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Old 04-18-2017, 01:05 PM
 
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Hi, I'm in the process of relocating to Hagerstown, MD due to my job. I honestly don't know anything about Hagerstown, have only traveled there once. I found two really nice townhouse rentals online in the North Gate and Collegiate Acres communities. Can anyone give me any feedback regarding both neighborhoods... Is it safe, is it easily accessible to shops, restaurants, etc. Is it in a good school district. How is the surrounding areas outside of North Gate and Collegiate Acres. Any feedback anyone can provide is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:59 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I honestly don't know anything about Hagerstown, have only traveled there once.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagerstown,_Maryland

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...relocating to Hagerstown, MD due to my job.
Is it a good job? A career long position there or just temporary layover?
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:30 PM
 
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I am in a career position, however, I will only work in our Hagerstown office for possibly a year before returning to my parent office.
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Old 04-18-2017, 05:05 PM
 
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They are both nice neighborhoods. Collegiate Acres is new (still being built), right off the highway, close to a lot of shopping, safe, clean, etc.

North Gate is more mature but still very nice. Has a neighborhood clubhouse with pool, etc. Still close to shopping and a lot of good restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Safe neighborhood as well.

Both are about one mile to the nearest elementary school. I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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Like htownterp said, Collegiate Acres is newer and a very attractive community. It's also close to I-81 and a large shopping district (along Garland Groh Blvd.) with stores like Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Pier 1, Best Buy, etc.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:43 PM
 
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Thank you so much htownterp. It's very unnerving moving to a location you're not familiar with and reading all the statistical data online regarding Hagerstown was somewhat unsettling. Hearing facts from locals is a blessing and helps to calm my nerves regarding the location my family and I will reside. Again, thanks for your response.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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Thank you Dequindre for your response. Is either one of the communities considered to be in downtown Hagerstown?? I've read in other posts to stay away from housing in downtown Hagerstown.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:11 PM
 
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No, neither is near downtown. I can understand your apprehension, but (and I sound like a total "homer" here...) it's a pretty nice place to live all things considered. Yeah...the downtown is rough, though there are major gentrification plans in the works right now. It's not like the wild west with shootouts and people afraid to walk around or anything. Just a lot of low income residents and some petty crime. But there is a terrific arts scene, lots of outdoor stuff, parks, mountains, good restaurants, good schools (all students in grades 3-12 have their own iPad), etc. Give it a chance and I think you'll like it. Any more questions, feel free to ask away!
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:54 PM
 
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I truly appreciate the feedback. It's making me feel so much better about our relocation. Thank you and I will definitely take you up on your offer if I have anymore questions.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:08 AM
 
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Default A year+ in Hagerstown...

Hey Htownterp, re the gentrification plans you mentioned for downtown Htown- have they progressed? What is the latest - greatest and not so great, in your opinion?

Naturelover32 - did you move to Hagerstown? If so, would love to hear your thoughts and feedback about where you are living, downtown, etc!

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No, neither is near downtown. I can understand your apprehension, but (and I sound like a total "homer" here...) it's a pretty nice place to live all things considered. Yeah...the downtown is rough, though there are major gentrification plans in the works right now. It's not like the wild west with shootouts and people afraid to walk around or anything. Just a lot of low income residents and some petty crime. But there is a terrific arts scene, lots of outdoor stuff, parks, mountains, good restaurants, good schools (all students in grades 3-12 have their own iPad), etc. Give it a chance and I think you'll like it. Any more questions, feel free to ask away!
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