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Old 09-22-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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We're moving to MD in the next few months and looking for advice on safe, family friendly towns, good schools, commutable to DC all on a limited budget. My husband would work downtown DC, would either take the train, bus or metro into work. Very rarily would he drive. He would receive a monthly stipend for his commuting. We have 2 children: K and preschool. I am a pretty hands on parent very involved in my kids schools and they would be in public schools. Our budget would be about $1800 for rental for our 1st yr. I know our budget may limit where we are able to find housing but if anyone has any zip codes or towns that may give me a starting point I would appreciate it. THANKS

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Old 09-22-2011, 09:43 PM
 
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You should be able to find something in Rockville or Silver Spring. Both areas have decent public schools nice family friendly neighborhoods and are accessible to metro trains. Good luck
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Get a gun permit and carry a small firearms for personal protection. lol
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL- For NOW
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dont move here..... best advice yet.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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You might want to pose your question in the suburban Maryland forum. Hopefully you'll be able to get better advice than what the jokers in this thread are dispensing.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Well $1800 is on the lower end of things. So you might want to look at the outer suburbs versus trying to get a place close-in like Bethesda. Silver Spring has a real good mix of housing. You might try Gaithersburg or Germantown but you may have to up your asking price.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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since the job is in DC, you might want to consider northern virginia. You are less likely to find somewhere on metrorail, but there are lots of express bus options.

With your budget, you need to first decide if you are willing to live in a townhouse. That will expand your choices considerably.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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$1800/month will get you an average 1br apartment here. You'll need around $3000-$3500 for a 3br with "good schools", "safe", family friendly", "good commute", yadayadayada...
Please read the sticky Moving to DC thread at the top of the forum.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:36 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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$1800/month will get you an average 1br apartment here. You'll need around $3000-$3500 for a 3br with "good schools", "safe", family friendly", "good commute", yadayadayada...
Please read the sticky Moving to DC thread at the top of the forum.

OP hasnt place a limit on "good commute"

Lots of places in Fairfax county, even in south arlington and parts of Alex where you could find a 3BR SFH for a lot less than 3000 - and if you will take a TH, you can find even better choices.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: DMV
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We're moving to MD in the next few months and looking for advice on safe, family friendly towns, good schools, commutable to DC all on a limited budget. My husband would work downtown DC, would either take the train, bus or metro into work. Very rarily would he drive. He would receive a monthly stipend for his commuting. We have 2 children: K and preschool. I am a pretty hands on parent very involved in my kids schools and they would be in public schools. Our budget would be about $1800 for rental for our 1st yr. I know our budget may limit where we are able to find housing but if anyone has any zip codes or towns that may give me a starting point I would appreciate it. THANKS
It's really hard to answer this because this is a little vague and perhaps giving you the nonsense responses that people are giving you. Most people who come on here will probably have the same list of wants as you but we have to dig a little deeper to narrow it down.

Why are you considering MD? Are you open to VA?

Where in downtown DC is he working (street or neighborhood would help)?

How far is he willing to travel? Reason I ask is because many of the far out suburbs have commuter buses where he still wouldn't have to drive even though he lives further out.
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