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Speak Out: Why Did You Move to College Park?

Patch wants to know why you chose College Park to settle down for good, or for the time being.

The city is looking to draw residents to College Park through a brand new marketing effort.

The city requested bid proposals from consulting firms through mid-April to build a marketing plan that depicts College Park as a “great place to live and work,” according to the request.

Meanwhile, the University of Maryland is learning how to encourage , and the city is trying to in the city, as opposed to rentals.

That got us wondering: What about those who already live in College Park? Did something specific about the city attract you here, or did you end up in the city by accident? Are you a former UMd. student who never left? Are you here for good, or is College Park a stop along the road for you?

And for those former residents, why did you leave?

Tell us your story in the comments.

Michelle Ford April 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM
We moved here a year ago with our little 2 boys. We're renting a home in Hollywood and loving it! We came to College Park because it was affordable, close to Metro, has plenty of nearby amenities, and is close to 95/495. Now, having lived here a year, I enjoy the sense of community, quietness yet accessibility, diversity, family activities, and quality biking trails! All the best, Michelle
Shannon Hoffman April 28, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Thanks for sharing, Michelle! Grad school at UMd. is what brought me to the area. I chose to come here over D.C. and Missouri. (But despite popular misconception, I am DONE with grad school and no longer a student!) I didn't realize I was going to stay in the area of three years... but I'm glad I stayed! Any other stories from other readers?
Kari April 28, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Hi, I am currently a student at UMD. I moved to the College Park zip code in 2000, just to be near UMD and to enjoy the benefits of a university community. My husband earned an MBA from UMD in 2007. Despite our home abutting UMD campus, it wasn't literally inside the City! With licenses to practice law, appraisals, real estate brokerage, and a BFA, MBA, JD, LLM in Tax under belt, I would never move inside the City of College Park given its backward economic policy of rent control law. Kari
Kari April 29, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Hi, just to clarify, while I would never purchase a home in College Park as long as the unconscionable rent control law exists, I would not hesitate to rent a home in College Park, especially while the City has capped the maximum rent at $2,522 per month – the bigger the house, the better! I love UMD and the surrounding neighborhood!
Brent Fraser April 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Close to metro, affordable housing, and low crime. We moved from South Carolina for work. I wasn't aware of the rent control when we bought here, but I can't say it would have changed our minds. I didn't want to buy, period, given our experience in SC, but my wife didn't want to send the giant dog to grandma's. In the end, our mortgage+escrow is considerably less than $2522, and the identical house a block away is renting for that much. (Thanks for finally explaining why all the houses are renting for the same amount!) This was one of the few areas we could afford when we moved in which you felts safe walking around at night.
Christian James April 30, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Close to work. Public transportation. Pedestrian-friendly. Friendly neighbors. Family-friendly. And family history - grandparents and great-grandparents lived and owned a business in College Park.

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