The name Silver Spring isn't just for show; original landowner Francis Preston Blair named Silver Spring, Maryland after finding fresh spring water whose base was flecked with mica in 1840. Read Guide >
Vacancy rates are low, so start looking for your new abode early. Base your search on proximity to subway or the Capitol Beltway if youre commuting into D.C. for work. On average, commuters spend around 35 minutes on the daily drive, or via public transit. Public transportation is sought after and well utilized in Silver Spring. When meeting with your broker, bring all your paperwork with you from the get-go. You never know when you might find the perfect spot you want to jump on.
Diversely populated, with residents working primarily in management, administration, and education, theres also a strong artistic contingent in the community, with artists and media designers among them. Young educated singles and families are both right at home here.
Rock Creek Forest / Forest Glen Park: Near Rock Creek Park, with a wooded ambience, the neighborhood is densely populated and has an urban feel. Here your apartment search will turn up high rise apartments and condos, single family homes, and many older, comfortable properties. This is a community of drivers, with commutes into the metro DC area taking up to 40 minutes. $$$$
Hillandale: Small apartments, medium sized apartments, and single family homes abound here, in an area that attracts renters. Commuters use a mix of public transportation and private vehicles for the daily drive. $$
Burnt Mills/Burnt Mills Manor: Located in the northern part of the city, with a strongly suburban feel, and more green space than in other parts of town, here youll find town homes and single family rental homes. Rental properties are in high demand, in a community where those headed into work take the subway as well as drive. Theres an artsy feel to this neighborhood, with many residents employed in media or technology based work. $$$
Burtonsville/Spencerville: A solid suburban family community, made up primarily of large single family homes, four bedrooms or more. Some smaller apartment complexes are also available. Its an affluent community, and many residents have children here. Commuters primarily use their own cars to get to their place of business. $$$$
Glenmont: Urban in feel with a mix of small to medium sized high rise apartments and single homes. The neighborhood is diverse, with a good blend of singles and families. $$$
Silver Spring covers a large stretch of land in Montgomery County, extending to Rock Creek Park - the D.C. areas answer to New Yorks Central Park - and all the way to the edge of Prince Georges County. Silver Spring is spread over a larger area than any other Maryland city, besides Baltimore. Its studded with landmarks too: the aforementioned Rock Creek park offers nature at its best with hiking trails, picnic spots, and biking through a beautiful wooded, undeveloped area. Discovery Communications, purveyor of Shark Week, among other televised offerings, is headquartered here, as is the Seventh-day Adventist Church. If you're looking for many activities, from active entertainment venues to shopping and eateries, this is the place. What's not to like? Great restaurants, a diverse population, many options for apartment rentals and rental homes make starting your apartment search in Silver Spring a win/win.
Along with Rock Creek Park, Sligo Creek Park also follows the trajectory of a waterway, and offers hiking trails, tennis, and childrens playgrounds. Youll find the original site of that Silver Spring, the towns name sake, in downtowns Acorn Park. Dont plan on bringing your water bottle for a quick refill, though. The spring is now dry. Playing fields and tennis courts dominate at Jesup Blair Park, while in nearby Wheaton, Brookside Gardens floral extravaganza is on full display. The award winning garden park is rife with azaleas and has a butterfly garden, too.
Served by the award winning Montgomery County public school system, Silver Spring is home to three high schools. Elementary schools are conveniently interspersed through every neighborhood.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is also located here, and the downtown area hosts the well regarded Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival each June, through Discovery Communications and the American Film Institute, who both have a strong presence in the community. Obviously, there's always something to do.
Besides Silverdocs, this vibrant community also hosts the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, which draws crowds of over 20,000 every fall to hear local and national jazz artists including renowned artists like Srgio Mendes and Aaron Neville. And when it's turkey time, you'll gobble up Silver Spring's large Thanksgiving Day parade, which draws countywide recognition. Music, film, and a parade - quite a collection of annual events right in the palm of your hands.
A new outdoor shopping venue, Downtown Silver Spring features such upscale shopping destinations as Macy's, Whole Foods, and Ann Taylor, plus a 20 screen, state of the art Regal Theater complex.National chain restaurants are one dining option, and run the range from budget to high end options so wallets of all kinds are welcome. But Silver Springs ethnic diversity yields some dynamic local eateries from Haitian to Mexican cuisine, with Moroccan, Vietnamese, and Thai also well represented. You could have spring rolls for lunch and jerk chicken for dinner without leaving downtown Silver Spring.
The art deco era Silver Theater has been reborn with help from Discovery and AFI, showing independent American films, classics, and foreign films. The concert venue The Fillmore hosts rock, hip hop, and other acts, and the classic B&O rail line station has been revitalized and restored. The areas renaissance has been documented by PBS. Once looking forlorn, downtown is strong, unique, and vital. It's a destination for residents, even with Washington D.C.'s many charms just a subway ride away.Sports havent been slighted either - the Silver Spring Saints Youth Football Organization is well supported, and rugby and tennis teams are also part of the mix.
