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Old 02-21-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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I am thinking of moving from the Mid-west to work in Towson, MD. Based on various forums, I think Ellicott City would be a nice place for me & my family to move to.
How is the morning commute from Ellicott City to Towson ? Google Maps says 33 minutes. Is that a good estimate, or is there lot of traffic ?

Thanks.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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Find a place FAR closer to Towson to live.
Luckily (for you) if you can afford EC you can afford just about anything else too.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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The normal way of doing that trip would be on Rt. 40 to 695, and those roads are very busy at rush hour. It would probably take more like 40 minutes door to door, maybe more.

If you study the county road maps, you might find an interesting looking route involving Old Court Road, and while it's a great Sunday drive, you will hit a lot of traffic around Pikesville during rush hour, and it's probably not an advisable route in bad weather!
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Would probably be no fun at all! That side of the beltway is most commonly the worst.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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What does Ellicott City have to offer that Towson doesn't?

If you work in Towson there are numerous communities and neighborhoods in the vicinity that are perfectly pleasant places to live, no more and no less so than Ellicott City. Cockeysville, Lutherville, Timonium, Phoenix, Monkton/Sparks, Hunt Valley and Towson itself are areas you should be looking at if you want a single family colonial in an excellent school district.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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Yeah, just live by Towson. Just as nice!
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Thanks to all for your replies. I will re-think my idea, and will look to stay in or nearer to Towson.

Any thoughts or suggestions on good elementary schools in or around Towson ? And also, any suggestions on rental apartments in the same area would be highly appreciated.

Thanks again.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Bergen County
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I wouldn't totally discount living in EC, just because others on here said so. You really need to find a Realtor and talk to them about what you are looking for in a house, and then look at as many houses as you can. Then you can get an idea on where you want to live. I recently moved from the Midwest also, and ended up in Towson. I will agree with others that there are great public school in the York Road corridor, and the drive from EC to Towson everyday would not be fun, but that all depends on when you drive it. As Tallybalt said, there are many great communities to look at near Towson. As far as rental goes, that all depends on your lease time, budget, size, family, etc. There are high end rentals right in the center of Towson, and I am sure cheaper rentals in other areas around. I rented in Towson before buying a house.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: SE Baltimore
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Towson has become pretty ghetto these days. I wouldn't agree that it and Ellicott City are very similar. That being said, Ellicott City is too far and painful a commute.

You might want to consider buying in Northern Baltimore County, perhaps off of Ashland or Paper Mill Road. Hunt Valley has still retained a niceness, generally, and the commute would be all of 10 minutes.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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Originally Posted by GunsMass View Post
Towson has become pretty ghetto these days.
That's a bit of an exaggeration.
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