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Old 06-05-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Bethesda is an upscale area with many great restaurants. Housing in Bethesda is generally expensive. Probably could get a much nicer place in Rockville for $1600 a month, and then drive/metro to Bethesda for entertainment.

The people in the Maryland forum will know a lot more-

http://www.city-data.com/forum/washi...urbs-maryland/

I wouldn’t even consider Nova if I worked in Rockville. The traffic is just that bad.
Lucky★ - Have you always been lucky?

I'll look into the Maryland forum as you suggest.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Since I've always focused on apartment-hunting in NOVA, I don't know much about Bethesda, MD.

Can anyone tell me the differences between NOVA and Bethesda, MD? Specifically, I want to know:

1) If people are as friendly and laid-back;
Bethesda is probably most comparable to Arlington as they are urbanized suburbs bordering DC. While it's hard to generalize, the further out one goes from DC or the Beltway (I-495), the more likely one may be to find laid-back neighbors.

2) If the city is as livable, parking space, parks, etc;
Per #1, space will be tighter (especially parking) but the cost of living may be the main barrier to entry.

3) Are most buildings in Bethesda, MD, highrises, or are there residential neighborhood with small private homes/houses?
It's definitely a combination. Others on the Washington DC suburbs in Maryland forum will be able to fill in the details.

4) How is the tax situation, are state taxes higher than NOVA?
I believe that property, sales and income taxes are higher in MD. In VA, you will be subject to a car tax based on the Blue Book value of your vehicle. As mentioned before, the toll that a commute to Rockville may take on one's car if not also one's psyche, may not necessarily be worth the potential savings.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I lived in Downtown Bethesda / North Bethesda / and Rockville for about 9 years. Downtown Bethesda is a great place. There are mostly high-rise apartments, but there are a few older garden-style ones. There are many neighborhoods of single-family homes - mostly older homes. Everything is EXPENSIVE in Bethesda. It is a very desireable place to live. It's upscale, has good schools, has the METRO, is relatively close to DC., is walkable, has restaurants, bars, stores, parks, a bookstore, a library. It's really a nice little city. The major negatives are the cost. And I will admit there is a snobby aura about it. It costs a lot to live there so those who do have money and some have attitude. So, no, I do not think it's as laid-back but still a great place to live if you can afford it.

Most apt. buildings have their own parking. There are several public parking lots throughout Bethesda and there are metered spots on the street (hard to get). Taxes are generally higher in Maryland, but I truly don't remember getting a big increase in my paycheck when I moved across the river, but I had just gotten married, so maybe I wasn't paying attention.

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Old 06-05-2011, 09:52 PM
 
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rockville is sweet, they have a lot of nice apartments....I lovve Rockville (not there now)
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:11 AM
 
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I'd rather live in Rockville, you still have Metro, downtown Rockville is nice for in-the-week socializing, and you'll be working 5x a week and socializing MAYBE 3-4x a week. If you're renting and find a girlfriend in DC proper or find you're always in Bethesda/DC, you can always move later.

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If you have other reasons to live in Virginia then pick an area in Orange or Blue Line Arlington. But Rockville is probably comparable to Vienna.

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Old 06-06-2011, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I lived in Downtown Bethesda / North Bethesda / and Rockville for about 9 years. Downtown Bethesda is a great place. There are mostly high-rise apartments, but there are a few older garden-style ones. There are many neighborhoods of single-family homes - mostly older homes. Everything is EXPENSIVE in Bethesda. It is a very desireable place to live. It's upscale, has good schools, has the METRO, is relatively close to DC., is walkable, has restaurants, bars, stores, parks, a bookstore, a library. It's really a nice little city. The major negatives are the cost. And I will admit there is a snobby aura about it. It costs a lot to live there so those who do have money and some have attitude. So, no, I do not think it's as laid-back but still a great place to live if you can afford it.

Most apt. buildings have their own parking. There are several public parking lots throughout Bethesda and there are metered spots on the street (hard to get). Taxes are generally higher in Maryland, but I truly don't remember getting a big increase in my paycheck when I moved across the river, but I had just gotten married, so maybe I wasn't paying attention.
Thanks for the helpful comments!
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I'd rather live in Rockville, you still have Metro, downtown Rockville is nice for in-the-week socializing, and you'll be working 5x a week and socializing MAYBE 3-4x a week. If you're renting and find a girlfriend in DC proper or find you're always in Bethesda/DC, you can always move later.

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If you have other reasons to live in Virginia then pick an area in Orange or Blue Line Arlington. But Rockville is probably comparable to Vienna.
I'll consider living in Rockville as well, because it sounds like living costs in Rockville are much lower than those of Bethesda.

I like VA because Virginians are kind, helpful, and friendly. Now I'll need to look into Maryland.

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Old 06-06-2011, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Dudes in brown flip-flops
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I'll consider living in Rockville as well, because it sounds like living costs in Rockville are much lower than those of Bethesda.

I like VA because Virginians are kind, helpful, and friendly. Now I'll need to look into Maryland.
I don't think you'll find Northern Virginians to be any kinder, more helpful or friendlier than their neighbors across the Potomac. If you're worried that by choosing Maryland over Virginia, you're replacing Southern hospitality with Northern brusqueness, don't There are some demographic differences between the two states' suburbs, but I don't think anyone would call Fairfax County the land of Southern hospitality.

I'll just echo what everyone else has said and suggest Rockville. It has most of what you are looking for, plus a far shorter commute than any equivalent town or neighborhood in Virginia. As a bonus, Rockville has great Chinese food!
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I don't think you'll find Northern Virginians to be any kinder, more helpful or friendlier than their neighbors across the Potomac. If you're worried that by choosing Maryland over Virginia, you're replacing Southern hospitality with Northern brusqueness, don't There are some demographic differences between the two states' suburbs, but I don't think anyone would call Fairfax County the land of Southern hospitality.

I'll just echo what everyone else has said and suggest Rockville. It has most of what you are looking for, plus a far shorter commute than any equivalent town or neighborhood in Virginia. As a bonus, Rockville has great Chinese food!
Thanks for the advice! I'll look into Rockville.

FYI, I picked VA over MD because there is a national survey about rankings of happiness of the 50 states plus DC, in which VA is #28 while MD is #40.

Happiest U.S. States Pinned Down | LiveScience

Since my current location, NY, is the most miserable state (#51), I would feel happier when I move to any other state including MD
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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Def would not recommend living in NoVa if working in Rockville the commute will literally drive you insance. Like the others have said Bethesda is as good as any place in NoVa so def check it out even downtown rockville is nice
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