we are looking in the MD, No Va, Dc area and my wife want to live within walking distance to shops, etc. looking in the 650k range..recommendations?

Asked by Adam, Buffalo, NY Thu Mar 10, 2011

we also have 2 little kids...so schools are important to us as well

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Your Solar R…, Agent, Silver Spring, MD
Sat Mar 23, 2013
See for yourself. Current market trends and community information.
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Vitaly Petrov, Agent, Silver Spring, MD
Thu Feb 14, 2013
Ellicott City, Columbia, Elkridge and Clarksville good locations. Check. http://www.MarylandPropertyOnline.com please call for listings and questions. Thanks
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Carolyn Thom…, Agent, Rockville, MD
Fri Feb 8, 2013
Best to narrow down the area by your needs, such as commute, schools, communities...

Once you have this information, I suggest you drive through a couple areas and see how you like them.

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Wendy Banner…, Agent, Bethesda, MD
Tue Dec 18, 2012
This post is so old - not sure why people are still answering it, unless other people may be asking the same question - I assume Adam has found a lovely home by now!

If I were Adam, with two little kids and wanting to be within walking distance to shopping and near good schools, I'd say Bethesda has it all. Biggest issue is that's where everyone else wants to be right now too, so he'd need his ducks in a row for financing and be ready to make a quick decision when a good home comes on the market.

We have a pro-active strategy for finding homes not on the market (not just a reactive one which is to run to the newly listed homes) and would be happy to help anyone looking for something like this! Wendy
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Raya Sella, Agent, Gaithersburg, MD
Tue Dec 18, 2012
Hi Adam-- There are many good choices. Feel free to contact me to discuss.

Raya Sella
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Long & Foster Realtors
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Kwame Joseph, Agent, Washington, DC
Thu Dec 13, 2012
Hello Adam,

I specialize in Montgomery County, they are some options that you can consider that will meet you and your wife's needs. There is Downtown Rockville, North Bethesda and even Downtown Silver Spring. These areas may net you the best value for your dollar. Here are some quick links you can explore to see if any of these areas meet your needs.


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I wish you the best of luck with your move and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Kwame M Joseph
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Bethesda
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Mobile: (240) 479-9058
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Maria, , Outside U.S.
Sat Sep 29, 2012
Well, we moved to Maryland in August, my husband iworks for the IIt alian Air Force, we found a nice 2bed 2 bath apt in Bethedsa , walking distance from the schools (Elementary, middle High ) and Downtown , shops restaurant library supermarket, quite and safe place, people are friendly, there are also beautiful house but very expensive, we chose the apt. because our two 17 years old girls can walk to B.C.C High School, and they love it. !
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Kathleen Ry…, Agent, Washington, DC
Tue Aug 16, 2011
Well of course, it does depends on when you decide if you want to buy in the area. As time marches on, the prices of homes do go up (typically that is the case in the Metro Washington DC area) and sometimes flat-line or go down (less likely). If you are interested in the area. Check with a local real estate agent who will be able to assist you by searching for properties within your stated price range. Also it will be important to give some idea to the Realtor about the size of home you are seeking, does it need a garage, how far are you willing to walk, do you need access to a Metro (again the walking distance that works for you - 20 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes?). The rule of thumb typically in the Washington DC area is the closer you to DC the more you are going to have to pay to live here. Most individual that work in DC for example, would like to stay if possible within a 30-45 minute commute and so you would start by looking inside the 495 Beltway. Call a local Realtor today.
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Alyssa Hellm…, Agent, RALEIGH, NC
Wed Jun 1, 2011
Be sure to visit the school district websites for boundary lines!
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David Burnham, , Washington, DC
Mon May 16, 2011
As a realtor and father of two little kids, I can tell you that it is tough to find a decent house for your family in a good school district and still be walking distance to shops.

In DC, I would look at Capitol Hill and Mount Pleasant. Both are very family oriented communities and $650 will get you a home big enough for two small kids. Elementary schools are ok, but you will probably have to move by the time you get to middle school unless you send your kids to private school. My wife and I actually lived on Capitol Hill and loved the moms support group there. We recently moved off to find a home with a yard.

Bethesda is perfect, however I don't think you would be happy with the size of home you would be in, if you are walking distance to schools.

You are probably going to want to look in Rosemary Hills in Maryland or Falls Church in Virginia. Both neighborhoods provide decent quality schools and can be walking distance to some shops. The schools are not necessarily the top in the area, and the walk might be more like 10 minutes, but you will get a decent size house with a yard.
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Carolyn Thom…, Agent, Rockville, MD
Mon May 16, 2011
I think that several of the responses below are great. Best to determine what your individual needs are first. After that you can determine where you can buy the home that you want.

I've raised kids in Bethesda. I suggest that you go visit the individual schools and get on the listserves to get an idea of what parents are saying about the schools. Parental involvement has always been important to me. You can call the PTA representative of each school that is a consideration and ask how many people attended their last thee meetings. Is it 2, 25 or 125?

You can buy a single family home in Bethesda for $650,000.

I love Bethesda and feel that it has a lot to offer.
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Marie Plummer, , Bethesda, MD
Mon May 2, 2011
Hi, I am licensed in DC, MD and VA and my office is located in Bethesda. Bethesda is a great area for walking and shopping. Of course, there are numerous wonderful places to shop in this region, so I would love to speak with you about the area and help you narrow your search. I can also refer you the resources to find out about the school systems. Please feel free to contact me.
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Holly Smith, Agent, Potomac, MD
Wed Mar 23, 2011

Hi. I'd be happy to assist you. It would be great if you could give me a call so we could narrow down your criteria a bit more. Hope to hear from you.
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Surrey Bailey, Agent, Bethesda, MD
Wed Mar 16, 2011
Wow, you are spreading your net wide! Guess the first question is -- where are you going to be working and what kind of commute are you looking for? Many people in this area, 1 hour is not unreasonable. So, give me your preferred counties/jurisdictions and then we can break it down from there. With out of towners I like them to tell me "in an ideal situation" I want to live ---- (fill in the blank). For $650 you can live close in and have an easy commute and be within walking distance of amenities but your house will be smaller. For $650 you can live further away and get more house in a planned community (or the like) and be able to walk to amenities. I can't tell you what you prefer. Also, I cant tell you what your preferred schools or neighborhoods should be. I suggest you research schools (if that is the most important aspect of your home search) and list those in your order of ideals. Then, the search goes from there!
Feel free to contact me if you want to talk more. I am licensed in all 3 jurisdictions.
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Melissa Bark…, Agent, Washington, DC
Tue Mar 15, 2011
Do you want to live on a metro line? There are many good neighborhoods to chose from. Do you want to be closer to work or does that not matter? Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, many parts of DC, Rosslyn-Ballston, Pentagon City and Crystal City, Old Town/King Street are all areas that would fit what you are looking for. Feel free to email me more specifics and I would be happy to assist in finding the right fit.


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