SFH: Charm and Metro for Under $450,000

A while back I did a blog entry called “Close to DC for under $500,000” about single family homes in Takoma Park. Today I decided to get choosier and focus on the same audience, but for Silver Spring. This is so close to DC that you urbanites should keep reading.

This is for people and families who like the Metro, and who want older, close-in, walkable neighborhoods but find DC prices to be impossible. Do you need your Whole Foods and Starbucks? Want to walk or bike to the Metro? You can do it in fast-developing Silver Spring. Watch out Arlington!


Using the Redfin search I found many houses for sale for under $450,000. Below are a few of them. My main criteria, besides location, were that they should have at least 3 bedrooms and some sense of charm jumping out at me from the MLS photographs. In fact, the choice is much wider. These examples are all on the more expensive end of my search.

608 Wayne Ave - $449,000 – REDUCED - 3 bed/2 bath brick Cape Cod in the downtown area. Built in 1950, with wood floors and fireplace. The word “storybook” is in the description. Walk to everything. $10,000 in closing credit. Open Sun, 6/15, 1-3.

626 Potomac Ave$440,000 – 4 bed/2 bath Cape Cod in Blair. The word “storybook” is also in this description, I think mainly related to the veranda and HUGE yard. It came on the market a couple of weeks ago and is still having some painting done, according to the listing. I guess the open house might come after that, if necessary.  

205 Hartwell Rd - $419,000 – 3 bed/2.5 bath Cape Cod in Highland View. In addition to the 3 bedrooms there is a newly refinished basement with an extra room. Walk to shops from this quiet street. Open NEXT Sunday, 6/22, 1-4.  

8713 Geren Rd$439,900 – 4 bed/2 bath Colonial built in 194o, also in Highland View. This has 4 finished levels and a large yard. New flagstone patio, porch. Walk to shops.  Open Sunday, 6/8, 1-5.

As an aside, if you go a few miles away and just past the Beltway in Silver Spring, you can find 4-5 bedroom houses for under $400,000 in friendly, quiet neighborhoods. Past the Beltway is off my personal radar, so I don’t really cover it in my blog. I think Redfin is looking for people to write about these areas, however …. 


Photo: matthewbradley, Creative Commons license