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Old 07-15-2014, 03:41 PM
Location: Washington, DC area
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Originally Posted by bus man View Post
I don't necessarily disagree with you. However, keep in mind that the OP has two young kids about to enter school. For many people in that demographic, "safe" and "best schools" and "terribly boring" are exactly what they're looking for.

Also, the OP is coming from a much less-populated area, and will likely find Central Maryland to be a bit overwhelming. Finding a place to live with similar amenities (i.e. strip malls, chain stores, etc.) might prove to be comforting.

This is not at all a knock against Annapolis, which I think is a true gem of a city. And it's certainly possible that the OP might love living there. But Annapolis (the city proper, especially in and near downtown) is quite different from anything in the Grand Rapids area, and I think the OP ought to be made aware of that, if he doesn't already know.
Agree, that's why I originally said Crofton or Columbia. Those are nice areas. I was just saying that I personally would choose Annapolis, but I'm not in their situation and I may have a different taste in lifestyle. My only point was that those are the areas you will be directed to in most cities. Most metros don't have quite the diverse housing options that this areas has though.

For a young family, both those areas are very nice. Annapolis can be expensive and hit or miss with schools etc, but there are some family freindly areas around Annapolis like Arnold, Edgewater, Riva, Severna Park etc. Those may be further drives, but they are also very nice family oriented suburbs and they offer a little different lifestyles than just straight up suburbia, mostly just the options to be near water.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:45 PM
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I would think the Columbia area wold be the best bet for the OPs needs. There's not many places in Maryland that is similar to Grand Rapids (I lived there once upon a time) so the whole Maryland experience is going to take some time to get used to it.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:43 AM
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Know one REALLY knows your needs, but a heads up IMO.com Conservative Crofton vs. Liberal Columbia vs. Expensive Liberal Annapolis MD Again RENT 1st!!!
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