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Old 02-15-2017, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Naples
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This was first posted in the NOVA forum, but I'm hoping for Montgomery County advice. Originally from Chicago (technically a close-in pre-1900 suburb, walkable to the L) we moved to Florida for both a change of pace and to be near family.

Well, other than a few progressive/educated pockets, Florida is where you go to check out. A great place to vacation but for us, not the best place to live. While schlepping around with kids is a lot easier in sun vs snow, as kindergarten approaches, the realty of a Florida education is staring us in the face. We miss the amenities, opportunities, and people in a cosmopolitan urban area and are ready to trade convenience and warmth for an overall more enriching lifestyle.

We're hoping for advice on neighborhoods in Montgomery County that are similar to Oak Park/River Forest or Evanston/Wilmette in the Chicago area.

Key points are: highly educated (read 25-30%+ with grad degrees), friendly, tight knit (meaning a lot of people have many friends within a walkable and/or compact neighborhood vs sprawled all over three states), great public schools, somewhat urban, shops/restaurants, close to transit, convenient to all the reasons you'd move to DC. Ideally $500-700k for a SFH. Thanks!
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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Try Takoma park or aspen hill also look at silver spring or rockville. tbh people here are not like ppl from chicago or anywhere in the midwest. especially moco. good luck!
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:16 PM
 
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Your budget is too low for any of the premiere neighborhoods in MoCo, but you could get a decent house in east Silver Spring (20910) or west Rockville (20850). King Farm or Downtown Crown developments might fit the bill if you want more sqft and are open to townhomes. Forest Glen works if you're okay with driving to shops/restaurants and want your money to stretch a bit further, i.e. afford a bigger house. Takoma Park, as already suggested, would be great, but housing stock is limited and commonly exceeds $700K.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:57 AM
 
Location: The South
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I got fussed at on the VA forum for daring to opine but I grew up in Montgomery County and know it well. There's several sfh in Bethesda that are in your budget. Your budget is fairly low for a sfh in a good school district in Metro DC. Montgomery County is pretty much split by I-270 with the better schools on the west side but generally any Bethesda address is ok. Your options will rise if you go the TH route.

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Also, I've had experience (my children) with several private schools in Mont.Co. so if you have any questions, ask away.

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Old 02-16-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Rockville, Maryland
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I got fussed at on the VA forum for daring to opine but I grew up in Montgomery County and know it well. There's several sfh in Bethesda that are in your budget. Your budget is fairly low for a sfh in a good school district in Metro DC. Montgomery County is pretty much split by I-270 with the better schools on the west side but generally any Bethesda address is ok. Your options will rise if you go the TH route.

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Also, I've had experience (my children) with several private schools in Mont.Co. so if you have any questions, ask away.
@LynchburgLover Is correct, at the higher end of your desired price point you would be able to afford a single family home in Bethesda and/or Chevy Chase albeit a home that may need some improvements or an older home.

If you are ok with a townhome you will have more options but your buying, however, might be a bit lower due to the HOA fees.

What you are looking for in a community can be found in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and parts of Silver Spring - 20910 specifically.
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:24 PM
 
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A >$700K house in Bethesda/Chevy Chase will be seriously flawed, i.e. requiring $100K+ in reno/a teardown, on or near a highway, or ~800-1000sqft.
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:42 PM
 
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A >$700K house in Bethesda/Chevy Chase will be seriously flawed, i.e. requiring $100K+ in reno/a teardown, on or near a highway, or ~800-1000sqft.

Didn't say they'd be high-end, just a Bethesda address. Even the tiny Walhounding house looks updated and in a great area. Several of them look updated. I was just giving him an idea of what $500-700 buys in Bethesda.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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I was just giving him an idea of what $500-700 buys in Bethesda.
Ditto.
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Old 02-18-2017, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Naples
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Didn't say they'd be high-end, just a Bethesda address. Even the tiny Walhounding house looks updated and in a great area. Several of them look updated. I was just giving him an idea of what $500-700 buys in Bethesda.
With the new homes going up, I'm guessing buying a small house and eventually adding a second floor would be a sound investment. For us location would be more important than square footage. I'm impressed you can get Bethesda inside the beltway for under $700k.
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Old 02-18-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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Bethesda is not like chicago
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