Light, spacious 3–5 BR home, great neighborhood near local universities

Last Updated: Jun. 8th, 2024
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We are two academics planning to be overseas on sabbatical in 2024-25.  We hope to rent our house to a couple or family.  The house is a fully furnished, cozy, and peaceful family home on a quiet, tree-lined street in a warm and friendly neighborhood. Silver Spring is a lively town just outside Washington, DC, with excellent schools, lots of restaurants and cafes, two movie theaters (including the American Film Institute), a Whole Foods Market, a farmer’s market, a spacious and modern public library, and a brand-new public aquatic and recreation center, all within a short walk. There are several lovely playgrounds with playing fields just minutes away. Takoma Park is nearby, with charming, locally-owned shops and restaurants, a farmer’s market, and a natural foods co-op. The house is an easy walk to the Silver Spring metro station, providing quick access to Washington, DC. It is also close to both Sligo Creek Park and Rock Creek Park and their many walking and biking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds, and playing fields.

Most of the local colleges and universities are readily accessible by public transportation or car, including the University of Maryland, George Washington, American, Howard, Georgetown, Trinity Washington Universities, the Catholic University of America, along with many others (see full list below).

The house has 5 rooms that could be either bedrooms or offices, currently configured as 3 bedrooms and 2 offices, and 2½ baths. There is also separate guest room. The rooms are as follows:

Main floor:
• Living room with working fireplace
• Dining room (with expandable table)
• Office (could be a bedroom)
• Updated kitchen with a large granite counter and a table for less formal meals
• Half-bath

Second floor:
• Main bedroom with built-in closets/drawers
• Bedroom 2 with built-in closets/drawers
• Bedroom 3 (small, suitable for a nursery or bedroom for a child)
• Office with built-in closets/drawers (which could also be a bedroom)
• Full bath with bathtub currently being renovated and completely updated

Finished basement:
• Large TV room
• Guest bedroom (with pull-out sofa bed, closet, and chest of drawers)
• Laundry room with newer LG washer and dryer
• Full bath with bathtub

The house has a front porch with rocking chairs, a porch swing, and a ceiling fan. It also has small front, back, and side yards (w/ compost bin and gardening boxes). The back yard is suitable for children playing and is fenced.

Amenities include:
• gas stove and oven
• electric combination microwave/air fryer/convection oven
• dishwasher
• coffee maker and coffee bean grinder
• toaster
• multi-cooker (similar to an Instant Pot)
• rice cooker
• smoothie blender
• traditional blender
• complete set of cookware and dining ware.

In the backyard:
• gas grill

• high-speed Verizon FiOS internet with 5GHz/2.4GHz wireless router
• Sony Bravia HD smart TV with an AppleTV box
• Canon printer/scanner/copier

• Piano
• Central AC (throughout)
• Hot-water radiator heating (except in the basement, which uses space heaters)
• Exercise bike
• Abs machine

More pictures and floor plans are available here:


Home Details:

For rent!   
Contact: William B., Academic - Faculty/Instructor
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, US
Neighborhood: Blair
Postal Code: 20910
  See a map of 820 Gist Avenue
Type: House (Single Family) (Suitable for up to 6 people)
Cost: (USD) $5,500.00 per month (Somewhat Negotiable)
Lease: Aug. 7th, 2024, until Aug. 6th, 2025
(Minimum lease length: 6 months)
(Lease dates/length somewhat flexible)
Utilities: Heat, Water, and Electricity Included
Size: 2,400 square feet / 223 square meters
Rooms: 2 full-bathrooms
1 half-bathrooms
5 bedrooms
10 total rooms (excluding bathrooms)
Near Park Near Public Transportation
Near Shopping Off Campus
Urban Environment Walk/jog Trails
Near Schools
Air Conditioning Deck or Patio
Dishwasher Dryer
Eat-in-kitchen Enclosed/Fenced Yard
Family Friendly Finished Basement
Fireplace Furnished
Garden Hardwood Floors
Heat Included Internet Access
Landscaped Microwave
Nonsmoking Parking
Range Refrigerator
Security System Two Story
Washer Washer/Dryer
Some Pets Allowed
Nearby Universities: Capitol College
The Catholic University of America
George Washington University
Howard University
Montgomery College
University of Maryland, College Park
American University
Gallaudet University
The Art Institute of Washington
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Columbia Union College
Corcoran College of Art + Design
Georgetown University
Joint Military Intelligence College
National Defense University

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