The renaissance that started in Silver Spring, Maryland nearly a decade ago continues today. It has birthed a surge of new housing, great restaurants and bars, fantastic shops and boutiques, terrific outdoor spaces and running and walking trails. A diverse and artistic vibe has developed in the neighborhood and is felt throughout through a mix of amazing galleries, arts centers, theaters and studios. In addition, Silver Spring provides access to great schools, convenient transportation, and relatively affordable housing.
The area known as Downtown is bordered by 16th Street and Eastern Avenue to the west, Spring Street and Cedar Street to the north, Grove and Fenton Streets to the east and King Street to the south. It sits nearly on the Maryland/DC border. This area is the oldest and most urbanized part of the community. Notable landmarks in the downtown area include the AFI Silver Theatre, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, a branch of The Fillmore, and the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Transportation throughout the Washington, DC metro area is convenient from Silver Spring. The community is serviced by Metro, Metrobus, Ride On, the Brunswick Line of the MARC Train, and the free VanGo. The bus terminal at the Silver Spring Rail Station is the busiest in the entire Washington Metro Area and provides connections between several transit services.
Red Line – Silver Spring, Forest Glen (northern tip)
Purple Line – Coming Soon
Capital Beltway (Georgia Avenue, Colesville Road, New Hampshire Avenue exits)
16th Street (into Washington, DC)
Silver Spring has many great schools – in public, private and charter categories. These are some of the top-rated public schools in Silver Spring based on a variety of measures, including academic performance and equity.
The Silver Spring neighborhood is serviced by several local online and print media sources. Following are the top three:
Shopping, Dining, Entertainment
Silver Spring has a diversity and vibrancy found in few neighborhoods in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Living in Silver Spring, one is never at a loss for great dining, shopping and entertainment.
Hiking, Biking and Outdoor Recreation
From west to east, Silver Spring is bisected by four major creeks: Rock Creek, Sligo Creek, Long Branch and Northwest Branch. Each is surrounded by parks offering hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and tennis courts. On weekends, road closures in the parks facilitate bicycling.
Silver Spring Walkable Score: 61
Silver Spring Bike Score: 59