Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Silver Spring, an older but up-and-coming suburb, is located in central Maryland about 7 miles from the District of Columbia. It is home to more than 80,000 residents, many young families and couples, including singles with the additional older residents filling the surrounding neighborhoods. With its new revitalization in the downtown area, located on Georgia Avenue, you can now find new apartments, condos and lofts, family-friendly restaurants, eclectic shops and entertainment. It boasts a year-round farmer’s market, arts and crafts festival, and concerts. Homes here are more affordable than the homes west of the Beltway (Potomac, Chevy Chase, Bethesda). It should be noted that Kemp Mill is a section of Silver Spring that is home to many Orthodox Jewish families and as a result there are numerous synagogues and schools within walking distance. Takoma Park, the first planned commuter suburb in Montgomery County, is two miles from Silver Spring. It is a funky area and an attraction for artisans, environmental activists, and writers.
Takoma Park, Maryland is located in Montgomery County Maryland, immediately adjacent to Washington DC. Takoma Park is a sanctuary city, an official "Tree City USA," and is also widely known as Azalea City. It is a nuclear free zone, has an award-winning recycling program, and supports the work of historic preservation groups. Residents who are not yet U.S. citizens may vote in local elections and hold local elective office.