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Old 08-19-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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...however, I was born and raised in New Jersy, right by the Hudson river. I spent 29 years there, and hated it. Absolutely detested it. Moved to Florida, to Kissimmee, and don't like it there either. Too hot (I moved down to be an alligator wrestler, but don't do that anymore, so no longer a reason to put up with the heat), and crime in Central Florida is going through the roof. My wife is a born and bred Floridian, but wants to experience snow, beautiful fall foliage, and just all four seasons for a change. I am thinking about moving to Maryland. Thought about New Hampshire, but the extremes in weather may be TOO much for my wife to handle. Being a border state, Maryland has enough of a southern feel to parts of it for my wife to be able to relate, and is north enough for us to get all four seasons. What is a good place to raise a family?
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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You may like it here, we have diverse climate and geography. It can get hot and cold. Out west we have Mountains, East we have the Ocean, in the middle we have the Chesapeake Bay. Even in the various counties, the feeling is completely different such as Baltimore County- the north part is farmland where the parts near Baltimore City are... well.. like a city.
And we're not far from other cities such as NYC, Philly, DC.

Have you been here at all?
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:44 PM
 
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Not really. I mean, I was there for a Karate tournament when I was like 11, so I don't remember anything at all. Plus, we basically drove from New Jersey to the place we were competing in, and then back. We didn't get to site see or anything, so for all intents and purposes, no, I haven't been there.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:41 AM
 
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Well you may want to take a trip here. Keep in mind there's several areas and each has quite a different character to it. If you're near Washington DC it's much different than if you're near Baltimore, out in Western Maryland, up near Pennsylvania, or on the Eastern Shore. What kind of place would you be looking for? City living? Suburbia living? Rural Country living? Mountains? Near the water? We have all of the above.
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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MD has a lot to offer in terms of areas to live, all of which will be oppressively expensive... Give us a better idea of what you are looking for and we can better point you in the right direction...

Also I live in Jacksonville now and was just visiting family in MD this past week... It is no cooler in MD than it is here in FL... Don't get your hopes up about perfect weather... Also you might want to consider JAX as a possibility, its closer, it is way cheaper, and it still has some resemblance of seasons...
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Old 08-22-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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I recommend the Eastern Shore of MD.
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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What are you looking for? City, country, suburb? What sort of job to you want? Maryland has a lot to offer in a relatively small space, but getting between some of the urban centers and farther away bits is a bit of a drive.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:39 AM
 
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I was raised in Columbia, Maryland (Howard County) and trust me when I tell you..there was no better place to grow up! It is a planned community so we had it all! Sports, outdoor activities, Balt, and Washington both less than an hour away..I still have alot of friends there, and they all love it..I actually live in Jacksonville (ZZZZ) Florida, and am considering a move back up North or to the midwest..so yeah..my vote goes for Columbia, MD all the way! Peaze...
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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I was raised in Columbia, Maryland (Howard County) and trust me when I tell you..there was no better place to grow up! It is a planned community so we had it all! Sports, outdoor activities, Balt, and Washington both less than an hour away..I still have alot of friends there, and they all love it..I actually live in Jacksonville (ZZZZ) Florida, and am considering a move back up North or to the midwest..so yeah..my vote goes for Columbia, MD all the way! Peaze...
Personally I love it in Jacksonville... There are just no affordable areas left in MD anymore... You pretty much have to be rich to live there...

I really liked it in Southern MD, being near the water, good schools, more rural feel, away from all of the crime and congestion from the city, lots of jobs, etc...
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Dayton
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I second dealmaker74's recommendation, for Columbia, (I was raised there from age 11) but there are other areas of Howard County that are just as nice. One of the problems with buying in Columbia are that on top of taxes, you pay a Columbia Association fee (when we looked for houses there in 2007 this added at least 1k to the annual costs of living there). But, you can live outside of Columbia (Glenelg, Dayton, Clarksville) and still participate in the CA programs (for a fee) if you desire to. It is costly to live in Howard county, but I know there are some affordable houses in the county (around 300k). Prices are falling due to the economy. It's a great time to buy!!
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