Where should we buy our next house? How do we narrow down neighborhood choices?
June 12, 2012 8:34 AM Subscribe
Where in Southern Maryland should a young family start looking for a home to grow in?
posted by semacd to home & garden (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My family lives on Capitol Hill/Eastern Market/Lincoln Park and while we absolutely love it, we are getting sick of the crime and the grime (we're East of the park), and we see ourselves moving someplace where our young daughter can play in a yard and attend a *stellar* public school system. I work near L'Enfant Plaza, my husband works in Dupont Circle. Ideally we'd like as reasonable a commute as possible - we've been spoiled living on the Hill. We'd like to be metro accessible. We'd like to be able to walk to stores and restaurants etc. And we'd like to minimize the douchebaggery if possible. If there's a place where the 30-something NGO workers live + has good schools + a downtown + reasonable commute to Dupont/L'Enfant, that would be our dream. We love the character of Capitol Hill, so ideally we'd find something with some character.
We've thought of Takoma Park/Silver Spring/Mt. Ranier and really love a lot about TP but (1) it's a long commute into the city, (2) I lived in SS and hate the outdoor mall vibe, (3) the schools are not as good as we'd like, (4) TP doesn't have nearly as walkable a downtown as we would like. Most importantly #3.
Is there such a place in Southern Maryland? Should we really be looking at Falls Church and dealing with the commute? Assuming we should be looking at Bethesda, how do we figure out where in Bethesda would be best for us? I feel like we kind of lucked into the part of the Hill where we live.
We want at least 3 bedrooms as we might have another kid, but it could need a lot of cosmetic work. We can afford to spend around $800,000 I think, give or take $100,000 depending on some factors still to be resolved. We can't easily afford private school, so I don't think moving to a place with everything but really superb schools would cut it.