March 30, 2018

Preservation Personals: Victorian-Era Stunner in Maryland Offers a Taste of Suburban Elegance

  • By: Mikayla Raymond

I’m a charming Victorian-era home in Silver Spring, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C. I was built in 1887, and I have been carefully restored to my former glory over the past 30 years by my current owners. Their restoration work included some much-needed upgrades—I hope that you’ll enjoy my huge, open kitchen.

A note on Silver Spring—it’s probably the best D.C. suburb out there (granted, I’m a bit biased). Aside from my neighborhood being a hotbed for cool architecture and gorgeous homes, I’m surrounded by opportunities to partake in nature, including a multitude of walking and hiking trails, Sligo Creek, and the northern branch of Rock Creek Park all a few minutes away. I’m on the metro’s Red Line, so getting into D.C. is no problem when you’re craving a taste of big-city life. Even closer to home is the rapidly growing Downtown Silver Spring, which offers some of the best of what city life has to offer, including the American Film Institute, great restaurants, and a wonderful weekly farmers market, all without the D.C. traffic.

But back to me: I have three levels above ground and a generous 3,000 square feet of living space split into five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and one half-bath. A beautiful enclosed porch wraps around my street-facing side, with charming gingerbread railing and pops of bright red, from my shutters to my roof. My porch is perfectly made for summertime sipping with friendly neighbors and for admiring my half-acre landscaped lot.

Come on inside, and enjoy my large, open spaces. You’ll notice that the spaces themselves feel modern and elegant despite being heavily articulated with antique details, such as leaded transom windows, and solid wood door and window surrounds that feature bullseye rosettes at the corners.

To learn more about me, check out my listing here.

My charming Victorian-era exterior.

photo by: Ross Sutton

Silver Spring, MD 20910.

My classic patio, ideal for summer sippin.

photo by: Ross Sutton

My screened-in porch, featuring pops of cherry red on the shutters.

My elegant, refined dining room.

photo by: Ross Sutton

Check out my fireplace and my transom windows!

Mikayla Raymond is a proud preservationist and editorial intern at the National Trust. She lives for public parks, weird art, and women’s history.

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