Are you trying to figure out where you should live when PCSing at Andrews? There are a lot of options for off base housing, but most will require a drive. Calvert County and Charles County are two of the areas that offer off base housing. Each offer different things and both are roughly 20 to 30 minutes south of Andrews.
Charles County is directly south of Andrews. The most direct route is down Route 5 but that road can be very busy during rush hour adding to that 30 minute time frame. Waldorf is the main town in the county. It has a lot of shopping including St Charles Towne Center with Macy’s, Old Navy and many other stores. Waldorf also has Target, Sams Club and other big box stores. 4 bedroom homes run from $1900 to $2700 per month, depending on the size and where they are located. There are also townhouses that are for rent as well.
School Digger has Charles County Schools ranked 15th out of all the schools in the state. They have the middle schools ranked in the 8th slot. The district’s high schools are ranked at 6th in state.
Calvert County is southeast of Andrews. The trip will take you about 20 to 30 minutes on route 4. In full disclosure I have to say I am biased to this county because it is where I call home.
The shopping here is not as good as Waldorf. There are two main areas of shopping in the northern area of the county. Dunkirk has several grocery stores, Walmart and Petsmart. If you drive farther south on 4 you will go through Huntingtown to get to Prince Frederick. That area has all the same grocery stores, but also has a TJMaxx, Walmart, K-Mart, Peebles and other stores, but no mall.
There are several cities were you can get rentals, including: Dunkirk, Owings, and Huntingtown. A lot of my clients from Andrews move to North Beach and Chesapeake Beach. Homes in this area can go anywhere from $1600 to $2600. There are several townhouse communities in the area that have rentals as well.
The schools in Calvert County are very good. According to School Digger, Calvert Schools is the top of the heap when it comes to schools in Maryland. U.S. News and World Report ranks Huntingtown High School as the 14th high school in Maryland. It also has a nationwide ranking at 520.
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Posted on January 14, 2015 at 9:46 am by Michelle Doell