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Old 07-28-2017, 11:31 AM
 
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Soon, I will be joining a research organization near College Park, Maryland. My family (my wife and my daughter) is going to join me later of the month.

I would like to know good places to live near College Park. My criteria to evaluate a place with the following parameters:

- A safe place for a family to live
- Good pre-school options. My daughter is 3 years old.
- Not much expensive
- Good public transport connectivity (Metro, bus) to College Park area
- Live area in terms of community, shopping mall, and garden

Please let me know in case you have any question for me!

Kindly advise!!!
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:39 AM
 
Location: todo el mundo!!
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University park
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Old 07-30-2017, 04:39 PM
 
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College Park itself is nice. The area is safe, diverse, close to transportation (including Metro, MARC, the new Purple line, and major highways), and still affordable for DC standards. There are a lot of new restaurants and development in the area. Definitely on the upswing.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Yeah University Park is always a solid choice, fairly large older homes in a mature neighborhood. I was also going to suggest Berwyn Heights as the homes are smaller and much less expensive. We put an offer on a home there once but didn't buy. I guess my only reservation was the proximity to Greenbelt and places like Beltway Plaza. That area looks a bit seedy.
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Old 08-27-2017, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Charleston, WV
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I grew up in Greenbelt, and I had no real issues whatsoever from my recollection. I lived in Glen Oaks. Played little league and basketball in Old Greenbelt. my dad was a coach in Greenbelt Little League for years, my sister graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt. it's a nice area to live, honestly.


it's not seedy at all. unless "seedy" = "has a good amount of black people." which Beltway Plaza does, because the apartment complex directly behind the mall is predominantly black families from what I remember.


granted, I have not lived there in over a decade, so things may have changed, but from what I remember, Greenbelt was pretty nice and quiet, overall, with nice people.
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Old 09-04-2017, 01:17 AM
 
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E-point Student Center organizes excellent tours around the country, enjoyed their services several times, was very pleased.
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Arnold, MD
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College Park itself is nice. The area is safe, diverse, close to transportation (including Metro, MARC, the new Purple line, and major highways), and still affordable for DC standards. There are a lot of new restaurants and development in the area. Definitely on the upswing.
I was told that College Park is run down and unsafe. My daughter is a senior in high school and will be applying to the University of Maryland - College Park and University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC), and we were told that if she decides to go to UMCP, she should try to keep on campus housing for as long as she can due to the surrounding area not being so nice.
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:25 PM
 
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I was told that College Park is run down and unsafe. My daughter is a senior in high school and will be applying to the University of Maryland - College Park and University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC), and we were told that if she decides to go to UMCP, she should try to keep on campus housing for as long as she can due to the surrounding area not being so nice.
Totally false and inaccurate. I live in College Park and it is anything but run down. Maybe you were talking to someone that lived here years ago, but that is not the case now.

There is a ton of development going on and in my neighborhood they are renovating houses like crazy. The Hotel at UMD just opened this past week with several upscale restaurants. A Whole Foods just opened in nearby Riverdale Park with more restaurants coming there along with townhomes and apartments. The Purple Line which will connect Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton is now under construction. There are a ton of bike trails in the area and one that connects to the Anacostia Trail in DC, making it possible to bike from CP to the Navy Yard in DC.

I see students on the trail all the time while I am biking. For the most part it is safe. Is it a 100% crime free, no but no place is. It is hood or slum though. Check out the links below:

http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/develop...Small_File.pdf


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zmJAwCVLSk
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Old 10-01-2017, 02:10 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Beltsville, Laurel, Greenbelt, Hyattsville..all safe
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Old 10-01-2017, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I was told that College Park is run down and unsafe. My daughter is a senior in high school and will be applying to the University of Maryland - College Park and University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC), and we were told that if she decides to go to UMCP, she should try to keep on campus housing for as long as she can due to the surrounding area not being so nice.
Rundown? Um no...
unsafe? Not any more or less than other towns .

.its decently safe as long as you have common sense and street smarts....not run down.
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