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Silver Spring, MD

Did you know? In 1840, Elizabeth Blair, daughter of one of the city founders, discovered a natural spring filled with mica chips, which imparted a silvery hue. The town was named in honor of this colorful water feature.

Geographic orientation: Montgomery County, Maryland

Landmarks: Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, The Fillmore, National Museum of Health and Medicine

Why You'll Love This Area: Silver Spring offers a family-friendly, walkable downtown, excellent restaurants and stores and a vibrant mix of arts and entertainment.

Just minutes from the nation's capital, Silver Spring is a suburban city located in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is one of the fasting growing and most diverse communities in the U.S. The boundaries of Silver Spring cover a large geographic area extending from the borders of Washington, D.C. to the south, Prince George's County to the east and Howard County to the north. The area has a mix of old and new housing in a variety of price ranges and its central location makes it a good place to live and work.

There's a large concentration of apartments near Downtown Silver Spring, which is a vibrant pedestrian-friendly arts and entertainment district buzzing with activity. Major employers in the area include United Therapeutics, Discovery Communications, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Radio One. Montgomery College's Takoma Park campus is located within walking distance from Downtown Silver Spring.

If you're looking to rent an apartment in Silver Spring, check out apartments in the following neighborhoods:

Downtown Silver Spring: Downtown Silver Spring is bordered by 16th Street and Eastern Avenue to the west, Spring Street and Cedar Street to the north, Grove and Fenton Streets to the east and King Street to the south. It is walkable and welcoming featuring wide-open plazas, colorful artwork, and a variety of shopping, dining and cultural attractions. The urban center has undergone dramatic improvements in recent years with the development of the shopping and entertainment district, the American Film Institute's renovation of the historic Silver Theatre, and the opening of the Fillmore Silver Spring music venue. Annual events include a summer concert series, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade, farmers and craft markets, children's programs and other festivals.

Transportation

Silver Spring is ideally situated to easily commute around the capital region. The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center, a multi-modal passenger transit facility opened next to the Metrorail station in Silver Spring in 2015. The new accessible station provides services for Metrobus, Ride-on Buses, Shuttle-UM, and MARC trains. Customer amenities include real-time bus departure information, public restrooms, water fountains, escalators, bike racks/lockers, and neighborhood map displays. Silver Spring is centrally located within an easy drive to the regional airports. Distances are as follows: Reagan National: 25 miles; Dulles International: 30 miles; Baltimore- Washington International: 32 miles.

Parks and Recreation

Rock Creek Park passes along the west side of Silver Spring, and offers hiking trails, picnic grounds, and bicycling. On weekends, the main road, Beach Drive, is mostly closed to motor vehicles. Sligo Creek Park flows through Silver Spring offering hiking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and bicycling.

Parks and Recreation

Neighborhoods near Silver Spring include Kemp Mill, Fenton Village, Takoma Park; Woodside, Montgomery Hills, Blair, Seven Oaks, Calverton, Capitol View Park, Cloverly, Colesville, Fairland, Forest Glen, Four Corners, Hillandale, Montgomery Hills, Rock Creek Forest, Rosemary Hills, Wheaton, White Oak, Woodmoor, and Aspen Hill.

Future Silver Spring Development

The State of Maryland established the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District in 2001 to help develop and promote tourism and business revitalization in the area. The area has grown tremendously since that time and new construction is ongoing. Plans for the Purple Line, a 16.2-mile Light Rail Transit line to connect Prince George's and Montgomery counties, are in development and would have a direct connection to the Metrorail Red Line in Silver Spring. The area is also the northern terminus of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an 8-mile trail that will eventually extend to Union Station in D.C.

Neighborhood Corridors:

  • I-495
  • MD-29 Colesville Rd
  • MD-97 Georgia Ave

    Public Transportation Options:

  • Metro: Silver Spring and Forest Glen;
  • Commuter Rail: MARC Train, Regional
  • Buses: Metrobus, Ride On and VanGo. Intercity Bus: Greyhound.

    School District(s): Montgomery County Public Schools