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Old 11-03-2018, 07:08 AM
 
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Thank you. I am so over the big cities and the traffic. Love the water and outdoors. As long as there is a couple nice places to eat out once in a while and a few shops and grocery store. I'm good. Just worried about looking in the wrong area. We will be driving 6 hours to get there, have that evening and part of the next day to make the decision. So setting up showings soon.

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Old 11-11-2018, 01:24 AM
 
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hello north beach person.

please, I am looking for recommendation as well. I will be relocating to Patuxent river for work and will like a safe place to live. I will like to commute to DC area as well. I am looking for a happy middle, where I can have a city feel but nothing too crazy. I am open to driving around 30- 40 minutes commute to work. I want a safe place, I will get an apartment first just to settle in, then go from there. I just want a safe decent location where I can lay my head while I settle in, can you advice please?
I know I'm not north beach person but I grew up in the area. When you say you want to commute to DC, will this be for work or pleasure? I ask because if it's for work than I might recommend you look into Calvert. However, if it's for pleasure, then I'd advise living in St. Mary's so you don't need to deal with the TJ bridge every morning as traffic can be a pain depending on your work hours. It's doable but not ideal. I also advise against the Waldorf area. I know that's closer to DC and "civilization" but its become so built up and traffic around there at almost any time of the day has become a nightmare. Do you have kids or are schools or anything in particular a priority aside from safety? Before I give you specific recommendations, I figure I should ask this first because if that's not a consideration than I have a few places in mind you'd probably like.
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Old 11-19-2018, 12:23 PM
 
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I know I'm not north beach person but I grew up in the area. When you say you want to commute to DC, will this be for work or pleasure? I ask because if it's for work than I might recommend you look into Calvert. However, if it's for pleasure, then I'd advise living in St. Mary's so you don't need to deal with the TJ bridge every morning as traffic can be a pain depending on your work hours. It's doable but not ideal. I also advise against the Waldorf area. I know that's closer to DC and "civilization" but its become so built up and traffic around there at almost any time of the day has become a nightmare. Do you have kids or are schools or anything in particular a priority aside from safety? Before I give you specific recommendations, I figure I should ask this first because if that's not a consideration than I have a few places in mind you'd probably like.
Thanks Voilet654 for the information. I will like to hear your recommendation. No, I am not coming with family, so schools are not a priority. I will be working in Pax River, and commute to DC for pleasure. Most people have advised against the long commute so I am ruling that out. I was thinking of maybe staying in California/Solomons, please advise.. Thanks
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Old 11-19-2018, 03:36 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Thanks Voilet654 for the information. I will like to hear your recommendation. No, I am not coming with family, so schools are not a priority. I will be working in Pax River, and commute to DC for pleasure. Most people have advised against the long commute so I am ruling that out. I was thinking of maybe staying in California/Solomons, please advise.. Thanks
The problem with living in Solomon's instead of across the river in St. Mary's is the Thomas Johnson bridge. It's one lane in each direction and freaks people out for some reason. An accident on it or at either end ties traffic up for miles and hours. Then you have the half dozen times a year someone decides to stop at the top and jump.

If you like bar crawls Solomon's is where you want to be. For a single individual it's a target rich environment.
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Old 11-23-2018, 12:03 AM
 
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Thanks Voilet654 for the information. I will like to hear your recommendation. No, I am not coming with family, so schools are not a priority. I will be working in Pax River, and commute to DC for pleasure. Most people have advised against the long commute so I am ruling that out. I was thinking of maybe staying in California/Solomons, please advise.. Thanks
As northbeachperson advised, the commute over the TJ bridge can be a real pain. However, it also depends on your work hours. I have a friend who lives on Solomons who works on base who works early hours so they avoid the traffic on the bridge. I used to work down at St. Mary's College and would get down there around 9 am and honestly most of the traffic was gone around 8:30 when I was heading over it. I find that the 7:00 hour is when it's at its worst, however, bad weather or an accident can affect it at any time and can be a real burden. Also, trying to drive over it between 4-6 can also be slow going especially from 4ish to 5ish. However, having commuted to DC and having dealt with the Beltway for years, this commute is really not that bad when you put it in perspective. During rush hour, traffic is not usually at a standstill, it's more like a crawl which is annoying but certainly not as terrible as it could be. They've been talking about rebuilding the TJ bridge for years. They really need to but I have no idea when that will actually become a reality due to its cost. Hopefully, it happens within our lifetime! I personally really like Solomons and as a young person, you would enjoy it as there are several things to do, has some nice bars and restaurants, has a nice community feel, and is just a really beautiful area. From Solomon's you're about an hour from DC if traffic is good which isn't bad, you'd just hop on Route 4 and its pretty much a straight shot depending on what part of DC you're headed to. If you are legitimately interested in Solomons, please let me know, and I can reach out to my friend and see where exactly she recommends as she currently lives there now.

