roads are linked by East West Highway to the south, the Capital Beltway, Randolph Road and Route 28/198 to the north (another of the roads that changes name as it goes from west to east).

Metro Map

The area is also supported in a fashion by the Metro rail system. The red line begins at Shady Grove Road and travels south through Rockville and Bethesda before entering the District of Columbia, sweeping through Metro Center and then heading back out into Montgomery County with stops at Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Forest Glen and Wheaton before ending at Glenmont. Trains do travel in both directions, but it is best to know that going from Bethesda to Silver Spring might take longer on the train than in a car.

Marc Train Station Gaithersburg

Montgomery County also has Marc Train service with stops in Germantown, Gaithersburg, Kensington and Silver Spring before continuing downtown to Union Station. Those commuters that use the Marc Train will discover that there are Metro connections available once you reach downtown Washington DC.

Key Neighborhoods

(Key meaning stops along major routes out of DC)

Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike corridor

Saks in Chevy Chase

The neighborhood bordering the District of Columbia along Wisconsin Avenue is Chevy Chase. Chevy Chase has some of the oldest homes that sit as grand matrons as you first enter Montgomery County. Chevy Chase Country Club sits amid neighborhoods that date back to the turn of the 20th century. Chevy Chase also is home to Montgomery County’s version of Rodeo Drive. The main shopping area features upscale shopping that is not found anywhere else in the area. A nearby neighborhood is Friendship Heights which is a delightful little town that reminds visitors of villages in years gone by. Farther to the west are the neighborhoods along Massachusetts Avenue that are home to dignitaries and political figures.

Home in Potomac Maryland

Potomac Maryland is located northwest of Chevy Chase. It is an area replete with country clubs and large acre home sites. Potomac is often noted for the celebrities that live there now or have lived there in the past. Yet, even this enclave of well to do neighborhoods has a small town center that features shops and eateries.

Downtown Bethesda Maryland

The next key stop on the journey out Wisconsin Avenue is Bethesda, Maryland. Bethesda is located at the junction of East West Highway and Wisconsin Avenue. On weekdays the intersection is teeming with pedestrian traffic as those that work in the high-rise office buildings make their way from here to there. On the weekends, the area is filled with patrons of the dozens of restaurants that dot the landscape. There are stores along most of the side streets and the Montgomery Farm Women’s Co-op has been operating a market there for years.

Bargains abound at the Montgomery Farm Womens Co-op

Continuing out Wisconsin Avenue, you will notice it becomes Rockville Pike about the time you cross over 495. You will soon arrive in the southern section of Rockville which features White Flint Mall. From White Flint Mall to just beyond the beltway intersection, both sides of the road offer shopping. At the mid-point in your trip, about the time you cross over Randolph Road, there are some large condominiums, but by and large Rockville Pike is the golden mile. In retail and food service circles, it is often stated “if you can’t make on Rockville Pike, you can’t make it anywhere.” This section of the pike is packed with traffic day and night, seven days of the week. It is best considered a destination and not a route to use to get from north to south or vice versa.

Rockville Town Square

Rockville is the county seat of Montgomery County. It has the major courts and it is home to the Montgomery County Executive and County Council offices. Rockville is also an All American City. F. Scott Fitzgerald of The Great Gatsby fame is buried in Rockville. There are neighborhoods with homes in all price ranges. You can find cape cods, bungalows, split levels, colonials and in the downtown area, you will find some beautiful Victorians. We have had the pleasure of working with many buyers that found the perfect home in Rockville, Maryland. If you would like to see homes here, or anywhere in Montgomery County, give us (The MacArthur Group) a call at 301-509-5111.

King Farm

Located at the northern tip of Rockville is a planned community named King Farm. King Farm has housing of every type. The neighborhoods are divided to the north and south by King Farm Boulevard. Each side has a community center, club house and pool. Residents enjoy easy access to a grocery store a few restaurants and small shops. Many of the residents live and work right within the community.

Gaithersburg Pavilion

The next town on the trip north is Gaithersburg. 50 years ago, this was a farming community that surrounded a main street area. Farms have given way to development but the main street still survives. The marc train station is located downtown as is the concert pavilion. The downtown area has shops and restaurants. The Montgomery County Fair is held at the fairgrounds which are still located in Gaithersburg. Lake Forest Mall is located in Gaithersburg at the entrance to Montgomery Village.

