Silver Spring’s White Oak Neighborhood Has a Way of Growing on You

Horseback riding

The green miles: The Rachel Carson Greenway offers a natural surface trail that stretches more than 10 miles, giving White Oak residents the chance to enjoy a bit of wilderness in the city.

By last official count, Silver Spring, Md., had more than 75,000 residents spread out all over its unincorporated area. Sitting just north of the Washington, D.C., city limits in Montgomery County, Silver Spring offers the renter a very convenient place to plant roots. Not only is there a lot to do in the area itself, but commuting to the capital is as easy as cruising down Colesville Road and making a left onto Georgia Avenue.

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Of course, living here you don’t even need to get in the car to travel around the metro region, as Silver Spring has four Metrorail stations, all on the Red Line. The city is also home to a MARC train stop near the Silver Spring station, which can even take you out of the area.

Like any city, Silver Spring is made up of various neighborhoods. One such neighborhood, White Oak, is as good a place to rent an apartment as any in town. Living in White Oak, you can take advantage of White Oak shopping center – which offers Giant, Sears and Rite Aid – so many of your essentials are covered without going very far at all.

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Oddly, 3.5 miles is quite a handy measure for White Oak. It’s roughly that distance to Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center (near the Wheaton and Glenmont Metro stations) to the west and about the same to Silver Spring’s extravagant downtown shopping district to the southwest.

Another benefit to living in White Oak is that you’re about a mile between two places of natural beauty and refuge: the Rachel Carson Greenway & Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Trail (try saying that twice in a row, or once and a half) and the Paint Branch Trail.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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