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Unread 07-18-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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Default Where to live - moving to work for IKEA College Park

Hi
I might be moving from UK to work for IKEA at College Park.
I am looking for somewhere to move to - ideally within 30mins rush hour traffic away.

Not too worried about having large yard or garden, what is important is that there are great restaurants, bars and shops nearby. Gyms and Parks good too.

I think my budget will be about $300,000

Any ideas???
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Unread 07-18-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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Greenbelt,Beltsville,College park,Bowie,Larel
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Unread 07-19-2008, 03:22 AM
 
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Default Shortlist

[SIZE=2]Greenbelt,Beltsville,College park,Bowie,Larel

So, if these FIVE are a shortlist, is there anything to seperate them?

Am thinking Bars, Restaurants etc; but also Public Transport links to IKEA plus to Baltimore and the Airport.

Many thanks
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Unread 07-19-2008, 09:53 AM
 
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[SIZE=2]Greenbelt,Beltsville,College park,Bowie,Larel

So, if these FIVE are a shortlist, is there anything to seperate them?

Am thinking Bars, Restaurants etc; but also Public Transport links to IKEA plus to Baltimore and the Airport.

Many thanks
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College Park is your best bet. Being a college town (affordable), there are bars and restaurants. Also, the area is being redeveloped (East Campus project and the Arts District), so it's only going to get better. In College Park, you can catch the MARC train which I think may go to Baltimore? There is also the DC metrorail system that can take you all over the DC area. Also, if you drive, College Park is right next to the Baltimore Washington Parkway, Route 1, 495, and I-95.
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Unread 07-19-2008, 03:14 PM
 
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If your looking to be near nightlife and public transit, why don't you just move to DC itself? I'm not terribly familiar with the area but College Park is nowhere near as nice as college town as say Ann Arbor or Eugene, Oregon. I'd imagine you might be able to find a small condo or something for $300,000 in DC itself. Then again I haven't looked at real estate in DC lately.
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Unread 07-20-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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With your budget of $300,000 I think you should live in College Park, that is if you're single and don't need much room.

If you have a family then you need to look elsewhere. But I think you could find something right there off of Route 1 in College Park. You could walk to work!

I think you would be happy there. The shopping center where the IKEA is located has some restaurants and it's right off of the Beltway. College Park also has the metrorail and metrobuses. College Park has some nice neighborhoods with a variety of housing. Depending on what you are looking for I could give you a breakdown of the various neighborhoods in College Park.
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Unread 08-02-2008, 05:20 AM
 
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Thanks Guys, this is a great help! The application is in, and should find out next week if I have an interview!
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Unread 08-24-2008, 02:28 PM
 
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Default I helped to open that store.

Good Luck in your venture to work at IKEA, College Park. It has a reputation (and reality) of being a very difficult store, so I hope you are going in with your eyes wide open. Voice scores speak volumes. We brought in many Europeans over the years, and most left quickly.

As far as living in the area, be in DC for the most exposure to what this area has to offer. Downtown Silver Spring may also be a place to investigate for housing, since it's been receiving alot of money for revitalization and has a growing night life.

Most of the europeans I knew who lived near the store grew very bored.
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Unread 08-25-2008, 04:29 AM
 
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Default Thanks

Hey
Thanks again for the 'heads up'
Do you work there now? I totally agree about the Voice Score plus I understand that local employment is very high, so people can leave whenever they feel like it?

As for Silver Spring, I am going to investigate it further. I understand that i may need to rent rather than buy, so hopefully there is plenty of decent stck available.

Thanks again
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Unread 08-25-2008, 09:35 AM
 
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My brother works at Ikea and lives in Columbia, and he's pretty happy with both!
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