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Old 03-24-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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Just curious what people think would be the minimum salary to relocate to NoVa for work in DC. Obviously, it can be done at any level with varying qualities of life, but particularly interested in what the young professionals are taking to make this move.

Looking at the Alexandria area for relocation, daily commute to DC. Trying to decide if what I was just offered by my prospective employer is practical (I think I've just been lowballed).

Without revealing numbers right away, I would essentially be living a single lifestyle near Old Town, preferably in a new-ish studio apt with good amenities but otherwise low personal expenses. No kids, no pets, just a car and a modicum of stuff. At what level does this move become unrealistic?

Thoughts?
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:45 PM
 
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A lot of the decision, I think, depends on what you currently make and whether you're in, say, you're early-20s or late-20s.

But I'd say $55,000 is a realistic number for the ground floor, assuming you're a recent grad and don't mind having a roommate.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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If you can also consider Dunn Loring / Merrifield area, a studio in the Halstead runs around $1250 / month.

1 bedroom at the Halstead or Wilton House run around $1350 - $1400 / month.

Both are right across the street from Dunn Loring metro stop. Check Craigslist for current listings.

I believe Zip Car also keeps a Honda Civic in that parking lot if you only need car occasionally.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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I gather that the Alexandria (old town) rent would drive up requirements considerably. Might not be practical, then - at least not without roommates.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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I never did research on Alexandria so I don't know about that area.

From what others have posted, Alexandria is more 30 somethings, like Arlington Orange Line area is more 20 somethings.

Dunn Loring metro is maybe 3 - 5 stops away, so you can still be close to night life, though you have to take train to get there.

Both buildings are probably filled with lots of young professionals, Halstead is more luxurious with possibly more active social calendar (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...6217571&v=wall), but condos may be a little smaller and have less light than comparable Wilton House unit.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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Night life - as in where? Alexandria?

[I'd be more with the 30 something crowd.]
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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Night life - as in where? Alexandria?

[I'd be more with the 30 something crowd.]

Then Old Town would definitely be more your speed...perhaps also the Shirlington neighborhood in Arlington.

The following layman's advice is assuming that you have no debt and possess the car note of a mid-size vehicle at most.

If we're talking Alexandria and Arlington, I'd agree with the $55K on average, adding an extra $5-10K for Old Town Alexandria and "Orange Line" Arlington.

Most anywhere else in Fairfax County, $50-55K. Loudoun County $50Kish. Prince William $45-50K although with commuting costs, you may end up breaking even with Fairfax.

DC proper = $60K for moderately popular areas. $$$$K for Georgetown.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:46 PM
 
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If we're talking Alexandria and Arlington, I'd agree with the $55K on average, adding an extra $5-10K for Old Town Alexandria and "Orange Line" Arlington.
Seems like it'll be doable. And parking is less of a problem in some of the newer buildings down near the USPTO (garage parking in some of them), but that area seems to me like no-man's-land. But I noticed there is a Whole Foods though so maybe it's not so bad-? How far is it from night life, etc?
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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Really depends on your debt level and lifestyle. So many people my age (later 20s) seem to have a car payment, they go out and use credit cards on things they want, etc. They want to live in the hip areas of Arlington and DC. The young people at my office go out to eat for lunch all the time. I sometimes wonder if some folks salary requirement wouldn't be so high if they had different priorities.

I sit at my desk with my peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day. I drive a 14 year old car that is paid for. My wife and I eat out once a month. No iphones, no credit cards. Then people wonder how we afford a house at our age. It's much easier when you don't spend money like crazy!
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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Yeah, well; based on the job I'd be taking @ Bolling AFB, there isn't much for lunch time options in that area versus just packing a sandwich, so that's one less temptation. Car is paid for too; no need for roommates. Looking to split the difference between affordability, location and amenities - but then again, who isn't?
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