Silver Spring is one of the latest areas of the DC Metro area to undergo a revival. Downtown Silver Spring has been revitalized with hip places to shop, eat and play, like the AFI movie theater, which plays independent movies and brings back old movies for special showings. Silver Spring is home to the Discovery Channel, which sits in a large building in the downtown area, among boutiques and larger clothing stores like American Apparel. Downtown is also accessible by Metro on the Red Line, and a number of bus routes run through Silver Spring. Outside the downtown area, Silver Spring has a quieter feel, even though crime has been an ongoing issue in this area. It doesn't have the cache of places like Bethesda or Chevy Chase, which translates into more housing options at affordable prices. Since it is so close to DC, traffic is an issue here, as in any other close suburb. But the abundance of public transportation means it is not necessary to have a car if you live here.
Pros: •Very close to Washington DC •Downtown area is vibrant with shopping and dining •Metro Red Line and several bus lines make commuting easy •This area just keeps improving each year
Cons: •Traffic can be a nightmare here •Crime is an issue, especially on the outskirts of the area •Downtown living doesn't offer much green space or free parking
Social Scene - Bars, clubs, restaurants
American Cuisine Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant 7711 Eastern Ave. Silver Spring, MD 301-588-1688
Copper Canyon Grill 928 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 301-589-1330
The Corner Pub 10111 Sutherland Rd. Silver Spring, MD 301-593-8140
Eggspectation 923 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 301-585-1700
Fire Station 1 Restaurant & Brewing Co. 8131 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 202-905-4019
Fresh Starts 8201 Fenton St. Silver Spring, MD 301-587-6677
Fuddruckers 819 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 240-450-5990
Gazebo Grill 8506 Fenton St. Silver Spring, MD 301-589-4899
Golden Flame Restaurant 8630 Fenton St. Silver Spring, MD 301-588-7250
IHOP 12251 Tech Road Silver Spring, MD 301-680-1920
Outback Steakhouse 13703 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 301-933-4385
Piratz Tavern 8402 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, MD 301-588-9001
Ray's the Classics 8606 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD 301-588-7297
River City Grille Holiday Inn 8777 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 301-589-0800
Tastee Diner 8601 Cameron St. Silver Spring, MD 301-589-8171
Entertainment & Recreation - Things to do
Argyle Recreation Center Argyle Local Park 1030 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 301-650-2630 Capacity: 120; A/C, Refrigerator, Warming Oven
Colesville Recreation Center Colesville Local Park 610 Hobbs Drive Silver Spring, MD 301-622-1193 Capacity: 120, Refrigerator, Warming Oven East County 3310 Gateshead Manor Way Silver Spring 240-777-8090
Good Hope 14715 Good Hope Road Silver Spring 240-777-8055
Indian Springs Recreation Center Indian Springs-Terrace Local Park 9717 Lawndale Drive Silver Spring, MD 301-650-2630 Capacity: 120 A/C Refrigerator, Warming Oven
Long Branch 8700 Piney Branch Road Silver Spring 240-777-6965 North Four Corners Recreation Center North Four Corners Local Park 211 Southwood Avenue Silver Spring, MD 301-680-3772 Capacity: 150 Refrigerator, Warming Oven
Randolph Hills Local Park 11805 Ashley Drive Silver Spring, MD 301-650-2630 Capacity: 96, Refrigerator
Silver Spring Nolte Recreation Center Nolte Local Park 200 Denver Road Silver Spring, MD 301-650-2630 Capacity: 120, Oven Refrigerator, Stove Sligo Community Building Sligo-Dennis Avenue Local Park 10200 Sligo Creek Parkway Silver Spring, MD 301-650-2630 Capacity: 120 A/C, Refrigerator, Warming Oven Sligo Urban Recreation Center Sligo Avenue Neighborhood Park 500 Sligo Avenue Silver Spring, MD 301-650-2630 Capacity: 120 A/C, Oven, Refrigerator Spencerville Recreation Center
The Essentials - Groceries, gyms, banks
Listing all 9 results in Markets and Grocery Stores:
1.Aday Abeda Market - 7833 Eastern Ave 2.Convenience Express - 948 Wayne Ave 3.Giant Food - 1280 East West Hwy 4.Safeway - 909 Thayer Ave 5.Thai Market and Carryout - 902 Thayer Ave 6.Twin Towers Market - 1110 Fidler Ln 7.Wesenyelesh International Market - 901 Silver Spring Ave 8.Whole Foods Market - 833 Wayne Ave 9.Woder Ethiopian Carryout & Market - 7845 Eastern Ave
Fitness & Recreation Centers
Golds Gym 8661 Colesville Rd Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-585-4653
Gymboree Play & Music 921B Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-589-0064 LA Fitness 8616 Cameron Street Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-589-2323
Washington Sports Club 901 Wayne Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-587-1388
Willow Yoga Club 8561 Fenton St., 2nd Floor Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-270-8038
YMCA 9800 Hastings Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20901 301-585-2120
There are 84 K-12 schools in Silver Spring, MD, including 51 public schools and 33 private schools. Silver Spring public schools belong to one districts, Montgomery County Public Schools School District.
There are 61 Silver Spring preschools and day care centers, 58 Silver Spring elementary schools, 27 Silver Spring middle schools and 20 Silver Spring high schools.