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Old 12-02-2007, 09:06 PM
 
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I'm a new college grad and have the opportunity to move to MD or NVA for work. I have 2 different job offers, in MD I would work in Greenbelt and in NVA I would work in the Dulles area. I would be renting for several (many?) years, then would be looking into buying a SFH or a townhouse if the area is extra pricey. All things considered, cost of living, crime, schools for future kids, commute, recreation..... What do you all think, NVA or MD?

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Old 12-02-2007, 11:53 PM
 
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NOVA. Maryland has become one of the worst states thanks to MO'M.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:38 AM
 
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How about living in DC and doing a reverse commute? It would be a great place to live, and there is a large post-college crowd. You could potentially take the Metro out to Greenbelt if you worked there (depending on how close the job is to a Metro stop).
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Old 12-03-2007, 09:54 AM
 
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Default Go with Bandwagon OR Make a value play

Greenbelt is in Prince George's county and that county suffers from an undeserved stigma. I personally moved from Northern Virginia to Maryland to get more for my money. I had a rather typical single-family home in Arlington (although an upscale section) and was able to move into a brand new custom home sitting on the Potomac for the same price in Prince George's.

The price disparity in some cases is COMPLETELY unjustified. There is no crime to speak of where I am and yet the reputation of a relatively small area where crime is bad detracts from the whole county (one of the largest counties in the whole state). Part of the problem is that there is a countywide police force, so that whenever crime is reported in one area, the name of the whole county is invoked.

Ultimately it comes down to which is more important to you, hype or value. The hype factor has always made the NoVA real estate market volatile and overdevelopment has in some respects lowered the living standard. With the overpricing and overdevelopment you will have a lot of options, but your money will go much further in Greenbelt.
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Highest county in the Virginia hills
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NOVA. Maryland has become one of the worst states thanks to MO'M.
He means Governor Martin O'Malley, who has been in office slightly less than one year and has certainly not had a meaningful impact on the state one way or the other. All the circumstances that O'Malley confronts were in place long before he became governor. However his term plays out, the idea that someone's decision to live and work in Maryland for years to come should be swayed by this one politician is ridiculous.

If it were me, I'd take the Maryland job and find a place to live that was as close as possible to the job.
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