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Old 07-08-2017, 03:33 PM
 
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My family of 5 is moving this winter to either Maryland or Virginia for my husband's job. We have the opportunity to pick our desired city from a long list of offices. My brother and his wife live in DC and are trying to convince us to move to the Silver Spring/Gaithersburg area (there are offices located in both). Would you live there if you didn't have to for work? I like the idea of being close to them, but I don't love the idea of high housing prices, traffic, etc.

We have a max budget of 400K and I'm worried this wouldn't be enough to get us into a nice neighborhood with a community feel. We aren't really urban people. Would Richmond be a better fit? I feel like we could afford a neighborhood with a nice fenced yard, neighborhood pool, lots of kids, etc. in Richmond, but not so much in MD. Thoughts?? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 07-08-2017, 08:09 PM
 
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My family of 5 is moving this winter to either Maryland or Virginia for my husband's job. We have the opportunity to pick our desired city from a long list of offices. My brother and his wife live in DC and are trying to convince us to move to the Silver Spring/Gaithersburg area (there are offices located in both). Would you live there if you didn't have to for work? I like the idea of being close to them, but I don't love the idea of high housing prices, traffic, etc.

We have a max budget of 400K and I'm worried this wouldn't be enough to get us into a nice neighborhood with a community feel. We aren't really urban people. Would Richmond be a better fit? I feel like we could afford a neighborhood with a nice fenced yard, neighborhood pool, lots of kids, etc. in Richmond, but not so much in MD. Thoughts?? Thanks in advance for your help!
Richmond v. Silver Spring/Gaithersburg isn't really an apples to apples comparison as they aren't even in the same region. If you enjoy the prospect of living near a world-class city and the amenities that come with that then $400K is doable outside the prime neighborhoods within G-burg/SS. If living in the DC area is meaningless to you then you might as well live in a cheaper part of MD or VA, e.g. Richmond or Columbia.
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:04 PM
 
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Richmond has all the culture, education, and entertainment anyone could want, without the higher prices and terrible traffic gridlock of the D.C. area. Richmond's crime rate has greatly decreased and mainly affects only high.risk neighborhoods.
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Old 07-09-2017, 07:55 AM
 
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Thanks for the insight everyone! @bufflove mentioned we would have to live outside of prime neighborhoods for 400K. Would we still be able to live in a really nice and safe neighborhood with good schools somewhere around Silver Spring or Gaithersburg? It looks like Frederick is much more affordable. Would that be a bad commute to Gaithersburg? Thanks!
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:15 AM
 
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Thanks for the insight everyone! @bufflove mentioned we would have to live outside of prime neighborhoods for 400K. Would we still be able to live in a really nice and safe neighborhood with good schools somewhere around Silver Spring or Gaithersburg? It looks like Frederick is much more affordable. Would that be a bad commute to Gaithersburg? Thanks!
I don't know much about Gaithersburg, but for Silver Spring you can find a safe neighborhood with relatively good schools for $400K. That's pretty much the cheapest the area gets, so the house will be relatively small and/or need a bit of work, e.g.
https://www.redfin.com/MD/Silver-Spr.../home/11060659
https://www.redfin.com/MD/Silver-Spr.../home/11027260
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:58 AM
 
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Thanks for the insight everyone! @bufflove mentioned we would have to live outside of prime neighborhoods for 400K. Would we still be able to live in a really nice and safe neighborhood with good schools somewhere around Silver Spring or Gaithersburg? It looks like Frederick is much more affordable. Would that be a bad commute to Gaithersburg? Thanks!
Frederick to gairthburg is not bad but there are areas like germantown nd damascus that are close to. i get u don't want to live in the craziness
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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There is a lot of traffic between Frederick and Gaithersburg, but Frederick is very nice. As mentioned, there are closer options like Clarksburg, Boyds, Germantown, and Damascus. Poollesville might work too. There's going to be traffic even if you lived right in Gaithersburg. You will want the 20878 zip code (west of 270) if you choose to live in Gaithersburg or North Potomac.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:39 AM
 
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Thank you for the help! After some research, it doesn't look like we can afford a SF home in the 20878 zip code (400K and under). It looks like we will get the most bang for our buck in Damascus and Frederick. I found some SF homes just south of Frederick in the 21703 zip code. Online commute calculators say it is only a 10 minute commute difference between just south of Frederick and Damascus to Gaithersburg (right near the MARC station). Is this true - or is more like a 30+ minute difference because of traffic on the 270 during rush hour? Thanks so much!
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:04 AM
 
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I would say it is more than 10 minutes, even without traffic. 30 minutes with traffic is possible though. There's a lot of traffic but it won't be super-bad. That's a nice area.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:37 AM
 
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Answering one of the original questions, thousands of people live in both Gaithersburg and Silver Spring whose only connection to the government is filing their income tax.
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