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Old 07-30-2010, 12:05 PM
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Be sure to check whether your potential employer offers a Metro subsidy. That can make a difference in your budget.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:07 PM
Location: Falls Church, VA
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Can you live decently here on 77K as a family of 3? Yes. Would I do it, personally? No. But you aren't me.

The good thing about renting is that you can try it for a year and if the place doesn't suit you or the job isn't as you dreamed, you can move on.

Studies show that people more often regret NOT doing things than doing them, in the long run. You'll never know unless you try, but if you don't try, you may wonder forever, "what if?"

The only sticking point is what you mean by "near Metro." You probably can't find a nice 2 br apartment in walking distance from Metro in a good neighborhood for $1500. But if you're willing to add some more time to the commute by taking a bus to Metro, then your options increase considerably.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:11 AM
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...I was a single mom living in Vienna with 3 children...I rented a small house and had 1 car...I made 60K and paid $1000 month for child care and was able to live here..albeit on a very tight budget, we did not have cable. But as time went on I made more money, got remarried and bought a house in the same neighboorhood and so my girls lived in a wonderful neighborhood went to great schools and made nice friends.

The time and cost of commuting in this area is worth considering...get a map and mark your place of employment and than draw a 10 mile radius from there...that commute can take from 20 minutes to over an hour depending on the time of day and direction of traffic not to mention the never ending construction and weather issues...
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:27 AM
Location: Metro Washington DC
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If the job is in Tenleytown then it doesn't make any sense to live in Vienna or Fairfax. That's an awful commute. Look in Maryland.

Near a Metro is hard to afford, but if you can handle a short bus ride then the possibilities open up.

We live on 50K in this area so 77K is doable.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:34 PM
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[SIZE=3]I want to thank everybody for your responses! [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]We decided not to move to DC because like some responses pointed out it would be a struggle for a while, probably for couple of years. Even though I like DC we decided it’s not worthed to downgrade our lifestyle so much just to live in DC.[/SIZE]
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