Silver Spring Real Estate Information

The town of Silver Spring is a very urban, unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland. Silver Spring is the third most populated place in the entire state of Maryland, falling behind the cities of Baltimore and Columbia. The southern part of Silver Spring is the oldest and most urbanized part of the town. It also happens to lie at the northern tip of Washington DC and be a very major hub for all sorts of businesses. This area is referred to as the central business district of Silver Spring, and as of 2004 it was estimated to hold over seven million square feet of office space, over 5,000 home units, and a little over 17 acres of park and recreational lands. Recently, Silver Spring has seen the additions of various different major retail stores, many office developments, and residential improvements.

The town gets its name, Silver Spring, from a local spring that is speckled with mica rock. This spring was discovered in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair, who in turn decided to purchase most of the surrounding properties. Many believe that this Spring used to lie in southern Silver Spring, away from the busy downtown area, in a an area of land known as Acorn Park.

There are several neighborhoods that are known to be found in the central regions of Silver Spring. These include Downtown Silver Spring, Silver Spring Park, East Silver Spring, Woodside, Woodside Park, North Woodside, Woodside Hills, Montgomery Hills, South Woodside Park, Woodside Forrest, Blair Portal, and Seven Oaks. Other neighborhoods that are considered to lie outside of Silver Spring’s center include Calverton, Capitol View Park, Cloverly, Colesville, Fairlandf, Forest Glen, Four Corners, Hilansdale, Kemp Mill, Rock Creek Forest, Rosemary Hills, Stonegate, West Silver Spring, Wheaton, White Oak, and Woodmoor.

Silver Spring is very well known for being the location of many different and very beautiful recreational parks. On the western end of Silver Spring is Rock Creek Pass. This property features picnic grounds, hiking trails, and bicycling. Another park, Sligo Creek Park, follows along the Sligo Creek as it snakes through Silver Spring. This park also features bicycling and hiking trails as well as tennis courts and playgrounds. Both of these parks are relatively closed to motor vehicles on the weekends, making them much more enjoyable to the bicyclists and joggers. One can also find the Jesup Blair Park, which has been recently improved and renovated. The park now includes a picnic area, a soccer field, basketball courts, and tennis courts.