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Old 05-04-2007, 07:31 AM
 
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Are there any towns NEAR MD where housing is affordable, crime is low, schools are great, etc.? I'd love to find a town where there is a real community feel in addition to the above. Can I get land there or would I be on top of my neighbor?
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:49 AM
 
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You'd need to be a lot more specific. Near Maryland covers thousands of square miles. I don't think Ozzie & Harriet live in any of them any more though...
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:30 AM
 
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I am not sure how to answer this because looking at a map, my initial reaction is to say around DC but I figure I'm asking for trouble with DC and the traffic of 495. I looked a little bit farther south at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania which seem to have good schools. I want to stay within about 2 hours from most of Baltimore and the areas just north. Less would be better but 2 hours is ok.

A place that gets decent snow and doesn't have a lot of humidity would be great.
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Old 05-04-2007, 10:46 AM
 
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If by "decent snow," you mean several good-sized snowfalls each winter, you would need to be in the mountains, which means western Maryland. There would be a little less humidity there, but high humidity is part of our summers here in the DC/VA/MD area. Housing is more affordable in western Maryland than closer to DC, but that is because there are fewer centers of employment.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania would be more than two hours from Baltimore, even at 2 am on a Sunday.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:26 PM
 
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I think I'm still missing part of the equation. Is 'job' involved at all? Is there a reason not to be in, instead of just near, MD? The Frederick area for instance is at higher elevation (Catoctin Mountains) and therefore gets more cold and snow than most parts of the mid-Atlantic region, but it isn't Vermont either. There is lots of land out that way at not scary prices, and you would be a reasonable distance from the Baltimore area via I-70 and the Washington area via I-270...
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:23 PM
 
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Maryland has beautiful places. Just don't move to Prince Georges County (eastern suburbs of DC are a crime ridden ghetto). Bowie and close to the Anne Arrundel County line are an exception, but PG has a bad rap if you are moving to the DC Area. Montgomery is a much better choice. Baltimore is a two hour drive from Fredericksburg at 2 AM... unless you drive under the speed limit.
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