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Old 01-19-2021, 09:26 PM
 
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My wife and I are considering a move to Baltimore. We're coming from Mississippi and seeking to move to a large Northeastern metropolis with a liberal-minded population. I would be working in Towson, while my wife will be working in Columbia. We would both prefer to live in a suburban area rather than in the city itself. Quiet is important to us!
We're looking to buy a house with a budget of $374k. Single family home, post-war build, sizeable backyard.

Recently we adopted two 11-year-old twins, one of whom is trans and was kicked out of her home, the other leaving to be with her. Both of us love kids but my wife is infertile. We are looking to make a move so they will be raised in a good environment. We want reasonable quality public schools!

A comfortable and quiet community is a must. Somewhere with lots of families, a fairly liberal population, and a decent commute to both of our workplaces. We do not want to live in Baltimore City, only Baltimore County or other suburban ones! Lastly my wife is Black so we want somewhere that is reasonably diverse.

Thank you!!!
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Old 01-19-2021, 09:44 PM
 
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I would pick in between Towson and Columbia. Many folks are going to say west Catonsville, I prefer near Towson. Problem is one of you is going to have a long commute, and one won't.

Anyplace around Dulaney Valley Road will be nice. And expensive. But you could find something in your price range near it.

North is better, but being in the middle would be easier.

Remember like most suburbs there are commercial zones. Don't judge certain areas by main roads.
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Old 01-20-2021, 08:00 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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My wife and I are considering a move to Baltimore.
I would be working in Towson, while my wife will be working in Columbia.
For how long? How long will you continue to work so far apart from each other (MAP LINK)?

Decide NOW which job/career has the better long term prospects for the household...
then start job hunting for another job, for the other spouse, as close by as possible.
And that of course will dictate which of the two areas to live in (own or otherwise).

Either end has all manner of reasons to choose it... trying to split the difference however really doesn't.
Don't plan to buy, anywhere or at any price, before you've made these decisions.


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Old 01-20-2021, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Pikesville is calling your name. Just make sure you don't slip too far southwest and get zoned to the Randallstown school district.
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:53 PM
 
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Pikesville....even young Jewish people want out of there......
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Old 01-21-2021, 10:05 AM
 
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$374k. Single family home, post-war build, sizeable backyard.

That will limit your options. You will have options, mind you, but it will determine where you can life.

I would look long and hard at Columbia itself and see if you can manage to get a townhouse, or perhaps even a fixer upper SFH in one of the older villages. Money goes further in Towson but Columbia proper is more diverse, has a bigger professional AA population, and will allow your wife to be closer to home for any childrearing needs.

Columbia and Towson are far apart enough that one of you will have to put up with a long commute (but perhaps in these days of greater WFH flexibility that may not be a problem for you).

There are areas where you can get a SFH on your budget between Columbia and Towson but research them carefully to see if you would be comfortable with them. Randallstown would be an option and is a predominately middle class AA area with a housing stock mostly from the 1960s (ranchers, splits). Schools aren't the best. Pikesville and Owings Mills may have options too. Towson will be a challenge on your budget unless you're fine with a townhouse. If you push your budget to 400k you may be able to find a modest SFH. Towson has good schools but isn't as diverse (but also isn't undiverse either)
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:38 PM
 
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I would also recommend Columbia for diversity over Towson. However, if you are the parent who will picking up a sick child when the school calls, then I would strongly consider an area near your workplace.
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Old 01-22-2021, 06:46 PM
 
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Yeah, but nice for being nicer! Nobody is going to care what color, or race you are. Or will they be bothered by it.
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Old 01-24-2021, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Pikesville....even young Jewish people want out of there......
I lived in Pikesville for six years and enjoyed it. And that was before they got their very own Target! Granted, I moved out 20 years ago, and haven't really kept up with it since then. Is there a reason why you would recommend that the OP avoid it?
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Old 01-24-2021, 10:39 PM
 
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I lived in Pikesville for six years and enjoyed it. And that was before they got their very own Target! Granted, I moved out 20 years ago, and haven't really kept up with it since then. Is there a reason why you would recommend that the OP avoid it?
You liked Pikesville? And many young Jewish people are leaving it.
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