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Old 05-08-2008, 11:58 AM
 
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Here is my situation-

I will be in Reston 30% of the time and Largo, MD 70% of the time
I am looking to rent a 4 BR Single Family House with a decent sized FENCED backyard (Wife has given me no quarter on this one) under 2K a month

I want to stay on the Virginia side, and I am willing to commute a longer distance to Largo, but would like to keep it to an hour or less if possible.

Schools are not important at this time

I also need to find a decent Realtor that doesn't mind working with a Renter (if we stay long term we will buy)

Thanks for any help
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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West Springfield/Burke may be a reasonable compromise which will put you fairly close to I-95. I can't really speak on home rental rates, though.

May we ask why you prefer to live on the VA side? Considering your split commute and the non-issue of schools (which is why many DC-metro families choose the VA side) it would seem that MD would be easier.


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Here is my situation-

I will be in Reston 30% of the time and Largo, MD 70% of the time
I am looking to rent a 4 BR Single Family House with a decent sized FENCED backyard (Wife has given me no quarter on this one) under 2K a month

I want to stay on the Virginia side, and I am willing to commute a longer distance to Largo, but would like to keep it to an hour or less if possible.

Schools are not important at this time

I also need to find a decent Realtor that doesn't mind working with a Renter (if we stay long term we will buy)

Thanks for any help
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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If you are going to work in Largo 70% of the time I would rent in Largo (unless there is a compelling reason to be in VA).
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:47 AM
 
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To Ensign, if you have already heard of some unfavorable opinions of Prince George's County then those perceptions start to disappear once you get beyond the Beltway where Largo is located. The outer part of the county is said to be safe and upscale. And judging from your other post, you'll be prepared for the commute out to Reston.
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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Everything I am going by at this time is anecdotal, so my perceptions could be way off base-

I have heard taxes are higher in MD
Largo is not a good area to live

I do agree though, that all things being equal, living in MD makes more sense. I have to say that this site and it's members are very impressive with their knowledge and helpfulness. It is much appreiciated.

EP
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:18 PM
 
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I'd talk to the people on the MD forum about their perceptions of Largo and other nearby favorable areas as well as the tax situation (which might be mitigated anyway by the "gas tax" you'd be imposing on yourself by living in VA). Northern Virginia certainly has its benefits, but I do believe that the commute could wear down even an experienced super-commuter.
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