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Old 12-23-2011, 12:03 AM
 
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Greetings everyone - I'm new here but have enjoyed what I've read so far!

Here's my question:

I'm (hopefully) relocating to Silver Spring, MD for a new job. Having never spent any time in the area, I'm completely at a loss of where to live. I'd really appreciate any suggestions! I could obviously live in Silver Spring, but am curious about the surrounding areas. I'd like to keep my commute to 30-45 minutes, and I don't mind going in any direction. My wife and two boys (11 and 13) will be accompanying me, so safety, schools, etc ... are of the utmost importance.

Thanks in advance - I look forward to getting to know you all!

Oh - By the way ... If I do get this job (your prayers and kind thoughts would be much appreciated!) it is a three year assignment so I'll be renting (house, condo/townhome or or apartment).
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I'm (hopefully) relocating to Silver Spring, MD for a new job. Having never spent any time in the area, I'm completely at a loss of where to live.
There are plenty of safe areas with good schools nearby. I just hope you know the cost of living. Single family houses would rent for about $2000-2400 per month. Townhouses maybe $1600-1900, and 3Br condos maybe $1500-1800. Do you have any special preferences for a school, like magnet schools, foreign languages, or religious schools? Any preferences about more urban, vs rural settings? Would you have to drive to work or take public transit?

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Old 12-24-2011, 01:44 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply - I know the cost of living will be higher than Colorado, but I think the opportunity is worth it. I don't hecessarily have a preference for schools, and would prefer rural over city but it's not a deal breaker ... In terms of commute, I plan on driving everywhere but that's only because in the Denver area public transportation isn't a "necessity" as it is in bigger/more congested areas. I certainly may take public transportation if it better makes sense once I'm there.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I certainly may take public transportation if it better makes sense once I'm there.
Thanks, your more detailed information helps. Depending on where in Silver Spring your job is, the parking could be very expensive. In Downtown SS, it is probably more convenient and cheaper to take the express buses which come in from Burtonsville. You could find homes in "almost" rural areas like Simpsonville or Fulton, drive to the Park-and-Ride in Burtonsville and ride the bus downtown.

If the job does provide free parking as a perk, then your preference for a rural area is OK. Just stay north and/or west of downtown SS for better schools and safer areas.
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