Silver Spring is a 7.92 square mile community in Montgomery County, Maryland (North of DC, west of Prince George’s county at approximately New Hampshire Ave, and east of Rock Creek Park). In 1840, Francis Preston Blair discovered a spring in what is now Acorn Park and named the area Silver Spring because of the color of the mica in the spring.
This man’s family has quite a history in the area. His son, Montgomery Blair, represented Dred Scott before the US Supreme Court. Elizabeth Blair married the third cousin of Robert E. Lee and had a boy, Francis Preston Blair Lee, who would become the first popularly elected Senator in US history. Another descendent of the Blair family, E. Brooke Lee and his brother Blair Lee I, founded Lee Development Company at an office building that stands today on Colesville Road. E. Brooke Lee is considered to be the father of modern Silver Spring because of his development of the area. In 1938, the downtown area of Silver Spring was developed with the Silver Spring Shopping Center (built by developer Albert Small) and the Silver Theatre (designed by architect John Eberson).
The 2000s saw the rebirth of Silver Spring. City Place Mall (now Ellsworth Place) was renovated to create an outdoor shopping plaza to be known as Downtown Silver Spring. This area includes the retail area that you see today with Whole Foods Market, Regal Theatres, H&M, Panera Bread, Nando’s Peri-Peri, Ann Taylor Loft, and more. This area is also known for its family-owned restaurants including a large variety of cultural restaurants. Silver Spring is also home to the headquarters of Discovery Communications, the Fillmore, the Cultural Arts Center, AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the US Dept of Commerce.
“Mega Silver Spring”
If you head to Google maps and pull up their “Mega Silver Spring map” (seen above), you will see what the post office considers Silver Spring. This is a much larger 60 square miles. That includes downtown Silver Spring, Four Corners, Hillandale, White Oak, Wheaton, Glenmont, Colesville, Aspen Hill, and more.
Get to Know Silver Spring
Silver Spring is home to many parks. Rock Creek Park is one of the most recognized parks, which features hiking trails. Sligo Creek Park runs through the Sligo Creek area of Silver Spring, and features hiking trails and tennis courts. Sligo Creek was named after County Sligo in Ireland by Irish immigrants who were building the C&O canal. Parts of Sligo Creek Parkway are closed to auto traffic on weekends to allow the roads to become bike paths. Northwest Branch Park is a 700-acre park which features the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River.
Visit the Downtown Silver Spring Farmers Market Saturday mornings 9am-1pm at Ellsworth Dr between Fenton St and Georgia Ave. At the market, you will find organic fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meat and eggs, baked goods, cheeses, jams and sauces, fresh oysters, and flowers.
In 2015, the brand new Silver Spring Library was built on the corner of Wayne Ave and Fenton St. Not only is the library four times larger than the previous library, but it was also built so that the future Purple Line can pass through it.
The main transportation that we know today was built starting in the 1960s. In 1961 and 1964 sections of the Capital Beltway (I-495) were built. In 1978, the Washington Metro opened the Silver Spring location of the Metro Red Line. In the 1990s, the Forest Glen, Wheaton, and Glenmont stations were built. Plans are underway for the Purple Line to be built through Silver Spring connecting College Park and Bethesda.
For information on the Montgomery County Public School System, visit their home page here.
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Real Estate Market
Real estate in Silver Spring includes everything from condos to townhouses to single family detached homes. Most of the single family homes are located outside of downtown Silver Spring. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in the latest stats and see more on pricing trends in Silver Spring below.
This chart shows the median sales price for homes in Silver Spring by home type (detached single-family homes, townhouses, and condos/coops) for the previous six months. Hover over the bar to see the amount and the percentage change compared to the same month last year.
This chart shows the median sale-to-original list price ratio, which shows you what percentage the seller received of their original list price, in Silver Spring by home type (detached single-family homes, townhouses, and condos/coops) for the previous six months. A 100% median sale-to-original list price ratio means the seller sold the house for their asking price. A number higher than 100% means they received above their list price, and, vice-versa, a number lower than 100% means they received less than they asked. Hover over the bar to see the amount and the percentage change compared to the same month last year.
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