Featured Neighborhood: South Four Corners

April 7, 2014 Leave a comment

April 7, 2014

Conveniently located just 7 miles from the National Mall, South Four Corners is a great Silver Spring, Maryland neighborhood with approximately 1,200 single family homes nestled between University Boulevard, Dennis Avenue, Colesville Road, Forest Glen Road and Sligo Creek Parkway.

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A True Sense of Community

South Four Corners has a great sense of community, due in large part to the Citizen’s Association, which hosts meetings bi-monthly to plan neighborhood events designed to make the community a great place to live.

Recently highlighted in the Washington Post. Check out the article by clicking here.

The South Four Corners community puts on many great activities for residents, including:

Sweep the Creek: Throughout the year, residents work together to ensure Sligo creek that borders our neighborhood stays clean.

Community Day: An annual celebration that brings residents together for an afternoon of food, fun and celebration. The event includes activities for kids of all ages, music, food from local businesses, visits from the fire and police departments, and the opportunity to meet new neighbors.

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A sample of past and present community events include an Ice Cream Social, Adopt-A-Road, Community Yard Sale, Taste of South Four Corners, Garden Tours, Halloween Parade, National Night Out, Community Day and the annual Tree Lighting celebration. Neighbors also host block parties throughout the year.

Check out the South Four Corners Facebook Page for more information on upcoming events.

Location: Located approximately one mile from the Forest Glen Metro (Red Line), South Four Corners provides easy access to major commuter routes. Located just minutes from downtown Silver Spring, many amenities, including a grocery store, post office, coffee shop, bakery, dry cleaners, banks and a few local restaurants, are within walking distance.

Shopping: Many neighbors love the close proximity to Trader Joe’s (less than 5 min. drive) and the Woodmoor shopping center featuring CVS, Woodmoor Bake Shop, Starbucks, Subway, Hoover Fisher Florist, Bank of America, Chipotle, Santucci’s Deli and many other great shops. The post office and Safeway also border the community.

Salons: Alchemy Salon and Blue Heron Wellness are award-winning local salons that are highly recommended by residents.

Medical Emergencies: Holy Cross Hospital is located about one-half mile down the street.

Recreation: Sligo Creek Golf Course is around the corner and the playgrounds and trails along Sligo Creek are a great place to run, bike and walk. The YMCA is right across Colesville Road and many other fitness centers are within a few minute drive. Spend an afternoon hiking along Northwest Branch Stream, or ice skating at Veterans Plaza, riding the train at Wheaton Regional Park or taking a class at Brookside Gardens

Downtown Silver Spring (DTSS): Located just a few miles away, Downtown Silver Spring has everything from dining, shopping, Veterans plaza, library, American Film Institute and Regal Cinemas, Whole Foods, Ann Taylor Loft, DSW and so much more. Downtown Silver Spring hosts nearly 200 events each year including the annual Jazz festival, parades, concerts, arts & craft fairs, cultural festivals and a year-round Farmer’s Market.

Farmers Markets: There is a year-round farmers market in Downtown Silver Spring and a number of other seasonal markets just a few minutes away.

For Kids: Many children’s establishments are located just a short drive away. These include the Little Gym, Gymboree, Silver Stars Gymnastics, Maryland Youth Ballet, and Wheaton Studio of Dance. In addition, there are a number of playgrounds and parks within walking distance, and many more located within just a few minute drive.

Market Stats

In 2013, the median sales price of homes in South Four Corners was $445,000.

Homes stayed on the market for an average of only 8 days.

Montgomery County Public Schools
The South 4 Corners Neighborhood is served by 2 school districts and is also part of the Downcounty consortium which gives students a choice regarding their academic area of study at the High School level. The five high schools in the Downcounty cluster include Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood and Wheaton. The neighborhood is served by these local schools:

Elementary Schools
Flora Singer Elementary School
Forest Knolls Elementary School

Middle Schools
Silver Spring International
Sligo Middle School

High Schools
Northwood High School
Albert Einstein High School

To learn more about local schools in Montgomery County and beyond, check out http://www.greatschools.org/

Want to learn more about the area? Contact me at any time. I’ll provide you with an up-to-date listing of available homes in South Four Corners and discuss how to get you one step closer to living in the wonderful neighborhood.

