Kate Gosselin Plans to Stay Close to Her Kids

07/30/2009 at 02:00 PM EDT

Kate Gosselin Plans to Stay Close to Her Kids
Kate Gosselin
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Despite numerous reports that Kate Gosselin either has purchased or is considering purchasing a condo in Rockville, Md., a source close to the reality star says the mother of eight is absolutely not making a move that would put her miles away from her children.

"She is not buying or renting in the area," says the source. "Kate was having lunch there, and after spending a total of one hour in a restaurant that has condos for sale above it, a rumor began that somehow, suddenly, she was buying a condo there. She didn't even know there were apartments for sale there. It's totally false."

There have been no records of a purchase in Gosselin's name recorded in the area, and a sales representative at the condos where Gosselin was rumored to have toured said she'd never seen the reality star.

While Gosselin and her estranged husband Jon have agreed to alternate in and out of the home they once shared so that their kids can stay put, Jon has already moved in to a New York City bachelor pad. Kate is still deciding where to settle when she's away from her family.

"One thing is certain," says a friend of Kate. "Kate absolutely will not live far from her family, ever. Period. She would never choose to be so far from home."

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