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Old Aug 13, 10, 8:02 am   #1
 
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Question on living near Rockville, MD

Dear FT-ers, one of my cousins (a single woman) is moving to take up a new job in Rockville, MD. What are some nearby decent, safe suburbs to live? (15-20 minute drive or even closer).

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Red Line

Rockville covers a fairly large area along & past the Rockville Pike

The Washington Metro Red Line follows this road (which is an

extension of Wisconsin Blvd as it leaves the District) for much

of it going into Rockville with several (but not enough) stops

She might consider proximity to 1 of these Metro Stations

The Red Line has a stop at Union Station & connects to

the Yellow Line at Gallery Place to get to DCA (very handy)
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Since Rockville is in Montgomery County, I would stick with "decent, safe" Montgomery County. Rush hour traffic is a bear in the DC suburbs, so 15-20 minutes from work will not take you very far.
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I live near Rockville. Most of Montgomery County is quite safe and fine. Rockville itself has metro and a lot of rental and condo housing near the metro station.

Other places to consider are near Bethesda metro -- many many many restaurants and bars, proximity to the Capital Crescent hike/bike trail, etc. Also near Grosvenor metro, Parkside condos have many rental units.

Bethesda is 3-4 stops from Rockville town center, Grosvenor 2-3 stops.

Further north, e.g. Gaithersburg/Shady Grove metro may be a bit cheaper but then you are commuting with the masses.

Don't even think about anything in PG county or Virginia -- commute is not worth it.
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Today's Washington Post has an article in the Weekend section about Rockville. It specifically is focused on the neighborhoods around the Rockville and Twinbrook metro stations.

The only time I spend in that area is to go to the Victorian Lyric Opera productions at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, so I can't offer any personal insights.
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Why not live in the city?

I work in Rockville and live in Northwest DC. If her office is metro accessible, she can live near a Red Line metro station and it will be VERY doable. It's worth her time to check that corridor.
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I dont think she wants to live too far. She wants to be within an easy drive.
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I dont think she wants to live too far. She wants to be within an easy drive.
an easy drive in montgomery county is an oxymoron. surly less than 10 blocks, if she plans to drive, and no left turns.

most of mont cty is about as safe as it gets around here.

she will need big bucks to live here. anthough not as expensive as nyc, and the like , it is not peoria.
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an easy drive in montgomery county is an oxymoron. surly less than 10 blocks, if she plans to drive, and no left turns.

most of mont cty is about as safe as it gets around here.

she will need big bucks to live here. anthough not as expensive as nyc, and the like , it is not peoria.
good point on the rents!! I noticed that too while i was randomly looking at apartments!!
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I dont think she wants to live too far. She wants to be within an easy drive.
an easy drive in montgomery county is an oxymoron. surly less than 10 blocks, if she plans to drive, and no left turns.

most of mont cty is about as safe as it gets around here.

she will need big bucks to live here. although not as expensive as nyc, and the like , it is not peoria.
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Old Aug 16, 10, 7:34 am   #14
 
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If she lives in Rockville, or North Bethesda, it will be an easy drive. There's also the Kentlands in Gaithersburg, or Fallsgrove and King Farm, both in Rockville. I would choose North Bethesda first, but those are good communities.
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