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Old 07-14-2017, 11:10 AM
 
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Entirely new experience for my wife, my 4 year old, and myself. I was just offered an awesome job in Laurel, MD. I am looking for the best school district and awesome place to raise a family. My wife would need an easy commute to both school and local hospital where she hopes to land an ER RN position.

Any assistance or encouragement would be greatly appreciated. The most important thing to us is schooling for my daughter who would be entering kindergarten in the fall. Then comes living in a safe environment of course.

I look forward to the responses.

PB
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Old 07-14-2017, 01:00 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I was just offered an awesome job in Laurel, MD.
I am looking for the best school district and awesome place to raise a family.
My wife ... to land an ER RN position.
plan to rent for the first year or so
get settled in, make some friends, learn your way around
and keep the commute aggravation to a minimum
Then think about buying and school districts.

Laurel is almost equal distance between DC and Baltimore.
You can focus in either direction and be fine.
B'more tends to have lower RE costs

DC oriented map link here
Baltimore oriented map link here
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Old 07-14-2017, 01:08 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Entirely new experience for my wife, my 4 year old, and myself. I was just offered an awesome job in Laurel, MD. I am looking for the best school district and awesome place to raise a family. My wife would need an easy commute to both school and local hospital where she hopes to land an ER RN position.

Any assistance or encouragement would be greatly appreciated. The most important thing to us is schooling for my daughter who would be entering kindergarten in the fall. Then comes living in a safe environment of course.

I look forward to the responses.

PB
Laurel, Ft. Meade, Odenton, Greenbelt, Columbia, Burtonsville, Bowie, heck even Silver Spring/Wheaton plenty of places to choose from. I suggest taking a few days out of your week to come down and explore what suits you and your family best.

Maryland is a pretty cool state to live in once your settled and making a decent amount to cover expenses here, best of luck.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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There are MANY great school districts in Maryland within an easy commute to Laurel. School districts are broken down by counties and recently Niche ranked Howard County Public Schools HCPSS as the #1 school district in Maryland. That's a title that seems to go back and forth between Howard and Montgomery County public schools; but Anne Arundel County has fantastic schools as well. As with most things in the DC region, your budget will ultimately determine where you live. So tell us what your budget might be, what your ideal community would look like and we can offer up suggestions. Someone else mentioned renting for a year to figure out the lay of the land and I tend to agree with that for most people. Unless you're able to make several visits to Maryland ahead of time to get a crash course in the various areas. We have it all; cities, suburbs, rural areas and everything in between.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:26 AM
 
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Thank you for the responses. Rent budget will be between 1500 - 1700. Will consider apt or home. Ideal community would include local shops walking distance or very short drive. Parks and places of recreation for kids. Family friendly and pet friendly. My wife and I are coming from NYC where we both grew up. We love to socialize and meet new people so we are easily capable of adapting in many different environments.
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:11 PM
 
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Thank you for the responses. Rent budget will be between 1500 - 1700. Will consider apt or home. Ideal community would include local shops walking distance or very short drive. Parks and places of recreation for kids. Family friendly and pet friendly. My wife and I are coming from NYC where we both grew up. We love to socialize and meet new people so we are easily capable of adapting in many different environments.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Google Columbia, MD. I think you'd like it there. Your budget would be too low for a single family home; apartment, condo or townhome would work but there won't be tons of pet friendly options in that price range.
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:40 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Rent budget will be between 1500 - 1700.
Does your employer know this?
Even a simple 2BR 1BA terrace level apt is hard at that number... especially at the DC end. LINK
What have the HR folks there suggested to you as suitable locations?
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And where will your wife be going to school? And which hospital will she be working at?
Those locations are what will most likely dictate everything else.

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Old 07-17-2017, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Thank you for the responses. Rent budget will be between 1500 - 1700. Will consider apt or home. Ideal community would include local shops walking distance or very short drive. Parks and places of recreation for kids. Family friendly and pet friendly.
As mentioned, your budget will limit you. I would try to find a kid-friendly apartment in the Howard County section of Laurel. You will probably get raises allowing you to rent a house within a few years.
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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OP, you said you are coming from New York City. Are you looking to replicate the urban experience here, or would you rather go suburban (white picket fence, two cars in the driveway, etc.)? Certain parts of Baltimore City and Washington, D.C. would give you the urban vibe while still being relatively safe, but schools would be a major issue in either place. For high quality schools in safe areas, Howard County should be your first choice. Though there are a few less-than-ideal locations in the county, most of it is quite safe and very pleasant. The Town Center area of Columbia is being developed with some degree of density, if you're looking for a city feel; it's not Manhattan, but it's as close as this county gets. If you want more standard suburbia but still walkable, you might try the Kings Contrivance area in south Columbia. Added bonus is that it's close to Route 32 for commuting purposes. Unfortunately, your rent budget might not be quite high enough. I'll yield to cjmeck's comments on that score.


I don't know as much about Laurel itself. Be aware that the main part of the city is located in Prince George's County, while the northern part of it is in Howard County. This will make a difference when it comes to schools. For info on Howard schools, check out their website: www.hcpss.org.
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