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Old 01-30-2014, 06:27 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice :-)
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:20 PM
 
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My son just landed a job in Beltsville. As we know little of the area, what areas in or around Beltsville should he consider/not consider for renting? They'll be renting until they get a feel for the area. Later, they may consider buying. Would you expand your search area for buying and include Virginia? TIA
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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No, any commute from anywhere in VA to Beltsville would be horrible unless it happened at 3 am. More affordable options (for DC) can be found along the east side of the beltway, say Landover, but some of them are lacking in safety. A better choice might be looking further away from DC, perhaps Bowie or Laurel, still somewhat affordable but safer too. What is the price range? Sticker shock is real when relocating here from out of the area, or away from the East coast.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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My son just landed a job in Beltsville. As we know little of the area, what areas in or around Beltsville should he consider/not consider for renting? They'll be renting until they get a feel for the area. Later, they may consider buying. Would you expand your search area for buying and include Virginia? TIA
As with anything in this area, your options for your son are only going to be as good as his budget. What will his budget be? I concur with the previous poster, Virginia should not be an option.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:54 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. He's living on the west coast and the highest rent he's paid was $1,200/mo. I've told him he's likely looking at rentals in the $1,200 to $2,000 range, hopefully for a two bedroom unit. His mom and I would feel better if it's in a safe area. There will be just him, his fiancée and their dog. Hopefully, that range will be sufficient for what they want.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:25 AM
 
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I agree that VA is far too far. That price range should be adequate for the immediate (outside of DC) area. If your son is looking for a vibrant area I'd suggest downtown Silver Spring ($1300-1800 for 1br; $1600-2500 for 2br). If they're interested in a more suburban/sleepy feel then maybe the Four Corners area of Silver Spring. If he's fresh out of college then maybe College Park (a college town) would be a good, close-by fit.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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My son just landed a job in Beltsville. As we know little of the area, what areas in or around Beltsville should he consider/not consider for renting? They'll be renting until they get a feel for the area. Later, they may consider buying. Would you expand your search area for buying and include Virginia? TIA
Heck NO on Virginia! No way would I recommend a commute between say, Northern VA and Beltsville.

Try parts of College Park or Hyattsville. Try Silver Spring for housing. White Oak area, plenty of places to live.
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Old 02-03-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll pass on the locations for them to review.
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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Hi again. Well they've narrowed the locations down to Sliver Spring, Rockville and Gaitherburg. What does everyone think about Rockville and Gaitherburg? Safe locations? How's the commute to Beltsville from either?
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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One last question. They are getting nervous that apartments go fast in the area. Should they consider locking in a place before they move or is availability such that they can take their time and look at the units before renting? We're of the opinion that they should look at the units they're interested in before signing the contract. Let us know what you think so we can ease their fears or tell them to get on it quickly. Thanks.
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