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Old 07-02-2018, 06:02 AM
 
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Iím relocating to Maryland for work and will be traveling to 3 office locations: Baltimore, Annapolis Junction and Alexandria, VA. Annapolis Junction will be my main office, so I will be commuting there 3 times a week and then once a week for the other two.

The plan is to rent a townhouse, 3+ bedroom that costs less than $3,000 per month in rent. My wife and I have a newborn, so schools arenít an immediate concern but will be in 4-5 years. Recommendations so far have been Columbia, Ellicott City, North Laurel and Elkridge.

Iím interested in a safe, diverse neighborhood and a walkable downtown would be a plus. We have visited Silver Spring and like it, Iím just not sure how the daily commute would be since Iíve heard traffic in this area can be a nightmare, I would like to keep my commute to Annapolis Junction under 45 minutes. Any advice is much appreciated.
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:03 AM
 
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Where will you be coming from? That can help us calibrate and compare to what you may be used to (urban, suburban, rural). Also, will your commute be during rush hour (after 7:15 am, and between 4 and 6pm)?

Your budget should get you pretty much anywhere, even into places like Annapolis/Parole that are close to Route 50 (i.e. Tidewater Colony townhomes off of Rowe Blvd), and Catonsville, both of which have quaint/walkable downtown areas and within reasonable commute times.
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:03 PM
 
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Howard County (where Columbia, Ellicott City, Elkridge, and North Laurel are located) is a nice area with significant diversity and safe neighborhoods, and the commute to Annapolis Junction would certainly be reasonable. However, you might find that somewhere on the other side of Ft. Meade would might provide more convenient access to the other 2 locations while still providing a reasonable commute to Annapolis Junction.


In addition to Howard County, also look in the Crofton/Severna Park/Gambrills area and even Bowie.


Your budget would cover a nice townhome in a safe area in most areas within commuting distance of any of your work locations.
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:00 PM
 
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Thank you for the suggestions. We are relocating from central NJ, which is suburban but I've always wanted to live in a town with a walkable downtown. I just think it would be nice to be able to walk to multiple restaurants, shops, bars, etc. We also like going to festivals, street fairs and other community events. We don't know too many people in Maryland so I think it would help us meet our neighbors as well. And yes my commute will be during rush hour. Thank you again for the detailed responses, they are most helpful.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:53 AM
 
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I am not familiar with NJ, so this may be a stretch - but for reference, I am familiar with some of Philadelphia's suburbs, and most of the areas near Annapolis Junction don't have the walkable downtowns that many quaint areas near Philly do - Media, Springfield, Drexel Hill, Ambler, etc.

A place like Severna Park has a small stretch (search Google streetview some place like 558 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146) of a "downtown" but these are mostly limited to towns like Annapolis, Ellicott City (in national news recently for flooding), Catonsville.

*Edit: I will add that there is an area of Crofton that does not have great amenities but has a homey feel that adds desireability - known as "inside the triangle" near Crofton Country Club. It's got treelined sidewalks and little commercial action but in nice weather you can walk to a Rita's Italian Ice, Rite Aid, etc. Lots of townhomes for rent in the area and there is a Farmer's Market on Wednesdays at the Country Club parking lot. Here is the general area: https://goo.gl/maps/RMBGiE8A5Tk.

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Old 07-04-2018, 07:09 PM
 
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Columbia, or Crofton. Severna Park is mostly older single family homes and a bit $$$.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:11 AM
 
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You’ve got to be sucicidal.
Maryland is a horrible place, the people are weird, drugs are everywhere, crime is horrible, the people are super cold and cliqueish, gangstalking is a serious issue here, as well as robberies.

It’s the whole freaking state.
NYC is literally better in every way; you can’t pick a safe place to live in md.

The entire state is garbage.
I’m leaving this state after I sell my home; probably hPpening next month.

You don’t want to come here.
I can only hope an icbm comes and simply kills all life here at some point; hopefully when I leave.

I concider the people of Maryland domestic terrorists; having a nuke fall on it would be a blessing.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:16 AM
 
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It sounds like the previous poster had some bad experiences, but as you can see from my name, I feel differently. Options are bountiful, but you will be commuting to 3 very different locations, and traffic throughout those areas is challenging. Move to the area to which you will be commuting most frequently (or as close as possible). No area will be convenient to all three. All have heavy traffic.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:19 PM
 
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I can only hope an icbm comes and simply kills all life here at some point

I concider the people of Maryland domestic terrorists
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:25 PM
 
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