A New Silver Spring, MD Resident’s Guide to Getting Involved

If you are new to the area, welcome! Moving can be quite the process. Once you are all settled into your new Silver Spring, MD apartment, it will be time to start meeting new friends and exploring the community. To make things a little easier, here is a guide to different tools for getting involved:

Libraries

Local libraries are a wonderful source of local events and classes, often times free ones! The Silver Spring Library is located right on Wayne Avenue and provides events that cater to all ages and a wide array of hobbies. Recent classes include Writing for Teens, Spanish Language Mediation, Yoga, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Start a Side Hustle Workshop, and more. Pick up a library card and attend a class that piques your interest!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to find a volunteer opportunity in Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center allows you to search for a cause within a reasonable distance. There is also the option to find opportunities through their monthly calendar. A second volunteer opportunity resource is VolunteerMatch.org.

Social Clubs and Activities

From hobbies to social sports, there is something for everyone! Just a few examples of local organizations include the Montgomery County Parks, DC Fencers Club, Daleview Swim Club, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Silver Spring Social Sports. Joining a local club or organization is a surefire way to meet your neighbors and make friends.

Events

Eventbrite.com, Patch.com, and SilverSpringDowntown.com are all excellent sources of events in the area of all sorts. From homework help sessions to improv comedy. Silver Spring’s proximity to Washington DC means that if you ever feel there is a rare lull in local events, you can pop over to our nation’s capital. Check out Washington.org for the latest upcoming events.

Whenever you move to a new town you will likely find that either the town or county (or both) have a website with a myriad of resources for new residents. The Montgomery County website links to resources such as Mass Transit, Newspapers, Places of Interest, Schools, and more. If you are looking to move to the area, find your new apartment home at Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, all of which are conveniently located to inviting events, organizations, and activities.

Meet Your Neighbors: Host A Picnic Potluck

Spring is a wonderful time of year to meet your neighbors. Whether you just moved in or are interested in getting to know them better, the warm weather encourages everyone to get out and about! Another thing that always brings people together is food – so why not arrange a neighbor picnic potluck?

The White Oak Communities in Silver Spring, Maryland have wonderful kitchens for preparing large meals. Select apartments within Vista at White Oak and Montgomery Paint Branch have gourmet kitchens, perfect for meal prepping. The Yorkshire Apartment Homes feature eat-in kitchens bathed in natural lighting. No matter which apartment community you call home now is the time to take advantage of the spring weather and your kitchen to cook up food for a friendly picnic potluck.

Here are some recipes to consider suggesting when you send out the invite:

Potato Salad with a Healthy Twist

Shopping List: small red potatoes, green beans, olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, eggs, grape tomatoes

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Macaroni

Shopping List: elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, sour cream, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried dill, pepper, green onions, Roma tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, bacon

Corn and Chicken Hash-brown Bowl

Shopping List: Frozen shredded hash-browns, Colby Jack cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, a can of cream of chicken soup, milk, chicken, corn flakes, butter

Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Shopping List: red kidney beans, chickpeas, red onion, celery, cucumber, parsley, dill, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes

Chicken Fajita Casserole

Shopping List: vegetable oil, yellow onion, bell peppers, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, salsa verde, sour cream, chicken

And don’t forget dessert!

Kitchen Sink Brownies

Shopping List: brownie mix, eggs, butter, dark chocolate chips, Oreos, potato chips, mini pretzel twists, and peanut butter cups

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Shopping List: white sugar, baking powder, all-purpose flour, shortening, eggs, salt, cinnamon, fresh blueberries, cornstarch

Honey Fruit Salad

Shopping List: blueberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, watermelon, honey, lime, orange, pistachios

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

4 Tips for Tackling Your Apartment Search

Searching for a new apartment can be equal parts exciting and stressful. Maybe you’re moving for work, for family, for friends, or simply for a change of scenery. Whatever the reason may be, there are some key things you should keep in mind to help make your search as smooth as possible.

  1. Start Your Search Early – ‘Better late than never’ is not the way to go when it comes to searching for a new apartment. No one wants to make a decision in a pinch because they waited until the last minute! When moving locally, start your search three months before your desired move-in date. This should give you plenty of time to find your new apartment. Moving locally is a little easier than moving states because you already have a grasp of the area and its resources. When moving to a different state, start your search at least four months out. You’ll want ample time to research different neighborhoods and visit different apartment communities.
  2. Compare Prices with the Value of Amenities – It’s important to keep in mind that apartment communities come with a host of amenities and perks. Be sure to confirm with your leasing agent which amenities are included in the price they gave you, on occasion, they may not be included.
  3. Know How Much Space You Need – Finding the perfect “Goldilocks” sized space – not too little, not too big – can be daunting. Utilize the square-footing detail on the apartment communities’ floor plan to determine if the space is the right fit for your personal situation.
  4. Ask The Right Questions During A Tour – If you have a list of requirements for your new apartment that are not negotiable, you’ll want to be sure to bring them up during a tour or on a phone call with the leasing professional. For example, if you have a pet ask if the apartment community is pet-friendly and if there are breed or weight restrictions.

