Silver Spring, located at the north apex of Washington, DC inside the Capital Beltway, is the fourth most populous city in Maryland. The highly urbanized area, surrounding the Silver Spring Metro station on the Red line, is a mix of residential neighborhoods and urban living.
The name, Silver Spring, refers to a nearby spring containing mica flakes that was discovered in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair. The spring’s location is marked today at downtown Acorn Park. The town developed as a streetcar suburb in the early 20th century.
Local Real Estate
Many residents reside in apartment buildings near the urban downtown. Within walking distance of downtown, Silver Spring real estate is populated with townhouses, condos, and single-family homes in quiet, residential neighborhoods. Homes in Silver Spring are primarily Colonials, ramblers, split levels, and Cape Cods.
Despite its size, there’s a strong sense of community among Silver Spring residents. The community comes together for several annual events throughout the year, including the Silverdocs film festival, the Blues Festival, the Jazz Festival, and a Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The lively Silver Spring downtown is full of a wide variety of restaurants and bars. Addis Ababa is known to have the area’s best Ethiopian food. Hit up the Lotus Cafe if you’re looking to try Vietnamese cuisine, and Olazzo if you’re in the mood for Italian. Silver Spring is also home to the Quarry House Tavern. The Fillmore and AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center popular destinations for entertainment and live performances. There’s plenty to enjoy outside as well in Silver Spring. The community is home to the Jesup Blair Park, Acorn Park, Sligo Creek Park, Rock Creek Park, and Brookside Gardens.