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Old 04-20-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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From Kansas City, living in Detroit and now relocating to Maryland!

My husband and I looking for recommendations for cities/towns to live near Hagerstown, MD where he recently got a job. We live in Detroit now - and absolutely hate it due to crime/safety issues. When we moved here two years ago we were fresh out of college and chose a location close to my husbands office which was a mistake. We live in a "rough" neighborhood and have had issues with neighbors trying to break in. We do not want to make the same mistake twice so we are hoping that the wonderful people of Pennsylvania will help us with relocation advice and help us to find a lovely place to live!

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Age: We are both 25
Activities: Running, photography, we both ride dirt-bikes, camping, canoeing, going to the movies, flea market/antiquing and traveling/road/day trips to major cities.
Pets: one dog
Lifestyle: Enjoy a variety of restaurants/hole-in-the-walls nearby, not big on nightclubs but enjoy small pubs, exercise: yoga, running clubs, gyms
Shopping: Target/Walmart, nice grocery store/market, Walgreens pharmacy, mall, movie theatres, farmers markets, etc...
Preferred Type of Community: Looking for a friendly "backyard/cookout" neighborly vibe, prefer not to be too cramped with neighbors (looking for rental houses not apartments/townhouses), safe community, parks nearby - dog-parks are a bonus too, safe to run/walk alone, looking for a town that would be "fun" to live in with plenty of events, younger crowd
Commute: Maximum hour commute from Hagerstown.

Which towns/neighborhoods should we focus our search on based on our lifestyle/needs? We drove through Hagerstown during a recent trip to DC two weeks ago and thought it was very charming. It was our first and only time in the state or area so we could use some local advice. We would really appreciate any help you can offer! Thank you!
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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The PA locations within an hour of Hagerstown don't really have much of a younger crowd, they tend to be pretty conservative older folks. You're probably better off looking towards Frederick, MD or maybe Shepherdstown, WV. But a detached rental house on a lot for a dog will probably be a lot more expensive than in SE Michigan.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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Personally, I would look across the border in West Virginia. We lived in Spring Mills which is between Falling Waters and Martinsburg, WV and loved it. You will only be 10 minutes or so from Hagerstown, MD but the area is more charming and most importantly, it's much cheaper to live there! I would suggest talking to a realtor from that area but I know there are a few neighborhoods similar to what you are looking for. One in particular I'm thinking of is in Falling Waters which is the first exit in WV after leaving MD. It is a nice community that has a swimming pool w/lifeguard in the summer and they have some activities throughout the year. If you focus on those areas, you will find a Target and movie theatre 10 minutes north and 10 minutes south. There is a Walmart in Spring Mills, Martinsburg, and Hagerstown. Best of luck on your move!
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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I agree about what he said about PA. It's VERY friggin conservative and no young people live there.

Actually I really like Emmitsburg too, in Maryland, it is very rural but not too far from anything really.
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