 

Things to Do in April

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Looking for something fun to do in our area this month?  Click on the activities in this list to find out more about them!

DSC_0126National Cherry Blossom Festival: March 20 – April 13, 2014

Washington Nationals Baseball Opening Day: April 4, 2014

FreshFarm Farmers Market in Downtown Silver Spring: April 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2014 9-1:00 p.m.

Kent Island Bay Bridge Boat Show: April 11-13, 2014

DC Design House Tours: April 13 – May 11, 2014

Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard: April 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 21, 26 & 27, 2014

Bunny Breakfast & Train Ride at the B&O Railroad Museum Baltimore: April 18 & 19, 2014 8:30-9:30 a.m.

 

Some Spring Maintenance Tips to Get you Started

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1. Check your gutters and downspouts. Remove any debris that has accumulated throughout the winter and check to make sure there are no signs of damaged or bent gutters.
2. Prepare for the warmer weather and schedule your air conditioning spring cleaning. And don’t forget to change your filters monthly!
3. Turn on your outside water spigots and make sure you have good water flow. Listen inside for any water leaks.
4. Clean and prepare your outdoor living space for the season. Pressure wash the area and don’t forget staining and sealing your wood deck will make it last longer.
5. Declutter your garage/shed and make sure you keep all chemicals out of children’s/pet’s_MG_4032 copy_2 reach.
6. Make sure it’s safe to swing. Check kids’ outdoor play areas and tighten bolts if needed. Avoid splinters by looking for splitting wood.
7. Visit the attic to confirm there are no signs of leaks.
8. Trim the trees. We tend to have strong winds in the spring and summer and loose tree branches can really do some damage to your home  and injure others.
9. Check clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer to avoid fires.
10. One way to avoid leaky basements is to have a proper slope away from the foundation. Experts recommend a slope of 6 inches for the first 10 feet.
Enjoy the season. Happy Spring!

Looking for Something to do this Month? Check out these Great Activities in our Area!

March 12, 2014 Comments off
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Click on the links below to view each activity:

Gaithersburg Saint Patrick’s Day Parade March 15, 2014

Baltimore Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, March 16, 2014 

DC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade March 16, 2014

DC National Cherry Blossom Festival March 20 – April 13, 2014

Annapolis Maryland Day Celebration March 21-23, 2014

National Harbor Restaurant Week March 23-27, 2014

Annapolis Beer Week March 29 – April 5, 2014

Baltimore Orioles Home Opener March 31, 2014

Another happy seller…

February 5, 2014 Comments off

9019_Saffron_TNBetty is by far the best real estate agent I’ve ever worked with.  She is extremely knowledgeable, positive, and always available for questions and concerns. She sold our house in a week for the full asking price.  She’s passionate about helping you through the process and really listens to your concerns.
 You cannot go wrong with this rare and amazing agent. – The Waranch’s 

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Does your family have all their important documents in one place?

January 3, 2014 Comments off

A great way to start a new year. Create an  “Important Documents Folder” and be prepared! We did this about a year ago and it’s a great feeling. 

