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Moving to Maryland - Gaithersburg area
Our family is relocating to Maryland summer 2013 and are
looking for recommendations of neighborhoods between
Gaithersburg (where husband will be working) and DC (where
I'll be working). Greatest priority is someplace with great
public schools (kids will both be in elementary school) and
where home prices are reasonable. Any updated
recommendations of places to consider are greatly
While it's not exactly between DC and Gaithersburg, my
sister and her family live in Columbia and love it. Great
schools, great community and great for families. Many of her
neighbors work in DC so I imagine the commute is manageable.
Moving to Baltimore from Berkeley
Is there anything like the Berkeley Parents Network in Baltimore?
Beyond that specific question, we'd love to hear from any of you
who've been there/done that, have neighborhood, recreational,
restaurant, cafe, bagel shop and other Charm City favorites to
share. Oh, and what about a great bookstore or two - anything even
close to Pendragon and Pegasus?
For fun shops & restaurants I recommend the Mt. Washington
neighborhood just off Falls Rd. west of Roland Park. There's a
Whole Foods there, and you can check out the Meadowbrook swim
club where Michael Phelps trained. Also, my boys, ages 8 & 11,
had a great time at the Inner Harbor aquarium last month.
Tell me about Montgomery County, MD
Yo. My spouse got a job at UMD and we're moving! I've looked
in the archives and most of the advice is about where to live
in proximity to DC. I am looking for real specific advice
about neighborhoods in Silver Spring or Takoma Park. We'd like
to live somewhere close to one of the metro lines, a
neighborhood that has a good school, good parks, progressive
people and... of course, affordable housing. Are there other
cities near College Park that we should look at?
Also, info on bikeability of the cities, are there any
resources like the BPN I can tap into, which CSA to subscribe
to! Any other good information you think I should have. I'd
like to recreate my life here as much as possible. Thanks for
moving in July
Congratulations to your spouse! I grew up in Montgomery Co. MD-Silver
Spring, to be exact. I have many relatives still in the area.
Only know public schools in Bethesda and magnet schools
and the terrific Eleanor Roosevelt H. S. in Beltsville, but the locals
will know how to check.
from my SIL, a teacher in Mont cty:
Affordable and kid-friendly near college park?...I would definitely
suggest Greenbelt, specifically the coop. It's reportedly the best
kept secret in the Washington metro area (and I'm slightly biased
because I live there and love it!). There's a link to homes on the
market in GHI as well (200s for townhouses in the coop). Single family
homes outside of the coop are more like 400s+ http://
University Park is nice and even closer to the college, but much more
expensive.($400s+) Hyattsville is getting a facelift and a lot of
younger families are moving there and improving the houses $300s+. I
wouldn't necessarily suggest anything else in PG County.
Hi. I grew up in Rockville MD and think it was a great place to live
as a kid. Granted, it is more developed now(no more farm in our
backyard) but the schools are great. My mom taught middle and high
school, and I went to Richard Montgomery, an International
Baccalaureat school which consistently makes the top 10 in US news and
world report's top 100 schools in the country. The county pays their
teachers very well so I think that helps. I also went to College
Gardens Elementary school, which also has a very good reputation,
(with people falsifying their residences to send their kids there,
etc.) Rockville Metro is in the center of town. The town also
recently redid the town center and has a very nice, new library. The
public swim center is the best I have ever been to, with two Olympic
size pools, a heated indoor therapy pool, a baby pool, and a huge
outdoor recreation pool with twisty slides, high dives, etc., weight
room, hot tubs, sauna, snack bar, volleyball fiel!
ds, and playground.I used to bike to high school, and there is a bike
path that goes all the way into DC at the C& O canal, but I can't
remember the name of the park. The canal is a neat historical place to
take kids, and it is right next to Great Falls on the Potomac. Of
course you have all the amazing free Smithsonian museums(several art,
history, natural history, botanical gardens, & the best zoo I have
ever been to.) There is plenty of culture in DC to sustain the adults,
but not much in Rockville, and it has grown too built up for my taste,
with not a ton of green space, in a typical suburban way. But it does
have lots of other benefits. We have even considered moving back
there for the schools and to be closer to my parents. Good luck.
my impression (from growing up in Annapolis) is that it is very
mainstream (big box stores and mcMansions) but I believe the schools
are supposed to be good anon
For information about the DC area (including Montgomery County),
check out DC Urban Moms and Dads. They have a mailing list with
8,100 members (and archives available to members):
They also have online forums (no membership necessary):
Lots of people on http://www.city-data.com/forum/ have opinions on
life in Montgomery County, too.
For schools, I find the brief rankings and reviews on
http://www.greatschools.net/ to be helpful in gauging relative school
strengths, with much more detailed information available at
You might want to check out the Parkwood neighborhood (with houses in
both Kensington and Bethesda) and other Kensington neighborhoods in
the Kensington Parkwood Elementary School zone. The area ranks high
in terms of affordability and good neighborhood feel. The houses are
much more typically suburban than Takoma Park, for example, but it
has excellent schools, is adjacent to Rock Creek Park, and is a
decent commute to UMD (30 minutes or less, I hear).
