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Old 07-29-2009, 11:48 AM
 
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Ok, I'm moving from Michigan to Maryland for a job. Job is in Columbia. Can anyone suggest a nice area to live? I'm initially looking for a room for myself. My wife and 5 kids will follow in 6 months to a year. Anyone know of a nice place to rent a room? A nice area to live? Thanks for any input!!
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Detroit Metro Area, Michigan
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Michiman -

Sounds like you and I may be in the same boat. If I accept the job, my wife and daughter would also follow in 6 months to one year. I get the feeling that there are going to be a lot on Michigan transplants to Maryland / DC Metro area over the next few years. Maybe we should start the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons fan clubs now. Did you land a federal position? They are recruiting and hiring quite a bit in Michigan right now - if you're willing to move East. Best wishes to you and your family.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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Columbia itself is really nice area, but you might also want to look at Ellicott City.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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Historic Ellicott City is nice, my friend lives there. It is also close to Baltimore. There are many quaint shops in Ellicot, as well as restaurants. The neighborhoods there are nice for the most part. My friend did have her car broken into while parked at a pharmacy, but that can happen anywhere....

If you want to live closer to D.C., Bethesda is nice but very $$$ Beautiful neighborhood with lots of restaurants and shops as well. I went to High School In Bethesda, and it was great. In fact the schools in Montgomery County (the country Bethesda is located in) are supposed to have some of the best public schools in the country.

If you want to save some money but still want to be central, you can live in Rockville. This is part of Montgomery County, too. I have lived there for 18 years. It is the 2nd largest city in Maryland. Just like Bethesda, Rockville also has many restaurants, shops and schools. There are also some great parks and bike trails like in Bethesda. My son and I live right of Rockville Pike (the main drag) and are in walking distance to everything. Public transportation is everywhere..buses or metro (our local train which can take you into D.C.). It is not cheap to live here, but it is cheaper than Bethesda...

Kensington is a wonderful neighborhood as well and close to both the locations I mentioned above. I actually grew up here and miss it. There is a nice antique area to walk around and nice schools.

I would stay away from Wheaton. It's pretty ghetto and there seems to be more gang activity here lately. Gaithersburg and Germantown are North of Rockville. I never liked living north of Rockville because I felt it was too far from D.C.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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Michiman -

Sounds like you and I may be in the same boat. If I accept the job, my wife and daughter would also follow in 6 months to one year. I get the feeling that there are going to be a lot on Michigan transplants to Maryland / DC Metro area over the next few years. Maybe we should start the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons fan clubs now. Did you land a federal position? They are recruiting and hiring quite a bit in Michigan right now - if you're willing to move East. Best wishes to you and your family.

The fan club ideas not a bad idea...lol. It's like it was years ago.....would the last one in Michigan please turn the lights out. I was laid off June 19th, and there's not a job to be had in my field in Michigan. And with Michigans 15.5% unemployment rate, I don't think there's going to be one soon. Plus, I'm hoping my house sells.....that's not promising either. What type of federal job? I've heard about them, but am not sure exactly what's out there. Sounds like we need to share a place....lol.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:00 AM
 
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Michiman,

You can check available federal jobs on the US government's jobsite: USAJOBS - The Federal Government's Official Jobs Site. Welcome to Maryland!
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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There's plenty of us Michiganders who have moved here before you did. Me, I moved here almost 12 years ago. Haven't participated in any Red Wings fan clubs here, but up to a couple years ago there were always more Wings fans than Caps fans at Verizon Center. That's changed with the arriva of ,Ovechkin. Anyways, Columbia, Ellicot City, Catonsville are all good places.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:22 PM
 
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If you're working in Columbia, I can't see any reason to look outside of Howard County. Why have a long commute when you don't have to? Plus, there's so much for a family. Good schools and lots of activities. Clarksville, Ellicott City and Elkridge are all close to Columbia and have great places to live. Plus, there's Columbia itself. Wish I could help with a room. Have you tried Craigslist?
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:09 AM
 
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Which neighbourhoods (and zip codes) in Columbia are safer and which I should avoid? I saw a crime report from a Howard county PD and it was frightened- child sex offenders, gun displays and shots, robberies..We are in the middle of relocating in MD and we have one 5 year old son. We need a safer place to raise our child, please help
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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Does anyone can answer my questions?

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