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Old 12-22-2010, 04:22 PM
 
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Hey,
My husband and I will be moving in a month to NOVA/DC area for my new job in Alexandria, Va. We are not familiar with that area at all. We have one child, so we are looking for 2 bedroom apartment in a nice neighborhood, but not too expensive. He is studying for his Pharmacy license, so for quite a few months, only my job will be covering the costs of living. Because parking on my job site is costly, we would prefer something near the metro.
Thank in advance for the help!!
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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Housing near most of the Metro stations in nice neighborhoods tends to be expensive. It would help if you explained what "too expensive" is to you, because expectations vary widely among people moving here. Also, is your child of school age and are schools a factor in your decision-making?
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:59 PM
 
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Parking may be expensive, but metroing isn't cheap either. The difference may not be as bad as you think. (My husband pays $15/day to park near King Street, and metro would cost $7-10 a day to ride, plus $5/day to park). If you want to live walking distance to the metro, you'll pay a premium.

What price range are you looking at? That's really going to narrow down where you should look.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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I guess living near the metro is not a major issue, I can always drive my car.
I guess at this point the maximum we could do is 1500.
Also, how bad is the drive from Springfield to Alexandria?
Thank you so much!!
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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And no, our child is 4 months old
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:13 PM
 
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Also, how bad is the drive from Springfield to Alexandria?
Depends where in Springfield and where in Alexandria. We live in 22151 and DH commutes to near the King Street metro. It's a ~20 minute trip down 236 for him.

If you're looking at West Springfield to the old town waterfront, you're going to add another 20-30 minutes though.

Since schools aren't a concern, you have a lot more options. Relatively easy commutes to Alexandria that should have places in your budget include Annandale (straight down 236/LRT), Kingstowne (up Van Dorn to 236, Seminary, or King), or Skyline area (down Seminary/King).

You *might* even be able to find something in Alexandria city proper, depending how picky you are. We rented a nice apartment with granite/stainless/etc for $16xx last year, so if you aren't choosy $1500 may be possible. You can't overestimate the value of a good commute here.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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Don't forget, busses are also a transportation option!
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