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Old 05-26-2013, 11:27 AM
 
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I'm a middle-aged, single female with a great career and I'm being relocated to MD. I am a 'southern-belle' (NC) and was relocated to MI from Sarasota, FL two years ago. Excited to get back on the East Coast -
I love being close to water and want to be somewhere in-between "fast-paced night life" and "roll up the curb at 6pm".

My office will be in Columbia...

I really don't know the area but in research, the following areas look great! Annapolis, Townson, Severna Park....??
I will be renting and looking for a condo / townhouse or single family home first but would rent a nice apartment (but not a high rise)

LOVE being near water
LOVE golf
definitely want to be in a spot to meet other singles (middle-aged)

So many things to think about! Any help is greatly appreciated y'all :-)
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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My office will be in Columbia...
Then you'll want to live in Columbia or rather close to it.
Focusing on the new job at least for the first year is always wise.

The older sections of Ellicott City LINK or Oella LINK will be a good starting point.
Everything you want that isn't right there is still close enough to visit as often as you like.
Even the Bay isn't that far away. LINK

Hold off moving farther away until you have meet someone and may have a reason to be there.
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I really don't know the area but in research, the following areas look great! Annapolis, Townson, Severna Park....??
IMHO, the commute from Towson to Columbia would be too difficult, as it is around the Beltway. I'd favor Annapolis and nearby for you, including Edgewater and Pasadena. Crofton and Odenton are also nice, although more family-oriented. Have you checked the prices of rentals? You might be in for sticker-shock. The BRAC to Fort Meade has driven up the prices for apartments.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:35 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice!
MrRational - The job is a promotion within the same area of responsibility I've had for a few years but your advice to remain close to the office for now is well worth considering. I've heard Ellicott City is nice but haven't heard of Oellais - I will check it out.
goldenage1- Yes, I'm finding the lease prices are very high - especially for anything larger than a cardboard box :-)
I haven't heard of Edgewater or Pasadena.. I'll check those.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:19 AM
 
Location: DC-Baltimore area
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Sounds like a good professional step for you. I would just be hopeful but watch your expectations. This is not an easy area (as you can read on the forum) due to things like heavy traffic almost all the time and common attitudes of brusqueness and rudeness (on the road, in customer service, other places, etc.). I would at least set things up so you do not have to spend most of your time on the road. The first year in any new job is demanding. If you can maintain what sounds like cheerfulness and an outgoing nature then hopefully you'll be able to make friends.
I live in Silver Spring, work in Bethesda, hope to retire in 2.5 years but although will still be young and would have a better package if I could hang in longer. I'm choosing to leave as soon as I can however and hope I can find someplace else I like better.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Millersville, Md and King George, Va
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I suggest Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park for near water. Columbia itself or Ellicott City not on the water, but getting to water is easy.

Going the other direction Clarksville off Rte 32 is very nice and Tridelphia Reservoir is nearby.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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We looked into Clarksville at one time and this is not the answer for a single woman IMO, unless her desire is to live in a 3,500 ft McMansion.

I liked the Anne Arundal County suggestions of Edgewater etc. She was pretty clear about the water thing so I don't see how Towson or some of the other suggestions will work
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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Not a lot of water available unless you live in Anne Arundel County. There's the Eastern Shore but then you have a long commute to most of the large Balt-DC Corridor employers. Being a water duck too, I canvassed most of AA Co when we moved here in the 80's but couldn't find anything I'd consider buying in the price range I could afford with a large enough house and lot to raise some kids.

I became content with buying near BWI and then eventually moving out west to Sykesville, with vacations to Ocean City when I get too dry. MD is not a retirement-friendly state to live in, so I'm planning on getting my water fix when I can buy a waterfront place in Northern Michigan with just the equity after selling my MD home - no mortgage needed. Such are the home price differences between here and there.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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You are retiring and moving full time to Northern MIchigan? Wow. That's where my mom is from (Charlexoix) and I gotta say 3 months of the year it's paradise, spirng and fall are OK but winters are 6 months of Hell.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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There are not many condos/apartments near the water that are affordable (see National Harbor or Inner Harbor). Maybe rent a SFH near Deale Marinas. Good social scene for 40 somethings. People are more friendly there then other parts of the DC Metro area. I have stored my yachts there for 6 years.

You will have a 1 hour commute to Colombia if you want to live near the water anywhere in the DC/MD area.
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