The Stone House That Left Me Speechless!

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc MD 82788 DC SP97220

Stone House in Woodside Park

Balcony off Bedrooms This is one house that had me speechless when I saw it, the outside and the inside.  It's located in the Wynnewood Park Section of Woodside Park and was listed by an agent in my office as an "AS IS"  fixer-upper.  It was even more interesting inside.  

It was built in the late 1920's in the Woodside Park Neighborhood of Silver Spring.  The stone used to build the house is said to have come from the Crosby Noyes Mansion. Crosby Noyes was the owner and editor in chief of the Washington Evening Star Newspapers.  The stone was "recycled" from the mansion that stood near this house, when it was torn down in 1926.  Stone masons from the National Cathedral laid the stone on this house and the one next to it.   The similar stone house next door is where the wife and children of notorius Gaston Means lived in the 1930's while he was in prison.  You can read about these houses and the rest of the interesting history of Living Room CeilingWoodside Park on this site: Woodside Park Architectural Walking Tour

The house has a 2 story living room with a curved staircase leading up to the only 2 Bedrooms in the house. The 2 Bedrooms were off a balcony that overlooked the living room and massive stone fireplace.  It looked to be all original.  The light fixtures and 1 & 1/2 baths were ORIGINAL circa 1920's.  The kitchen appliances had been removed, darn it , would have really liked to have seen those!  They did leave the awesome huge old 1920's kitchen sink though.  The basement had a narrrow spiral staircase steps going down with a heavy rope for a handrail (too scary for me).  It was in very very sad shape and not for the faint of heart remodeler or restorer.  This house was snatched up within 24 hours and had multiple contracts.

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Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
That's a very cool looking house. I'd like to own that.
Sep 19, 2012 01:46 PM #1
Deborah Nance
Orange County, Corona, Riverside, Los Angeles - Corona, CA
Southern California , Reverse Mortgage Specialist

What a great house!  I hope you'll get a chance to see it after the new owners remodel.  Here's hoping they stay true to the "soul" of the house.

Sep 19, 2012 02:07 PM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debbie -- you can certainly have a talent for spotlighting some great architectural treasures in your area.  I love the two story ceilings and interesting angles --- it would be my hope that someone restores rather than remodels(errr I really mean to say re-muddle)this home.   Thanks for sharing yet another great home.

Sep 19, 2012 02:13 PM #3
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Debbie - Really cool looking home - I think it's fantastic that the stones were found on site. Thanks for sharing!

Sep 19, 2012 08:51 PM #4
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Wow... Very neat!  I wish I owned this home.  So very different from the southwestern style we are use to.  I've seen a home somewhat like this in Alabama and it was amazing.  Thanks for sharing and make it a great day!

Sep 20, 2012 12:35 AM #5
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Yes, I can see why so many wanted it and congratulations to the one who did.  I hope they do justice to this gorgeous home.

Sep 20, 2012 01:37 AM #6
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

You don't often see a home that leaves you speechless - maybe you should consider the home for yourself.  :)  It is definitely a special property. 

Sep 20, 2012 10:09 AM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Debbie, now I have to check this one out!  I had a listing a bunch of years ago that had a lot of the same characteristics.  That is such a cool neighborhood.

Sep 20, 2012 12:20 PM #8
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


This little stone bulding sounds incredible.  Would love to see inside!  You're one lucky realtor!

Sep 20, 2012 03:19 PM #9
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Debbie ~ I love the details and the history, although I would have stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the rope handrail to the basement. No thanks! Congrats on your quick sale!

Sep 21, 2012 12:47 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debbie- How interesting!  It's refreshing to see or read about houses that are so much different from what we now have... big boxes.  Would love to see the "After" pics of the remodel. 

Sep 22, 2012 08:57 AM #11
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Debbie, I was just about to email you and ask if I could come look at it ... when I read your last comment. *sigh* That does not surprise me at all .. of course a gem like this is gone before it really hits the market. Thank you for sharing, that is a very special Silver Spring property.

Sep 22, 2012 09:55 AM #12
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Beautiful home!  You won't see many like that, here especially.


Sep 23, 2012 06:46 PM #13
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Looks like a very interesting house with a very interesting history! What was the asking price?


Nov 09, 2012 11:26 AM #14
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