Montgomery Village is a large planned community that features shopping, parks and lakes. Montgomery Village Country Club is located in the center of the area. This large development has dozens of neighborhoods that each feature community activities and a swimming pool.

The Kentlands

Just a bit west of Gaithersburg is the award winning community of the Kentlands. The Kentlands have served as a model for planned development across the country. The concept was to create a town center and surround the town center with neighborhoods. The hope was pedestrian traffic would increase and auto emissions would decrease. The Kentlands have been an unqualified success. The layout of the community has re-engendered the old concept of actually knowing your neighbors. The town is criss crossed with walking and bike paths and neighborhoods are dotted with small parks. It is a community that is unparalleled in the county.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Northwest of Kentlands are the communities of Darnestown, Comus and Poolesville. These towns are located around the base of the foothills that rise to become Sugarloaf Mountain. This area is more farmland than residential and most of the homes are on large tracts of land. The are many different orchards in this area and “pick and pay” opportunities are found along many of the roads.

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

In addition to apples, pears and peaches, this is the area of the county that has some vineyards. Summers feature wine tastings and tours of the vineyards. Montgomery County Living includes the opportunity to take a drive through the country, stop for a wine tasting and continue on to one of the country restaurants for dinner.

White’s Ferry

If your day trip includes an excursion into nearby Leesburg, Virginia, you don’t have to travel all the way back down 270 and across the bridge and back out route 7. You can drive through Poolesville and use the services of White’s Ferry to cross the river. The ferry has been in operation since 1817. The trip across the river on the Jubal Early will cost you $4 one way and $6 if you purchase a round trip ticket. This is the only way to cross the Potomac River between the Cabin John Bridge (route 495…the Capital Beltway) and Point of Rocks, a small town further up the river in Frederick County.

Clarksburg Maryland

Back on Rockville Pike, you will notice it changed to Frederick Road but remains route 355. Leaving Gaithersburg, you pass through the area known as Germantown. Communities planned and developed are on both sides of the highway. The main areas of Germantown are located at the intersection of 355 and 27. There is another town center area located west of route 270 on route 118. These are the outlying suburbs and many residents here drive to the metro station, leave their car and take the subway to work.

Our last stop on this journey up Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike/Frederick Road is Clarksburg. Clarksburg was once a small farming community and now it is home to the largest planned development in Montgomery County. There are neighborhoods linking with one another over several miles. New homes feature large living areas and minimal yards. It is a growing community that is fast becoming a beacon for new arrivals to the area. Clarksburg also features Little Bennett Regional Park and is home to F. Wilson Wims, a local legend. Wims Meadow is located in Little Bennett and was used by early sandlot African American ball players. Wims owned the Maryland Wildcats, one of the original African American teams in the area. Mr. Wims was instrumental in the early development of the Clarksburg community.

Wilson Wims at re-dedication of Wims Meadows

Mural in Takoma Park

The middle route through Montgomery County is Georgia Avenue. Georgia Avenue actually begins in the District of Columbia and continues north to beyond the Montgomery County line. The first little community ( it is actually in the District of Columbia and Prince Georges County as well as Montgomery County) is Takoma Park. Takoma Park is the original home of Montgomery Junior College, which has been redefined and labeled Montgomery College. It is a quaint town that is known for it’s politically active citizenry. Takoma Park banned Nuclear weapons before most American’s knew they were dangerous. Due to the fact that it is actually within three jurisdictions, it is a loosely bound town. It features beautifully restored older homes and some of the most unusual shops in Montgomery County.

Downtown Silver Spring

Silver Spring is located adjacent to Washington DC on Georgia Avenue. The southern most tip of the town is filled with office buildings, retail stores, theaters and restaurants. There is a red line station in the heart of downtown and metro buses and ride-on buses also have terminals there. It is where the suburbs meet the city and it is bustling all of the time. The area has gone through a revitalization that included creating a pedestrian friendly section surrounded by retail and eateries.

Once you move beyond the commercial area, Silver Spring is a vast area of old neighborhoods, stretching from the downtown area outward for several miles towards the west, north and east. Silver Spring has more zip codes than any other area in the county and the sheer size of the area leads to confusion for those moving here. It is hard to imagine that you could have a 30 to 40 minute commute each way and never leave Silver Spring.

The Discovery Building in Silver Spring

Heading north on Georgia Avenue, you will leave Silver Spring proper and begin a journey into the suburbs. It is just a few miles until you find yourself driving through Montgomery Hills. This area features a wonderful neighborhood called Woodside. This is another one of those places that harkens back to days gone by. There is a unique community spirit that is alive and well in Woodside.

