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Old 08-17-2017, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Boston
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the problem is not the distance, it's the traffic that makes it 1.5 hour drive. You may want to look at LaPlata Maryland, there's public transportation (bus) to the Navy Yard, schools there are comparable or better than PG and there are many new communities to choose from. Plus it's an actual town, with it's own local government. You can pick up the phone and talk to the town administrator, mayor, police chief, etc., etc.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:48 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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the problem is not the distance, it's the traffic that makes it 1.5 hour drive. You may want to look at LaPlata Maryland, there's public transportation (bus) to the Navy Yard, schools there are comparable or better than PG and there are many new communities to choose from. Plus it's an actual town, with it's own local government. You can pick up the phone and talk to the town administrator, mayor, police chief, etc., etc.
The schools in the La Plata cluster are considered some of the better ones in Charles County (OP, Maryland school systems are County, not town, based).

Saying the Charles schools are comparable to those in Prince George's isn't necessarily a good thing.

As a note, my son in law commuted from Leonardtown in St. Mary's County to the Navy Yard for two or three years. It was soul crushing. He's now assigned aboard PAX.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:59 AM
 
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the problem is not the distance, it's the traffic that makes it 1.5 hour drive. You may want to look at LaPlata Maryland, there's public transportation (bus) to the Navy Yard, schools there are comparable or better than PG and there are many new communities to choose from. Plus it's an actual town, with it's own local government. You can pick up the phone and talk to the town administrator, mayor, police chief, etc., etc.
Thanks for this information. I was actually looking at Accokeek as I've seen some good comments about the neighborhoods there. We would look at private schools for her to attend if we choose this area.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:01 AM
 
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Actually, does anyone know anything about the private schools near Accokeek? It looks like an ideal location if we don't choose to go the Charles County route (LA Plata). Thanks again. All of this info has been really helpful!
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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My wife is from down that way, Waldorf specifically. LaPlata is very very rural, not much down there. I have no idea what your ideal living situation is but just thought I'd mention it.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:57 AM
 
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Actually, does anyone know anything about the private schools near Accokeek? It looks like an ideal location if we don't choose to go the Charles County route (LA Plata). Thanks again. All of this info has been really helpful!
Accokeek is nice but don't know abt the schools there. Its pg county so not the worse or the best public schools.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:52 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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My wife is from down that way, Waldorf specifically. LaPlata is very very rural, not much down there. I have no idea what your ideal living situation is but just thought I'd mention it.
Not really rural any more.
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:47 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the information. I have been searching the boards for a few weeks and I haven't really found any posts similar to what we were looking for with many answers. So I figured it would make more sense to post a more relevant question. I know these places aren't necessarily thirty minutes away, but something close to it would be nice. It seemed like the drive from Bowie would be like 45 minutes or so? He could also take public transportation as well. Whatever is quicker, easier .

We were also thinking of sending our daughter to private school. If we did this, would Bowie become a more livable area? Is it just the schools that aren't good or is it generally just not family friendly/safe?

Thanks again!
The 30 minute commute is the biggest obstacle from my perspective. In DC, commutes are calculated by time, not distance, meaning you don't have to be far outside of DC at all to have a 30 minute commute. So, you're really looking at places very close to DC, which probably don't meet your other requirements for price and schools.

If your husband is willing to do 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, you could look in the Howard County portion of Laurel, MD near 20723. It would require riding the MARC commuter train to DC Union Station, and then transferring to the Green Line for the Navy Yard at Chinatown/Gallery Place. You'll likely find a house in your price range and the schools will be excellent....but the commute will be the variable. Good luck!
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:50 PM
 
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This question needs more detail, like whether the husband will have a guaranteed parking place at the Navy Yard. It also helps to know the ages of any children.

Otherwise, here are my comments:

1. The shortest commute would be from the District. Areas like Glover Park and American University Park have decent public schools, but you would have to compromise on housing.

2. I suggest a close-in suburb like Four Corners, College Park, Takoma Park, etc. Perhaps the family should rent for a couple years to determine where they really want to be. I think 45 minutes door-to-door is a more realistic expectation. That accounts for walking to the office from the metro stop.

3. If there is no parking place, commuting from Crofton would be an hour and 20 minutes by public transportation. I consider that unreasonable. The husband might research car-pools if the family still wants to live in Crofton.

4. Bowie is probably safe, but I don't have personal experience. It has some well-rated schools at the Elementary level. The commute is an hour and 17 minutes by public transportation, which is pretty bad.
Different people have different interpretations of what an acceptable commute is. 30 minutes is tight no matter where you are in the DC area. However, many, many people commute way more than the 1+ hour that you describe.
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:56 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Different people have different interpretations of what an acceptable commute is. 30 minutes is tight no matter where you are in the DC area. However, many, many people commute way more than the 1+ hour that you describe.
And those that do that commute ***** and moan constantly about it.
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