- The Washington Times - Friday, December 7, 2001

Willard and Alberta Vick's house is in a Wheaton community named Springbrook Forest. It comes by the name honestly. While the houses have a convenient down-county location, they are nestled in woodland.

According to a history of Springbrook Forest, researched and written by community residents in 1970, "The rolling terrain was almost completely covered with a tangled forest" in 1945 when the first building lots were sold. There were "remnants of old mica mining and logging roads," but they were not useable, the history relates.

"Prospective buyers and actual purchasers parked their cars near the entrance [on Kemp Mill Road] and proceeded on foot through the timber to search out and inspect the plots. … deer, fox, wild turkey, raccoon and smaller wildlife ranged freely."

As Springbrook Forest grew, so did Mr. and Mrs. Vick's life together. The Vicks met in 1940 when both were working for the FBI. They got married in 1949 and bought their house in the woods, brand new, in 1962. The lot is more than an acre, at the end of a cul-de-sac. What makes the wooded area around the house especially nice is that it can't be developed. Part of it is their property. The adjacent woodland is part of Wheaton Regional Park.

A lawyer, Mr. Vick worked in the Kennedy administration for Cyrus Vance, who was then general counsel to the Department of Defense. Mr. Vance went on to become Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter, and Mr. Vick became general counsel to the Department of Defense Contract Audit Agency.

After raising four children, the Vicks retired and are now planning to move to a retirement community in Silver Spring. They have put their brick split-foyer house on the market for $429,950.

The house has four bedrooms and three baths, plus an office that can double as a fifth bedroom.

There are formal living and dining rooms on the main level and a large recreation room on the walkout lower level.

The living room and rec room each have fireplaces, which the Vicks have fitted with propane inserts.

"I cut wood for 20 years, and I got tired of it," Mr. Vick says. "We put propane in two years ago." Shortly after that, when the winter was cold and icy, there was a power outage in Montgomery County, and the two fireplaces kept the whole house warm, he says.

Both the dining room and the rec room have sliding glass doors facing the woods. The dining room doors open to a deck, and the rec room doors to the back yard.

There is a kitchen with an adjacent breakfast room, and the breakfast room also has a glass door to the deck. The breakfast room also has a large bay window and a beamed ceiling. There is a ceiling fan in the kitchen.

There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main level, including a spacious master bedroom suite. The master bedroom suite has three closets.

Two more bedrooms and one bathroom are on the lower level. That bathroom has a double vanity and whirlpool tub.

It is Mr. Vick's office on the lower level that could double as a fifth bedroom. Also on the lower level is the laundry room.

All three bathrooms in the house have tile floors and custom-made mirrored medicine cabinets.

The living areas of the house are carpeted, although there is hardwood flooring beneath the carpet on the main level. The kitchen and breakfast room have brick-patterned vinyl flooring. The foyer has an off-white tile floor. The house has oil hot-water heat and central air-conditioning.

Outside, the front of the house is neatly landscaped, and there is a carport and driveway for parking. At the rear, through the woods, is a bridle path used by horse riders from the stable at Wheaton Regional Park.

Also at the park is Brookside Gardens, with display gardens, floral shows and gardening programs all year. It is about a mile from their house, Mrs. Vick says, and the couple drove there recently to see the chrysanthemum show, but it's within walking distance if you cut through the woods. There is a winter garden behind the visitor's center.

In addition, the park has a new ice-skating rink and indoor tennis courts about a mile from the house.

The house is also within a few miles of several shopping centers and Wheaton Plaza, the Wheaton Library, the Glenmont or Wheaton Metro station, two Beltway interchanges and Holy Cross Hospital.

The lot is about 1 1/8 acres, and the Vicks own a second wooded lot that is also more than an acre.

Adjacent to the lot on which their house is situated, the second lot is also on the market.

Details

Address: 12313 Clement Lane, Silver Spring, Md. 20902

Community: Springbrook Forest

Age: 39 years

Price: $429,950

Size: About 2,500 square feet on lot of 50,422 square feet (more than an acre)

Taxes: $3,108

Exterior features: Brick split-foyer architecture with carport and deck with awning

Interior features: Formal living and dining rooms, kitchen with adjacent breakfast room, four bedrooms, three baths, walkout lower-level recreation room, lower-level office, lower-level laundry, pull-down steps to attic, oil hot-water heat, electric central air conditioning

Amenities: Two fireplaces with propane inserts, hardwood flooring, bay window, beamed ceiling, ceiling fan, whirlpool tub

Schools: Kemp Mill Elementary, E. Brooke Lee Middle, Kennedy High

Close by: Within two miles of shopping in Kemp Mill or Glenmont, about two miles from Glenmont Metro, Wheaton Metro and Wheaton Plaza, within five miles of Beltway interchanges with Georgia Avenue and Route 29; property abuts wooded section of Wheaton Regional Park and is about a mile from Brookside Gardens; it is also within a few miles of the Wheaton Library and Holy Cross Hospital.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Barbara Ciment, Realtor with Long & Foster, at 301/622-7002 or 301/949-7070

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