The Blair Subdivision is one of the earliest subdivision of homes in Silver Spring. Originally called E Brooke Lee's Addition to Silver Spring, it is one of E Brooke Lee's first forays into Residential Real Estate Development. Carved out of land that was part of the Blair Family Country Estate, many of the street names come from the Blair and Lee families, such as Gist, Violet and Woodbury. There is even a street named after the famous horse Selim that threw Francis Preston Blair and ran off, causing the discovery of the original "Silver Spring".
Most of E Brooke Lee's addition eventually became the commercialized area of Downtown Silver Spring and South Silver Spring. There are residential single family homes left that make up the Blair Subdivision with some sections called Blair Takoma. The boundaries of the residential sections of Blair and Blair Takoma are roughly: Sligo Avenue to the South, Philadelphia Avenue and the Montgomery College Campus to the North, Fenton Street to the West and Piney Branch Road on the East.
Developed in the early 1900's, around the B&O Rail Station, the Blair Neighborhood has an abundance of Bungalows, including many "Sears Style Kit" Bungalows. Blair is one of the first working class neighborhoods of Silver Spring.
Within Walking Distance:
All the great ammenites of Downtown Silver Spring! Silver Spring Metro Station (Red Line), Downtown Silver Spring, Restaurants, Shopping, Veterans Plaza, Ice Skating Rink, year-round farmers market, NOAA, Montgomery College, The Montgomery College Performing Arts Center, Whole Foods, Safeway, Giant Food, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Sligo Creek Park, many delightful "pocket parks" and much more.
East Silver Spring Elementary School (K-4)
Piney Branch Elementary
Sligo Creek Elementary
Takoma Park Middle School
Montgomery Blair High School
Downcounty High School Consortium - Choice Process: Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, or Wheaton high schools
*Note: always Check the Montgomery County School Assignment Locator for the specific school a child will attend that is assigned by street address.
Full of wonderful old timey bungalows, some colonials, american four squares, farmhouses and cape cods, this neighborhood is walking distance to Silver Spring Metro and borders on Downtown Silver Spring. The Blair - Blair/Takoma Subdivision is considered part of East Silver Spring.