In 1978, when Aron and Karen Primack bought this midcentury modern home on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring, they were just the second owners.
Aron liked the style of the 1967 house, with its big windows and square rooms. The woodsy setting also appealed to him. Karen liked that the house was roomy enough for the family to enjoy their various activities.
“You could spread out, make the most of yourself and your interests,” she said.
The home was designed by Neil R. Greene, one of 15 contemporary houses the architect designed along Edgevale Road, including one he built for himself that was featured in The Washington Post in 1970.
Greene, who earned his architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, was a major in the Air Force from 1958 to 1959. Before establishing his own firm in 1968, he worked with Ronald Senseman, Fon Montgomery and Charles M. Goodman. He was just about to strike out on his own when he designed the Woodside Forest homes.
“I was a partner of Charles Goodman at the time (Goodman Greene Architects) and was influenced by his contemporary home designs and applied some of his ideas in my own home,” Greene wrote in an email. “I worked with each owner and custom designed each house.”
According to Clare Kelly, architectural history specialist at the Montgomery County Planning Department, among Greene’s many projects were a subdivision of 292 modular houses in Gaithersburg, the Long Branch Library, Peoples National Bank branches and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission recreation centers.
A May 1967 advertisement in the Washington Evening Star touted the houses, which were built by Carl J. Thye, as “the spirit of the California contemporary.”
“The Woodside Forest cluster is for you if you are looking for an honest and lusty contemporary. . . . The interiors are a delight of volumes of space, light and color with a careful choice of materials.”
In their nearly four decades in the home, the Primacks have made two major additions to it. They added a glass-enclosed room with a 48-foot indoor non-chlorinated lap pool in 1985. They expanded the second floor in 2001, creating extra studio and office space.
The home has a stone fireplace in the dining room, 11 skylights, a 54-foot deck that overlooks the terraced back yard and a one-car attached garage. It is steps away from the Sligo Creek Trail and near downtown Silver Spring.
The six-bedroom, five-bathroom, 6,092-square-foot home is listed at $1,249,000. An open house is scheduled for Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Listing agent: Alyssa Crilley, Washington Fine Properties
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