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Old 08-19-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to relocate. We are wondering what the commute is like if we lived in Columbia and drove to Gaithersburg (hours of our job is 8am-6pm. Thank you in advance for any input you may have.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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That commute is going to be bad. You will likely have to take 29S, 495W, then 270N. You're going to go with the traffic for most of your commute which means it will take you about 1-1.5 hours just to go one way. I would not recommend it. If you *need* to live in Columbia and you're willing to put up with the commute, then you do get some relief once they build the ICC. That highway (toll) will connect Columbia to Gaithersburg directly which will lower your commute down to about 1/2 hour. Of course you'll have to wait until 2012 for that...

Why not just live in Gaithersburg? It's comparable to Columbia, and in some ways, better in my opinion.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:13 AM
 
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I would take 32 to 108 to Bowie Mill Rd (other side of Georgia Ave.) to Muncaster Mill rd to Shdy grove rd or keep going to 124 and go left. That is probably the best route, but will take 40 minutes or more.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:13 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to relocate. We are wondering what the commute is like if we lived in Columbia and drove to Gaithersburg (hours of our job is 8am-6pm. Thank you in advance for any input you may have.
Not too bad if you take the back roads, then again it depends on exactly where in Columbia and Gaithersburg you're.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:07 AM
 
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Thank you very much for your responses!! As far as living in Gaithersburg, I really do not know much about it. I am looking for an area that is family friendly, safe, and with a nice community feel. Also convenient in terms of access to shopping and restaurants.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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Thank you very much for your responses!! As far as living in Gaithersburg, I really do not know much about it. I am looking for an area that is family friendly, safe, and with a nice community feel. Also convenient in terms of access to shopping and restaurants.
oh - I thought you will be living in Columbia and working in Gaithersburg.

From Gaithersburg to Columbia is always a fun drive for me..lol
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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oh - I thought you will be living in Columbia and working in Gaithersburg.

From Gaithersburg to Columbia is always a fun drive for me..lol

We are looking to relocate to an area that would be a reasonable commute to our jobs in Gaithersburg. I have heard that Columbia is very safe and family friendly. The other place I have heard good things about is Olney.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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For Gaithersburg, check out The Kentlands. There is a recent thread about them. Probably will be exactly what you're looking for. Any stores they don't have there will be reasonably close by in Rockville, Gaithersburg, or Germantown.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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I don't think going from Colombia is really that bad by area standards. I used to commute from Elkridge to Rockville for a 9-5 job and it usually took 50-60 min.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:59 AM
 
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That commute is going to be bad. You will likely have to take 29S, 495W, then 270N.
What? That's a COLOSSAL waste of time! That will take over an hour and is close to 40 miles.

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I would take 32 to 108 to Bowie Mill Rd (other side of Georgia Ave.) to Muncaster Mill rd to Shdy grove rd or keep going to 124 and go left. That is probably the best route, but will take 40 minutes or more.
Definitely one of the BEST route between Gaithersburg/Columbia. Time won't be on your side (about 45 minutes) but mile-wise, it's the way to go at only 27 miles (saving gas & wear on the car)! You also can take MD-124 from Gaithersburg which will give you the same time and miles.
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