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Old 05-21-2017, 07:13 AM
 
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Hello all-

I'm looking to relocate from the Waldorf area to either St. Mary's County or Calvert County in the next year or two. I'm looking at the Huntingtown area in Calvert and anywhere from Mechanicsville to Leonardtown in St. Mary's County.

Right now, it seems like you can get a newer house for a little less money in the areas I'm looking at in St. Mary's County compared to Huntingtown in Calvert. The schools in my area of consideration of both counties seem to have similar ratings on GreatSchools.org.

Can anyone recommend one area/county over another?
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Old 05-21-2017, 09:52 AM
 
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Where are you working? The commute will be, or may/should be a fairly large component of your decision.

Another piece is that St. Mary's is a bit more rural than Calvert, although Huntingtown is fairly rural (meaning the fields around it have goose blinds and the woods have deer stands as well as still having a significant subset of farmers). Will you have culture shock?
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Old 05-22-2017, 05:28 AM
 
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Where are you working? The commute will be, or may/should be a fairly large component of your decision.

Another piece is that St. Mary's is a bit more rural than Calvert, although Huntingtown is fairly rural (meaning the fields around it have goose blinds and the woods have deer stands as well as still having a significant subset of farmers). Will you have culture shock?

I work in DC, but I only have to go into the office two days a week, so the commute isn't really a factor.

I'm not really worried about a culture shock either. I've lived in the Waldorf area for a long time now and I just can't stand it anymore. Waldorf's issues have been mentioned in other threads in this forum, so I won't get into it too much, but I'm looking to get away from those issues. I'm looking to move my family away from the culture of Waldorf.
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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I work in DC, but I only have to go into the office two days a week, so the commute isn't really a factor.

I'm not really worried about a culture shock either. I've lived in the Waldorf area for a long time now and I just can't stand it anymore. Waldorf's issues have been mentioned in other threads in this forum, so I won't get into it too much, but I'm looking to get away from those issues. I'm looking to move my family away from the culture of Waldorf.
By culture shock I more meant that Waldorf is more convenient for things like getting groceries. Not so much in Calvert or, especially, St. Mary's.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:05 PM
 
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I have to say that we moved from VA in May of 2016. Been living here in Lexington Park. As for being convenience with shopping)food especially) we have absolutely no problems. Several Weis grocery stores (former Food Lion), Giant, Aldies, Shoppers Warehouse, BJ's (like Sams Club or Costco) The Pax River NAS commissary if you have base access not to mention Walmart and McKays plus many specialty stores. As for major retailers they are all pretty much here, No Macy's but that is the only one I can think of we don't have. Dinning out, same thing. You name it, it's here. With that being said I miss living in the Shenandoah Valley near Charlottesville, and hope to move back but I've been to Waldorf, heard the stories and I don't blame you for heading another way. The southern end of ST Marys is rural but it isn't the boonies. Always something going on in Leonardtown for activities. You're not that far. Come check it out. You can also check out Somd.com. They have a form on there .
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:06 AM
 
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I have to say that we moved from VA in May of 2016. Been living here in Lexington Park. As for being convenience with shopping)food especially) we have absolutely no problems. Several Weis grocery stores (former Food Lion), Giant, Aldies, Shoppers Warehouse, BJ's (like Sams Club or Costco) The Pax River NAS commissary if you have base access not to mention Walmart and McKays plus many specialty stores. As for major retailers they are all pretty much here, No Macy's but that is the only one I can think of we don't have. Dinning out, same thing. You name it, it's here. With that being said I miss living in the Shenandoah Valley near Charlottesville, and hope to move back but I've been to Waldorf, heard the stories and I don't blame you for heading another way. The southern end of ST Marys is rural but it isn't the boonies. Always something going on in Leonardtown for activities. You're not that far. Come check it out. You can also check out Somd.com. They have a form on there .
Thanks for your post! I'll definitely have to check out Somd.com. I've only ever been to PAX River NAS for work. I have family that lives north of Leonardtown and they said not to look at homes south of Leonardtown because those areas are getting to be more like Waldorf. Is this true or have you noticed any problems in the Lexington Park area?
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:54 AM
 
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Thanks for your post! I'll definitely have to check out Somd.com. I've only ever been to PAX River NAS for work. I have family that lives north of Leonardtown and they said not to look at homes south of Leonardtown because those areas are getting to be more like Waldorf. Is this true or have you noticed any problems in the Lexington Park area?
I think they meant around Lexington Park, there's a lot of County south of Leonardtown.
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Old 05-23-2017, 01:32 PM
 
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Some areas of Calvert and St. Mary's are no better than Waldorf. Maybe less congested, however there are a lot of neighborhoods in both of these counties that have a lot of crime as well.
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Old 05-23-2017, 01:38 PM
 
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Sounds as though you should hold tight until you can leave the region altogether.
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Old 05-23-2017, 01:55 PM
 
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Calvert County is closer to D.C but St.Mary's county has more stores. Honestly Calvert County need to get better in regards to this, they lack a Target and Best Buy (2 basic stores every county should have) Overall I'd say much of Calvert County (mainly north of Prince Frederick) feels more like an exurb of D.C whereas St.Mary's county feels more like it's own community. St.Mary's county is a bit more affordable I think but like I said it is pretty isolated. Calvert County does have Chesapeake beach, and Calvert Cliffs which are nice getaways.
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