Top 5 Reasons to Live in Silver Spring, MD

You’re looking for a new place to call home and you have certain requirements for your new town. Great location, lots of events and activities, convenient dining and shopping options, and affordable rent are non-negotiable factors. Sound familiar? If so, check out the top five reasons to live in Silver Spring, MD:

Forbes Ranked Silver Spring 77 out of the 200 “Best Places For Business and Careers”¹

You should never have to sacrifice your career for a great place to live, or vice versa. Silver Spring is home to many businesses including the headquarters of Discovery Inc. Over 45,000 persons hold jobs in Silver Spring with a projected growth rate of 1.12%.² You can use job search site such as LinkedIn or Indeed to find and apply to jobs, just type “Silver Spring. MD” into the location bar.

Proximity to Major Cities:

For fun weekend trips you can visit nearby Washington, D.C, Baltimore, or Annapolis. Washington, D.C. is just south of Silver Spring and offers a plethora of museums, theaters, restaurants, and events to take advantage of. Some popular places to visit include the Smithsonian National Zoo,  the Newseum. And the John F. Kennedy Center. Pop up to Baltimore for an endless array of pubs or check out the National Aquarium. Learn about Maryland history in the state capital, Annapolis, where you can enjoy a tour at the United States Naval Academy and snack on local saltwater taffy. There is something for everyone in and around Silver Spring!

An Abundance of Shopping Options:

From convenient grocery shopping to updating your wardrobe there are many shopping options available in Silver Spring. Giant, Safeway, and Whole Foods are just a few spots to pick up your food for the week. When it comes to other retail needs, visit one of the many malls such as Downtown Silver Spring, Ellsworth Place, or the White Oak Shopping Center.

Outstanding Education System:

Silver Spring is located in Montgomery County which contains three schools that ranked in the top 200 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. Within Maryland, Montgomery County schools are ranked second.³

Live How You Want:

When it comes to making a big move it is important to carefully consider whether you want to own or rent your next home. According to Truila.com the median cost of a home in Silver Spring is over $412,200. Home ownership is not the route for everyone. Renting an apartment is ideal for those who want to avoid the headache of property maintenance and who want to enjoy community amenities, such as a playground, tennis courts, and swimming pool at the White Oak Communities.

All in all, Silver Spring, MD is a great location for those seeking a perfect blend of city living with suburban perks!

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.

Wonderful Winter Events Near Silver Spring, MD

Snowflake

Now that we have officially experienced the first snow of the season, it is time to gear up for winter fun in the greater Silver Spring, MD area. From festive holiday activities to fabulous light displays, there is plenty to do around town even as the temperature drops. Check out this list of local events and mark your calendars for those you’d like to attend:

Beyond enjoying holiday activities, your holiday shopping will be a breeze when you live at one of the White Oak Apartment Communities. All are located just moments from the White Oak Shopping Center and Hillandale Shopping Center. For those who like to hibernate as soon as they see a snow flurry, the various communities have features and amenities to please! Snuggle up with your furry friend and cozy blanket at either Montgomery Paint Branch, Vista at White Oak, Montgomery White Oak, or Yorkshire.

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.

Best Time of Year for Renters to Move

Believe it or not, there are peak times of year for moving and if you play your cards right you can take advantage of the slow season to save money. Moving industry professionals usually note April to September as being the busiest time of year to move.¹ That means the “slow” season is the key timeframe for you to tackle your move.

Man holding stack of boxesProfessional movers often offer slightly lower prices for their services from October to March. 

As a rule of thumb, call and schedule your move with the moving company of your choice at least two weeks in advance. If you don’t have a choice but to move during peak season, play it safe and call four weeks in advance to secure your desired day of the week and time of day. Of course, the most cost-effective means of moving is enlisting the help of friends. After they have helped lift your couch and other heavy belongings don’t forget to thank them with food and refreshments! If you are moving with a furry friend, here are some helpful tips on how to move with a pet.                                                                                                                       Apartment Kitchen

Autumn is the perfect time of year to move apartments, especially when your new destination is one of the White Oak Apartments communities in Silver Spring, MD. With a wide variety of floor plans and amenities to meet the needs and desires of all our residents, the communities are situated in Montgomery County. The county boasts the second best schools in the state, is close to three major cities, and offers the comforts of suburban living.  

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.

Top 6 Fall Decor Trends

One of the many fabulous things about living in Maryland is experiencing all four seasons throughout the year. As fall begins to grace us with its presence swimsuits are traded for sweaters, watermelons for pumpkins, and orange crushes for stouts. It is not uncommon for people to start spending more time indoors to stay cozy. As you reorient your activities and tastes for the fall, don’t forget about your apartment! Here are the top six home decor trends to freshen up your space this fall:

Pops of Color

Gray is out and pops of bright color are in! This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new furniture. You can bring a little color to any existing couch or armchair with playful pillows or a tasteful throw blanket.

Plants That Take Care of Themselves (Well, almost)

Shorter days mean fewer hours of sunlight to nurture your houseplants. Do yourself a favor and exchange ‘needy’ plants for those that require less attention such as succulents, ZZ plants, Philodendrons, or Monstreas. And of course, you could always opt for fake plants, which really do take care of themselves.

Back to Basics Furniture

Gone are the days of ornate or ‘heavy’ furniture. Nowadays it is all about clean lines and functionality. When seeking a new dining set or coffee table keep it simple with muted tones and storage space. Your kitchen table can be accented with pops of color from your plate settings.

Metallic Accents

Shiny never looked so good! Forget about waiting for special holidays to add a little sparkle to your apartment, add it now. From cool geometric lamps to candle holders to wall accents, metallic shimmer is the perfect way to add some edge to your space.

Velvet

Velvet blankets, chairs, and pillows add a bit of texture to any room. The slightly shimmery material will go well with your metallic accents. The elegant style of velvet is sure to elevate your apartments overall decor.

Playful Patterns

If pops of color and different texture materials aren’t your thing, then implementing playful patterns might be. From the living area to the bathroom, patterns are eye-catchers. Consider spicing up your space with a patterned rug, shower curtain, or comforter.

The White Oak Communities are located in close proximity to stores with an excellent inventory of home decor, which makes it easy to switch up your apartment’s style with the changing seasons. You can peruse the aisles of the Westfield Wheaton or Orchard Center Target, the Silver Spring T.J.Maxx, or the Rockville HomeGoods.

 

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.

Local Fall Festivities

As the weather cools and the leaves change it is time to get excited about local fall festivities. Between pumpkin picking, Halloween preparations, and apple cider donuts you may already have a busy schedule ahead of you for the season. Make room in your calendar for these local fall events:

Now that you have a jammed packed calendar it’s time to plan your transportation. Not a driver? No problem! With a variety of public transportation options available near the White Oak Communities it will be a piece of pumpkin pie to get out and about all autumn. 

The Metro Bus K6 goes all the way to Fort Totten. The Montgomery County Ride On bus has several stops throughout the area. You can check the schedules online. September 22 is even Car Free Day, so the bus system will be celebrating by offering free bus rides from 10 am – 7 pm running from the Shady Grove Metro Station to the Germantown Transit Center before heading to Black Hill Regional Park, the Clarksburg outlets, and vice versa.

Photo: Ride On Montgomery County Transit

The White Oak Communities of Montgomery White Oak Apartments, Vista at White Oak Apartments, Montgomery Paint Branch Apartments and Yorkshire Apartments are situated perfectly for easy access to Silver Spring and surrounding area events. Nearby are the popular cities of Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, DC. With so many places offering fun fall events it’s sure to be a season to remember!

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.