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Old 11-20-2007, 12:59 PM
 
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My husband is the final stages of interviewing for a job in Greenbelt, Maryland, so we may be relocating there ASAP. I am not too familiar with the area, but I need to go somewhere where we can rent 2-3 bedrooms and keep two dachshunds and a couple of birds. As we don't have kids yet, schools aren't an issue--we just need a relatively safe neighborhood, an apartment/townhome with some space, and commuting options.

Does anyone have suggestions on towns to which to move? So far, I've looked up options in Laurel, Annapolis, and Glen Blurnie. I am especially attracted to Annapolis because it is historical and has plenty of access to sailing and fishing, but I don't really know what the city is like in terms of safety and quality of life. It also looks like it would take 2 buses and a metro ride to get to Greenbelt. Is that insane or does everyone in the region do this?

Thanks for your help

-Clueless in Indiana
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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Greenbelt is nice I think you and your husband might like living in greenbelt. The area is safe and it is an historic area as well. I know Greenbelt do have a lake where you guys can go fishing but I am not sure about sailing.
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:24 PM
 
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Thanks for the idea. I had a hard time finding garden apartments/townhomes that would take 2 dogs in Greenbelt and had OK online reviews. But there might be good private rentals. I will look further into that possibility.
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, Maryland
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Greenbelt is a town full of apartment complexes, but you probably will have a hard time getting two dogs in without possibly a pet deposit. Old Greenbelt would be the way to go, but I doubt there are very many available places. Its such a nice little place. It was one of the first planned communities (1940s or so). Buildings are actually dated and look more like military housing. Not the best architecture, but still a great community. The lake outside of that area is more of a big pond and has paddle boat rentals during the summer. Whatever you do, stay away from Spring Hill Lake Apartments. Don't forget to look in Beltsville and Laurel as an option. Commute to Greenbelt is a piece of cake.
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:31 PM
 
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I don't mind a pet deposit or even "pet rent"...I just need someone pet friendly enough to accept a tenant with animals.

Does anyone know where the best places are to find rental home listings? Google searching hasn't gotten me too far yet.
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:39 PM
 
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Try Homes.com, Re/Max.com or Craigs List. Any of those will get results. Just look at prices from low to high.

Homes.com - Real Estate and Homes For Sale.

RE/MAX | residential and commercial real estate
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:11 AM
 
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Of those places, Annapolis is the nicest- but probably has the most traffic. Please, drive through Greenbelt (or any other town) before you rent anything to make sure it is for you. Walk around the stores and shopping centers before you sign a lease that you can't get out of.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:04 PM
 
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Thanks for all the feedback. I still haven't found much in Greenbelt, but Creig's List and Realtor.com got us lots of listings private apartments/homes in surrounding towns.

A follow up question:
I realize it may be more impractical, but after poking around in Annapolis listings, we strayed to listings in Edgewater, Kent Island (Stevensville), Shady Side, etc.

Is it typical for people to commute in from these areas? Is there a reason we should avoid it?

Also, which side of bridge do you recommend? Or are they identical?
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