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Old 02-14-2011, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Bethesda, MD
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Hi All

Most people like Bethesda. We live here for 2 years and do not get too excited about it.
So we are looking for a new place to live (to buy -> maybe in Largo, Upper Marlboro, Bowie area).

We work now in Bethesda/Rockville area but easily can find new job in DC
(National Mall or Union Station area) .

We don't want a huge commute so I want to compare commute from
Largo, Upper Marlboro, Bowie to National Mall or Union Station area. (by car)

I want to compare not just times but safety (we need to stay overtime some times ). Central Ave vs Pennsylvania vs John Hanson, etc.,.. I would really appreciate some opinions and constructive criticism from locals about this.

Thanks !

BTW. I never was in this area before and going to check it maybe next week but commute on weekend not same as during rush hours
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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Hi All

Most people like Bethesda. We live here for 2 years and do not get too excited about it.
So we are looking for a new place to live (to buy -> maybe in Largo, Upper Marlboro, Bowie area).

We work now in Bethesda/Rockville area but easily can find new job in DC (National Mall or Union Station area) .

So would you MOVE then find a job based on your commute or are you already looking for a job. I'm baffled by the comment: "...easily can find new job in DC (National Mall or Union Station area) ." With jobs so hard to find, that's quite a statement.

We don't want a huge commute so I want to compare commute from
Largo, Upper Marlboro, Bowie to National Mall or Union Station area. (by car)

I want to compare not just times but safety (we need to stay overtime some times ). Central Ave vs Pennsylvania vs John Hanson, etc.,.. I would really appreciate some opinions and constructive criticism from locals about this.

What do you consider a "huge commute? Heck, for some people a 45 min commute in this area is short! From Bowie to be at work at 18th & K area at 8.a. takes every bit of an hour, bumper to bumper from the Beltway and on NY Ave. Leaving Bowie at 7 .a.m most of the trip is a parking lot, Rte. 50 is congested, but not quite at a standstill.

All of the commute roads in -- just a ten minute later window can mean the difference between a half-hour trip and 45 mins or more.

However if you work let's say 3-7p or 4-midnight, you can get into town in 35 mins (most afternoons) Getting off at 11p or midnight you can get home in 30 mins or less.

What road you take to get to the Nat. Mall are depends on whether you're coming in from Largo, Upper Mar, or Bowie. Of those THREE areas Largo would have the shortest commute -- if only because it's closest in to DC. So if commute is your deciding factor that's the way to go.


Thanks !

BTW. I never was in this area before and going to check it maybe next week but commute on weekend not same as during rush hours
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Bethesda, MD
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@selhars

"easily can find" - mean "National Mall, Union Station area and 5 miles around "
its the best "fishing place" in DC/Maryland for Sr. Java Software Engineer ->
{ by today search : there is total 1218 open positions with 20 miles from National Mall (dice.com)
Washington, DC -> (265 positions)
Suitland, MD (7)
Hyattsville, MD (7)

Bethesda, MD (46)
Rockville, MD (76) }

Largo, Upper Marlboro, Bowie --> have ZERO opportunity for Java Software Engineers so normal commute will be very huge deciding factor for us

*************
"huge commute" --> mean "bumper to bumper" and/or rude drivers .
*************
I do not need to be at work at 8 a.m. (maybe at 9 a.m)
but in many cases I need work until 10-11 p.m. or overnight (we need turn off all computers in the office to complete work)
**************

Commute is only one of deciding factors
We are looking for safe, clean area with friendly African American (what feel tolerably well about white people....mmmm.....new white american with heavy accents )) )

Last edited by Natali :); 02-15-2011 at 10:52 AM..
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