Silver Spring is a suburban city located in Montgomery County, Maryland just north of Washington, DC. The Downtown Silver Spring area has recently undergone a major revitalization with the addition of great restaurants, entertainment, and a variety of shopping venues.

Silver Spring covers a large geographic area, extending from the borders of Washington, DC to the south, Prince George’s County to the east and Howard County to the north. The Downtown area is located along Georgia Avenue about 2 miles south of the Capital Beltway (I-495).

Silver Spring in on the Metro Red line and is also MARC train accessible.  Silver Spring has several exits on the Capital Beltway (Route 495) such as Colesville Road, Georgia Avenue, University Blvd and New Hampshire Avenue.  Silver Spring is an easy commute to Washington DC be it by car or train.  There is a Greyhound bus station in downtown Silver Spring.

There are many areas that encompass Silver Spring including such areas as  Kemp Mill, Fenton Village, Takoma Park; Woodside, Montgomery Hills, Blair, Seven Oaks, Calverton, Capitol View Park, Cloverly, Colesville, Fairland, Forest Glen, Four Corners, Hillandale, Montgomery Hills, Rock Creek Forest, Rosemary Hills, Wheaton, White Oak, Woodmoor, Aspen Hill, Forest Glen, Burtonsville, and other communities that boast Silver Spring addresses—If all Silver Spring neighborhoods are taken into account, the population is well over 250,000.  

Real Estate prices range from $75,000 for a one bedroom condo in Silver Spring to well over $1 million for a single family home.  Real estate prices in Silver Spring are undervalued for the Montgomery County real estate.  Silver Spring homes vary from 1960’s split level homes to 1940’s Tudors ,charming cape cods and stately brick colonials.  

Downtown Silver Spring hosts several entertainment, musical, and ethnic festivals, the most notable of which are the Silverdocs documentary film festival held each June and hosted by Discovery Communications and the American Film Institute, as well as the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade (Saturday before Thanksgiving) for Montgomery County. The Silver Spring Jazz Festival has become the biggest event of the year drawing 20,000 people to the free festival held on the second Saturday in September. Featuring local jazz artist and a battle of high school bands, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival has featured such jazz greats as Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval.  An Arts Alley, where vendors set up tables on weekends, has emerged at Silver Spring’s southern end.

The Birchmere, a music hall in Alexandria, is planning to open a second location in a former J. C. Penney store across from the film institute in 2010.

Dining in Silver Spring is also extremely varied, including American, African, Burmese, Ethiopian, Moroccan, Italian, Mexican, Salvadoran, Jamaican, Vietnamese, Lebanese, and fusion restaurants

Silver Spring hosts the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Culture Center, on Colesville Road. The theatre showcases

American and foreign films. Discovery Communications, has its headquarters in downtown, as well.  Silver Spring Stage, an all-volunteer community theater and performs in Woodmoor,  Downtown Silver Spring is also home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), incorporating the National Weather Service; the American Nurses Association; and numerous real estate development, biotechnology, and media and communications companies.

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