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Old 03-18-2008, 11:58 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

My wife has accepted a position in Riverdale and we'll be locating in probably 2 -3 months. Since we'd like to keep our costs fairly sane and since there are just 2 of us we're thinking of a 1 bedroom 1 bath condo or townhouse somewhere around 900 square feet or so. We'd like to keep it at or under 200K if possible We do have a large dog (a Chessie) as well as a cat, so has to be somewhere that allows pets. Are there any areas that we should be sure to avoid?

It looked like Laurel and Columbia both had a fair amount of places in that price range. It appears that Laurel has easy MARC access, but don't know about Columbia. Since I don't yet have a position (I'll be looking for an IT gig) I don't know if I'll be commuting toward DC or toward Baltimore. one of these cities have commuting advantages over the other?

My wife actually went to undergraduate at the U of Maryland, so she knows what she's getting into, but I'm originally from Idaho and for the last year Montana, so know I'll be in for a bit of culture shock. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance!
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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Columbia has pretty easy Marc access as well, Dorsey Station is on rte 100.
If you choose Laurel, I'd avoid the areas that are right off rte 1- there's a lot of traffic in that area, and it gets kinda hectic, unless you know the back ways. Also, check the crime logs- some apt. complexes are better than others.
In Columbia, I'd stear clear of any apts complexes along on Tamar Dr.
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Hey Jessy,

Thanks for the quick response. You don't by any chance have a link to where I could check the crime logs do you?

Thanks Again!
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:36 PM
 
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it's pretty easy to get to a marc station from either of those areas. from columbia, depending on which part you lived, you could go to dorsey station (as mention in previous post) or jump on rt. 32 and be at the odenton station in about 15 minutes.

you'd be more likely to use the marc train going to d.c. than baltimore...it's easier to drive in b-more. driving the d.c. commute is horrendous (statistically one of the worst in the country). i've been taking the marc train (penn line) from bwi airport into d.c. for the last 8 years...it's a great way to go.

check out elkridge and ellicott city too.
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:27 AM
 
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This is to the Howard County crime bulletin on the police department's website-

Howard County Police Department: Daily Crime Report
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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Hi Jessy and Jack,

Thank you for the information it's very helpful. I always like to go into a situation with a little research under my belt, so your assistance is extremely valuable to me.

Thanks Again!
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