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Old 11-12-2019, 12:20 PM
 
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Looking for a single family home within 30 minutes of Lanham and looking for the following:

3 bedroom.
Very low crime rate
Larger lot sizes/wooded lot.
Good school district for resale value not because we have kids.
Reasonable distance to a major international airport.
Local hiking trails.

Others have suggested Bowie and Upper Marlboro. We drove through Davidsonville and liked it. We loved the privacy of the larger lots but on the flip side a little concerned about being far from everything.

Started a thread in a different section but it looks like this is where I should be asking my questions. So how does Bowie compare to Davidsonville? I know Bowie is more diverse, any other ways these communities vary from each other? Any other areas you might suggest?

Thank you.
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:40 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Davidsonville is rural with a lot of estate homes on large lots, Bowie is not.

The Anne Arundel school system is higher rated than Prince George's.
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:54 PM
 
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Any dog people on this board that are familiar with the hiking trails in either area? Hoping to be near trails and outdoor areas to go on long hikes with the dogs.
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:54 PM
 
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One more question, based on data available, the taxes in Bowie are on average, higher than property taxes in Davidsonville. Any thoughts on why this is the case?
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Old 11-16-2019, 01:20 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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One more question, based on data available, the taxes in Bowie are on average, higher than property taxes in Davidsonville. Any thoughts on why this is the case?
If you're talking within the Bowie city limits you will pay both County and City property taxes. Davidsonville is unincorporated so you only pay Anne Arundel County property taxes.

If you're talking the Bowie Zip Code outside the municipality in unincorporated Prince George's County I'm guessing, without looking (and I really don't have to look), the County property tax rate is higher.

https://dat.maryland.gov/Documents/s...rates_2019.pdf
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Old 11-16-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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o.k. coming from one of the highest property tax states in the country, this is definitely a consideration for us. Thank you.
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Old 11-16-2019, 08:05 PM
 
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Might also want to look at Crofton and Odenton. Davidsonville is semi rural but also expensive. Bowie is nice and reasonably priced. Decent elementary schools iffy high school. The tax situation can be a problem in Bowie. Though the services are better.
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:50 PM
 
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What services do you think are better in Bowie? What's the difference from living in an unincorporated area? Yes, we're looking in Crofton and Odenton and also looking at Gambrills.
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:39 PM
 
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What services do you think are better in Bowie? What's the difference from living in an unincorporated area? Yes, we're looking in Crofton and Odenton and also looking at Gambrills.
Parks and schools are certainly better than the rest of PG county. They also have a solid local government that really cares about the community.
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:03 PM
 
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Thank you. Right now we're leaning towards Davidsonville and Gambrills, but all I know is what I see in pictures. Any other feedback on these communities I'd be happy to hear. Thanks.
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