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Old 12-21-2011, 12:09 AM
 
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hi

my family and i ( girlfriend 2 yr old daughter 2 nice people friendly lab/pits) are thinking about moving to somewhere in Maryland, any suggestions on nice "green" friendly places?
Were both in our early 30's, im a chef and shes in retail. Preferably not the big cities like baltimore and dc as we are trying to escape high crime rates. if you know anything about buffalo you know its got one of the highest murder rates and violent crime rates in the country.

thanks in advance

john
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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any suggestions on nice "green" friendly places?
Columbia
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:59 AM
 
Location: NYC
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hi

my family and i ( girlfriend 2 yr old daughter 2 nice people friendly lab/pits) are thinking about moving to somewhere in Maryland, any suggestions on nice "green" friendly places?
Were both in our early 30's, im a chef and shes in retail. Preferably not the big cities like baltimore and dc as we are trying to escape high crime rates. if you know anything about buffalo you know its got one of the highest murder rates and violent crime rates in the country.

thanks in advance

john
When I see green in quotes that makes me think that you mean, eco-friendly? Or lush?

I don't know of any areas that are especially eco friendly, though Columbia and Howard County like to pat themselves on the back despite designing itself to be amenable to cars only.

Frederick might be a good choice also as it is economically thriving and walkable in its core. It's developing a bit of restaurant "scene" thanks to Volt, a restaurant operated by a famous TV Chef named Voltaggio.

If you meant lush, verdant and scenic mountains, definitely try Cumberland or elsewhere in Garrett and Allegany Counties. Perhaps the Deep Creek Lake resort area would be a good place for employment. Jobs are harder to come by the further you get from Baltimore and DC.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:28 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'd suggest you start with finding work that offers enough income to support you wherever that might be... and then to use the 2-3 years breathing room you still have (before school districts matter) to poke around **in person** for some place to live that might appeal more or even approach your ideal which might still be in the same neighborhood or town you started out with.

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Old 12-21-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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To add to what's been said: It's likely that you will find the cost of living and home prices astronomically higher in MD, relative to Buffalo. Homes will probably be 4-5X more here.

I'd take a strong look at home prices, then decide whether you wanna pay 400k+ for a modest home here, or relocate to Amherst or Williamsville there...
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:57 AM
 
Location: NYC
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To add to what's been said: It's likely that you will find the cost of living and home prices astronomically higher in MD, relative to Buffalo. Homes will probably be 4-5X more here.

I'd take a strong look at home prices, then decide whether you wanna pay 400k+ for a modest home here, or relocate to Amherst or Williamsville there...
That really only applies to the metro areas in Maryland. Plenty cheap out west.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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hi

my family and i ( girlfriend 2 yr old daughter 2 nice people friendly lab/pits) are thinking about moving to somewhere in Maryland, any suggestions on nice "green" friendly places?
Were both in our early 30's, im a chef and shes in retail. Preferably not the big cities like baltimore and dc as we are trying to escape high crime rates. if you know anything about buffalo you know its got one of the highest murder rates and violent crime rates in the country.

thanks in advance

john
The basic things you need to say are (1) what size house/condo/apartment are you looking for, and (2) what is your rental/mortgage budget.

That will determine what areas in the state will be most suitable.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:07 PM
 
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Just a word of warning from someone who left Buffalo many years ago and now lives in the DC suburbs; people in Maryland are nowhere near as friendly as people from Buffalo. Now that I've been away for 10+ years, I would love to go back

Just move to the Erie county burbs instead!
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