Relocating to Washington DC area.....is it better to live/rent on Maryland side or Northern Virginia?

Asked by Sara Groome, Broadview Heights, OH Wed Mar 13, 2013

Looking for a family-friendly, affordable area with great schools. Husband's office is in Lanham-Seabrook, MD but his work territory will be in Northern Virginia. He spends most of his time going from job site to job site but he does have to work out of the office most days. Any comments on the commute from either MD or VA?

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Jill and Matt…, Agent, Dunkirk, MD
Wed Mar 13, 2013
Hello, we are local agents in the metro DC area.

As far as whether you should choose Maryland or NoVA, it can come down to quite a few factors. Northern Virginia as a whole tends to be a bit more expensive than what you will find in Maryland. You will also find traffic and commute times may be considerable.

There are very reasonable places to find for rent/sale on the Maryland side that would serve as a halfway point that might be a good compromise. These are areas around the Woodrow Wilson Bridge off of Interstate 495. (You have areas like Ft. Washington, Clinton, Upper Marlboro and others). If schools are important, you can find those not too far away either.

Just on the other side of the bridge in Virginia you have Alexandria which tends to be quite expensive to purchase or rent.

It depends greatly on your income situation and what you are willing to live with for the money.

We would need to know some of your needs and goals to recommend further! Each area has a lot of pro's and con's that are worth considering!
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