Moving to Maryland

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    Feb 10, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So I'm going to be moving to Maryland - just got a nice job offer and so it's pretty much ASAP.

    Any suggestions? The job is in Gaithersburg, but I've been told that anything outside DC is a lot smaller than you'd think.

    Thanks for any input/suggestions.
  • creature

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    Feb 11, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    Welcome to Montgomery County! I hope you enjoy traffic icon_biggrin.gif

    Here are some choices:

    Rockville
    Olney
    Gaithersburg
    Derwood (dry town - no liquor stores)
    Germantown
    Bethesda

    Avoid I-270 to get to work. It seems like there's always an accident there.
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    Feb 11, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    Hatter saidHey guys,

    So I'm going to be moving to Maryland - just got a nice job offer and so it's pretty much ASAP.

    Any suggestions? The job is in Gaithersburg, but I've been told that anything outside DC is a lot smaller than you'd think.

    Thanks for any input/suggestions.
    Rockville is a nice a area. it is pretty much a suburb. there is also silver spring maryland. i would pick silver spring or maybe wheaton
  • DCEric

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    Feb 11, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    The only problem with Silver Spring/Wheaton is that the traffic to get over to Gaithersburg is going to suck... unless the Intercounty Connector is a success. I'd stick to the west county areas suggested in the first post.

    /Silver Spring here
    //Commutes to NoVa.
    ///Sucks more than a rent boy
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    Feb 11, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    If you are a gay, urban, professional you want to live in Dupont circle, logan circle, Adams Morgan. Further out Takoma park is cool and cheaper because it's the bedroom community for the University of Maryland. On the beltway greenbelt is a utopian community built in 1930's. The Washington Blade is a good source for info.
  • TheIStrat

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    Feb 11, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    I live in Rockville. It takes me 10 minutes to drive to Gaithersburg, and I live near Shady Grove metro, so you can use that to get into DC and meet boys. I'm moving to Bethesda though, which is closer to DC, and would prob take you 30 minutes to commute to Gaithersburg.

    You can message me too if you like
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    Feb 11, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    So is Gaithersburg itself not a great place to live in?

    Also, I'm not really looking to move into a gay community area - I just feel that would be a lot of dramatics icon_lol.gif.


    Thanks for all the suggestions so far though!
  • TheIStrat

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    Feb 11, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    Hatter saidSo is Gaithersburg itself not a great place to live in?

    Also, I'm not really looking to move into a gay community area - I just feel that would be a lot of dramatics icon_lol.gif.


    Thanks for all the suggestions so far though!


    Gaithersburg sucks. Don't move there. Rockville is close and has a lot to offer if you aren't into "dramatics"icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 11, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    TheIStrat said
    Hatter saidSo is Gaithersburg itself not a great place to live in?

    Also, I'm not really looking to move into a gay community area - I just feel that would be a lot of dramatics icon_lol.gif.


    Thanks for all the suggestions so far though!


    Gaithersburg sucks. Don't move there. Rockville is close and has a lot to offer if you aren't into "dramatics"icon_lol.gif


    They're only 5mi apart, are they really that different?

    *Oh, and yes, I will be one of those tourist-y people for a while on the met b/c I don't know what the heck is going on*
  • misternick

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    Feb 11, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    Honestly, the longer I lived in the area, the more I liked moving further out to Olney, Germantown, and toward Frederick. Gaithersburg has some parts that do suck (not that it's a very large area to begin with) but you can find a comfortable place.

    How are you with public transportation? Living up the redline means easy access, but I hated taking that thing downtown. Hell, the only thing worse was driving downtown. So pick your poison. That being said, I've never done well as a city guy.

    There's a lot around there to like, and I'm sure you'll learn quickly that whatever fits your taste isn't very far away. Best of luck with the move and new job.

    Keep us posted on how you like it! Let me know if you need to know some good bars in Montgomery County (but be warned, Montgomery County cops will pull you over in a heartbeat for so much as touching the lane divider line things, so DO NOT drive home tipsy.... which you should never do for safety reasons, obviously).
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    Feb 15, 2011 7:33 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the insight guys!

    I'm still in the process of the move, and will be checking out places later this week. I'm probably going to end up in Gaithersburg/Rockville just so I can save on unnecessary travel expenses (and after driving ~2k miles I never want to drive AGAIN).
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    Feb 15, 2011 8:48 AM GMT
    I lived in Gaithersburg the first 18 years of my life... It's not a bad area by any means, but Gaithersburg is also not small. There are parts that are nice and parts that are not so nice. For instance, Lakeforest Mall. Stay away from it.

    One thing you may have to get used to is the people. One of the things I hated most about Montgomery County was how unfriendly and sterile everybody was. Soccer moms living in cookie cutter houses who flip the fuck out if you go 1 over in their neighborhood. Of course, once they're on the highways, they go about 20 over and are driving up exit ramps to get past you. God damn hypocrites.

    Speaking of drivers, like creature said, 270 is a freaking disaster. What should be a 15 minute drive can turn into a 1 hour drive... and that's on a good day. I've sat in literally the same spot for 4 hours during rush hour before, although that was an anomaly. Learn the back roads as well as you can. You can trim off a very meaty portion of your commutes using them.

    Takoma Park is the only gayish town in the area, but I really can't speak much on that... though I think I'd rather live in Dupont Circle.

    creature
    Rockville
    Olney
    Gaithersburg
    Derwood (dry town - no liquor stores)
    Germantown
    Bethesda

    I only approve of Rockville and Bethesda, and Bethesda is only if you can afford it. Olney is about as much fun as plain white bread, Gaithersburg requires you to speak Spanish, and Germantown has an Applebees in the same shopping center as a Target and a Walmart. Also, wtf is Derwood? I've never heard of that. Do you mean Damascus?

    Really, anywhere near a red line metro stop is where you should be, as long as it's within your price range. If I were you, I'd focus on Rockville; it's a pretty cool city and it's relatively affordable.
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    Feb 21, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I just want to say thanks for all the opinions but I did get a place. I ended up in Gaithersburg - would have preferred Rockville, but availability of a place that wasn't just ridiculously sketchy was the issue.

    The reality is though that I'll be able to walk to work so that's a pretty major plus.
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    Sep 28, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    Hatter saidHey guys,

    So I'm going to be moving to Maryland - just got a nice job offer and so it's pretty much ASAP.

    Any suggestions? The job is in Gaithersburg, but I've been told that anything outside DC is a lot smaller than you'd think.

    Thanks for any input/suggestions.
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