The question of whether Sharon Canavan likes her neighborhood of Northwood-Four Corners in Silver Spring, Md., where she has lived for 32 years, elicits a quizzical look.

“I’ve lived in three different houses in the same community, so I guess I like it,” she says with a chuckle.

Canavan, who grew up in Northwood-Four Corners, said that after graduating from college and marrying, she decided to return to the area to raise her children. She had fond memories of a tightknit community of families and wanted her children to have that environment, she said.

“We have a number of older residents who are downsizing and moving away, and there are more young couples with children who want to take their place than we can handle,” said Canavan, who lives in a 2,100-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bathroom 1950s-style “brick Snow White House,” complete with a steeply pitched roof and dormer windows. “We’re on the crest of one of those general changes. It’s just such a beautiful, walkable neighborhood that people fall in love with it instantly.”

Judy Hanrahan, an agent with Realty Executives Premier, said that properties in Northwood-Four Corners are generally “soft sells” that don’t require much negotiation to close a deal.

“It’s a neighborhood with a diversity of home styles and real estate prices, but the number one factor that gets people excited is its convenient location for commuting to downtown and access to nearby shopping options.”


Abutting nature: Ed Levy said he had never heard of Northwood-Four Corners when he and his wife began looking for a larger home for their growing family in the early 1980s

The only requirement on his checklist, he said, was access to woods and nature. His agent showed him an attractive split-level that backed up to Northwest Branch and the rest, he said, was history.

“If I go outside and take 10 steps into the nearby park, you’d think you were hundreds of miles deep in the woods,” said Levy, who has an 1,800-square-foot home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Jacquie Bokow was in Northwood-Four Corners visiting her mother in 2000 when a sign for an open house caught her attention. Bokow, who grew up in the neighborhood and had just started her search for a new home, noticed immediately that the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom rambler being advertised fit all of her needs.

“I wanted a brick house on one level with lots of natural light, and this house had all three of those things,” she said. “We came in and knew this was the place for us. It was just perfect.”

It wasn’t until she and her husband began the purchasing process that she discovered just how connected they were to the property, she said.

The original owners were schoolteachers at Northwood High School, from which Bokow and her husband graduated, she said.

The couple they purchased their house from moved to a newer house in the same neighborhood, Bokow said.

“I was shocked that they were moving from what for us was and has been our dream house,” she said.

Living there: Minutes from downtown Silver Spring and with easy access to a network of trails for hiking, biking and running, Northwood-Four Corners is roughly bordered to the northeast by the Northwest Branch, to the northwest by Caddington Avenue and Loxford Terrace, to the southeast by Colesville Road, and to the southwest by University Boulevard.

In the past 12 months, 47 properties have been sold in Northwood-Four Corners, ranging from a 1,017-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom rambler for $255,000 to a 2,372-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom Colonial for $705,000, said Hanrahan, the agent with Realty Executives Premier.

There are five houses for sale in Northwood-Four Corners, ranging from a 1,428-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse for $369,000 to a 1,255-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom rambler for $449,000, Hanrahan said.

Schools: Forest Knolls Elementary, Silver Spring International Middle, and Northwood High.

Transit: Northwood-Four Corners is less than three miles from the Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Wheaton stations on Metro’s Red Line. Montgomery County’s Ride On bus as well as Metrobus’s C2 and C4 routes also serve the neighborhood.

Crime: In the past six months, there were four burglaries, three stolen vehicles, one assault and one robbery reported in the area that includes Northwood-Four Corners, according to Montgomery County police.