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#1 of 6 Old 04-27-2011, 02:12 PM - Thread Starter
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My family will be moving the the greater DC area around Memorial Day and we haven't figured out where to live yet... we are planning a week or two in a hotel to figure where we really want to be.

My question is if my hubby will be working in MD at Andrews AFB, is it out of the question to live in DC? We like the idea of doing a big city living situation for a few years and think we'd be going opposite directions of rush hour traffic. A neighborhood I considered was hillcrest heights (I believe that was the name at least). We'd like to stay close to the MD border, but want to stay out of PG county as the schools aren't great.... Alexandria is crazy spendy from what we are finding as well.

Any advice is welcome advice. Thanks so much!


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#2 of 6 Old 04-28-2011, 02:20 PM
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Hi Amy-


Just wanted to say I think a commute from DC itself to Andrews is very do-able. 


Sounds good that you'll have a chance to check out the area before you pick a place.  Ward 7 (I think that's where Hillcrest is) is economically depressed, so that may be something to consider.   DC is almost proverbial for having poorly performing public schools, so looking at the schools in the particular area you like would be a good idea.  If it's in the budget, Capitol Hill is also a nice area, very much a neighborhood feeling, and not too far to drive to Andrews imo. 

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How old are your kids?  There are lots of good elementary schools in DC -- if you know where to look.  Lots of charter schools, too, though you've missed the deadline for those, so you would definitely be looking for a neighborhood with a decent local school.  The neighborhoods/towns immediately next to Andrews aren't so great for schools, either in MD or in DC.  Capitol Hill or Alexandria would be your best bet for decent schools & an easy commute.  They're not cheap, but maybe you could find a rental?

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For working at AFB I think your best bets are Capitol Hill (even as far east as the Stadium/Armory neighborhood is reasonably safe these days), Alexandria (great schools!), or Greenbelt/Hyattsville. 



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Hi Amy --


We live on Capitol Hill and love it -- lots of families with young children and a wonderful community.  There also are some good public elementary schools on the Hill, with "good" being defined more in terms of the involvement and commitment of the parent community than by test scores.  Schools that are highly touted include Maury ES, Peabody ES (especially its Reggio Emilia "school within a school")  Brent ES, and Watkins ES.


Each of these has a PK-3 and PK-4 program, but because PK isn't mandatory slots are awarded in a lottery, which, unfortunately, has already taken place for next year.  But if your children are K-aged or older, you'd be good to go.


Here's a link with some resources to help figure out school boundaries: 


Best of luck in your move!

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I live along the Chesapeake in South Arundel County. We moved here last year in May and really like it. But we like the small town/rural feel of the community.

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