Silver Spring


Silver Spring was named for a spring that seemed to sparkle from specks of mica that gave the water a glittery luminescence. The spring is now dry, but the city has resurged from a drought of its own and is now a thriving DC suburb with urban amenities. Department stores and retailers flocked to the area in the mid-20th century, but when they decamped and moved away from downtown in the 1980s the future seemed dreary. However, Silver Spring leaders persevered and in the last 20 years a resurgence of dynamic shopping options, eclectic restaurants, and a community-focused arts and entertainment district have helped put Silver Spring back on the map.

The Metrorail’s Red Line services the area with a transportation hub in Silver Spring. The MARC train stops here as well as multiple local and Metrobus routes. The abundance of housing and new developments located near the Silver Spring Metro Station is very attractive for those commuting into the city. In most other suburbs, you’ll need to supplement your transit in some way to get to and from the Metro station, but in Silver Spring a wide array of transit options are virtually at your doorstep.

Silver Spring is located just north of the District’s apex, and lies along the northernmost segment of the 495 Beltway. Walter Reed is the most ideal commute from this suburb, but getting on the Metro to the other DC area installations can be an option.


The affordable prices and mix of modest houses and apartments make Silver Spring an accessible and diverse place to call home. Silver Spring boasts a dynamic community that is welcoming and extremely family friendly. Like most other DC suburbs, your neighbors will work in every conceivable corner of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region.

Neighborhood Feel

On the outer edges of Downtown, you’ll see 1920s era bungalows and colonials set back on large, green lawns. There is a wide selection of mostly single family homes at fairly affordable prices. Most homes have been lovingly restored and are markedly unpretentious. Many new condo and apartment buildings with retail and luxury amenities are available downtown. There is also an abundance of older buildings with tired facades, but most have undergone extensive interior renovations, so don’t judge a book by its cover!


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Neighborhood Info

Silver Spring - Walter Reed National Medical Center - Washington D.C. -

Points of Interest

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

The Fillmore

Art Museums

Sligo Creek Park

Wheaton Regional Park

Brookside Gardens

Downtown Silver Spring Market

NOAA Headquarters


Big Plus

Downtown Silver Spring is a destination in and of itself. The area is brimming with great shopping, restaurants serving a variety of global cuisines, outdoor festivals, and community events. New retailers are consistently moving in and employers like NOAA, Discovery Communications, and the American Film Institute have put down roots in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County Public Schools are considered by many to be some of the best in the country. One of Silver Spring’s high schools, Montgomery Blair High School, is known for its two magnet programs — Math/Science/Computer Science and a Communication Arts Program.

Though there are a few sophisticated bars that offer live music and a chill vibe, there isn’t much nightlife to speak of.

Family friendly with parks, museums, entertainment, and events for kids of all ages.

You could potentially “go one car” here with the abundance of public transit options available, which is unique for a relatively quiet suburb.

Things to Consider

If you do choose to drive to and from work, the traffic is considerable at rush hour. This segment of the Beltway sees some of the region’s heaviest traffic.

While there are plenty of shops and restaurants to fulfill your daily needs, chains and big box stores aren’t as available here. Nearby Bethesda and neighboring DC can fill in any gaps.

Street parking can be a challenge, but there are several large parking garages downtown. The area is very pedestrian-friendly, so do like the locals do and just walk!

How’s the Market?

The median home value for single family homes in Silver Spring is $419,000 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 1.9% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Silver Spring is $2,525.

School Scoop

Silver Spring contains 85 schools. One of the highest rated schools is Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, with a rating of 8 according to Silver Spring Schools are a part of Montgomery County Public School system, which is the 15th largest school system in the entire United States.

Schools in Silver Spring are apart of the Downtown Consortium (DCC), which is just a way of breaking down this very large school system. There are five high schools in the DCC Cluster and every student in eighth grade enters a lottery to enroll into their school of choice. Each high school offers distinctive academy programs designed to capture student’s interests.

Highlighted Areas

Downtown Silver Spring


Woodside Park

Woodside Forest

South Four Corners

South Woodside