Looking to relocate to the Washington, DC metro area? Can’t decide where you want to live? Consider Silver Spring, Maryland as an option. Here are 5 reasons this suburb is a fantastic place to call home.
Silver Spring offers many affordable housing options. One bedroom rentals can be found anywhere from $1,000 or higher. Yes, it’s scary to think that in many other cities this would be the mortgage for a house, but in a DC suburb, the price can’t be beat.
If it makes you feel better, some apartment buildings include all utilities in the rental price. For example, Southern Management has three properties in downtown Silver Spring. All utilities are included in the prices. While these apartment buildings don’t offer the luxurious granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and other newly renovated features, they are an excellent place to call home. For those looking for the luxury rentals, these can still be found in the downtown area – but expect to pay upwards of $1,500 per month.
Still wondering why this is a deal? In Bethesda, another excellent DC suburb, a one-bedroom apartment is approximately $1,700 per month, plus utilities and parking. In the District, you can definitely find bargains – but you’ll need to hunt and probably compromise on location if you’re looking for an updated apartment.
Metro and Public Transportation
Traffic in the DC Metro area is an absolute bear. Who really wants to spend over an hour commuting each way to work? If you live in downtown Silver Spring, you don’t have to worry about that.
You can get just about anywhere from downtown Silver Spring, especially since it is a stop on Metro’s red line. There is an abundance of Metro bus routes that begin and end in Silver Spring as well as Montgomery County Ride-On buses. This is probably one of the best things about living in Silver Spring – it’s close to the city, so you can enjoy everything it has to offer. But, on those days when you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle, you’re already there!
I already mentioned that traffic can be a nightmare in the DC Metro area. So, the fact that you don’t need your car most of the time is fantastic. If you live here, you can do your grocery shopping, stop by the drugstore, grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, PLUS pick up some fabulous accessories for your apartment – all without ever starting your engine. Here are some of the great places you can get to on foot:
Grocery/Pharmacy: Giant, Safeway, Whole Foods Market, CVS, Rite Aid
Food/Drink: Starbucks, Caribou, Ray’s the Classics, Red Lobster, McGinty’s Irish Pub, Austin Grill, Nando’s Peri Peri, Lebanese Taverna, Panera Bread, Sushi Jin, Quizzno’s, Subway, Ben & Jerry’s, Noodles & Co., Cake Love, Moby Dick, Olazzo
Stores/Entertainment: DSW, Pier 1, New York & Company, Marshall’s, Borders, American Apparel, AFI Silver Movie Theater, Regal Majestic Movie Theater, The Fillmore (coming soon)
Downtown Washington, DC does have quite a bit of green space (hello National Mall!), but so does Silver Spring. There are at least 4 parks with open fields, swings, and playground equipment. They are great places to take kids, throw the Frisbee, or enjoy a picnic. Want more than that?
If you’re a runner, walker, or cyclist, the Capital Crescent and Rock Creek Park Trails are accessible from Silver Spring. On the Capital Crescent trail, you can ride your bike all the way into Georgetown to have some brunch or hook up with the C&O Canal Trail. These trails let you enjoy the outdoors without worrying about getting hit by a car or trying to dodge tourists.
Culture and Entertainment
Something is always happening in the downtown area – beyond the weekend Farmer’s Market (which, by the way, is fantastic). Throughout the year, the community celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Earth Day, and Thanksgiving, just to name a few. On any given Saturday, you are likely to stumble across an arts festival, showcasing local artists and their jewelry, art, or handbags. Silver Spring events are also very kid-friendly. Face painting and hands-on activities are frequently on the agenda. Music is usually a highlight and sometimes there are parades.
Beyond the celebrations, however, is the culture of food in the area. Whether you are in the mood for Peruvian, Thai, African, or Ethiopian, Silver Spring is likely to have a restaurant featuring that cuisine. And, these restaurants don’t just serve up that food – they serve it up very well! Sabroso, for example, has delicious Peruvian roasted chicken and is a bargain at $5.95 for a quarter chicken and two sides.
And, finally, entertainment of the adult kind (high on my list!). One of the better-known hangouts is the Quarry House. This tavern doesn’t have a big, flashy sign. Rather, the entrance is simply marked with a “QH” and located in the basement of a building. If you feel like you’re in the wrong place, you’re at Quarry House! The tavern has phenomenal music guests and boasts a large selection of beer – over 3 pages worth! Not far off the list is Jackie’s Sidebar and Piratz Tavern. Jackie’s has a chic urban vibe and is located in a renovated warehouse. Piratz Tavern has a fun outdoor patio and excellent drink specials. But, more importantly, who wouldn’t want to go to a pirate themed bar?! No matter what your style, Silver Spring has it!