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Old 11-27-2011, 10:49 PM
 
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Hi, I'm looking for some help narrowing down my search for a home. I will be relocating to MD in March and would like to buy a home. I will be working either in Rockville or Silver Spring. I know that traffic can be horrible, but I'm ok with a commute. I've looked at Germantown, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and am now possibly considering Laurel. Any help on determining between these areas would be extremely helpful, especially Laurel..all the comments are so polarized either positive or negative. I'd be looking close to 95 (West Laurel) area if I did decide to go there I think, simply to cut down the commute as much as possible. Thanks for your help in advance!
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:39 AM
 
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Better in Rockville.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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You don't yet know where you'll be working? That would seem important to know before deciding exactly where to buy. Rockville will likely be more expensive than eastern Montgomery County, such as Silver Spring (which is not an incorporated city but a big patch of Mo Co). If you will work in Rockville, I'd think Laurel would be a bit of a commute, unless perhaps if you take the Intercounty Connector (toll road). Drive from Silver Spring to Rockville likely shorter, and there are regular buses (Metro rail not practical since you'd go through downtown DC first), but Silver Spring covers such a wide area it's hard to say with certainty without knowing where your office, and possible houses, are.

What type of housing you're looking for and what your budget is are critical. I lived for a time in a small townhouse on East-West Highway (Hwy. 410) about a mile west of "downtown" Silver Spring. After I got married we looked for a single family dwelling. In the Rockville area and northward we could afford only a townhouse. We finally found a nice house in the Aspen Hill area of Silver Spring (near Georgia Ave. and Layhill Road), about a mile from the Glenmont Metro (a plus for me since I was working in DC and didn't want to drive).

Without knowing where you'll be working and your budget, etc., hard to give more advice.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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I prefer Rockville but you're providing very little details at this point in terms of budget and job location.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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I work with Target and they haven't yet decided what store they'll be placing me at and I most likely won't know until about a month before I move if I'm lucky and the possibility of relocation to another store after I move is likely so I'd really prefer to find a place I love and just deal with the commute. It's just me so my budget isn't huge. I'd be looking for a townhouse and have looked enough to know I can't afford to live in Rockville. I'm really just looking for some general "this is a good place" and "avoid these areas" I'm not from MD and my only experience with the state involves going to school in northern MD and getting my car broken into in Baltimore so I'm just pretty lost on what are good areas and what areas I need to stay away from.
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:05 PM
 
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I know that there is a target in Rockville in a shopping plaza called Montrose Crossing. The problem is that the TH nearby won't be cheap to start with but there are apartments surrounding the area along Twinbrook pkwy and near Montrose road. I'm pretty sure someone in the board can help you with PG county though.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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The Target in Silver Spring (along Cherry Hill Road) has townhouses around it. It is close to the Intercounty-connector, which would make it an easy commute to Rockville or Germantown. The community is very diverse, but generally safe.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:49 PM
 
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The best advice here will be to find a nice rental property, explore the area THEN purchase (and hope you don't get relocated again).
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