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Old 06-17-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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We are looking for possible rental homes or home to purchase in Huntington, MD. I am looking for family friendly neighborhoods possible hoods w/ community pool or amenities? We are moving from FL and would like country club feel but not cookie cutter homes if that is possible. Thanks so much for any suggestions!
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Do you mean Huntingtown in Calvert County? Only one country club in the County and very few, if any, community pools. Although now considered a suburb of DC (about 60% of the population travels out of the County to work) it is still pretty rural While there are upscale developments even the builders of those followed 4 or 5 designs in them.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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Sorry yes I do mean Huntingtown, MD. We are coming from FL so are not sure what to expect w/ neighborhoods in MD. Ugh, 4 or 5 designs..ugh...we live in a cookie cutter now and I'd rather find something different but want to be able to keep kids entertained in good, positive manner - we are coming from the beach so kids have hang out at family friendly beaches and generally keep out of trouble....and w/o the beach, we are just wondering what kids do for fun that doesn't get them into trouble. Can you reference any of the neighborhoods by name? thanks for the help...
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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There are two incorporated towns in Calvert County, North Beach and Chesapeake Beach, which are next to each other.

North Beach is primarily older beach cottage type houses although there has been in-fill/demo-rebuild activity the last few years. There are two fairly small planned townhouse developments in the Town, Burnt Oaks which is made up of starter THs and a well run apartment complex. The other is San Francisco By the Bay which are higher priced (started at $600K but the bubble burst and new ones are under $300K) TH's.

Chesapeake Beach is similar, but larger, with a larger mix of housing stock which includes condos (North Beach also has a couple condo buildings but the area is not really a condo area). The main planned development in CB is Richfield Station with a mix of TH's and SFH's.

Huntingtown, and the other named places in the County like Dunkirk, Prince Frederick, St. Leonard, are just zip codes centered on small unincorporated Town Centers (that's a zoning term). That's where you'll find various sub-divisions/developments.

A couple questions, which you don't have to answer to me, you have to ask yourself:
1) what is your price range? Housing in MD tends to be expensive, especially in Metro DC.
2) where will you be working?
3) how much of a commute can you tolerate?
4) how important are schools? Calvert County is one of the better school systems in MD.

I get in trouble for posting links so I'll give you some names:
Realtors are Long and Foster, ReMax, Century 21, Exit, Hometowne. Those are the largest. A local one is Patuxent Properties.

A major builder is Marrick Properties along with several smaller shops.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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How long a commute would it be from those areas to the DC Water office where I-295 hits the beltway?
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Salisbury, MD
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How long a commute would it be from those areas to the DC Water office where I-295 hits the beltway?
I'd say about an hour and forty-five minutes.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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We are looking for possible rental homes or home to purchase in Huntington, MD. I am looking for family friendly neighborhoods possible hoods w/ community pool or amenities? We are moving from FL and would like country club feel but not cookie cutter homes if that is possible. Thanks so much for any suggestions!
Welcome. You are coming from the opposite direction--I'm from the Southern Maryland area and have since moved to Florida.

Houses in Calvert County are typically more diverse than some of the new cookie cutter homes in Florida. There are some planned developments, but they are mostly smaller.

Huntingtown has a lot of family friendly areas, although houses are typically more spread out. It's semi-rural/semi suburban, so depending on where you live, your next door neighbor might be not really be next door.

There's not much of a town in Huntingtown. A few small shops and restaraunts, but no major stores. Prince Frederick, which is 5 minutes away, has ample shopping options--three major grocery stores, Walmart, Kmart, Peebles (mid level department store), lots of chain restaraunts, hotels, a hospital, a movie theater, etc.

Other than Huntingtown, you might also want to check out Prince Frederick and St. Leonard. Lusby has a lot of neighborhoods, some better than others, but it's worth a look as well.

If you want a community that doesn't have a cookie cutter feel and has a community pool and amenities, you might want to check out Scientists Cliffs, which is about 5 miles south of Prince Frederick. It's along the Chesapeake Bay, has a community pool, community center, beach, etc. The houses are rustic style--all with wooden exteriors--but most are quite nice. There's probably a good handful that are for rent, since a lot of the residents are seasonal.

Public schools in Calvert County are top notch. If you stick to Huntingtown, they added a high school there several years back. Dunkirk, Prince Frederick and Lusby also have high schools, and there are ample middle schools and elementary schools around as well.

While I love living in Florida, I can't say that Calvert County is a bad place to live in the least. Good luck, and feel free to ask more questions.

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