Out of all the home-shopping regions in Montgomery County, the one with the most diverse home styles has to be Silver Spring. From its high-rise apartments and office buildings in downtown Silver Spring to the rural settings to the north along New Hampshire Avenue, this vast community has a little bit of everything a newcomer might be shopping for. The oldest section of Silver Spring is the urbanized area to the south that actually abuts the Washington, DC line. So it is that close to all the action of the big city. Office space and living space (not to mention dining, entertainment and parkland spaces as well) are in abundance in the downtown region. As one moves farther out into the suburbs, “greater” Silver Spring, with its undefined borders, begins to shed its retail and office development components and turns into more of a pastoral setting with large single-family home communities. Interspersed in the area, you’ll find plenty of open green spaces such as golf courses and parks in the form of Sligo Creek, Rock Creek and Wheaton Regional which can provide hours of relaxing fun for the entire family.