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Old 08-25-2010, 02:28 AM
 
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Researching for a computer illiterate sister:

They may be moving to the College Park area but want their daughters in an all-girls Catholic school. They don't like typical suburban housing although if it has trees and sidewalks they could handle a newer house. Also, they love living in a small town with an actual charming downtown (even though they are in the suburbs) that they can walk to.

Her husband is extremely leary of the commute situation, so they'd rather live closer to College Park. Is Columbia an option? What areas have maintained their small towns as the suburbs have grown around them? What's traffic like between Baltimore and DC? Is it bumper to bumper all day? They live in a huge city so they're used to traffic, but if it's horrendous that might kill the deal hah.

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Old 08-25-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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I guess all of those requirements are nice, but how much are they trying to spend? Where is the husband working? and also how long of a commute does he want.

The problem with living in this area is that you will pay for your cake and ice cream. Too me College Park isn't a bad area. If your putting them into private school then that's fine. Hyattsville is another town I would suggest as well. University Park also. Baltimore traffic is better than D.C. however this area is probably one of the worst in the nation for traffic. Don't go by google maps estimates.

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Researching for a computer illiterate sister:

They may be moving to the College Park area but want their daughters in an all-girls Catholic school. They don't like typical suburban housing although if it has trees and sidewalks they could handle a newer house. Also, they love living in a small town with an actual charming downtown (even though they are in the suburbs) that they can walk to.

Her husband is extremely leary of the commute situation, so they'd rather live closer to College Park. Is Columbia an option? What areas have maintained their small towns as the suburbs have grown around them? What's traffic like between Baltimore and DC? Is it bumper to bumper all day? They live in a huge city so they're used to traffic, but if it's horrendous that might kill the deal hah.

Thoughts?
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:56 AM
 
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IBaltimore traffic is better than D.C. however this area is probably one of the worst in the nation for traffic. Don't go by google maps estimates.
When you say "this area is probably one of ...", by "this" do you mean Baltimore or the area around College Park?

And thanks for your help. Money is not so much an issue for them - I believe they can afford 700 to 800,000, so they're not filthy rich but pretty comfortable. The work is in College Park.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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Well I see money is definitely not an issue. That opens the door up pretty wide. In that case I would suggest Columbia, Silver Spring even Northern P.G. (Laurel, College Park, Calverton, Beltsville.) However more families will choose Silver Spring and Columbia also Laurel. Laurel spreads into P.G. Anne Arundel and Howard county.

Let me clarify this area. I tend to group both DC and Baltimore together. In a sense, they are two completely different cities. Often times. I'm speaking from D.C. perspective cause I know more about D.C. than I do Baltimore. As far as traffic is concern, commuting to Baltimore is a little easier than commuting to D.C. Traffic in general however is bad in both spots with D.C. being the worst of the two. So sorry about the confusion.

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When you say "this area is probably one of ...", by "this" do you mean Baltimore or the area around College Park?

And thanks for your help. Money is not so much an issue for them - I believe they can afford 700 to 800,000, so they're not filthy rich but pretty comfortable. The work is in College Park.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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And thanks for your help. Money is not so much an issue for them - I believe they can afford 700 to 800,000, so they're not filthy rich but pretty comfortable. The work is in College Park.
Then tell to look in College Park Heights. I've a couple friends living in there, really nice homes in that price range. It's 5 mins from University of MD with the entrace off of Adelphi Rd...
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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I second the College Heights recommendation. Visnik homes is building 24 new homes starting at 500k if they want new construction, and there are some fantastic older homes with tons of square footage available as well. A lot of kids go to Holy Redeemer and then Dematha for boys and Seton for girls, as well as Pallotti if they want a catholic school...
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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Where is College Heights. I've heard of College Park, University Park, Riverdale Park. I've never heard of College Heights. Please enlighten me.

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I second the College Heights recommendation. Visnik homes is building 24 new homes starting at 500k if they want new construction, and there are some fantastic older homes with tons of square footage available as well. A lot of kids go to Holy Redeemer and then Dematha for boys and Seton for girls, as well as Pallotti if they want a catholic school...
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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Where is College Heights. I've heard of College Park, University Park, Riverdale Park. I've never heard of College Heights. Please enlighten me.
It's sort of hidden from main view. Leaving the UMD, make a left on Adelphi Road, go for about 2 to 3 miles (5 min drive). Look for two pillars at a traffic light, make a left and you're there.

Here http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=...ed=0CBQQ8gEwAA

The new homes the other poster mentioned http://www.visnichomes.com/college_h..._siteplan.html

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Old 08-29-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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When you say "this area is probably one of ...", by "this" do you mean Baltimore or the area around College Park?

And thanks for your help. Money is not so much an issue for them - I believe they can afford 700 to 800,000, so they're not filthy rich but pretty comfortable. The work is in College Park.
uh no they are rich then lol. maybe they can live in the "poor" areas of chevy chase lmao.
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