Why We Left Silver Spring MD for Wilmington NC
Growing up in Silver Spring, my family and I have been residents for the better part of 25 years. Although some of the development has been great (Discovery Channel, new restaurants etc) the influx of crime and high rise apartment buildings, of traffic and pollution, have changed the character considerably. Murders, muggings and randomized violence are a stark reminder of how much the area has changed.
We wanted to find a community that had the same leafy feel as Silver Spring, communities with older historic homes, a little bit more sunshine and half price mortgage. As a mixed couple, diversity and tolerance are significant issues- one of the great things about the DC Metro area is, undeniably, the melting potted-ness of it all.
Wilmington NC is much of what Silver Spring /Tacoma Park used to be, for about 1/3 the price. Lots of sunshine, porch parties, historic homes, communities walkable to downtown, less than 20 minutes to the beach. An abundance of cafes, restuarants and coffee shops will not help your waistline. #firstworldproblems
And once your dog learns that they will give her cookies for stopping by? Life as you know it will be over. The waitstaff will learn her name, you will be dragged all the way to downtown on a regular basis.
We loved Silver Spring for many reasons; my parents still live there. Increasingly, however, communities like Wilmington NC are providing viable alternatives for those of us who work remotely. Porch parties, neighborhood get togethers, beautiful historic homes... and likely for less than we would have paid for a two bedroom condo in Silver Spring
Check out our new city. We sure are glad we did!
Samira | Wilmington, NC