Silver Spring, located inside the beltway between Washington, DC, College Park, and Bethesda/Chevy Chase, is one of the primary cosmopolitan centers of Montgomery County, with a long history of being a center of entertainment, dining, and shopping options. Due to its proximity to DC (downtown is right on the border with the city) Silver Spring is home to a large, diverse population of 81,000 residents, making it the 4th largest community in Maryland.
To the north of Silver Spring lies the Capital Beltway, which connects Silver Spring to areas throughout the DMV including Bethesda, Tyson’s Corner, Alexandria, Arlington, and College Park. Georgia Avenue, which runs right through the heart of downtown, connects Silver Spring with the Capital Mall, which lies just 7 miles south. Morning commutes to the city are easy as commuters can take Georgia Avenue (30 minutes during rush hour) or the Metro (6 stops to downtown.) Additionally, the Purple Line, which is currently being built, will connect Silver Spring to nearby Bethesda and other Maryland cities within the beltway via train, offering another excellent travel option.
Airports are conveniently located for residents of Silver Spring. National Airport (DC) lies 13 miles south, along the Potomac, and is a 25-35 minute drive. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) lies 30 miles north and is typically a 30-45 minute drive. Dulles International Airport in Virginia lies 31 miles to the west and is a 30-45 minute drive as well. This makes business trips or vacations easy to plan as residents have a large number of airline and destination options to choose from.
Silver Spring has varying border definitions. The traditional definition of Silver Spring is the area within the beltway, covering neighborhoods such as Downtown, Franklin Knolls, Oakview, and Woodside. However, broader definitions, including that of the Post Office, expand Silver Spring far into other portions of eastern Montgomery County, covering Wheaton, Glenmont, Aspen Hill, Colesville, and White Oak. Regardless of how you define the border of where Silver Spring ends and where it begins, it is a large, diverse, and exciting community to call home.
Silver Spring has a long list of well-known Americans who have grown up there including household names such as comedian Dave Chapelle, Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, journalist Connie Chung, author Nora Roberts, comedian Lewis Black, numerous NBA players, and Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Football Team. This diverse array of famous Americans speaks to the varied cultures and cultural experiences that exist in Silver Spring, providing opportunities to play sports, explore the arts, drama, and politics.
Downtown Silver Spring offers a wide variety of experiences for residents and visitors alike. The Fillmore Silver Spring, a large live music venue, is an offshoot of the famed Fillmore in San Francisco. If you’re thirsty, downtown Silver Spring is home to three breweries including Astro Lab, Silver Branch, and Denizens. Due to its diverse population, Silver Spring also features many different cuisine types including Cuban, Mexican, Italian, Burmese, Chinese, Japanese, and Ethiopian among others.
If what you’re looking for can’t be found in Silver Spring, its location near downtown DC and downtown Bethesda provides numerous alternative options for exploration, tourism, dining, and fun.
Capital One Arena, home to the Washington Capitals hockey team and the Washington Wizards basketball team, is a 20 minute Metro ride from the Silver Spring Metro station. Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals baseball team, is a 35 minute ride on the Metro red and green lines. Finally, FedEx Field, home of the Washington Football Team, is about 25 minutes away via the Beltway, in Landover, Maryland.
The Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall provide a wealth of entertainment options for families with such highlights as the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Gallery of Art all providing free entry and rotating exhibits featuring everything from the ruby red slippers from the Wizard of Oz to the Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh’s plane.
Of course, proximity to DC also provides access to concerts, dining, parks, and shopping. Silver Spring’s location is ideal for those who want a suburban lifestyle but proximity to the city. You can’t get closer to DC without crossing the city line.
Silver Spring is also ideally located for outdoor lovers as it is just minutes from Rock Creek Park, a massive, heavily wooded oasis that runs through the heart of DC and Maryland’s beltway suburbs. Rock Creek Park features paved and natural surface trails that wind through the hilly forests around the creek that gives the park it’s name. On these trails you don’t hear traffic or see any sign that you are in a city. You can truly feel like you are in the wilderness. Additionally, Silver Spring is just minutes from the C&O Canal, which provides biking and walking options as well as access to Great Falls, the massive series of waterfalls on the Potomac River between Potomac, Maryland and Great Falls, Virginia. Golfers can enjoy Sligo Creek Golf Course, a public course located just north of downtown, and nearby in Bethesda and numerous other public and private course options.
Silver Spring, given it’s large area covered and significant population, is served by numerous high schools. It is home to Montgomery Blair High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Northwood High School, Springbrook High School, and Wheaton High School. It is also home to the Thomas Edison High School of Technology, which serves grades 10-12 as a vocational/tech school option. The University of Maryland College Park, which is the main campus of the University of Maryland, is located just minutes away in College Park.
Silver Spring is an ideal location for young families looking to have proximity to DC and surrounding towns as well as all ages in between. Darin has an intimate knowledge of the real estate market in Silver Spring and can help direct you to your new dream house and, if needed, help you sell your current home. Reach out to Darin today to begin exploring options in Silver Spring and surrounding Montgomery County communities.
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