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Old 11-13-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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Hello all,

I am about to make a move to Cumberland for employment and I am curious to know if there's any nice housing or apartments around. I just need a one bedroom apt in a nice, safe, clean, neat area with relatively no crime.

Also, what are the Winters like in Cumberland? I don't want to live too far if the Winters are really bad. What are some surrounding towns that have nice affordable housing?

I appreciate any advice. Cumberland looks like a beautiful place, I actually plan on visiting early next month.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:25 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I actually plan on visiting early next month.
I appreciate any advice.
Do that. Always visit before you commit to any location.
btw... what sort of job is drawing you there?

Cumberland, Maryland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Also, what are the Winters like in Cumberland? I don't want to live too far if the Winters are really bad.
Well, the winters are about the worst in Maryland, but not as bad as Buffalo, NY. City-Data says 14 inches of snow average in January, and 11.5 inches in February, with average temps in the 20's. Sound like a 4-wheel drive vehicle would help.

For a previous discussion of apartments, check this one: //www.city-data.com/forum/maryl...berland-2.html Good luck!
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Winters in the city limits of Cumberland are no worse than Hagerstown or Frederick. Cumberland is located in a deep valley that creates a "heat island" that cuts down on snow totals. The "snow belt" in Maryland doesn't begin in earnest until you hit Frostburg. If you live in the city, 4-wheel drive is nice, but not necessary.

Housing is going to be cheaper in Cumberland than nearly anywhere else in the county. It is cheaper for a reason. You haven't mentioned price, but you can actually rent 1/2 of a duplex or a small house for $700-$800. If you just looking for a 1 bedroom, you should be able to find something much cheaper. My recommendation would be to go to Homepage » Cumberland Times-News and look in the classified. I would try to live in the West Side of town, or somewhere up by the Old Memorial Hospital. There are parts of town that aren't very good, so feel free to run any street names you are considering by me and I will give you the low down.

Also, where are you moving from? I will tell you in advance that Cumberland is an old Appalachian rust belt city. We have a great scenic natural setting and some beautiful old buildings. These positives are interspersed with alot of vacant, blighted, and abandoned properties and a fairly high poverty rate.

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Old 11-14-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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Thanks to all that replied.

Westsideboy, I am coming from Texas. I've spent alot of time in the "sticks" so I'm used to a slower pace of life (I prefer it actually). Also, I've lived in Colorado before, I was wondering if it's worse in CO in terms of snow. I welcome the cooler temperatures as you all know Texas is BRUTAL in the Summer!

I'm happy to hear the cost-of-living is so cheap. I don't really need alot of space. Can you tell me about the Towne & Country condo's? What streets should I avoid and what streets are okay. I've already accepted the job offer so like or not, here I come.

What about surrounding cities as well? I'm going to work in Cumberland but I don't want to live to far away if the weather is bad. Oh, and I drive a crossover with front wheel drive, will that suffice?

Oh, I wanted to add that I am excited about natural beauty because Texas has zelch in my opinion. I was born and raised here so I have earned the right to say that lol.

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Old 11-14-2011, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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The full list of OK/Not OK is too much to go into. Far better to give me addresses first, then I can expound from there.

Town and Country would seem OK to me. They are close to the city proper. I don't know anyone who lives there though, so I can't personally vouch for it.

There aren't many surrounding cities other than LaVale, which is Cumberland's upper middle class suburb, Cresaptown, Cumberland's blue collar suburb, and Frostburg, which is a college town that gets alot of snow. Everything is either VERY small town, which I wouldn't recommend as a new resident, or country, which would be fine other than price point.

Front wheel Dr. is fine for the city. Really the snow in the city limits isn't that bad. Every view years we get a whopper that will drop 12-24 inches, but most years we just have a few 3-6 inch storms. Again, once you are higher in the mountains, those totals will increase and driving becomes harder.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:19 PM
 
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Westsideboy,

Is is feasible to find something nice for around $500 a month (1 bed apt)? Also who are the highspeed internet cable providers and is it pricey? Thank you so much!
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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I think $500 is doable, but check the classifieds and run the street by me. We get Cable from Atlantic Broadband. I think our internet and phone are from Verizon. But honestly, my wife handles all of that, so I am sort of ignorant about how much it costs.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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Westsideboy, I will get a few streets and list them. I won't overdo it though lol. Thanks so much for all of your help and insight, I really appreciate it!
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Westsideboy, I will get a few streets and list them. I won't overdo it though lol. Thanks so much for all of your help and insight, I really appreciate it!
Don't worry about overduing it. Send me as many street names as you want. I know most of them by heart and am good with maps for those I don't.
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