Silver Spring MD Profile

Q: What do comedian Lewis Black, author Rachel Carson and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes all have in common?

A: They’re all from Silver Spring, MD!

Silver Spring, MD is the fourth most populated place in Maryland – after Baltimore, Columbia and Germantown. As of 2010, there were over 71,000 people living here. The renaissance of new retail shops, office buildings and residential neighborhoods continues to draw more people to the area. Here are a few other reasons why so many homebuyers have their eyes on Silver Spring MD real estate.


There is a lot to do when you’re not working if you live in Silver Spring, MD. You can hike, bike or picnic at Rock Creek Park. You can play tennis or take your kids to the playground at Sligo Creek Park. You can view lovely plants at Brookside Gardens. If you’re into cultural events more than nature, you’ll find plenty of music venues, ethnic festivals and museums in Downtown Silver Spring. Every June, locally-based Discovery Communications and the American Film Institute host a documentary film fest every June. We’re known for our large Thanksgiving Day Parade, a Jazz Festival that draws over 20,000 people each September, and there is no shortage of music venues or restaurants to wet your appetite for culture as well.


There is a plethora of public and private educational institutions for parents to choose from. One that stands out is the Montgomery Blair High School, which has been nationally recognized for its excellent Communication Arts Program and its Science, Math and Computer Technology Magnet Program. The science program has yielded a number of finalists and semi-finalists in national academic competitions like the Intel Science Talent Search.


The area now known as Silver Spring MD real estate was first settled in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair, who helped organize the American Republican Party. His daughter, Elizabeth, discovered a spring blowing with chips of mica – which has now dried up at a preserved site in Acorn Park. Later, she married the third cousin of Confederate Civil War Hero General Robert E. Lee. Blair’s son, Montgomery, was Postmaster General under Abe Lincoln and represented Dred Scott before the U.S. Supreme Court. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln visited the Blair mansion many times. Unfortunately, this building was razed by Confederate troops during the war. Even so, the region began to take shape in the late 1800s as farmers divided their land tracts in favor of suburban development and modern means of transportation linked the area to Washington. In 1938, a brand new shopping center with “innovative” street-front parking opened up. By the 1950s, all the major companies – Sears, J.C. Penney, Hecht Company and Roebuck – had a presence here.  The Capital Beltway highway system further connected Silver Spring, MD residents with the outside world, as did the opening of the Silver Spring Metro Station in 1978.


Current residents living in Silver Spring, MD real estate flock to the new “Downtown Silver Spring,” which includes retail shops like Whole Foods, Regal Cinema, Office Depot, Pier 1 Imports, Panera Bread, Red Lobster, Cold Stone, Chick-Fil-A, Potbelly Sandwiches, DSW Shoe Warehouse and Ann Taylor Loft – in addition to family-owned mom and pop shops. In fact, a PBS documentary titled Silver Spring: Story of an American Suburb debuted in 2002 to celebrate the revival.

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