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Old 03-18-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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If I want to keep my job, I will be forced to move to work over at IAD Dulles Airport. I believe its in Northern Virginia?

I am basically clueless regarding IAD so any advice would be great.

Salary will increase a little though but not sure exactly how much.

I am wondering whats the cost of living in the IAD Dulles area?

Housing?

Thank you for your time.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:22 PM
 
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Compared to Miami - housing will be WAY higher - small houses cost about 500k, and high cost of living also
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:12 AM
 
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Compared to Miami - housing will be WAY higher - small houses cost about 500k, and high cost of living also
Not entirely correct. Yes, housing is more expensive here in NOVA but this 500k for a small home is only true depending on where you buy, There are plenty of homes, especially townhomes, for under 200K which I know can still be a lot compared to home prices in Fla.

OP. IDA is located in Loudoun Co and next door to Fairfax Co. Both expensives areas. Look south towards the Manassas area for cheaper housing. It just depends on how far you are willing to commute and what range you are looking at.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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miami being a big city; i would think that housing and COL would be similar

since you are at IAD which is west of the city there are plenty of reasonable and safe housing choices.

check on realtor.com for rentals or sales in loudoun county or on dc craigslist to get an idea.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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If I want to keep my job, I will be forced to move to work over at IAD Dulles Airport. I believe its in Northern Virginia?

I am basically clueless regarding IAD so any advice would be great.

Salary will increase a little though but not sure exactly how much.

I am wondering whats the cost of living in the IAD Dulles area?

Housing?

Thank you for your time.
What is your preferred housing budget? And what will your salary be, if you don't mind sharing?

On average, the cost of living, particularly housing, will indeed be higher here than Miami. For a 1BR apt, I like to say that $1200 is likely the minimum for an "okay" unit in a moderately convenient, comfortable area. While $500K homes are closer to the standard than $200K, it depends on what you're looking for and, how long of a commute you're willing to bear.

Fortunately, Dulles is located far out enough that you'll get more for your money compared to locations closer to DC. Eastern Loudoun County, which Dulles straddles, is family-friendly with newer homes. There are a number of "town center" developments with Leesburg having a traditional downtown.
If you're under 30 and/or looking for nightlife with single professionals, Reston's Town Center neighborhood may be your most convenient option. You may like the Clarendon and Ballston neighborhoods in Arlington as well as Old Town Alexandria; however, you won't like the commute.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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Where can you get a 200k detached single family home in NOVA? It would have to be a dump in a bad area. Or if not - please tell me where - I would be amazed.

Price of housing being similar? In Florida, even a city like Miami is MUCH MUCH cheaper than here - I know I priced it.

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Old 03-20-2011, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Also, in Miami you have a buyer's market. Here, real estate is in demand and is expensive. I love living here, but be aware that Nova is very different from Miami. You will not be near a beach, you will have to deal with snow in the winter, and nightlife/culture is quite different. These might be good things or bad things, depending on what you're hoping to find. Or maybe they don't matter to you at all, but I thought I'd mention it in case it does.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Pack up and move 1000+ miles from home....to a crowded and expensive place like NOVA?

....for a job in a notoriously volatile and low-paying industry???

Johnny Paycheck knew what to tell 'em! LOL
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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Reston is only about 5 miles from Dulles-

Reston Overview: Photos, Stats, Crime, Home Sales and Schools on washingtonpost.com Neighborhoods
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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Thank you all for your info and comments. I will digest it all and take a trip up to Northern VA to see for myself as well. This job would be a nice promotion and I assume about 10k more per year so I got to weigh my options.
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