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Old 12-23-2011, 03:40 PM
 
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I'll relocate to Maryland because of work.
The job is in Baltimore, but I may also need to work in DC, or even NOVA occasionally.
Can someone please recommend a few places in between Baltimore & DC?

We're a young couple w/ a toddler, looking for a safe neighborhood to live.
We prefer single family house, in the range of $250 - $350K.
School district doesn't need to be top notch, but should be somewhat decent.
We'd also like to have shops & restaurants nearby, instead of having to drive a good distance to places.

How is Laurel?
According to Mapquest, it's a 30 min drive to Baltimore or DC.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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I would go for Laurel.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:51 PM
 
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I would go for Laurel.
Agreed. There will not be single-family houses in that price range in Columbia or Ellicott City.
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:07 PM
 
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Thank you both for the quick reply.
Is there a reason that houses are cheaper in Laurel?
Is it because there are more crimes?
We're willing to pay more to be in a safe city/town.
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Is there a reason that houses are cheaper in Laurel? Is it because there are more crimes?
No, I think there are two factors. 1. Distance from the cities. Laurel is relatively far from both Baltimore and DC. 2. Schools. People pay lots more to be in the better quality school districts in Howard and Montgomery County.

It is confusing, but Laurel is spread over three counties: Prince George, Howard and Anne Arundel. In addition, if you are in the city limits of Laurel, there are additional city property taxes.

The budget you mentioned, $250-350 will not get you much in a single family house. It would typically buy a rancher or cape-cod, or an older Colonial. There are some bargains in the Carriage Hill development in 20707. Please check a real-estate site, and see what you like.

If you could go with a townhouse, I suggest the Russett development in the AA County part of Laurel. It is a very nice planned community near the BW Parkway. It would give you good access to the commuter routes.

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Old 12-23-2011, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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How is Laurel?
According to Mapquest, it's a 30 min drive to Baltimore or DC.
The drive times are totally unrealistic for rush-hour. I would double that if you have to get downtown in either city.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:01 PM
 
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It's 34 on google maps. 42 to get to DC. They are long drives with rush hour. But you have 2 options to get to either city. Laurel is sandwiched between the BW Parkway and I-95 but as mentioned, it's boundaries are very odd and confusing to define.

The crime is not high in Laurel so it won't be a concern.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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How is Owings Mills?
We found some nicer houses at more reasonable prices there, but were wondering if there's any caveat.

Is it a safe city to raise a family in?
It's in the Baltimore county.
How's the school district there?

thx
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:39 PM
 
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How is Owings Mills?
We found some nicer houses at more reasonable prices there, but were wondering if there's any caveat.

Is it a safe city to raise a family in?
It's in the Baltimore county.
How's the school district there?

thx
All great questions.

Looking forward to any and all responses you receive.
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