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Old 07-05-2013, 11:12 PM
 
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Hi,

I am currently looking to relocate to the MD area soon but plan on working in the DC area. I'm getting a little more familiar with the "DMV" area, but I'm very unsure of where to live and what would be safest for me. And I definitely need some help.

1) In my early 30s
2) Have worked in various industries, but mainly administrative
3) No kids, don't plan on having anytime soon
4) Interested in the healthcare field
5) Affordability (not looking to purchase a home, would like to rent a 1bd for less than $850/mo
6) Public transportation (not extremely important, but would be nice
7) Culturally diverse

If you could give me any information that would really help me out!!

Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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With a budget of only $850/month, it will be difficult to locate an apartment in a safe area. It's is possible to find places in South Baltimore. However, it is a very long trip into Washington DC, and Baltimore is not the best place to live if you actually work in Washington. I'd suggest looking for a job which would pay you enough to spend about $1100/month, or consider sharing an apartment.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:54 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I am currently looking to relocate to the MD area soon but plan on working in the DC area.
I'm getting a little more familiar with the "DMV" area, but...
Where did this "DMV" expression come from? DMV = MVA LINK
You'll need to find them too but no one lives there

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I'm very unsure of where to live...
6) Public transportation (not extremely important, but...)
Actually it is the #1 most important thing. All the rest of that list is a distraction.

Cutting to the chase...
if you want to SHARE an apartment or house in B'more with some other 30something...
you'll need to live somewhere in very close proximity to one of the MARC train lines to DC.
(Yeah, that $850 budget = sharing. Maybe with two others; 3 or 4 others in DC)

Ideally that home would be close enough to actually walk to the MARC station... but if that isn't
achievable then live somewhere walkably close to some OTHER form of public transportation
(light rail or subway or bus) that can go a short way and drop you off at the train station.
Similar applies at the DC end of the daily trip. Car's are a weekend indulgence.

http://mta.maryland.gov/sites/defaul...Csystemmap.JPG

hth
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I suggest reading (and posting in if necessary) the Baltimore sub-forum

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Originally Posted by FreshStart13 View Post
Hi,

I am currently looking to relocate to the MD area soon but plan on working in the DC area. I'm getting a little more familiar with the "DMV" area, but I'm very unsure of where to live and what would be safest for me. And I definitely need some help.

1) In my early 30s
2) Have worked in various industries, but mainly administrative
3) No kids, don't plan on having anytime soon
4) Interested in the healthcare field
5) Affordability (not looking to purchase a home, would like to rent a 1bd for less than $850/mo
6) Public transportation (not extremely important, but would be nice
7) Culturally diverse

If you could give me any information that would really help me out!!

Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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With a budget of only $850/month, it will be difficult to locate an apartment in a safe area. It's is possible to find places in South Baltimore. However, it is a very long trip into Washington DC, and Baltimore is not the best place to live if you actually work in Washington. I'd suggest looking for a job which would pay you enough to spend about $1100/month, or consider sharing an apartment.
I'm paying $825.00 per month for my own studio apartment and I live in a safe area but it's not far from the hood.
Yes, South Baltimore.

I agree with you and would not live in Baltimore if I worked in DC.

OP - There is a Baltimore forum. I suggest posting your topic there if Baltimore interests you.
With a budget like you have try looking for a basement of a house in the DC suburbs on craigslist. Plenty of options with easy access to the Metro system for your budget.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Hagerstown
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Baltimore is having a rough few weeks with violent crime. Hopefully things get turned around. Maybe try the area around BWI airport?
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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Baltimore is having a rough few weeks with violent crime. Hopefully things get turned around. Maybe try the area around BWI airport?
It's gang violence for the most part. Turf wars within the drug trade.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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It's gang violence for the most part. Turf wars within the drug trade.
Yup. Don't do drugs, don't sell em, you'll be fine. There are a whole lot of places in Baltimore you'd never know this type of thing was going on.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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Commuting Baltimore to DC will take 1-2 hours each way, depending if there are any incidents. You will hate your life in 3 months.

Why do transplants always think that we are exaggerating when it comes to commute times?
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: York, PA
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Hi,

I am currently looking to relocate to the MD area soon but plan on working in the DC area. I'm getting a little more familiar with the "DMV" area, but I'm very unsure of where to live and what would be safest for me. And I definitely need some help.

1) In my early 30s
2) Have worked in various industries, but mainly administrative
3) No kids, don't plan on having anytime soon
4) Interested in the healthcare field
5) Affordability (not looking to purchase a home, would like to rent a 1bd for less than $850/mo
6) Public transportation (not extremely important, but would be nice
7) Culturally diverse

If you could give me any information that would really help me out!!

Thanks!
If you have more "wiggle" room in your budget, you would probably be better off living closer to DC, ie Silver Spring (i used to live here), Bethesda, Rockville, etc. These places will be much pricier than the Baltimore area, but the extra dollars are worth it to save you the commute, especially if public transportation isn't a big deal.

I can tell you that driving from Baltimore to DC daily will wreak havoc on your vehicle and sanity. Taking the MARC from BAL to DC will help curb the commute somehwhat, but the system has it's bugs as well. Then again, we are all different. Some people like a long commute, others don't.
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