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Old 05-21-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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Default Annapolis or Olney

My husband recently took a job in Beltsville, MD. We have two daughters, 11 and 6, and are looking to moving down to MD in the summer. We are both 32 and currently live in State College,PA. We have looked at several areas and homes.I am a mosaic artist and currently own a gallery downtown in Pa. I am looking to move my business to a home studio, but would like to move to an area that had a community of artist, supportive of local artist or was more artsy/hip than not. We have narrowed it down to two, Olney and Annapolis. Based on the following info, what would work best:

Good schools
safe area
fun, hip and things to do
locally owned stores
good restaurants
homes with some land (.5 or more acres)
diverse but not urban.... we don't want to hear trains, sirens or anything
We love to garden/farm and would like an area with enough land to do so
young families
access to night life

thanks for all replies!
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:09 PM
 
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Olney was just voted one of the top 100 cities to live in in the USA for 2008! It's the ONLY Maryland city on the list.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:48 PM
 
Location: California
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Both of those are great places to live in MD (and both expensive). I'm not sure if Olney or Annapolis has "hip" things to do per say, but DC and Balt are close and fun!

I would say that Annapolis is more artsy and by the water, while Olney is a little more suburban and a bit more ritz feel to it.

You can't go wrong, really.
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Annapolis. MD
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My husband recently took a job in Beltsville, MD. We have two daughters, 11 and 6, and are looking to moving down to MD in the summer. We are both 32 and currently live in State College,PA. We have looked at several areas and homes.I am a mosaic artist and currently own a gallery downtown in Pa. I am looking to move my business to a home studio, but would like to move to an area that had a community of artist, supportive of local artist or was more artsy/hip than not. We have narrowed it down to two, Olney and Annapolis. Based on the following info, what would work best:

Good schools
safe area
fun, hip and things to do
locally owned stores
good restaurants
homes with some land (.5 or more acres)
diverse but not urban.... we don't want to hear trains, sirens or anything
We love to garden/farm and would like an area with enough land to do so
young families
access to night life

thanks for all replies!
Annapolis is great for an artist to sell at local small shops. I have lived there all my life almost, and the housing boom/development is now taking over. Houses/condos are expensive in this area, Olney may be less costly. Great restaurants,downtown bars/eateries, quiet neighborhoods, safe. Love it!! Good luck looking for housing, may have to go just outside of annapolis for lower costs.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Bethesda, MD
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Both are very nice areas to consider. Annapolois has more of a downtown and "artsy" feel than Olney. Olney might be better for commuting purposes but it can be a bit out the way.

Annapolis is a truly unique city that few can campare to. Commuting may not be easiest and you would probably have to live in Edgewater or Severna Park nearby as the schools in Annapolis itself are not the best.

Olney's schools are ranked much higher than those in Annapolis, but probably equal with nearby Annapolis communities like Edgewater and Severna Park.

One edge that Olney has is that it's closer to DC.

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Olney was just voted one of the top 100 cities to live in in the USA for 2008! It's the ONLY Maryland city on the list.
What survey are you referring to? If it's Money Magazine, they did things differently and these were looking for more smaller towns. That's the reason whey towns such as Columbia/Ellicott City, Md and Naperville, IL which have consisitenly been on the list were excluded this year.
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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I have never been to Olney, but I do live near Annapoils and it is beautiful here! There is a pocket of not so desired areas. That is what drives the schools ratings down so low. Plus most of the "rich" children go to private schools there. However, you could live in Arnold or Severna Park, they are just north of Annapolis and have EXCELLENT schools.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:13 PM
 
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What survey are you referring to? If it's Money Magazine, they did things differently and these were looking for more smaller towns. That's the reason whey towns such as Columbia/Ellicott City, Md and Naperville, IL which have consisitenly been on the list were excluded this year.

Here you go...

Real Estate and Home Buying Site- Relocate-America's 2008 Top 100 Places to Live (http://top100.relocate-america.com/ - broken link)
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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thanks for all the feed back. We are planning on renting an apartment in Olney and seeing how that goes. I have a strong feeling we will end up there, although I could be wrong.
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Best of luck!
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