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Old 07-10-2013, 07:11 AM
 
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If you are considering a move to the MD suburbs of DC, please ask your questions here. Thanks! Forum regulars, please post useful links about areas if you have them. This includes links on crime, apartments, neighborhoods, etc. This should cut down on answering questions over and over about certain areas.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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MY questions:

1. I have M.S degree ( B.S in CS and M.S in Information Systems), and I work for a big corporate in ATlanta area in IT field ( Data Architect/Analysis/Integration). Thus, is it easy to find a similar job in DC area ?
2. We will look for a single house range from 500-600$ in a good town ( good public or private schools)
3. My wife is currently working at CDC in Atlanta and she will look to transfer to CDC office in DC or looking a position in FDA or NIH.


REgards,

Paul
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Fort Washington, MD
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1. Yes.
2. Doable.
3. Only her employer can determine if that is possible to do.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:47 PM
 
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MY questions:

1. I have M.S degree ( B.S in CS and M.S in Information Systems), and I work for a big corporate in ATlanta area in IT field ( Data Architect/Analysis/Integration). Thus, is it easy to find a similar job in DC area ?
2. We will look for a single house range from 500-600$ in a good town ( good public or private schools)
3. My wife is currently working at CDC in Atlanta and she will look to transfer to CDC office in DC or looking a position in FDA or NIH.


REgards,

Paul
The IT market in the DC area is amazing. You will not find a shortage of jobs. I have had many Computer Science classmates from college who have started off in other areas and ended up moving to the area. I will warn you though, a lot of those jobs are in the Reston/Tysons Corner area, so if you stay in MD, you may have to commute to have some options.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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Default Working at NOAA Silver Spring - where should we live?

I'm taking a job at NOAA in silver spring, we're trying to figure out where to live. I'd like a reasonable commute (<1 hr) as I have a toddler and want to spend time with him in the evenings. We're looking for a 2BR in the range of $1400-1800.

We'd like to be outside the city, ideally somewhere that's walkable, has green space, and is not too over-developed. We don't really want to live amid sprawl. W
e're crunchy but don't need to live around other liberal people and we're not averse to living in a racially diverse community (though safety is a must... I've lived in dicey areas in the past, but now with the kid, those days are over if I can help it).

We've heard Takoma Park is great but based on our searches it seems out of our price range for anything decent, so I'm wondering:

Are there are parts of Silver Spring that are more walkable -- safe, less highrises, more trees etc?

If we're not in Takoma Park or Silver Spring, we're thinking it would be good to be on the MARC line that stops in silver spring - the Brunswick line. I'd rather be the train for 45 minutes than stuck in my car. So we're thinking about Germantown or Gaithersburg (since Rockville seems out of our range).

What are the differences between
Germantown and Gaithersburg in terms of character - green space, walkability, sprawl? Anything to recommend one over the other? On the map it looks like G'town has quite a bit of green space, the lake, and is close to very rural areas which would be great for us. Are MARC schedule times reliable? i.e. if it says it takes 45 minutes from G'town to SS, is that to be believed?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Are there are parts of Silver Spring that are more walkable -- safe, less highrises, more trees etc?
If you are willing to do yard maintenance, I'd suggest looking for a house in the Four Corners area. For example, on hotpads, there is a 2-bedroom colonial in the 106xx block of Lorain Avenue for $1795/month. It is certainly going to be safer and cleaner than any apartment. It is somewhat walkable area-- less than a mile to a Trader Joe's or Safeway, a couple restaurants and the Colesville Road busline.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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I'm taking a job at NOAA in silver spring, we're trying to figure out where to live. I'd like a reasonable commute (<1 hr) as I have a toddler and want to spend time with him in the evenings. We're looking for a 2BR in the range of $1400-1800.


You should be able to find something in Silver Spring at that range but it may not be easy. Will you need to get child care? That is an important consideration no matter where you live at in the area.

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We'd like to be outside the city, ideally somewhere that's walkable, has green space, and is not too over-developed. We don't really want to live amid sprawl. W
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e're crunchy but don't need to live around other liberal people and we're not averse to living in a racially diverse community (though safety is a must... I've lived in dicey areas in the past, but now with the kid, those days are over if I can help it).


If you don't need to live around other liberal people, assuming that is your preference, than Maryland is not going to be a great place for you, especially Montgomery County.

There are parts of Silver Spring that are diverse, less developed, but you may be sacrificing a hellacious commute by moving further away from the NOAA building. Silver Spring has a lot of traffic going towards the downtown area in the morning. Unless you are okay with a longer commute, living closer maybe better.

You aren't going to avoid sprawl in the DC region. Period.

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We've heard Takoma Park is great but based on our searches it seems out of our price range for anything decent, so I'm wondering:

Are there are parts of Silver Spring that are more walkable -- safe, less highrises, more trees etc?

If we're not in Takoma Park or Silver Spring, we're thinking it would be good to be on the MARC line that stops in silver spring - the Brunswick line. I'd rather be the train for 45 minutes than stuck in my car. So we're thinking about Germantown or Gaithersburg (since Rockville seems out of our range).
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Takoma Park might be your best option outside of living in Silver Spring. The good news is there is a metro station that will take you directly to Silver Spring. It is not as built up as Silver Spring.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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Question Retiring from Fairfax Station to Fort Washingon

My father is retired and wants to relocate to Maryland for a lower cost of living. So far he has been browsing real estate in the Fort Washington area. Are there other neighborhoods to consider?

1) Since he has friends and family in Fairfax, he wants convenient access to Beltway.

2) Public schools are unimportant to him because he has no school-aged children.

3) He is in excellent health and does not worry about access to hospitals.

4) He speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese.

5) He likes nature and prefer a suburban atmosphere.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:12 PM
 
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My father is retired and wants to relocate to Maryland for a lower cost of living. So far he has been browsing real estate in the Fort Washington area. Are there other neighborhoods to consider?

1) Since he has friends and family in Fairfax, he wants convenient access to Beltway.

2) Public schools are unimportant to him because he has no school-aged children.

3) He is in excellent health and does not worry about access to hospitals.

4) He speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese.

5) He likes nature and prefer a suburban atmosphere.
Depends on his budget.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:49 AM
 
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Cool Relocating Fairfax Station to Fort Washington

My father would like to spend less than $500K on his house for his retirement. He currently owns a house on 7 acres of land in Fairfax Station, where the Red Cross originated during the American Civil War.

Fort Washington lacks Asian supermarkets, and the National Harbor and Tanger do not appear to fill this void. Aside from a small Filipino population, Fort Washington seems to draw very few Asians. Which areas of DC Maryland houses most Asian Indians and East Asians?
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