Welcome to Silver Spring Levin Allstars
 
Direct: 301-681-4504 Office: 301-588-1000 Email: carole@levinallstars.com
Welcome to 20910
Downtown Silver Spring has a pedestrian-friendly stretch chock-full of restaurants, a handful of stores and a fountain for children to play in during warm weather. In a half-mile radius, there's plenty of ethnic dining, a local coffee shop, a few nightclubs and lots of new condos, some repurposed from office or industrial buildings.

Just in time for the winter holiday, families young and old can now enjoy the ice rink at Veteran’s Plaza in Silver Spring. The outdoor skating rink opened December 19, 2010 under colorful pavilion lights and seasonal music. Veterans Plaza provides outdoor space for community events such as concerts, movies and public events and the skating rink will be open (weather permitting) from November through March each year. The rink is covered by a permanent pavilion cover.

Festivals are common in good weather, and the annual SilverDocs documentary film festival is a cultural treasure for the entire region.

The documentaries are shown at Discovery Place, the cable channel's headquarters, and at the American Film Institute, in Silver Spring's gorgeous Art Deco movie palace. Discovery's offices, built in 2003, and the renovation of the theater, also finished in 2003, were crucial to the revival of the downtown, which had been declining for decades. The area had $1.2 billion in investment in the early part of the 2000s, including a new Whole Foods grocery store.

Silver Spring, which borders the tip of the diamond at D.C.'s northern edge, began developing in the 1920s and 1930s, with charming bungalow-filled neighborhoods in East Silver Spring and Woodside.

As you travel north in Silver Spring, away from the downtown, there are plenty of Cape Cods, ramblers and colonials dating from the 1940s, '50s and '60s on grassy suburban lots.

Woodside Park

Rcently named as one of  Washingtonian magazine’s 60 Great Places to Live, Woodside Park offers the best of city and suburban living — beautiful, unique homes that are just steps to shops, restaurants, entertainment and transportation.  Woodside Park has maintained the character and charm of its early-20th Century origins, while neighboring Downtown Silver Spring has become a lively modern retail and entertainment center.  The convenience and charm of the Park has made it one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the metropolitan area.  Welcome!

History

Woodside Park has been recognized by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission as the county’s best preserved example of early 20th Century suburban development. Marketed in the 1920s and 1930s as “Washington’s Most Beautiful Suburb,” Woodside Park was planned and developed as a residential enclave near the city which preserved the beauties of the land and its foliage in its winding lanes and homes deeply set on spacious lots. Woodside Park was developed from Alton Farm, the country estate of Crosby S. Noyes, editor and part owner of the Evening Star newspaper. The Noyes family heirs sold Alton Farm to the Woodside Development Corporation in November 1922. Because of the way Woodside Park was developed -- for the most part prospective residents bought lots, hired architects and built their own custom homes or small scale builders bought a few scattered lots and built custom designed homes on speculation -- Woodside Park has examples of virtually all types of residential architecture popular in twentieth century American suburbs.

Information from: Home Sites of Distinction: The History of Woodside Park, Robert E. Oshel, http://users.starpower.net/oshel/history.html

Parks

There are over 20 parks located within one mile of Woodside Park, including Sligo Creek Park, a 7,405-acre watershed that spans several communities.  Sligo Creek Park has a seven-mile paved trail running from Takoma Park to Wheaton. On Sundays, Sligo Creek Parkway is closed to traffic between Piney Branch Road and Maple Avenue. Parking is available in lots along Sligo Creek Parkway -- except for the closed portion -- on Sundays.  The park has two tennis courts and numerous playgrounds.

Civic Association

The Woodside Park Civic Association (WPCA) publishes a monthly newsletter, The Vo!ce (Insert an electronic copy of the Vo!ce), from September through May. The Association also meets monthly from September through May to discuss neighborhood issues and maintains a community listserve.  The WPCA sponsors an “Oktoberfest” for Halloween with pumpkin carving and costumes in October, as well as an annual picnic in June and a roadside tree-planting program.  A variety of other activities are organized by neighborhood residents.

Education

Woodside Park is located within the boundaries of the Downcounty Consortium (DCC), which includes five high schools and their feeder middle and elementary schools—Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, and Wheaton. Each DCC high school offers distinctive academy programs designed to capture students’ interest, incorporate rigorous academic course work, explore possible career pathways, and bring real world relevance to students’ education.

For specific school assignments, please contact the Montgomery County Public Schools at

www.mcps.k12.md.us or 301-279-3331.

The Silver Spring library is located across from Woodside Park on Colesville Rd.

Forest Glen


The Seminary at Forest Glen
 
  Forest Gldrawing of Ye Forest Inn circa 1887en is situated in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. It was named for the wooded glen that channels a small creek from Carroll Springs to Rock Creek. The area is about 400 feet higher than most parts of Washington, with better drainage. It was cooler, less humid, with fewer insects and less danger of malaria. Just the thing that would appeal to a D.C. city dweller in the late 1880's, particularly in July or August -- or at least that's what the real estate promoters hoped!

The history of the site can be divided into six distinct phases:
 

  Early history pre-1887
  The Forest Inn hotel 1887-1894
  National Park Seminary (the Cassedy years) 1894-1916
  National Park Seminary (the Ament years) 1916-1937
  National Park College 1937-1942
  Walter Reed Army Medical Center annex 1942-present

 

  Dr. Ament   The story of the school is intimately interrelated with the stories of a number of interesting people:
  Another perspective on the story is that of the students. Campus life was full of traditions, events, rules and regulations, and routines.
  All that's left now are the buildings and a few of the statues, which only hint at their earlier grandeur. A few of them are gone, and all of them are suffering from years of neglect in spite of being designated a Historic Site in 1972. But enough remain to show why this is considered to be a prime example of an architectural "folly." The Japanese pagoda clubhouse
  You can see the buildings three ways:
 
  • you can read a historical narrative and then take links to find out more about specific buildings,

  • you can use a clickable map of campus to locate more information on individual buildings, or

  • you can choose from a simple list of buildings. If you know what building you want to read about, this is your quickest option since  there is no large graphic to reload each time.

You may even decide to take a trip out to Forest Glen and see the buildings for yourself. If so, there's a map to help you find your way.

 

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Office: 301-588-1000
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