Switching gears to California, a huge advantage of living here compared to Solomons is that you don't have to deal with the TJ bridge in the morning. You would just hop on three notch road down to the base and you would be good to go. California is also close to Solomons so if you wanted to visit its a short drive. California would be a little further from DC but not by much. You could either take Route 4 or 5 to get there. You're also a little bit closer to major stores such as Target, Walmart, Harris Teeter etc whereas in Solomons there's a Weis, some fast food restaurants a CVS etc. Still, Solomons is only like ten minutes from these bigger stores so that's really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Solomons also has an Urgent Care as does California. California is just a bit more convenient in that regard. I have a few friends who live in the California and Lexington Park area. The Wildewood neighborhood in California is worth checking out. It's a huge neighborhood with lots of amenities and newer apartments, condos, and townhomes along with plenty of single family homes available. Even though it has gotten pretty built up, my friend really enjoys the quality of life there. Its safe, quiet, and about 15-20 minutes to the base. They have a lot of newer homes/complexes too and from what it sounds like they are well taken care of. Aside from Wildewood, I have a friend who lives in Settler's Landing which is also in California. She seems pleased with the complex and finds it super convenient for work and amenities. There's also one more apartment complex in California that's newer that I used to drive by to get to work, I just can't remember its name. Its close to the Harris Teeter, when I go down there, I will look at the name and let you know. I don't know anyone who lives there but this complex is relatively new and might be worth checking out.

Aside from this, I know several people who live in Lexington Park in different complexes down there. I know you said you would prefer Solomons or California but the perk of Lexington Park is that you would be closer to work. Lexington Park gets a bad wrap but overall it's a safe community. Yes, there are definitely areas you want to avoid, but these complexes are not in those areas. Just to name a few that I've heard positive things about are Abberley Crest, The Greens, St. Mary's Landing, and South Gate townhomes. I've had friends who live there now genuinely liked them. I've visited all of these at some point and felt the communities were safe and well managed. South Gate is strictly townhomes but it is located right across from the Gate 3 entrance to the base so that commute would be absolutely glorious.

I'm sorry for the long post, I hope you found some of this helpful. If you would like any more info on anything I mentioned, please let me know. I'm happy to reach out to my friends if any of these places catch your fancy. Each of these communities is a little different so if you have a day to come out and check these areas out yourself, that would be ideal so you find everything you're looking for. Regardless of where you end up, you'll have a nice quality of life, a manageable commute to work, access to amenities and won't be too far from DC. Best of luck with your search, I think you'll really enjoy living down here. And the base is an awesome place to work!
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Old 11-23-2018, 05:21 PM
 
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OH goodness, Violet654, your detailed info is amazing to say the least. I am flying in there tomorrow and will be looking at something an apt locator found for me. I will also checkout the places you mentioned. Feel free to give me any infor you can get from your friends, living in California and Solomon. Thanks a million, your insight has helped me more than you know.
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Old 11-23-2018, 09:53 PM
 
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You're very welcome! Happy to help in any way I can being that I've lived and worked in the area for several years. Good luck with your visit, I think you will really enjoy living here. I don't think you can go wrong with either town, they just have different vibes which you will experience for yourself. The community on Solomon's Island that my friend lives in is called Mill Creek Boating Community located off Dowel Road close to Anne Marie Gardens. She also said there are a few other nice townhomes down that way as well you may be interested in checking out. She also mentioned that Solomons is likely going to be more expensive than living in California given its location. Depending on where exactly you live on Solomons the prices vary (waterfront etc) which may be a consideration but it all depends on your circumstances of course. My friend also mentioned that there are fewer apartment options on Solomons, those tend to serve as retirement communities and can be a bit more pricey. As I mentioned earlier, you have quite a few options in St. Mary's County. My friend in California who lives in the Wildewood community said they are building more apartments/condos as we speak. You have plenty of options to choose from so you will find a fit that's right for you. If I get any more info, I will definitely pass it along. Enjoy your trip and let us know where you end up!
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