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Old 10-10-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Greetings all!

I am going to be relocating with my job to the APG area during the first part of next year. I will be making several trips out before to try to find a place and find an area to settle down into with my family. Can anyone spare any advice on good area to move to along the 95 corridor that is close commute to APG? Any help would be most appreciated. I have also seen several posts about meet ups in the area which is awesome! it looks like a bigger scene out there in comparison to NM. Thanks again!

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Old 10-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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Folks live all over the board, namely dependent upon what type of environment you are looking for. It's not that atypical to see people come in from PA, DE or even DC. Aberdeen itself is not that great. A good number of people commute anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on where they end up. For starters, I'd recommend the Abingdon/Bel Air and Riverside areas, or possible Havre de Grace
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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Hello hotrodscotsman,

I'm a military brat and relocated here (Bel Air) MD when my dad was stationed to APG back in 2005. Since then I bought my own place in Bel Air. I agree with X Mon, you see a lot of folks coming from PA and DE being that we are so close to the state lines. I would look into Bel Air, Abingdon (will be a little cheaper than Bel Air), Havre De Grace is nice being that its close to the chesapeake bay if waters your thing. Stay away from Edgewood and Aberdeen (though some areas are okay) if you can. All depends on how big the family is and what you guys enjoy. I rent my dads place out through department of defense to military families and give you the name of a realtor that helped me out in that process. Happens to be my fiances Mom. :-) Anyway...let me know if you have any questions. Also, I just purchased my 2013 WRX Limited last week so am a subie newbie.

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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Bel Air and Abingdon is about 20 minutes from APG. Both of those places arent too bad but there isn't much to do up there and it seems like the majority of the population is senior citizens lol. Like the guy about said, stay out of edgehood, not a very nice neighborhood.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:50 AM   #5
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I live in Bel Air and it is starting to become a little over crowded IMO. Do not get me wrong, I really like it here and I want to buy a house around here, just maybe a little more on the outskirts of Bel Air instead of where I am now. If you do consider Bel Air as a prime spot I would be happy to give my opinion on specific areas I would think that would be a good place to buy a house. I would recommend Abingdon, but you have to be careful with this. I would stay away from the RT 40 side of it. Gets a little rough along that area. Havre De Grace is a good choice too. But If you choose there, be careful as well my cousin is a cop there and some parts are kinda shady. Your relator can not tell you of the rough places in any of the places you're considering moving, so ask people in the specific areas where to stay away from. Maybe go grab lunch or dinner somewhere and ask a server or other patron while your waiting.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #6
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Avoid Edgewood and Aberdeen, regardless of what your realtor tells you. Joppa and Havre de Grace can be good or bad, but you have to choose carefully, both have problem areas. Grab lunch or take a walk in the area you're considering on a weekday and a Saturday or Sunday, don't just do a drive-by.

The general rule is the farther North of I95 you are, the better but it will also be more expensive. Try to get a place with natural gas, BGE is screwing everyone over on electricity rates and you'll need to use a lot more heat here vs NM.

If you're going to APG South, Rt 24 is a zoo in the mornings and afternoons, 152 is a disaster in the evening. For the North side, 22 is pretty easy once you get above I95, 543 is a bit worse since its the first I95 exit after Rt 24.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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thanks so much for the insight guys! i have been trying to figure out which are specifically and am headed out there in november to check it out. how are the roads there in the winter? here in NM it snows and is generally gone in the same day. my wife has an 2x4 xterra and i have my trusty forester. thanks again!

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Old 10-11-2012, 07:50 PM   #8
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One snow flake in the air = everyone goes full retard.

There will be lines to buy milk, toilet paper and white bread (don't ask, its some strange MD tradition) at every grocery store in the county, people forget how to drive, schools close immediately, gas stations will have lines 4+ cars deep, etc.

We were hit with Snowpocalypse in Feb 2010 which wasn't much fun, three back-to-back nor'easters/blizzards that dumped ~40" of snow on the area over ~10 days. After that experience, I decided it was time to move to a house with a gas fireplace and get a generator & two-stage snow blower. This past winter was extremely mild, if not down-right lame, so who knows what we'll get this year.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:56 AM   #9
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One snow flake in the air = everyone goes full retard.
I can't think of a better way to describe MD with snow.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #10
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Try cecil county its nice and open. Its not to far from apg either. Its more of a country atmosphere.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:42 PM   #11
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Avoid edgewood,joppa,
Bel air= old people plus lots of teens
Forest hill mostly older crowd rural
Jarrettsville same as forest hill
Abingdon a good mix of people but not that great
Monkton quiet rural area
Churchville rural/ city mix
Grew up in harco. Sucked
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