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Old 05-12-2008, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland / But still having San Diego / Eastlake withdrawal damn it !!!
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Olney is one of the areas my wife and I are looking for a SAFE place for our family to live when we relocate to Maryland. As I have stated in another post we are military and coming from the West coast and wife will be working at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Just want to know if there are any Cons to living in Olney....don't mean traffic cause I know the whole area is horrible with traffic. Any other Cons to Olney. Any help from someone who knows someone who lives there or lives there currently or any general knowledge about the area these days.

I know it was a great place to live 15 years or so ago , but I've been away from the area so just need to be updated. Plus we're not going to be able to do any advance house hunting till we actually get out there. We will be renting by the way.....looking for a townhouse or large Condo.
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bunky
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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I pass through it now and then. The one change I have seen in the past decade is more developments are being built where there were farms and woods. So its growing, but it has not turned into a slum or anything.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland / But still having San Diego / Eastlake withdrawal damn it !!!
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I pass through it now and then. The one change I have seen in the past decade is more developments are being built where there were farms and woods. So its growing, but it has not turned into a slum or anything.
Thanks again Moth...I'm really looking at this area because I've heard nothing but good stuff about it. I know it's a little further out but it won't matter because we intend for the wife to use Metro.

But like I said in my other post I will look into Kensington as well. Thanks
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:57 PM
 
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I'm a home improvement contractor who has done a lot of renovation work in the Olney area over the past 5-6 years. I really love the area - established communities, many lovely yards, good schools, convenient to amenities such as shopping, restaurants, libraries, etc. I would feel comfortable living in Olney and would strongly choose it over most communities in Gaithersburg, Derwood and the surrounding area. Home prices are significantly more affordable today than they were two years ago and you'll find them more palatable than the west coast housing prices. Good luck to you and your family.

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Olney is one of the areas my wife and I are looking for a SAFE place for our family to live when we relocate to Maryland. As I have stated in another post we are military and coming from the West coast and wife will be working at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Just want to know if there are any Cons to living in Olney....don't mean traffic cause I know the whole area is horrible with traffic. Any other Cons to Olney. Any help from someone who knows someone who lives there or lives there currently or any general knowledge about the area these days.

I know it was a great place to live 15 years or so ago , but I've been away from the area so just need to be updated. Plus we're not going to be able to do any advance house hunting till we actually get out there. We will be renting by the way.....looking for a townhouse or large Condo.
Thanks,
bunky
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Thanks again Moth...I'm really looking at this area because I've heard nothing but good stuff about it. I know it's a little further out but it won't matter because we intend for the wife to use Metro.

But like I said in my other post I will look into Kensington as well. Thanks
It takes a while to get to the Metro (either Shady Grove or Glenmont).
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland / But still having San Diego / Eastlake withdrawal damn it !!!
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I'm a home improvement contractor who has done a lot of renovation work in the Olney area over the past 5-6 years. I really love the area - established communities, many lovely yards, good schools, convenient to amenities such as shopping, restaurants, libraries, etc. I would feel comfortable living in Olney and would strongly choose it over most communities in Gaithersburg, Derwood and the surrounding area. Home prices are significantly more affordable today than they were two years ago and you'll find them more palatable than the west coast housing prices. Good luck to you and your family.

Thanks for all your information livinginvirginia I think thats where were going to go and talk to Realtors about leasing a townhouse. I'd usually like to buy but we're only going to be there 3 years and will be moving on. But thanks for the information again, my mind is becoming at "ease" with alot of what I'm hearing about Olney.

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dkf747 :It takes a while to get to the Metro (either Shady Grove or Glenmont).
Thanks as well with your information. When I grew up in the DC area I never had to use the metro system so it will be a new experience. Its roughly 12 miles or so to the Naval Hospital and she may working hours at times that aren't at rush hour. On the other hand if she does get hours that puts her in the Rush hour mayhem then we're hoping that she can go to a park and ride or something? We'll see.
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bunky
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Old 05-12-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Shady Grove is a GIANT park-and-ride station. Incidentally, you want to go to stations on the west branch of the Red Line (Shady Grove, Rockville, etc.) - that's where the Bethesda Medical Center is located.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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Olney has managed to keep its charm while you were gone. It has grown quite a bit and has lots of new shops and dining. You should have no problem renting a townhome or condo there and your wife's commute to the metro should be bearable. I would take Olney over Gaithersburg any day. Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland / But still having San Diego / Eastlake withdrawal damn it !!!
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Doorway Olney has managed to keep its charm while you were gone. It has grown quite a bit and has lots of new shops and dining. You should have no problem renting a townhome or condo there and your wife's commute to the metro should be bearable. I would take Olney over Gaithersburg any day. Good luck and enjoy.
Very good....I'm feeling much better about this upcoming move already. I plan on contacting a realtor and checking out Olney. I've been looking on Craigslist as well and it seems like we will find what we need there.


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CHIP72 Shady Grove is a GIANT park-and-ride station. Incidentally, you want to go to stations on the west branch of the Red Line (Shady Grove, Rockville, etc.) - that's where the Bethesda Medical Center is located.
Thanks....yeah Shady Grove metro station looks like the way to go. Thanks to the both of you for great information.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:18 PM
 
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Default Very Nice, but still pricey

Olney is still nice but I disagree with that person who said that prices are down from two years ago. I think homeowners in Olney know that their town is good and so the sellers are still asking for high prices for their homes. The market is still really strong for sellers in Olney because its so desirable. As a resident I dont think its a good thing because it has added this air of "exclusivity" to some neighborhoods that used to be quaint and more subdued.
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