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Old 09-06-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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We are relocating to Maryland and considering to buy a house in Oakview, Silver Spring. I believe it is part of Montgomery county, but it is right next to PG county. Can anyone please let me know if this is a nice area of Silver Spring? Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:47 AM
 
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We are .. considering to buy a house in Oakview, ... is a nice area of Silver Spring? !
Oakview is an unincorporated area that is multi-ethnic. Anything inside the Beltway (I-495) tends to be multi-ethnic, less so as you move towards Bethesda. The further outside the Beltway you go, the minority population decreases, generally. It is not wise to buy a house without knowing the area well.
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:08 AM
 
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So are you saying living around minorities is a bad choice or is it better to live among whites?
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:40 PM
 
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So are you saying living around minorities is a bad choice or is it better to live among whites?
No, I am saying that Oakview is multi-ethnic and the OP can decide for himself where he wants to live.
If I were moving to a new area, I would not want to be the only white face in a sea of black faces, nor would I want to be the only English speaking resident in a Spanish neighborhood. I would not want to be the only Christian in a Muslim neighborhood, nor the only straight person in a gay neighborhood. That is my choice and if the OP feels that way, he has a right to that choice as well.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:43 PM
 
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Default Go West, young man...

Generally, inside the beltway from downtown Sliver Spring all the way around to the west is pretty desireable.

Oakview is an area that is past it's prime, but right on the edge where you go 2 miles SE and you're entering an area that is not so pretty.

In adjoining White Oak/Burnt Mills and Hillandale (just across the beltway), there's a huge Federal Campus is being built (Food and Drug Admin.) on the site of the old Naval Surface Weapons Center, which was a somewhat gigantic rural site (in the 40's) with an integrated golf course, and Oakview, Hillandale built up adjoining it (late 50's & early 60's). I suspect this is going to have a positive affect the surrounding area over time. That said, Oakview is off the beaten track for Metro, and is not served well by it, so that's one aspect that holds it back somewhat.

If you have kids and want something pastoral, generally speaking, north and west are the nicest, and further out the newest and most spread out. Downtown SS is undergoing a revival, and many neihborhoods adjoining it are very nice, some are somewhat quirky and ecclectic.

Regardless, there are nice enclaves all around that area, including Prince Georges, especially as you get closer to UM.

If you have kids, I would search SAT scores for the HS districts, and that will tell you a lot. Same with crime stats. You will find lots of illegals and recent immirants in patches of Montgomery County, as it is historically pretty liberal, and they are pretty free with services and reticent to discourage "non residents" from using them.

Not that it matters, but inside the beltway west of SS is not what I would call even close to "ethnic" as was alluded to above. Don't know where that came from, although you might find many cultures represented by embassy staff, international delegations, and resident citizen doctors, lawyers, and Indian Chiefs originating from all parts of the world, but certainly a minority.
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Old 11-08-2008, 12:08 PM
 
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Everyone, thank you so much for your input! We finally decided to rent a house first for next 6 months to get to know Silver Spring better. We found a house to rent near Oakview area that is within our budget. My husband is currently happy with the fact that he only has to drive 4 miles to work (College Park).
Thanks again, everyone!
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:20 PM
 
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No, I am saying that Oakview is multi-ethnic and the OP can decide for himself where he wants to live.
If I were moving to a new area, I would not want to be the only white face in a sea of black faces, nor would I want to be the only English speaking resident in a Spanish neighborhood. I would not want to be the only Christian in a Muslim neighborhood, nor the only straight person in a gay neighborhood. That is my choice and if the OP feels that way, he has a right to that choice as well.
Well said, Lenagainster. I think your point is well taken, although I also understand why Iscalder asked the question as your first comment was not as clear as this second comment you made.
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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Everyone, thank you so much for your input! We finally decided to rent a house first for next 6 months to get to know Silver Spring better. We found a house to rent near Oakview area that is within our budget. My husband is currently happy with the fact that he only has to drive 4 miles to work (College Park).
Thanks again, everyone!
Terracota, welcome to our community. I hope you and your husband will be happy here.
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