The leasing professionals at the White Oak communities are dedicated to helping each person discover the perfect apartment for their desires and needs. The Vista at White Oak and Yorkshire apartment teams were awarded the 2018 Satisfacts Resident Satisfaction Property Award as a result of outstanding resident reviews! A bonus tip for tackling your apartment search is finding a community with stellar online reviews and awards such as the Satisfacts Award! 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Apartment Living with a Pet

Furry friends are a joy to come home to after a long day. It’s no wonder that nearly 70% of people in the United States are pet owners¹. When it comes to moving with a pet, the first thing you need to check is if your desired apartment community is pet-friendly like Yorkshire Apartments, Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, and Vista at White Oak Apartments in Silver Spring. MD. Pet-friendly is a term used to describe apartment communities that allow cats and/or dogs within certain breed and weight guidelines. Talking to a leasing consultant is the best way to determine if your fur-baby is allowed.

Once you have the green light for your pet to join you in your new apartment, the fun begins! Apartment living with a pet comes with numerous perks. If you’re a dog owner, trips to local dog parks are a great way to socialize your pup and for you to meet new people. There are several notable dog parks near the White Oak Communities including Ellsworth Urban Dog Park, Takoma Park Dog Park, and Wheaton Dog Park. Another benefit of living with a pet is relaxation. Studies show that having a pet can help reduce stress. What sounds better than laying on the couch petting your furry friend when you’re upset? Pets can also help keep you on a schedule. They tend to want to be walked, cared for, and fed around the same time each day. Having a live-in alarm clock can help get you out the door on time.

There are so many fun pet products on the market that can help your furry friend feel at home in the new apartment, from cat climbing towers to cozy dog beds. Having a go-to napping spot or toy can help your pet cope with any separation anxiety they may have when you leave the apartment. You can shop for all your pet necessities and accessories at nearby pet stores like Unleashed by Petco, Bark!, and The Big Bad Woof.

It is important to note that even though you are living in a pet-friendly apartment community, not all your neighbors may be fond of animals. Remember to always respect your neighbors’ space when taking pets in and out of the building.

To learn more about the White Oak Communities and the different pet policies of each apartment community, please contact a leasing consultant today!

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

6 Quick Day Trips From Silver Spring, MD

It’s always pleasant when you have a day or two to be able to travel locally and explore nearby destinations. Silver Spring, MD is centrally located to popular locations throughout the rest of Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania! Here are some quick day trips to add to your “to visit” list:

Baltimore, MD

Charm City is home to the Orioles’ Camden Yards and Ravens’ M & T Stadium. If you aren’t intrigued by sports, the Inner Harbor boasts fun activities for people of all ages. Explore the National Aquarium, sail out on a pirate ship with Urban Pirates, or grab a bite to eat on a Spirit of Baltimore dinner cruise.

Annapolis, MD

Maryland’s state capital is rich with history and immaculate architecture. While window shopping on quaint avenues you’ll see many U.S. Naval Academy cadets in uniform enjoying time off campus. If you’d like to explore the campus yourself, guided tours are offered to the public throughout the year. Annapolis also boasts Sandy Point State Park, a popular beach in the summertime.

St. Michaels, MD

Just across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis is St. Michaels. Known for its fresh seafood restaurants, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, and seasonal festivals, St. Michaels is an idyllic, small coastal town. This is a perfect, low-key day trip.

Washington, D.C.

Our country’s capital is practically in Silver Spring’s backyard. Only a 20-minute car ride away, D.C. offers a plethora of events, dining, and entertainment throughout the year. From free museums to the Cherry Blossom Festival there is never a dull moment.

Arlington, VA

Just moments away from Washington, D.C. by Metro, Arlington is a great option for military history-lovers. Major sites include the Arlington National Cemetery, the US Marine Corps War Memorial, and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tack this stop onto your DC trip, or make it its own!

Gettysburg, PA

The site of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, this town offers numerous historical attractions from tours to reenactments. Additionally, you can enjoy local fruit markets, bike tours, and riding stables. A rural retreat located less than an hour and a half from Silver Spring.

With so many possibilities for local fun and closeby adventures, Silver Spring, MD is a great place to call home. Discover which of the three White Oak Communities is the perfect match for you and your needs today: Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.