Opening Day Wheaton Plaza

After passing the Georgia Avenue intersection with the Capital Beltway, you will arrive in Wheaton Maryland. Wheaton is the location of the first Mall on the East Coast – Wheaton Plaza. It is now covered and has changed names to Westfield Shopping at Wheaton. The road that shoots off to the left at Wheaton Plaza is Veirs Mill Road and it will take you to Rockville and beyond. Wheaton neighborhoods are older and going through the process of gentrification. Montgomery County planners have high hopes for a continued revitalization of the area in the coming years.

Wheaton Regional Park

Wheaton also is home to a regional park. There are acres of paths, camp sites and a very large lake. The park also has an ice skating arena which is used by local youth hockey clubs. The eastern edge of the park has stable areas where you can take lessons or go for a ride. Nestled between the stables and the lake is one of the treasures of Montgomery County.

Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens is a botanical delight. Flowering plants of all types are nurtured and cared for by an informative staff. There are year round events which culminate with a festival of lights in December. The butterfly gardens are one of the biggest draws during the summer. Brookside also offers many educational opportunities for residents. It is a place you will visit again and again.

Georgia Avenue continues northward passing through an area known as Aspen Hill. If it becomes confusing to you as you drive through this section of the county, it is understandable. The area includes several communities that are part of Silver Spring or Rockville. These neighborhoods were built more recently than those to the south and the home styles are a bit different. You will see more split levels and raised ramblers in this area.

A Charles Goodman Home

Another one of Montgomery County Living’s gems is located just west of Aspen Hill. Rock Creek Woods is a small development that features homes designed by Charles Goodman. Goodman was heralded for his use of natural surroundings and “letting the outside in” . There are not many homes designed by Goodman and when they change hands the new owner is considered very lucky indeed.

Welcome to Olney

By the time you have reached Olney, you will have crossed the intersection with route 28 and passed over the infamous inter-county connector. You will notice the homes have a little more yard and the aura of hustle and bustle has slowed down just a bit. Olney is a very unique town. It features several restaurants that have the ambiance of “Cheers” and the quality to match any eatery in the county. Olney is a snap shot of Montgomery County Living. The town center, loosely defined by the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Olney Sandy Spring Road is surrounded by single family home neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has plenty of green space for outdoor enjoyment. It is far enough north that the city is “down there” and close enough to a metro stop that you can reach downtown in minutes. West of Olney is the farm land that still exists in Montgomery County and to the East is the area known as Ashton. Ashton borders theTri-delphia Lake preserve. An afternoon at the lake is one of the best ways to enjoy a Saturday.

A buck in Sligo Creek Park

If you leave Silver Spring and head out Colesville Road, you will quickly leave the high rises and office buildings behind and find yourself travelling through Sligo Creek Park. Sligo Creek Park runs from Prince Georges County to the East, all the way to University Boulevard ( Sligo Creek Parkway ends just a few miles from Wheaton Regional Park). The park is a long stretch of land that runs on both sides of Sligo Creek. There are bike paths, tot lots, picnic areas and basketball courts spaced throughout the park. It is a favorite for family picnics as well as leisurely lunches shared by office workers escaping for a noontime respite.

Four Corners

Riding along Colesville Road past Sligo Creek Park and just past the Capital Beltway, you will arrive at a town named after is unique intersection. Four Corners it located in one of the earliest round-a-bout road configurations. University Boulevard east and west split on either side of Colesville Road. The effect has you passing University Boulevard on your left and then a block later passing University Boulevard on your right. Despite the traffic oddity, the area features some of the nicest homes in Montgomery County. New roads over the last 3o years have created a few dead ends in the neighborhoods but to the delight of homeowners, it also put an end to pass through traffic.

Federal Drug Administration White Oak

The federal government moved the FDA to White Oak when the Naval Surface Weapons Center was merged with the facility at the David Taylor Model Basin over near Carderock. The change has created a lot of excitement in the White Oak area because the facility will bring more jobs to the county. It is located in a suburban area that features homes, town homes, high rises, garden apartments and condos. The nearby White Oak Shopping center is conveniently located to homes in this area.

