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Old 06-01-2007, 03:48 PM
 
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Hello,

I plan on moving to Maryland late July and have been looking at a good number of apartments in Silver Spring. I'm not too familiar with the area and was wondering if anyone can give me a general break down of Silver Spring as far as its safety, living conditions, and demographics. Thanks!!
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:00 PM
 
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Silver Spring is a very large area within Montgomery Co. and extremely diverse. It's hard to describe it in a nutshell or tell you where to look in a quick sentence. I suggest posting your price range, your housing requirements, and what type of environment you want to live in (e.g. urban, suburban, etc.), and people can give you suggestions for areas to look.
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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What I can tell you about Silver Spring no matter where you rent it willbe expensive. The closer you are to Downdown Silver Spring which just got renovated the cost increase.
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:14 PM
 
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Apartmentratings.com . While looking to rent this was a life saver...it gives tenant feed back on apartment communities. You have to weed out the disgruntled tenants; but overall I think it helps you with your considerations...especially if you haven't moved to the area yet.

good luck
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County MD
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There are certain parts of Silver Spring that I just do not care for. Parts of Veirs Mill and Randolph Rd give me the creeps. I've heard its the place to be right now because its up and coming with all the renovating going on.
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:07 PM
 
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I think where you want to live will depend on what lifestyle you have (family or single; student or working; buying or single; etc). Also, Silver Spring is huge and is best discussed in terms of neighborhoods. Takoma Park is next door to SS and has a pretty thorough mix of lifestyles.

Most of the new development of Downtown Silver Spring, while nice, is sort of bland. It's mostly chain restaurants and stores (another Panera Bread, Starbucks, Ann Taylor Loft) with a scant smattering of home-grown businesses. Most of the home-grown type (Mayorga Coffee House, Mio Rancho, Jackie's, Piratz) are a few blocks away from the new development, but some are folding due to increasing property values.

Easy access from SS to downtown DC via buses and Metro. Other sources for exploring housing costs are the Washington City Paper online and Craigslist.

Parts of SS have a heavy influx of new immigrants; parts have older, long established communities. The whole of SS is very diverse -- includes Arabs, Jews, Africans, Indians, Pakistanis, Latin Americans from numerous countries, African Americans and Caucasians.

If looking to buy condo or rent, google condo market in DC area. DC suddenly has a glut of condo stock.
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Old 06-21-2007, 02:42 PM
 
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If you are looking at safety, I would never live in Silver Spring. It's crime infested.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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I've lived in Silver Spring for four years (just off of Georgia Ave. near the beltway) and I love it. I'm your generic yuppie and although there are a few rough areas, Silver Spring is perfectly safe and not scary at all. My kids go to school here and our neighbors are good friends. Areas around Historic Kensington or in the downtown Silver Spring area are my favorites. Wheaton area is not the best so be careful..Wander around, you may like it!
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Old 07-20-2007, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring,Maryland
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le19555- What area in this merto region does NOT have a fair amount of crime? Even NOVA had a rash of purse snatchings and car break-ins. I currently live in a large apartment complex that is patrolled and I still am aware of my surroundings and keep my car doors locked. So far so good.
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Old 07-20-2007, 02:46 PM
 
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I grew up in Silver Spring and would highly recommend it. It is a huge area, so you will need to be specific about why you are moving there and what you are looking for. SS has no more crime than many other DC suburbs that are close in.
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