Moving to Millersville, MD. Shipley's Choice Elementary is our choice for our son.

Asked by Wendy Jorjorian, Chicago, IL Sun Jul 27, 2008

We want to rent for 6-12 months to become more familiar with the area before we purchase a home. Any prospective sellers willing to rent?

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Larry Sells, Home Seller, Millersville, MD
Sun Jan 25, 2009
yes we have a home for $2800 per month if you are looking to still rent.

2 story colonial 4 bedroom 2 full baths and 1 half bath ib 1/4 acre lot
2 car garage
screen peak ceiling porch
finished basement
basement laundry room with washer and dryer included
fenced back yard and private with a lot of trees
new deck
walking distance on paths to Shipley's Choice Elemantary School
Severna Park School system


Larry Sells
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Joyce Diggs, Agent, Severna Park, MD
Wed Jul 30, 2008
Hello Wendy:
I have sold homes in the community of Shipley's Choice and have an active listing there now. It is a popular community with many amenities and lies in a very convenient location. It has a Swim/Tennis Club & Shipley's Choice Elementary school is right in the community. They attend Severna Park Middle and High schools and the location is convenient to BWI airport, MARC & Amtrack train station and major roads.
Right now there is one rental available in the community for $2,900/month. The home is also for sale at $675,000. They are 17 other active listings for sale in the community ranging from $550,000 to $684,000. If a home has been on the market for an extended period of time they may consider renting.... all depending on their circumstances. It would be worth it to ask.
Many of the communities in Millersville (i.e. Shipley's Retreat, Olde Mill, etc.) do not feed into Shipley's Choice Elementary so be sure to check it out if you specifically want that school.
If I can help you, I can be contacted at
Good Luck and Welcome to Maryland!
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Sabrina Lang…, Agent, Severna Park, MD
Mon Sep 15, 2014
Hi Wendy,
I live in Shipley's Choice right by the elementary school. It is a fantastic area. I see you've already received a lot of responses. Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.
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Wanda Murray, , Millersville, MD
Mon Aug 27, 2012
Hi Wendy
You certainly got a lot of responses! Just wanted to let you know my office is almost walking distance from Shipleys and we are located at 8432 Veterans Highway , Millersville, Md. 21108. Hope to hear from You!
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Wanda Murray, , Millersville, MD
Mon Aug 27, 2012
I have two customers recently that have done what you want to do and I think you are wise in "trying out " the area before you purchase. If you would be so kind as to call me at 410-245-1386 I will send a list of homes for rent in the area. I would nee your criteria in terms of number of bedrooms , baths, whether or nor you want detached or would consider semi detached or townhomem if you require a garage, etc. You may also e-mail me at Thank you and good hunting!
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Brenda, Renter, Millersville, MD
Fri Jun 25, 2010
If you rent in Shipley's Choice, you will not have access to the pool or tennis courts. In fact, less than 1/2 the residents have pool/tennis memberships. The only way to have a membership is to own in Shipley's and you may have to wait 4 yrs to get a pool bond even with owning a house. It is a terrible thing, especially with children who would love to go to a neighborhood pool but cannot.
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Joan Schellh…, Agent, Severna Park, MD
Sat Mar 14, 2009
Hi Wendy, My name is Joan Schellhase with Coldwell Banker Resid. Brokerage and I have been selling homes in Shipley's Choice for the past 25 years. I have sold a home on just about every street in the community. I used to live in Shipley's. My partner, Pam Meyers, lives there now and I sold my daughter and family a home in the neighborhood as well. Pam and I had a nice colonial for rent in Shipley's recently but it has just rented. In order to go to the Shipley's Choice Elem. School you must live in the neighborhood. If you want to rent outside the neighborhood, there are 25 other homes you could visit for rent. The other elementary schools int he area are also veryi good. Despite what you hear, Folger Mckinsey is a good school. They have their National Blue Ribbon status as well as the other elem. schools in the area (Shipley's Choice, Benfield Elem, Oak Hill Elem, Jones Elem, and I think Sevenra Park Elem. as well). The current prices in Shipley's are from $500K-$635K. Pam and I would be happy to help you if you would like. You can visit our web site at Joan Schellhase, Coldwell Banker Resid. Brokerage, Severna Park, MD
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Donnelly Gro…, Agent, Millersville, MD
Sun Feb 8, 2009
Hi Wendy!
Great question. Yes, there are sellers out there that need to move and if they are having trouble selling their home, they switch gears and opt to rent. Do not be discouraged if you don't see any rentals that fit your needs. Ask a realtor to make a few calls on your behalf to see if any of the sellers of the houses that fit your needs are willing to rent instead of sell. Keep in mind though, if the rental is less than a year, you may be looking at higher rent than a typical yearly rental.
Good luck and visit my site if you want to acquaint yourself with the area -
Diane Donnelly
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Larry Sells, Home Seller, Millersville, MD
Sun Jan 25, 2009
Folger-McKenzie is NOT SHIPLEY"S CHOICE!!!!! I have lived in Shipley's for 21 years
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Dana Schuster, Agent, Slidell, LA
Sun Jan 25, 2009
I have lived in that area & will just tell you to avoid the Folger-Mckenzie school at all costs-One of the worst schoolsin the entire state.
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Melissa Kesn…, Agent, Ellicott City, MD
Sun Jul 27, 2008
Good afternoon Wendy
This is always a wise choice when moving to a new area, most residential rentals are a minimum of 12 months but that does not mean you can't try and negotiate for 6 or 9 months. Currently
there are nine rentals available in the Millersville area from 1595 - 3100 a month. Not all of these feed into Shipley's choice because there are a few elementary schools in the area, but we can most certainly figure that out. A lot will depned on your critereia. What is your time frame?? Let me know if you need any help. Good luck with your search, keep in mind most rentals especially when they are listed with a real estate company required a credit check for each applicant that is $50-75 per applicant and a work verification. AT least working with a realtor should provide you with some confort especially in a new area for you and your family.

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Lewis Poretz…, , Annapolis, MD
Sun Jul 27, 2008

Check with a Realtor that is familiar with Millersville. If you don't know of any, I can pass a few on to you. Just as it is a buyers market, it is a renters market as well. Take your time - you will find a deal!
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