Silver Spring brings you a tranquil suburban environment along with a high-energy downtown that presents countless opportunities to socialize. So whether you feel like meeting new people or breaking away from the crowd, you’ll feel right at home in this unincorporated community in Maryland.
With a population of approximately 76,000, Silver Spring was discovered by Francis Preston Blair in 1840 and named for a spring with mica flakes in its depths. It grew into a streetcar suburb in early 20th century.
Although the downtown area went into the decline during the 1960s and 70s, the opening of the Silver Spring Metro reinvigorated the community’s urban core and paved the way for redevelopment.
Located about 6.6 miles away from Washington D.C., the nation’s capital is highly accessible from the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center, Silver Spring Metro Station, and Forest Glen Metro Station.
Silver Spring consists of quiet residential pockets within walking distance of shops and restaurants. A diverse mix of long-time residents, migrants, single professionals, and families make up the fabric of the community.
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Real estate options and property types in Silver Spring
The community offers single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Buyers have an excellent selection of older homes to choose from.
Most homes have 3 to 4 bedrooms, making them ideal for growing families. Hardwood floors, quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances are common features.
Some of the largest homes in the area can have up to 6 bedrooms, along with eat-in kitchens, dining rooms, family rooms, and enclosed porches.
Colonial and Bungalow are prevalent architectural styles.
Notable neighborhoods include:
- Woodside Park
- South Four Corners
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Living in Silver Spring
- Downtown Silver Spring features boutiques, shoe stores, and specialty shops selling fine accessories. Restaurants serve a variety of cuisines, from Mexican to Lebanese, Japanese to Chinese, Ethiopian to Thai.
- Watch a live performance at Fillmore Silver Spring, a music venue that seats 2,000. Fillmore also hosts private events, offering state-of-the-art sound technology, custom menus, and mixocology.
- AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center hosts premieres, limited engagements, and one-night-only special events. The theatre has screened films like “Birds of Passage,” “Candelaria,” and “Day of the Dead.”
- Go hiking, biking, or rollerblading along Sligo Creek Trail, one of the oldest and most heavily used trails in the steam valley park. There are hilly sections along the trail, and some parts of it cut across busy streets. The northern tip of the trail provides access to Wheaton Regional Park.
- The Rock Creek Trail winds through Rock Creek Regional Park extending from Needwood Lake all the way to the Washington D.C. border. It leads to a wooded corridor encompassing Rock Creek, which flows out to Potomac River.
- Sligo Creek Golf Course is a nine-hole course with a hilly and challenging terrain. It holds the distinction of being the oldest nine-hole golf course in the United States. The clubhouse has a pro shop and a snack bar.