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Old 09-15-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Odenton, MD
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Hello,
Within the next couple of months I will be relocating to Maryland for my job in New Carrollton. I'm looking for a single family home in a quiet safe neighborhood for my fiance and I. We will be getting married next May and would like to start having children immediately, so the quality of the school district is important. We currently live on Long Island and are use to suburbia while also having access to local shopping and dining. Can anyone recommend some quality places to look that have low crime, great schools, and local shopping/town access for a budget of around $350K for a single family home? We will probably rent for the first few months while we really make sure we find the area that fits our needs. Thank you in advance!
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:56 PM
 
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try
Bowie
Mitchellville/Largo
Laurel MD especially near 295
Upper Marlboro
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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Prince George's has a reputation as being the worst county in the DC metro area.

With that said:
1. Some parts of Prince George's get a bum rap just from being in Prince George's.
2. I'm not sure what areas of Anne Arundel and Howard aren't all that great, but don't have the "PG" stigma.
3. So ... think twice, just don't assume 'cause you're in Howard County that you're A-OK, or that you gotta avoid EVERYTHING in Prince George's.

OP, how much of a commute are you willing to tolerate? That'll help us all out. If you're willing to tolerate 15-20 minutes driving to Vienna Metro, and then 1:15 on the Metro, or maybe a reverse commute of 45 minutes or so on the Beltway, that even opens up parts of Northern Virginia and/or alternately large parts of Howard and Anne Arundel counties.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Odenton, MD
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I'm not opposed to a 45 minute total commute each morning by car and I would be willing to tolerate a total of an hour commute on the Metro each morning if it means it puts me in a safer, better schools, and more fitting area.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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I'm not opposed to a 45 minute total commute each morning by car and I would be willing to tolerate a total of an hour commute on the Metro each morning if it means it puts me in a safer, better schools, and more fitting area.
If you have $350k and want a SFH, that probably rules out Northern Virginia (if you were able to spend $400k a few options would open up, but I'm assuming you don't want a complete fixer-upper.)

Anne Arundel County looks like it might work schoolwise.

I see several houses in your price range in Severna Park, Edgewater, and Odenton, although I can't testify to how traffic would be on Route 50 (it's pretty much an interstate between the Bay Bridge and the Beltway.) I assume, of course, you and your fiance are OK with older (50s-80s) homes.

Use greatschools.org and a MLS site like realtor.com to do a little searching of houses within a school zone you like.

Good luck.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Odenton, MD
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Great thank you! I've heard some pretty good things about SP, Arnold, and Cape St. Claire in Anne Arundel County so I'll look into them. Yes I have no problem with older (1950's-80's) homes and we are willing to do some work to them. Thanks again for your assistance, I just want to make sure we look into areas with low crime and good schools.
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