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Old 08-27-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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ELORIO, I wouldn't recommend Calvert County if you want malls and lots to do. Calvert's leaders are mostly against further growth, as are most of the citizens. I would recommend Waldorf if that's what you're looking for.
I couldn't disagree more. Living in Calvert count is a whole lot better. Life should'nt revolve around malls.

Going to the Waldorf area is easy to do. Much better lifestyle in Cal co.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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I just got a job at Pax River and will be there in February I was thinking about Leonardtown, is there any reason I shouldn't live there,any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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You need to click here Life in Southern Maryland - Southern Maryland Community Forums

It's the "forum" portion of a website for the 3 southern MD counties, but concentrating on the Pax River locality. You can find there, hundreds of discussion threads posing the same question you just raised. Also, click here Southern Maryland Online™ - Your on-line community for Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties.™ to find tons of real estate listings and other information on the Pax River area.

I lived in Leonardtown for almost one year. They just opened a new public swimming pool at the small community College there. Leonardtown also has two supermarkets, a small charming downtown area, a hospital, the County fairgrounds, the county government offices, and a cute pet store. Leonardtown's schools are excellent (although its H.S. is a bit large), and it also has a Catholic H.S. The town also has THREE classic/antique car shows, annually, and a rural Mennonite community nearby. More serious shopping choices are located near the Base, where the population is greater than Leonardtown.

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Old 12-29-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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I couldn't disagree more. Living in Calvert count is a whole lot better. Life should'nt revolve around malls.

Going to the Waldorf area is easy to do. Much better lifestyle in Cal co.
Just about everyone on the "Life in Southern Maryland" website forum that I just mentioned, continually bashes Waldorf, and tells everyone to avoid living there. Partly this reflects racism.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:51 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Just about everyone on the "Life in Southern Maryland" website forum that I just mentioned, continually bashes Waldorf, and tells everyone to avoid living there. Partly this reflects racism.


And partly because Waldorf has turned to crap over the last two decades. Black flight to the area is a relatively new phenomenon. Traffic is gridlocked at both rush hours and an accident shuts everything down, Rte. 5 is an endless vista of strip malls and car dealerships (no real problem with that but it's reality), as in much of MD Waldorf is not so much a town but a zip code.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:02 AM
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Wow, I would say that Patuxent High School is not the best in Calvert, as a 31 year old life long citizen.... They are all decent, but the ranch club is no place to raise a child... Don't do the Ranch Club, or you're doomed... Go read the Baynet or Southern Maryland Online at the news stories out of Lusby, and you'll see what I mean.
i find that so funny. the ranch club is bad? wow. perhaps you should try living outside of calvert county before you make that statement. i lived in calvert for nearly 10 years in the ranch club. never had a problem.

there are literally million dollar homes in the ranch club and there are also modest homes in the ranch club. just depends on your view/location and price range. kids are kids and in calvert ALL kids do dumb things because there is absolutely nothing for them to do outside of sports and school. one movie theater in the entire county, no skating, no malls, no social hangout spots. that's the only down side to living in calvert. as a teen/kid the social life leaves a lot to be desired.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:10 AM
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I couldn't disagree more. Living in Calvert count is a whole lot better. Life should'nt revolve around malls.

Going to the Waldorf area is easy to do. Much better lifestyle in Cal co.
it shouldn't but at the same time calvert county, if it has any shortcomings is the fact that it's political leaders refuse to accept smart growth as an option, however they bend over backwards for developers. they refuse to build new roads and infrastructure but they have no problem selling off plots of farmland for mcmansions. if you are going to have people come in from dc to build their dream homes than you should also expect that they'd want a little more conveniences like more shopping/dining/entertainment options in areas that are already town center areas, i.e. lusby town center, solomons, prince frederick, etc.

for instance, if an accident happens on 2/4 during rush hour, you are pretty much SOL. there are no other options when driving up and down the county. there is only 1 hospital for the ENTIRE county. that's scary. get a heartattack in lusby and you gotta drive 30 minutes to prince frederick. no localized police force outside of the sheriff's department. no disrespect to that office but any and everyone knows that there's a bit of nepotism and localism within that office. lusby/drum point/cre has over 20k people living in that little radius, they should have their own police force.

to the o.p. if you are looking for reasonable prices and access to nightlife charles county might be your best choice. i'd say st. mary's but it's so far from everything. at least in charles county you can still get to dc within an hour.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:10 PM
 
