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.

Skip the Dishes: One-Pan Recipes for Apartment Life

Summer is the time of year with the most daylight hours. Even so, no need to waste them indoors doing dishes or unloading the dishwasher! Maximize time outdoors by minimizing the mess you make cooking. Reducing the number of dishwasher loads you run can help cut back on utility costs, especially during the summer months when water demand is high. Here are some summer inspired, one-pan recipes to cook up this season:

Summer Vegetable Pasta

Please your vegetarian family members or guests with this fresh and filling dish. The White Oak Apartment Communities feature excellent kitchen layouts for chopping and dicing veggies and gas stovetops for cooking.

Oven Roasted Chicken and Veggies

Pack in the protein and veggies with this simple recipe that you can pop in the oven. Only a handful of ingredients with minimal preparation time makes this the perfect dish for busy people who are always on the go. With the amazing locations of the White Oak Apartment communities, there is always activities and events nearby to attend!

Seafood Orzo Risotto

Seafood runs in a Marylander’s veins. Embrace the summer seafood craze with this scrumptious seafood orzo risotto that packs a filling punch with little preparation required. While counter space is never an issue when it comes to the kitchens of Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, Montgomery White Oak, and Montgomery Paint Branch, it is always nice to keep your cooking mess consolidated. Less scrubbing for later!

 

Did someone say dessert? Satisfy your sweet tooth with this one-pan, no-bake dessert. It is a perfect treat to bring outside to the community playground or pool and share with friends!

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.

Balcony Gardening for Apartment Living

Living in a rental apartment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the joys of growing your own vegetables this summer. Several floorplans at The White Oak Apartment communities offer balconies or patios – perfect for container gardening.

Plants that grow exceptionally well include tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and radishes. Any type of pot will do depending on your decorating style. Clay, ceramic, or plastic all work, but be sure that it has proper drainage at the bottom. There should be drain holes on the side of the containers about one half of an inch from the bottom. 

Synthetic soils can help your garden grow. Materials such as wood chips, peat moss, and sawdust are best suited for container plants. Add some gravel to the bottom of the pot before adding the soil to ensure proper drainage as you want to be sure not to run water on to the patio or balcony below, per lease agreements.

Consistent watering is key for a bountiful harvest. Plants should be watered every day, either from you or rain. Pick vegetables when they’re the ripest. They will be even more delicious because you grew them yourself! 

Our White Oak Apartments in Silver Spring offer several apartments with patios and balconies perfect for creating your own vegetable container gardens and relaxing while watching them grow. Keep in mind that digging in common lawn areas at the communities needs prior written landlord approval. The Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartments, Montgomery White Oak, and Montgomery Paint Branch are ready for you and your green thumb!

 

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.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Silver Spring, MD

St. Patricks Day Near White Oak, MD

St. Patricks Day - White Oak AptsAre you feeling the luck of the Irish these days? With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, on Friday, March 17, we want to help you prepare for this festive holiday with some activities, entertainment, bars, restaurants, and shopping that are all convenient to our four communities in Silver Spring, MD! Continue reading “Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Silver Spring, MD”

Keeping Your Health & Fitness New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Lose Weight New Years ResolutionA new year means making resolutions and like over 75% of the population, your resolution for 2017 probably has something to do with self-improvement, nutrition, fitness, or overall health. However, if you are like nearly 50% of the population, you will probably have little to no success in achieving your goals by the time this year comes to a close. Luckily, Montgomery White Oak Apartments is here to help! Continue reading “Keeping Your Health & Fitness New Year’s Resolutions”