- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

You can leave the car at home and walk to the movies, grocery store, Metro and more if you live in this urban Silver Spring neighborhood. A charming brick cottage at 8605 Cedar St. is close to the revitalized downtown area and is on the market for $499,000.

The cottage got a major overhaul in 2009, making it move-in ready for new homeowners. All of the drywall was repaired, some ceilings were replaced and the hardwood floors were refinished. Exterior improvements include a stone walkway leading from the street to the front entrance and a retaining wall bordering the driveway.

New double-pane windows, fresh paint - both inside and out - and landscaping enhance the curb appeal of the home.

The main entry features a door with sidelights that opens to a room-sized space, which could function as a den or quiet reading area. Stairs from the driveway lead to another entrance, which opens to the living room.

Stylish light fixtures appear throughout the main level in the entry area, living room and dining room.

The focal point of the living room is a brick, wood-burning fireplace with an arched opening. This room also boasts a large window overlooking the front yard. A wide entryway separates the living room from the dining room, which has windows on two walls.

A doorway leads from the dining room to the updated kitchen, where the owners bumped out the house to enlarge the space. They also created a soaring vaulted ceiling with skylights and track lighting. The kitchen features cabinets with generous storage space, dark granite counters, black Kenmore appliances and tile floors.

Just down the hall, there are two bedrooms with hardwood floors and windows with views of the yard. These bedrooms share a new hall bath with yellow walls, a trendy sink, vanity and stylish fixtures.

An inconspicuous door in the living room opens to reveal a staircase up to a third bedroom. This spacious room has a vaulted ceiling, new carpeting, storage niches and built-ins. The owners added a walk-in closet and a full bath. A new attic fan will ensure this room stays cool on hot days.

The unfinished basement offers storage space. The laundry area, with a utility sink and a new washer and dryer, is on this level.

The backyard offers privacy and has tall shade trees, a patio and stone fire pit. This home offers a private oasis in the yard, yet it is within walking distance to entertainment, shopping and dining in downtown Silver Spring.

Montgomery County has granted some “special exceptions” to the zoning in this area to allow for specific business uses (must be approved). For example, professionals such as psychologists and attorneys may establish home businesses. Prospective buyers should consult the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance for details.

Address: 8605 Cedar St., Silver Spring, MD 20910

Age: Built in 1926

Price: $499,000

Lot size: 0.11 acre

Exterior features: Cottage with brick exterior, stone walkway, retaining wall, patio and stone firepit

Interior features: Three bedrooms and two baths; den; formal dining room; renovations and updates include new attic fan, drywall, double-pane windows, ceilings, paint and refinished wood floors; remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, black Kenmore appliances, a tile floor, track lighting and a vaulted ceiling with skylights; updated baths; new light fixtures; walk-in closets; wood-burning fireplace in living room; new washer and dryer in unfinished basement

Schools: Sligo Creek Elementary, Silver Spring International Middle School, Northwood High School

Close by: Downtown Silver Spring; Whole Foods; Silver Spring Metro Station; nearby shopping, restaurants and entertainment

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Traudel Lange of Washington Fine Properties LLC at 240/463-6918

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