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Default Possibly relocating to PAX area

We are a family of 4, with kids ages 9 and 4. We will be moving from Fort Worth, TX. Husband is originally from N. VA, but I am a native Texan. I am also a teacher, so wonderfully, highly rated schools are a must for us, as I will be looking for a job and schools for the kids. What areas are best to live in for about an 30 minute or less commute to PAX for my husband? Since housing in TX is relatively cheap, we would be looking for a home in the $250-$300 range, as that is what we are in now, though I realize square footage will shink for us quite a bit. Not sure if it will even be possible to find a home for this price range in the area. We are not opposed to renting for the first year.

I am more concerned about great schools and decent commute for my husband. We are not military, but hubby will be working on base for a Govt. contractor. I have NO knowledge of this area other than the web, so any info is greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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it shouldn't but at the same time calvert county, if it has any shortcomings is the fact that it's political leaders refuse to accept smart growth as an option, however they bend over backwards for developers. they refuse to build new roads and infrastructure but they have no problem selling off plots of farmland for mcmansions. if you are going to have people come in from dc to build their dream homes than you should also expect that they'd want a little more conveniences like more shopping/dining/entertainment options in areas that are already town center areas, i.e. lusby town center, solomons, prince frederick, etc.

for instance, if an accident happens on 2/4 during rush hour, you are pretty much SOL. there are no other options when driving up and down the county. there is only 1 hospital for the ENTIRE county. that's scary. get a heartattack in lusby and you gotta drive 30 minutes to prince frederick. no localized police force outside of the sheriff's department. no disrespect to that office but any and everyone knows that there's a bit of nepotism and localism within that office. lusby/drum point/cre has over 20k people living in that little radius, they should have their own police force.

to the o.p. if you are looking for reasonable prices and access to nightlife charles county might be your best choice. i'd say st. mary's but it's so far from everything. at least in charles county you can still get to dc within an hour.
Calvert was a pioneer in MD for Smart Growth before it was called that. Development being steered to Town Centers was adopted in 1987.

The County doesn't sell off farmland for development but private owners do. That's capitalism and the reality is that the younger generation has chosen not to farm. Coupled with high property taxes even if used for agriculture and inheritance taxes (which actually is what drives the selling of land) and you have a problem. The truth is that Calvert has preserved more farmland as a percentage of its area than any other County in MD over the last 25 years.

You do realize that Route 2/4 is a State road and the County really doesn't have much to say over what roads are built in the State system. You might want to take a look at the recently released County road priorities sent to the State Highway Administration. Upgrading of Route 4 and replacement of the Thomas Johnson Bridge are the top two priorities, along with some work in North Beach to raise a road which is flooding with more frequency. Developers are also required to upgrade the road system, especially entrances, in proximity to the developments.

You also of course know that the State determines where hospitals are located along with how many beds each will have and what procedures are offered. Live in a rural area and one of the tradeoffs is a hospital isn't just around the corner.

Maybe CRE should have it's own police force. But they can't even decide which roads to maintain. They do have the option, as Chesapeake Beach and North Beach do, to contract with the Sheriff's Department for a dedicated detachment assigned just to them They have chosen not to do so.

The reason that more "options" aren't available for shopping and what not is because, contrary to what the nouveau riche come heres think, Calvert doesn't yet, and may never, have the demographics for some of those businesses. Again, Calvert is a generally rural County despite what some people, again mostly come heres, think. Turns out the reality of living in a rural County doesn't match the dream.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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We are a family of 4, with kids ages 9 and 4. We will be moving from Fort Worth, TX. Husband is originally from N. VA, but I am a native Texan. I am also a teacher, so wonderfully, highly rated schools are a must for us, as I will be looking for a job and schools for the kids. What areas are best to live in for about an 30 minute or less commute to PAX for my husband? ......
I am more concerned about great schools and decent commute for my husband. We are not military, but hubby will be working on base for a Govt. contractor. I have NO knowledge of this area other than the web, so any info is greatly appreciated.
You might check out Northern Calvert County for highly rated schools, especially Huntingtown. It might be a 30-40 mile (not minutes) commute for your husband. The schools in Lexington Park and Leonardtown are not bad however, and the commute would be shorter.

Would the 9 year-old be in middle school?

See this thread for more answers to your question: //www.city-data.com/forum/washi...moving-md.html

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