I recommend dividing your documents up into categories

 Identification (I made copies of these items and the originals are in a safer place)

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage License
  • Social Security Cards
  • Passports
  • Voter Registration

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  • Copy of recent credit report. You can get a free report every year and this includes all your open accounts so I don’t necessary think you need a list of each credit card account.
  • Most Recent Tax Return
  • Bank Account(s) Information
  • Financial Portfolio Account(s) Information
  • College Savings Plan Account Information
  • Student Loans
  • Contact information for accountant

House

  • Mortgage or rental agreement
  • Lender contact information
  • Settlement company contact information
  • Utility companies and account information
  • Home Warranty
  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Utility information

Health Information

  • Vital health information for each family member, including: particularly blood type, allergies, conditions and shot records
  • Contact information for physicians and dentist
  • Health Insurance
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance

Auto

  • Vehicle loan information
  • Insurance policy number and contact

Life Insurance

  • Contact information and policy number

Pets

  • Pet Insurance
  • Vet contact information
  • Misc. Information like breeder and if they have a Homeagain chip

Life Planning

  • Health Care Power of Attorney (for all family members including one for the kids for their caretakers when you travel without them)
  •  Last Will & Testament
  • Living Trust
  • Advanced Directive

Business

  • If you own a business you should prepare something similar.
  • If you are an employee at the very least have the contact information for the HR Director and Supervisor.

Our lives can be disrupted with little or no warning by natural disasters, fires or other catastrophic events. Don’t wait for an emergency to think about being prepared! Just do it!

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The Batty’s celebrate the Fourth Annual 25 Days of Giving

January 3, 2014 Comments off

It’s always nice to start the year off on a positive  note. The Batty’s just wrapped up their fourth year of “The 25 Days of Giving”. We truly enjoy this time of year and it’s been great to have so many others join us and start their own tradition.

Day 1: Ordered Grammy’s favorite sugar cookies from Otterbein’s Bakery for the staff at Long View Nursing Home. The staff was so kind and caring during her last few days with us.

Day 2: Betty donated her jury expenses from today to “Montgomery County Generous Juror Program.” The program provides prom dresses, uniforms, camp memberships etc. local kids.

Day 3: Mailed a beautiful bracelet to a dear friend. This gift was handmade by a survivor of Human Trafficking and the organization works to rehabilitate girls and young women rescued from human trafficking.

Day 4: Donated a book from our book fair purchases tonight to Naomi’s class.

Day 5 : Little gift to our favorite mailman.

Day 6: Treated a stranger to a cup of coffee.

Day 7: Donation to Toys for Tots.

Day 8: Donation to St. Jude’s.

Day 9: John and I made blueberry muffins for the teachers and staff on a wet and snowy morning.

Day 10: Cleared off neighbors sidewalks, brought in their trash cans and dropped some soup off to another neighbor.

Day 11: Dropped off a little gift bag and handmade burp cloths to client who just had a baby #2. No I did not make them. My mom will tell you that I can barely sew a button on a shirt.

Day 12: New toys and bed linens for A Wider Circle’s Holiday Giving Project.

Day 13: Donation to Providence Volunteer Fire Dept. in honor of my grandfather, dad and brother. Three dedicated men who have truly made a difference in so many lives.

Day 14: We paid for the baby formula and infant tylenol for the mom who was in line behind us.

Day 15: Hand warmers for the homeless.

Day 16: A burrito for Coach T from his little basketball/soccer player.

Day 17: Dunkin Donuts gift card for school bus driver.

Day 18: Naomi and I volunteered at the DC Diaper Bank tonight. What a great organization and we will be sure to volunteer throughout the year.

Day 19: Donation to Polar Bear Plunge and the Special Olympics.

Day 20: A nice tip to three great delivery guys today who were so kind and helpful.

Day 21: Before the Terps game we had lunch at Ledo’s and then Todd dropped off a pizza at Theta Chi as they wrapped up a week of finals.

Day 22: Dinner and desert for one of our neighbors before they drive to Michigan in the morning.

Day 23: John made chocolate m&m pretzels and delivered them to the home of his favorite babysitter, Molly.

Day 24: Donation to support my cousins, Maddie and Ashley’s mission trip to Haiti this summer.

Day 25: Donation to the Grand Lake Yacht Club Sailing Foundation in memory of Dr. John L. Batty.

Here’s wishing everyone a great 2014!

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