Moving to Maryland for job in College Park
We are considering a move to Maryland due to a job opportunity.
Although we love it here, it's very hard financially. Any
recommendations on places to live close to (or with easy commutes
to) College Park? We have small kids so I'm particularly
interested in places with good public schools. Anyone who has
lived there or has friends or relatives that can let me know what
life is like for adults, kids, how are the communities, house
price-ranges (we don't own a house here but we are hoping to be
able to afford one there), etc? Any resources like the BPN or
Congratulations on moving to the best state!! My family is actually leaving in 2
weeks for Maryland as well. I am from there and we are moving back. College Park
is very close to DC which will make the cost of living almost as high as Concord/
Martinez etc. Better than Oakland/Berekeley. College Park is in Prince Georges
County which isn't one of the best counties for schools. You are very close to
Montgomery County which has incredible schools but also the most expensive
housing. Coming in at a close second is Howard County with excellent schools but
again pretty high prices for homes. We will be moving to Frederick County which is
about an hour from DC. Good schools and lots to do with little ones! We bought a
4000 square foot house in a lake community that is 9 years old for less than our
1200 square foot house in Concord. We are so so excited! Let me know if you have
any more questions, I work in education and know a lot about the Maryland school
systems. Best of luck!
There is a similar online community in the DC-VA-MD area called DC Urban Moms -
try googling it. My 3 sibs live in MD and my brother and sister-in-law, who have 2
small children, are always talking about this resource. Good luck in your decision. We
have also considered moving to MD to be close to family. They are in Bethesda and
Potomac and MD seems a wonderful place to live overall.
We spent a year in Silver Spring, MD - a short drive from College
Park - and really enjoyed it. Just rented but understand that
housing prices, especially with taxes, are not as high as here
but are climbing quickly. Found the area around the Takoma Park
metro stop and downtown Silver Spring to be very family friendly.
Lots of parks, very walkable, Takoma Park touts itself as the
Berkeley of the east (not really, but close enough) with a co-op
and small restaurants and small town feel. Check out Takoma Park
Parents and Kids listserve - comparable in some ways to BPN.
Through it, I was able to hook up with some mom's groups, learn
about childcare options and access a marketplace type listserve.
Value Village thrift store in College Park rocks. Good luck
check out Takoma (Tacoma?) Park, MD. it's like a little bit of
Berkeley in the DC metro area.
my SILs (lesbian couple, one is K teacher, FWIW) live in
Greenbelt and say this -
Affordable and kid-friendly near college park?...I would
definitely suggest Greenbelt, specifically the coop. It's
reportedly the best kept secret in the Washington metro area
(and I'm slightly biased because I live there and love it!).
There's a link to homes on the market in GHI as well (200s for
townhouses in the coop). Single family homes outside of the
coop are more like 400s+ http://ghi.coop
University Park is nice and even closer to the college, but
much more expensive.($400s+) Hyattsville is getting a facelift
and a lot of younger families are moving there and improving
the houses $300s+. I wouldn't necessarily suggest anything else
in PG (prince georges) County.
like visiting md but home is ca
Moving to Baltimore with kids
My husband is seriously considering a job in Baltimore. The job is great but the city
seems a lot like Oakland (where we live now). If you've lived in Baltimore, especially
with elementary age children, I'd love to know the positives and negatives. Is it any
less expensive to live there than in Oakland given the heating and cooling costs? I'm
not sure housing is all that much less than Oakland. And crime and schools also seem
to be problems. It's not that I don't want to move. But I wish I had a better
understanding of whether or not our quality of life and standard of living would be
similar to or better than living in Oakland
Weighing the opportunity
I love Baltimore and lived there for 10 years. It is an extremely
friendly, fun, energetic urban environment with a great deal to
offer. The adjacency to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia offer
additional advantages for school age kids and the Eastern Shore
of Maryland is a lovely place to share traditional, by-the-sea
family vacations. Is it cheaper than Oakland? Probably a little.
Housing is slightly less. Schools similar. Colder winters yes but
most homes are insulated much more efficiently than in Northern
California so not as bad cost-wise as you might imagine.
Crime is the big question. It very, very much depends on where
you live. Neighborhoods and safety vary from block-to-block.
There is a huge indigent poor population which creates many
problems. That said, the sense of where to go, when to go is
learned quickly. My best advice is, once you make a decision to
move there (if you do) get to know as many folks as you can
before you make a permanent housing decision. Ask questions, take
their recommendations. You may prefer living a bit more suburban:
Towson or Catonsville---still very close to Baltimore proper but
with suburban advantages. I lived in the downtown area my entire
stay and loved it there but not sure I would have felt as
comfortable with children.
My husband and I lived in B'more for 2 years. We just moved to
N. Oakland last Sept. Too much to type for this venue, but
please contact us and we can fill you in on our experiences. Jill and James
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