Seibel’s Restaurant

The last stop on our journey out Colesville Road is the town of Burtonsville. Burtonsville is almost pure suburbia. There neighborhoods of single family homes attached to neighborhoods of town homes attached to neighborhoods of single family homes attached to … well you get the picture. Burtonsville is about midway between Baltimore and Washington. The community is bisected by Colesville Road but local neighborhoods are not impacted greatly by the traffic. This section of Colesville Road has undergone massive restructuring to ease commuting and facilitate the neighborhood nature of the side streets. Burtonsville is also home to Seibel’s Restaurant which is an old style family affair offering up sumptuous dinners and home made ice cream.

What To Do ?

Montgomery County Living is chock full of choices !

AFI Theater

The nationally recognized American Film Institute Theater is located in down town Silver Spring. The history of film is heralded with weekly events and showings of classic films. Of course, Montgomery County has other movie theaters, but the AFI is special. Montgomery County also has many venues for live theater. Live performances are held on a regular basis at the Strathmore Theater in Kensington. The Olney Theater has a long history of summer stock and year round performances. There are several other smaller venues scattered throughout Montgomery County.

Northwest Park Golf Course

If you enjoy a round of golf, Montgomery County is the place for you. The area has dozens of public courses that range in difficulty from beginners ease of Sligo Creek Golf Course to the crown jewel of the area, Northwest Park. There are courses run by the Montgomery County and others managed privately. Montgomery County also has quite a few private courses that offer membership to interested parties.

Olney Boys and Girls Club

Athletic participation for the young and old alike are found throughout Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Department of Recreation offers children of all skill levels and ages the opportunity to participate in team sports. Saturday mornings throughout the year feature swimming or basketball or football or baseball or t-ball or soccer. It is a terrific place to raise a family.

Indoor Soccer Facilities are located in Montgomery County

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Montgomery County Living is a hot spot for outdoor enthusiast. Whether you like hiking, photography or canoeing, there is a place for you in Montgomery County. The easy access to the Potomac River is a real treat for those that want to spend time paddling a canoe or casting a line. The rough water of Great Falls is used by local kayakers throughout the year. The changing seasons present colors that are breath taking on Sugarloaf Mountain. Montgomery County Living is an outdoor paradise.

Montgomery County Living … Fine Dining

Top Chef and Restaurateur Michael Landrum

When we say, Montgomery County Living is Fine Dining, we are not talking about the chain restaurants that litter the landscape from one end of the country to another. We are referring to the best steak house in the metro area, Ray’s the Classics in Silver Spring. One visit to Ray’s and Ruth Chris will feel like a stop at McDonalds. The Black family also own and operate several very nice restaurants in Montgomery County. If you happen to have a desire to eat the best sub in the whole wide world, you have to stop at Continental Pizza on University Boulevard in Kensington, Md. If you are seeking the best in chinese where you can talk out or eat in, pay a visit to Lee’s Kitchen in Silver Spring. The biggest secret regarding good food is located all the way out Georgia Avenue. Stop in the Sunshine General Store and take a seat at the counter in the back. The cheese burgers are incredible and if you stop for breakfast, they prepare a bacon and egg sandwich that elevates breakfast to an entirely different level.

Sunshine General Store

Montgomery County Living is designed around creating a quality of life. Yes, traffic can be a problem and when it snows it is best just to take a day. Every community has nuances that might be irritating. Montgomery County Living reduces those nuances to mere aberrations. There are places to live to fit anyones chosen life style.

Shopping

Montgomery County Living features four major shopping center/shopping malls. White Flint Mall is located in Rockville and is anchored by Bloomingdales. Montgomery Mall, located in Bethesda and is a much larger mall that has Nordstrom, Sears, Macy’s and several other major chain stores, Lake Forest Mall is located in Gaithersburg and features most of the major retail stores. Lastly, the revitalized ‘Westfield Shopping Center in Wheaton that features JC Penneys and Target. Shopping does not end there. Specialty shops are found throughout the county. And if you want to expand you shopping experience, Montgomery County has several red line stations for the metro rail. The metro rail opens up more possibilities than one could imagine. The metro to the mall map is terrific.

You can always park the car and hop aboard Metro and shop all over the region

If you can’t tell, we love Montgomery County and would like to have the chance to share that love with you if you are thinking of moving here. We are the MacArthur Group. In person, we are John MacArthur and Lourdes Tudela. We have lived in Montgomery County all of our adult lives. We have raised children here. We shop here. We know the highways and the bi-ways. Let us share Montgomery County with you. We can be reached at 301-509-5111.

John MacArthur and Lourdes Tudela

Enjoying a gathering

Montgomery County Living

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