McMansions in East Silver Spring - Silver Spring Real Estate

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Easley Before
This post was inspired by a another local blogger  who posted about a ginormous McMansion going up in East Silver Spring on Thayer Avenue.                                              

Most of East Silver Spring still has "normal sized" older houses.  The few McMansions or new infill construction that we do have REALLY stand out. 

One example on Easley street is the "McMansion with no windows"  It started out as a small bungalow home built in 1928 between 2 other similar houses.  The home had a larger and deeper than average lot size of 12,180 sq ft. 

It was torn down sometime ago and remained a big watery mud hole with trash and debris in it for a few  years.  I once walked by the lot and noticed they were still getting junk and other mail delivered to 701 Easley, it was strewn all over the front of the mud hole. While it was still just a hole, it caused a lot of concern and complaints from the adjoining neighbors and the neighborhood in general. 

I though they'd never build anything there.  Then all of a sudden a huge foundation went up this past year.  The picture does not do it justice - it is ENORMOUS.  Can't wait to see what it will look like when it's finished.  It will certainly stand out amongst the small old bungalows on that street. 

A tasteful newly constructed infill home was completed recently just down the way at 608 Deerfield in East Silver Spring - McNeills Subdivision. The lot was a little over 7,000 square feet and an old garage at the back of the vacant lot was the only thing torn down to build the house.

New Construction Deerfield

This house sold for $1,191,064.00 ( one million, one hundred ninety one thousand and sixty four dollars ) and settled less than 3 months ago.  I think this NEW house just "nails it" for a perfect fit with the neighborhood character of East Silver Spring.

Some Gigantic Monster Houses have gone up or are going up in some older Silver Spring neighborhoods, for instance this one on Randolph Road.  There is a Monster Palace on New Hamphire Avenue in Hillandale and a Giant House going up in Woodmoor just past the Woodmoor Shopping Center going North on Colesville that you just can't miss when driving out that way.  Sligo from Silver Spring Singular has posted a few blogs about McMansions in Silver Spring.  I liked this post about Mc Mansions by a local blogger.  Dan Reed (Our future architect/Urban Planner) from Just Up the Pike writes about them all the time and Silver Spring Daily Photo has a lot of photos of McMansions in and around Silver Spring.

So, How do you feel about McMansions in Silver Spring?  What's your opinion?  Want more? Want less? Want Larger? Smaller? or just don't care?

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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Bring them on!!!

The worst thing that can happen to a neighborhood is stagnation.  Rotate the crops. 

Oh dear.  I feel a post coming on.


Dec 11, 2007 06:13 AM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Debbie, wow!  you just inspired Lenn!  I really loved the house at 608 Deerfield.  And all of this makes me wonder about what ever happened to that old saying that it's better to have the smallest house in a neighborhood of biggies that a mansion among dinkers!  Hmmmmm.  Maybe I should write about that - I saw a whole bunch in Virginia over the past weekend!
Dec 11, 2007 06:30 AM #2
Matthew Rosov
Amerisave Mortgage Corporation - Laurel, MD
Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist

Debbie - I couldn't disagree more with McMansions!  In my not so humble opinion, McMansions are giant zits on the face of the earth!

There is a place for Mansions (maybe) - that's when the house fits the land.  The majority of McMansions take up space, resources, and is a huge energy waster!

I think Lenn is right - I feel a blog coming on.

I do agree though that neighborhoods shouldn't stagnate - but not with those eyesores!

Dec 13, 2007 09:10 AM #3
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