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Old 09-28-2014, 04:49 PM
 
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Hello, I'm relocating for a job from Philly ( originally from Chicago) to Woodlawn,Maryland. I am having a hard time chosing between 3 areas; all very driffrent: Silver Spring, Towson, and Hanover.

I am in my mid thirties and single ... I'm looking for shopping, resturants, "access to the arts", and some nightlife ( age appropriate, nice jazz etc ). I realize that Hanover may not have most of these things but it has great shopping and seemingly easy highway access; so it's on the list. Can someone please help!!! I only have to drive into Woodlawn two days a week and I don't want to sacrifice having a life to be close to work. Any suggestions would be more than welcome; even outside the listed cities.

Specs:

-Work in Woodlawn, MD ( 2 days a week)
-Commute no more than 45 min
-Apartment no more than $1700.000
-Have a car
-Mix of urban life with big box stores and great resturants ...and fast food ( I know ...)
-An area with a good healthy dose of singles...not all families.

Thank you ; thank you!!!
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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Hi Northern220,

Silver Spring - Excellent nightlife in SS and DC, which is only minutes away. Definitely a great spot for restaurants. Plenty of singles. It is a rather expensive place though, and commute would be an issue. SS to Woodlawn would take 40 minutes without traffic, but you would probably looking at around an hour.

Towson - Baltimore nightlife is only a short drive away. Towson does have some restaurants but you will find even more great places to eat in Baltimore. It's a 20 minute commute before traffic, but a commute time under 45 minutes is doable. There is a good amount of singles in the area.

Hanover - Same situation as Towson for nightlife. Lots of shopping at the nearby Arundel Mills Mall, I would HIGHLY recommend it. Walmart and Target aren't too far either. There are a few restaurants at and around the mall, but Hanover is probably the weakest in that category. Commute is definitely doable under 45 minutes, you would have several possible routes.

All three are fairly populated areas, so Fast Food and shopping really aren't a problem. Your Apartment budget is definitely doable for all three areas, although you'll get the least for your money in SS.

If you have any other questions about MD or any of the three areas, feel free to ask.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Silver Spring - Excellent nightlife in SS and DC, which is only minutes away. Definitely a great spot for restaurants. Plenty of singles. It is a rather expensive place though, and commute would be an issue. SS to Woodlawn would take 40 minutes without traffic, but you would probably looking at around an hour.
As the most expensive, in Silver Spring your $1700 budget would get you a studio or older 1-bedroom. Your money definitely goes further in Hanover or Towson.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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I am not a fan of any of the Mills shopping areas and wouldn't choose to live near one. IMO Arundel Mills is worse than most because of the casino and the traffic on the BW Pkwy that has become much worse in the past two years. Therefore, I wouldn't put Hanover on my list unless I needed to be there for work. If you're looking to be on the south side of 695, you are more likely to find the jazz-type places you are looking for in the Columbia area rather than Hanover, and the commute might be easier. Plus, the shopping in Howard County will be a bit more upscale than Hanover. Towson is great for shopping and has easy access to the city. Silver Spring seems far to me, but I have no experience with that.
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:27 AM
 
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Have you considered living in Baltimore City proper? You want an urban life with a mix of big box stores? Look into Locust Point or Federal Hill. Easy access to the beltway and thus to Woodlawn, along with the big boxes in Anne Arundel County or Columbia.

If you've restricted yourself to only Silver Spring, Hanover or Towson, then Towson is your best bet.
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:05 PM
 
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Hi Northern220,

Silver Spring - Excellent nightlife in SS and DC, which is only minutes away. Definitely a great spot for restaurants. Plenty of singles. It is a rather expensive place though, and commute would be an issue. SS to Woodlawn would take 40 minutes without traffic, but you would probably looking at around an hour.

Towson - Baltimore nightlife is only a short drive away. Towson does have some restaurants but you will find even more great places to eat in Baltimore. It's a 20 minute commute before traffic, but a commute time under 45 minutes is doable. There is a good amount of singles in the area.

Hanover - Same situation as Towson for nightlife. Lots of shopping at the nearby Arundel Mills Mall, I would HIGHLY recommend it. Walmart and Target aren't too far either. There are a few restaurants at and around the mall, but Hanover is probably the weakest in that category. Commute is definitely doable under 45 minutes, you would have several possible routes.

All three are fairly populated areas, so Fast Food and shopping really aren't a problem. Your Apartment budget is definitely doable for all three areas, although you'll get the least for your money in SS.

If you have any other questions about MD or any of the three areas, feel free to ask.


Thanks for the detail... I appreciate it. I love the Arundel Mills Mall too! I was told that Towson would be horrible going to Woodlawn in the AM and PM (I would be heading into DC traffic) so that is something to consider as well...
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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I am not a fan of any of the Mills shopping areas and wouldn't choose to live near one. IMO Arundel Mills is worse than most because of the casino and the traffic on the BW Pkwy that has become much worse in the past two years. Therefore, I wouldn't put Hanover on my list unless I needed to be there for work. If you're looking to be on the south side of 695, you are more likely to find the jazz-type places you are looking for in the Columbia area rather than Hanover, and the commute might be easier. Plus, the shopping in Howard County will be a bit more upscale than Hanover. Towson is great for shopping and has easy access to the city. Silver Spring seems far to me, but I have no experience with that.

Thanks I visited the Columbia area this past weekend it isvery nice; mall is fantastic! It just seems very very suburban… Are there really Jazz spots inColumbia? I will have to explore more…

I don’t want a full city anymore… enough with Philly andChicago but I would like a little atmosphere
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Have you considered living in Baltimore City proper? You want an urban life with a mix of big box stores? Look into Locust Point or Federal Hill. Easy access to the beltway and thus to Woodlawn, along with the big boxes in Anne Arundel County or Columbia.

If you've restricted yourself to only Silver Spring, Hanover or Towson, then Towson is your best bet.
No I havent , I wanted a mix of urban and suburbs... but thanks! I looked at Canton though, it reminded me of Philly...
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:20 PM
 
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As the most expensive, in Silver Spring your $1700 budget would get you a studio or older 1-bedroom. Your money definitely goes further in Hanover or Towson.
hmmm.. actually found a few nice 1 bed (newer) in SS under $1700.00...(??)

Thanks!
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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Towson is a cheaper silver spring...To me its just a college town which isnt bad
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