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Old 07-31-2009, 08:14 AM
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Hello everyone,
My wife and I (33 & 37 respectively) are from Michigan and are looking for a new place to live in the next 18 months. So this is early research. We've moved out-of-state, and back, before. So we're pretty familiar with what we're getting ourselves into. Unlike some other places we're exploring, we don't have relatives in the area - though we do have friends in the DC area and relatives that are considering a move to Frederick. She works in health care (dietitian) and I have a Master's degree and work in higher ed. We have a small side business we're hoping to grow into full time, eventually, but it's not location-dependent. We're both liberal (her more so than I; I'm a little more libertarian).

We like to have walkable areas and a "real" downtown. We have a baby on the way, so ultimately it has to be a family friendly and have decent schools. We probably prefer not to live (or even have to work) right in a centre city (like DC or Baltimore), but would like to be close enough for major-metro type job opportunities and entertainment (Baltimore's inner harbor looks cool).

I know that the DC area and even much of the Baltimore area can be a little pricey, and while we're currently living in a more expensive area of Michigan (thus used to the costs), we would like to keep things as reasonably priced as possible. What I mean is, we don't even like big houses or a ritzy lifestyle; but we do like pleasant, educated neighbours in a safe place with decent schools and it'd be nice to have a cafe' or two to hang out at. We'd rather put our money into our business and maintaining a lower-stress life. Some place like Towson looks appealing, but we're open to most of Maryland. There have to be some decent middle class areas that fit the bill. You think?

Any suggestions? Thoughts?
Thank you for any ideas or information.
- Brandon
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:01 AM
Location: Jefferson County
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You've described Shepherdstown WV. Look at Shepherd U. There are some areas in Frederick still like this, but it's grown so much in the recent past.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:16 AM
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Even Frederick is rather outside our preferred range (Baltimore and/or DC), so I'm afraid Shepherdstown is a bit far out. Around 30 miles is about as far as we'd want to get away from one or both, and preferably closer. But thank you.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:11 AM
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I'm not sure why "big house" got tagged into my post, but a big house is NOT what we're looking for. We're hoping to find someplace relatively quiet and nice to live within a 25 min drive of job opportunities (even if that is just the edge metros of one of the major cities) where we can raise our kid and maybe go sailing now and then... without spending a fortune. We're working on a low-debt, low-chaos life even though we have reasonably good earning power.

Any other suggestions? Any where in Maryland?
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:06 PM
Location: Martinsburg
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Do your self a favor. Stay in Michigan. In Maryland if you can think it they will tax it.
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Old 08-29-2009, 04:52 AM
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Do you have a dollar figure for rent or purchase? It would help a bit more than just a general 'we're used to higher prices' as the figures out here can range from rather expensive to the insanely expensive.
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