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Old 06-08-2008, 11:26 AM
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Hello. We will be moving in August to some unfound town with an easy commute (less than 45 minutes???) to Rockville (spouse was just transferred there). I haven't yet begun my job search, but I'm seeing quite a number of jobs available in my field in Germantown, Rockville and Bowie..right up to Baltimore.

We have one 1st grader in Catholic school, since the public schools are not so hot in our current town. We'd like public school. She is a good student, and seems have some potential in the public speaking arena.

We live in a small, fairly diverse suburban town less than an hour from the beach, and go quite often. We like walking and cycling around town after work, baseball games, and going to the pool. We are not shoppers.

We will rent for one year and then begin house hunting, if we like MD. Our price range for a rental is $1500 or less.

Can anyone please help us with town suggestions? I am not a big fan of traffic, so anything that cuts down on traffic is right up my alley. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-08-2008, 03:58 PM
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If your spouse is working in the northern part of Rockville, I would guess that the farthest a 45-minute commute will get you is Columbia, MD if the commute can take place earlier than most commuter traffic, take back roads, with no excessive stoplights, and no adverse weather conditions (i.e. rain) (this is based on what coworkers have said).

$1500 is not a super-luxurious amount for monthly rent in a nice area of Rockville/Gaithersburg for a 2bed/2bath apt (there should be much more in the $1600-1700 price range) . . . you might have better luck looking in Germantown with that range.

If you want to cut down on time spent in a car, your choices for public transit are the metro rail, the MARC train, and/or buses.

Areas with a lot of new development going on that seem to be popular towns for commuters are (and I believe have at least some good school clusters, but check with others):

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Old 06-08-2008, 04:51 PM
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Default Thanks, I know I'm being cheap on the rent

But we're saving for a home, so low rent is critical. We'll try to live lean for 12 months so that we can save my entire salary, whatever that ends up being.

Houses seem to be approximately double what they are in our current county for an excellent school, so our equity would put us only in a townhome in Germantown, if we were to buy right off the bat.

The downside is that I know we'll probably have to move our daughter again after second grade.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:45 PM
Location: Rockville, MD
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I managed a large apartment community in Germantown for three years. Germantown seems to have alot more crime than Rockville and Gaithersburg. We live in in an older post ww2 community in the center of Rockville. You can rent a small rambler with a yard for about 1500 to 1600 right now because there are so many homes for sale. Montgomery County is known for it's excellent schools, so try to stay in this county. It is expensive here.
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