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Old 09-07-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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Hi:

Are Laurel, Greenbelt, Beltsville or Hyattsville good locations to purchase a reasonably priced condo close to Washington, D.C. (they popped up when I searched condo's in Southern Maryland).

I mentioned in a previous thread that I'm overseas and looking at condo's in this area because they are within my budget and I'd really like to be close to D.C.

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Old 09-07-2013, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Hyattsville, MD
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They are all good areas. With that said, Laurel is not close to DC and Beltsville is pushing it. By "close" I'm talking about 20-30 minute commute both ways. Laurel and Beltsville will most likely have you traveling on the notorious U.S. Route 1 (Baltimore Ave / Rhode Island Ave) and that road is a disaster during rush hour. Gridlock. Backups. Guaranteed. Commuting will not be fun. If you're in Greenbelt, you could use the B/W Parkway to get into DC. Not so bad. Greenbelt has good condos, but I think they can get pricey, and most of them are located in neighborhoods where having a car is a necessity, rather than an option. Hyattsville is booming and the newer condos are very public transit accessible. If you drive, the commute to DC is extremely easy. Go to Route 1 and you're there. With bias included, I choose to live in Hyattsville out of the four cities. It's more urbanized with lots of retail development close-by.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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There is very easy access to the BW Parkway from Laurel, either from Rt. 32 or Rt. 197. Also easy access to 95.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:40 PM
 
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As a Laurel resident, there are backups on 95, B/W Pkwy, and 29. Laurel is suburban, you will need a care as there is no metro. most residents are GLAD there are no Metro stations in the area (due to the fact we don't want that foolishness out here). However the Metro bus does come out there but its limited stops with service not going past the rush hour. There are a few condos, but Laurel has mostly SFH as it is more family based.

Hyattsville is more urban and has at least 4 stops on the metro as well as an extensive bus service However there is Hyattsville (city) and Hyattsville (Landover, Bladensburg, etc). I think there are condos in the Arts District, but are pricey.

Beltsville is off 95, 212, and Rt 1 which also has backups in all three. I couldn't tell you if there are any condos there as they have mostly SFHs and Apartments.

Greenbelt has some condos in the Old Town section as well as some near Roosevelt HS in GreenBriar. Greenbelt has a metro stop also and have more MetroBus access also.

All are good areas with the exception of Hyattsville (landover, blandensburg, etc)
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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Hyattsville is more urban and has at least 4 stops on the metro as well as an extensive bus service However there is Hyattsville (city) and Hyattsville (Landover, Bladensburg, etc). I think there are condos in the Arts District, but are pricey ... All are good areas with the exception of Hyattsville (landover, blandensburg, etc)
It is not wise to list areas that are geographically NOT considered "Hyattsville," as Hyattsville. That's a huge reason why there's a lot of erroneous stigma about the area. Hyattsville is technically area codes 20781, 20782, 20784, and 20785. Most of Hyattsville falls within the 20781 and 20782 area codes. Other areas that are statistically classified as Hyattsville for post office reasons only, include areas in: Adelphi, University Park, Landover, Bladensburg, Edmonston, Riverdale, and New Carrollton.

I'm also posting this response, because the thread starter private messaged me about a particular condominium. I think I'm aware of that development you posted. It is near I-495. That area is one of the areas I listed, which is considered Hyattsville for postal reasons, only, but it is actually an area called Adelphi. I'm not really familiar with that area in terms of regularly visiting there, but there's public transportation available and decent shopping nearby. However, it isn't the greatest area to live in the cities you listed, but it is very diverse. I suppose it would help any responders out, greatly, if you'd be willing to provide us an idea of how much you're willing to spend on a condo.

Hope my responses have helped, thus far.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:22 AM
 
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Hi, I was thinking in the range of $25,000 - $65,000 for a one bedroom (or studio).

Maybe, it might be possible to get a short term rental and get a feel for the area before making a purchase.

I'm thinking I will still continue to work or travel overseas for some time and was interested in setting up a home base I could come back to.

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Old 09-08-2013, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Hyattsville, MD
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Hi, I was thinking in the range of $25,000 - $65,000 for a one bedroom (or studio).

Maybe, it might be possible to get a short term rental and get a feel for the area before making a purchase.

I'm thinking I will still continue to work or travel overseas for some time and was interested in setting up a home base I could come back to.
Is that in USD?? In total price??? I'm not extra familiar in this area, but I'm almost certain this is next to impossible. If you're talking about how much money you want to spend on a condo unit IN TOTAL... we're talking about hundreds of thousands of American dollars.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:28 AM
 
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Hi:

Are Laurel, Greenbelt, Beltsville or Hyattsville good locations to purchase a reasonably priced condo close to Washington, D.C. (they popped up when I searched condo's in Southern Maryland).

I mentioned in a previous thread that I'm overseas and looking at condo's in this area because they are within my budget and I'd really like to be close to D.C.
No. Unless you want to pay exorbitant taxes and risk being a victim of a violent crime. You're better off paying more up front by buying in Virginia, and enjoying less taxes while not jeoparding your life.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:32 AM
 
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Hi, I was thinking in the range of $25,000 - $65,000 for a one bedroom (or studio).

Maybe, it might be possible to get a short term rental and get a feel for the area before making a purchase.

I'm thinking I will still continue to work or travel overseas for some time and was interested in setting up a home base I could come back to.
This number is absurdly unrealistic. With that you could buy a 10x10 storage bay.

You cannot touch a decent studio condo for less than $165K.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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This number is absurdly unrealistic. With that you could buy a 10x10 storage bay.
Or a parking space in Alexandria.
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