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Diverse population, hopping downtown and convenient infrastructure help make this city a great place.

Along the northern border of Washington, D.C., sits the city of Silver Spring, Maryland. This gem of a city has all the entertainment and arts you expect to find in a major city, without all of the congestion and issues that usually go with city living. A Silver Spring neighborhood feels more like the suburbs, with quiet streets and plenty of space. Silver Spring sits on the southern border of Montgomery County but is only 6.2 miles from the heart of Washington, D.C. and often feels like an extension of the nation's capital.

Silver Spring has become a thriving suburb of Washington DC. With its large population, diverse culture and global restaurants, as well as sophisticated arts and entertainment district - this is a prime location for affordable suburban living with all the amenities of an urban environment.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The city's livability is enhanced by its quiet residential areas.

The area of Silver Spring that is still residential feels like what it was intended to be: a quiet suburb away from the noise and hassle of urban life.

The city’s downtown area has undergone dramatic improvements in recent years, with the advent of the Arts and Entertainment District designation, the development of the downtown Silver Spring shopping and entertainment destination, the American Film Institute’s renovation of the historic Silver Theater, and the opening of the Fillmore Silver Spring music venue.

The city’s infrastructure includes easy access to three airports and good public transportation. It is expected to improve even more with the construction of the Purple Line that will put more than 100,000 people within an easy walk to commuter rail, Rodriguez says. The city’s plentiful parks are another plus, particularly Rock Creek Park and Sligo Creek Park. A charming new library has just opened.

THE LIFESTYLE

New arts and culture can be explored.

Splash in the interactive fountain, stroll through the park, sample the best international cuisine, see a classic film in a world-famous theater. Silver Spring, Md., may be just 6 miles from the nation’s capital, but in terms of lifestyle, it feels miles away.

Silver Spring is an affordable and diverse community that offers a range of housing options. Its residents tend to be socially conscious and involved in local issues and initiatives. The AFI Theater, Roundhouse, and Fillmore offer fantastic arts opportunities perfect for anyone wanting to experience D.C.-style culture.

The cost of living in Silver Spring is a bit on the high side, and luckily there are plenty of education and employment opportunities in Silver Spring as well. The area is home to numerous federal contracting companies, as well as biotechnology company United Therapeutics Corporation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and entertainment giant, Discovery Communications. The Montgomery College campus and American College of Radiology are also located in Downtown Silver Spring.

Residents in Silver Spring, Maryland, heavily support the arts with several theaters devoted to live performances, a multitude of galleries, and many public displays of artistic endeavors, ranging from murals to museums. Culture and history also have a strong presence in Silver Spring, Maryland, with renovated spots like Acorn Park. This small green space is a monument to Francis Preston Blair, the man responsible for naming the city after a small, mica-speckled spring. The park is also home to a five-panel mural painted by Mame Cohalon and a restored acorn-shaped gazebo.

The fun doesn't stop with just art and culture. The food in Silver Spring, MD, is second to none, with more than 150 restaurants in the downtown business district. Eateries serve up everything from traditional Irish pub fare to exotically spiced Ethiopian cuisine. It's a foodie's paradise with worldwide flavors and down-home brews.

Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, has a Red Line metro stop for easy commuting into Washington, D.C., and bus lines to get residents back and forth to work and shopping. The Capital Beltway is just 2 miles south, making it a quick hop into the capital. Many Silver Spring residents drive to work, but the Silver Spring Metro stop is the second busiest station, serving 60,000 people each day. For local travel, it's common to see residents using bike paths and walking trails to get around the area for leisure.

WHAT NOT TO EXPECT

A loud and busy place. 

Silver Springs brings the quietness away from the noise and hassle of urban life, and without all of the congestion and issues that usually go with city living, with quiet streets and plenty of space. Despite being a suburb, there are no big box stores nearby, leaving you to run your errands at small, locally-owned businesses. Though street parking is challenging, there are several large parking garages, and many residents just walk to their destinations. Whether you have a car or would rather rely on public transportation, you’re in close proximity to everything you might need.

THE MARKET

There are a variety of homes, ranging from affordable to expensive, as well as many condominium options in the downtown area.

There are a lot of single-family homes for sale outside of downtown and further north toward the Beltway. In addition, there are major new condo projects as well as retail and luxury amenities that are adding flair to the older apartment stock.

There are quite a few options for affordable condos and apartments in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Featuring a 24-hour concierge service, a fitness center, and a large swimming pool and deck that make the fourth floor a favorite hideaway for residents, Silver Spring Towers combines the fun of urban living with an amenity-rich apartment experience. Twin Towers offers some of the best apartments in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, with well-designed floor plans and an array of modern amenities.

Homes for sale in Silver Spring encompass a variety of housing choices. Older, established areas like Woodside Park have stately Colonials and Cape Cod houses sitting on spacious plots. It's also a great neighborhood to look for condominiums and apartments, with a new six-story apartment building offering leases on everything from studio layouts to two bedroom apartments with a den. Downtown Silver Spring real estate, like that found in Blair, one of the southern neighborhoods, trends towards compact bungalows.

House view featured at 10206 Lariston Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20903

YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH

The choices for nature and nurture.

This gem of a city has all the entertainment and arts you expect to find in a major city, without all of the congestion and issues that usually go with city living. A Silver Spring neighborhood feels more like the suburbs, with quiet streets and plenty of space.

A sense of community and general friendliness is prevalent in Silver Spring. Many outdoor parks and wooded trails are available for those who want to get away from it all, but if you're looking to be close to amenities or mingle with your fellow residents, you can easily do so at the walkable public square.

Downtown Silver Spring is a vibrant destination with plenty of restaurants, shopping, arts, and entertainment options, including the Fillmore concert venue and the American Film Institute’s Silver Theater. Annual events include the Silver Spring Jazz Festival in the summer, an outdoor ice-skating rink in the winter, and a seasonal FRESHFARM farmer’s market.

Downtown Silver Spring is also a commuters’ dream. The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center is a multilevel, multimodal facility that brings the region’s different transit systems together, including Metrorail, Metrobus, Montgomery County Ride-On, VanGo, and the University of Maryland shuttle.

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