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.

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.

Maximize Productivity When Working From Your Apartment

As the dynamics of the workforce continue to evolve, the rate at which people are working from home is on the rise. According to recent surveys, around 3.9 million U.S. employees work remotely for at least half of their schedule¹. The mid-Atlantic is home to about 50% of those who telecommute². Not everyone can work from the comfort of home, but employees who have the ability to do so sometimes struggle with productivity. When the lure of getting ahead on household chores and giving in to other distractions occurs, work suffers. Try these tactics to make the most of working from your apartment without getting distracted:

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3 Ways To Brighten Up Your Apartment

It’s no secret that the winter tends to be more dark and dreary than the warmer months of the year. For this reason, people tend to spend more time at home. While the amount of daylight is starting to get longer, it doesn’t hurt to optimize the lighting in your apartment for decoration and practical purposes. Here are some tips for how to brighten up your apartment:

Additional Lighting Couch and lamp

There are numerous options available to add lighting to your apartment without putting holes in walls or the ceiling. Floor lamps, end-table lamps, sunlamps, and string lights can all increase the brightness of any room. The type of bulb you use is important too. LED and CFL light bulbs are two of the more environmentally conscious light bulbs on the market, and certain brands offer the benefits of energy efficiency.

Choose Curtains Carefully Sunlight through the white curtain and windows

Curtains are versatile apartment accessories. Certain types of curtains are ideal for darkening rooms (for late sleepers!), conserving heat, or preserving privacy. If you’re looking to allow ample natural light, but still want the comfort of privacy, consider sheer curtains. The opaque nature of sheer allows light in while still providing a barrier making them perfect for brightening up your apartment.

Decorate With Color Empty room entrance hall interior with coral color concept 3d render,There are wood floor,white wall,orange empty cabinet and door.

Did you know that PANTONE® sets the standard for color creation and replication? Each year PANTONE® announces a Color of the Year. The 2019 color is Pantone 16-1546, Living Coral. This color is a perfectly bright color that will add a pop of vibrancy to any space in the form of pillows, wall accents, furniture, flowers, and much more!

A few simple updates and tricks can go a long way to ensure your apartment is light and bright even when it is dark outside. Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartments, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes all offer wonderful layouts that are designed to amplify natural light from windows. Add your personal touch and make the space your own!

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 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.