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Old 06-04-2014, 03:53 PM
 
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Hi , new poster here.There is a possibility that my husband may have a new job at Johns Hopkins( we are both in the medical field, him a clinical pharmacist, me an RN). We are looking for a family friendly suburb, good schools and ease of access/commute.I realize it is going to be super expnsive since I live in a relatively LOW CoL area ( we built our house in 2003 and paid $201,500 for 2000 sq ft , 4 bdr 2 bath home in a schools district with a 9 rating ).I biggest concern is schools and family friendliness..I was told Ellicott City, Columbia and Elkridge are good places to start.I was wondering what is wrong with Glen Burnie, Odenton, or Jessup .I have heard various opinions and I have done some preliminary research on housing and schools already, and though they arent stellar, the schools in Glenn Burnie don't seem to be terrible..Can anyone help ? Give me the good, bad ,ugly any and all info would be fantastic. I would be so appreciative since I am very overwhelmed right now.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:23 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Nothing really wrong with the ones you mentioned. They tend to be working class suburbs which, in the skewed view of many, denotes "bad". Since everyone in MD is above average in looks, wealth, and smarts don't you know.

Some areas, such as where I am, has new people having the attitude that the "lower/working class" doesn't deserve to live here.

I'm glad you realize the COL here will take your breath away compared to where you are now.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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Also remember that in general the School systems here in MD are much larger than most in PA. Here they are administered at the County Level which means possibly dozens of High Schools and scores of lower level schools in a single system. In the areas of PA that I am familiar with it seems like each High School feeder area is run by a separate school board.

You might also look on the North side of Baltimore (The ones you mentioned seem to be west and southwest of Baltimore) especially since JH is ( I believe) to the east side of downtown Baltimore.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I think its just something you'll really need to see for yourself. What one person thinks its terrible, is perfectly acceptable for another. Lots of families do come to Howard Co for our schools but there are great schools throughout the region in neighboring districts as well. So much of our recommendations will depend on your budget; it can be a huge sticker shock for people relocating.
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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You might also look on the North side of Baltimore (The ones you mentioned seem to be west and southwest of Baltimore) especially since JH is ( I believe) to the east side of downtown Baltimore.
If the job is at the east campus, I'd suggest Bel Air. The commute from Howard County would be much too difficult.
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