- The Washington Times - Friday, March 26, 2010

Windows of varying sizes pleasantly dominate the front of an all-brick 1934 Colonial in Silver Spring, Md. The home is the picture of perfection in the quiet Woodside Park neighborhood, which is filled with towering trees and classic early-20th-century-styled homes in a parklike setting.

A book on the history of the neighborhood, “Home Sites of Distinction: The History of Woodside Park,” notes that the historic preservation staff of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission said Woodside Park is the most intact subdivision of its period. The book says other contemporary neighborhoods don’t have the sylvan character that many subdivisions of the period aspired to achieve but few were able to create.

It’s safe to say that when the home was built, there wasn’t much within walking distance, but in modern-day Silver Spring, the neighborhood is a short walk from all of the amenities in a revitalized downtown. Shops, restaurants, theaters and a business district are all within reach.

Whether walking, driving or taking the train, commuters also will appreciate the easy access to the Beltway and Metro’s Red Line and proximity to the District via 16th street.

The home at 921 Highland Drive is on the market for $829,900. It sits on a hill, far back from the street, which gives it a charming presence. A driveway leads into a garage where two cars can fit if parked one in front of the other.

Brick stairs and a brick walkway start at the street and lead to the home’s nicely landscaped front entrance. The house has a center-hall floor plan that places the dining room and living room across the foyer from each other.

The spacious living room measures 13 by 22 feet and offers great views of the front and rear yards. This room and the entire main level have beautiful hardwood floors. The highlight of this grand room is a wood-burning fireplace and its mantel.

This home has a great flow for entertaining; each room flows almost seamlessly into the next.

Open doorways on either side of the fireplace lead into a long sunroom. This extra-cozy, sun-drenched room measures 8 by 25 feet and includes walls of built-ins and a door that opens onto a covered porch area with brick columns. An exposed-brick wall shows where the original home ended before the sunroom was added. The sunroom predates the current owners, who have lived in the home nearly 20 years.

On the opposite side of the home are the formal dining room and an updated kitchen.

The dining room is the perfect size for entertaining; it is large enough to accommodate friends and family. This formal area has bright windows, an elegant chandelier, crown and chair-rail moldings and a wide doorway leading to the kitchen.

The kitchen is bright and was renovated several years ago to include crisp, white cabinetry that goes strikingly well with the caramel-colored walls. Some of the cabinets feature built-in lights, glass-panel doors, decorative shelves and a built-in wine rack. Granite counters, a trendy light fixture and upgraded appliances, including a Bosch dishwasher, complete the eat-in kitchen.

There are two exits from the main level - doors in the kitchen and sunroom - and a walk-up from the lower level that all lead to the backyard.

The private yard has a large stone patio with two levels. A nice shade tree covers the smaller part of the patio, while the larger section benefits from plenty of sunshine. The yard is well-manicured and has lush landscaping, including bushes and shrubs bordering the fence.

Back inside, a staircase in the foyer leads up to three bedrooms on the upper level while the top level boasts a two-bedroom suite. Hardwood floors continue up the staircase, but the wood floors on the top two levels are pine.

The upper-level master bedroom is 13 by 18 feet and is the largest of the sleeping quarters. It features two nice-size walk-in closets and windows with shutters. The master bedroom has its own full bath.

The two remaining rooms on this level share a hall bath. One room, with two walls filled with built-in shelves and cabinetry, would work well as a library. Unique porcelain light fixtures can be found in all of the bedrooms and are among some of the home’s original features.

Another set of stairs leads to the top level, which the owner refers to as the “grandkids suite.” It has two 13-by-11-foot rooms and cozy window seats.

There is plenty of space to spread out in this four-story home. The basement is completely finished and is home to a carpeted recreation room and full bathroom. The garage is accessed from this level.

Storage is plentiful throughout the house, including a lower-level storage area, walk-in cedar closet, laundry area and workshop.

Details:

Address: 921 Highland Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Community: Woodside Park

Homeowners association fee: None

Age: Built in 1934

Price: $829,900

Lot size: .16 acres

Taxes: $6,929

Exterior features: Brick Colonial with brick walkway, stone patio, covered porch, fenced yard, two-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 3 1/2 baths; sunroom; center-hall floor plan; hardwood floors; renovated eat-in kitchen with new cabinetry, counters and appliances

Amenities: Wood-burning fireplace in living room, cedar closet, walk-in closets, new energy-efficient air conditioning

Schools: Woodlin Elementary, Sligo Middle, Blair High

Close by: Silver Spring and Wheaton Metro stops; Beltway; business district; library; recreation; parks; playgrounds; and downtown Silver Spring with shopping, dining, theaters

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Carole Levin of Long & Foster at 301/681-4504

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