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Old 02-24-2008, 07:05 PM
 
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Greetings all,

I'm trying to help my father with a relocation. He is moving from the north end of Boston to work in Wheaton. Where should he live? I work at Dulles and may go live with him if he ends up going somewhere I will have a reasonable commute from. He has indicated that he would be willing to spend 400-500k on a two bedroom residence of some sort (condo/SFH) and would like to be somewhere within walking distance of a metro station with no longer than a 45 minute average commute time to wheaton. He is 47, single, and prefers the ability to walk to resturants, bars, grocery stores, health club, etc. The north end of Boston is a trendy, active area and if you have been there before you know exactly what he's looking for.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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He could live by Wheaton metro-- there is a lot of new/er construction townhomes and condos right at the metro. If he wants a more upscale area, he could live in downtown Silver Spring near the metro. If he wants a really upscale area he could live in downtown Bethesda near the metro. He'd be going against most traffic, so it shouldn't be a horrible commute by either bus or car.
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:58 AM
 
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He's actually in temporary corporate housing a few hundred meters from the Silver Spring metro - probably one of the ones you are talking about. While this area isn't necessarily bad, it is a seriously long walk to the gym and resturants/bars. I stayed there with him last night and it took about 45 minutes to get to IAD. I wonder how the ride home is going to be and if there are any shortcuts through the city as opposed to staying on the beltway.

I've only been to Bethesda once to pick something up, but it looked interesting. What can you get for 4-500k there?
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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You won't get much in Bethesda for that price. I agree that downtown Silver Spring sounds like what he is looking for. Although, it gets really inundated with teenagers on the weekends.

Of course, there is a really nice new development going up in Hyattsville. It is referred to as the Hyattsville Arts District and it has a gym in the community. Probably not much walking to restaurants except for a couple of fast food, but one really great restaurant/bar called Franklins. It is very new and not completed yet, but I think there are some people already living there.

Also, check out the new construction at the University Town Center in Hyattsville. Right next to the metro, brand new condos/lofts are going up. You could walk to everything you could possibly need. (These areas are the nice areas of Hyattsville, so don't let anyone scare you.) You could walk to the mall, Olive Garden, Outback, a new Bally's is opening, and a community Center with a workout room.

Also, University Park is right down the street. It is more of a traditional neighborhood, but within walking distance to all of the areas in University Town Center. University Park is where I live, there is a free shuttle to the metro. Although, you could walk, too. I live in a 2 bedroom/1 den SFH which would go for about 400k. It is a great town. You/he can contact me if you would like more info. dakwilk@netzero.com.

Also, I am moving in June and plan to rent my house because I don't want the hassle of finding a buyer in a down market and know that it will appreciate in the next few years with all of the development. However, if your dad was interested, I would sell (without the hassles of finding a buyer) in a second. We will come back to the town, but the house is just getting too small for our growing family.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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I stayed there with him last night and it took about 45 minutes to get to IAD. I wonder how the ride home is going to be and if there are any shortcuts through the city as opposed to staying on the beltway.
A commute of 45 minutes or so from SS to the Dulles area during rush hour traffic is probably the norm. From Bethesda, I'd guess it's only about 10-15 minutes faster, max.

There aren't going to be any shortcuts cutting through the city. The numerous traffic lights and the paucity of bridges crossing over from MD to VA in that area pretty much dictate that the Beltway is going to be your best bet.
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