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Old 03-30-2011, 03:19 PM
Location: Spokane
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After taking a job in Chantilly, I am transplanting to NoVa and had a few questions on housing and locations from those that are in the know. I am a mid-20s single professional, so while I understand that Chantilly is a suburb, I'm not quite ready to distance myself from the vibrant city life.

How far east towards DC can I get before I hit a commute over 45 mins out to Chantilly? (Oakton, Falls Church, Ballston?)
Are there areas in between Chantilly and DC that young professionals are gravitating towards?

I am willing to spend $1900/mo on housing and am currently commuting 30 mins to work so an increase to 45 min+ isn't a huge stretch for me.

What are my options at that price range? (TH, condo, apt?)
Is it better to continue house hunting with online resource? Or would a realtor be a better resource given all the options?

Any information or insight to the area is greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:32 PM
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Oakton and Falls Church are not your style. You want to live in Arlington, if not in the city itself (but really, you should just pick Arlington). Look at Rosslyn, Clarendon, Courthouse, and Ballston. Not necessarily in that order, but look at them all and decide.

The commute will suck, probably 45 minutes one way, but you will appreciate this advice. You are single and in your mid-20s. You do not want to move to the burbs quite yet. While Arlington is the burbs, it's not like Fairfax County. Believe me, any other single, mid-20s people in your office also likely live in Arlington.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:45 PM
Location: Northern Virginia
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Agree with Sally. Arlington's the Virginia destination for 20-something professionals. $1900 should get you a 1 br/den or possibly 2 bedroom apartment off the metro, or a very nice 1 bedroom place walking distance to the metro.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:36 PM
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I'm your equal right now...if I had the kind of dough you had, I'd live in Arlington in a heartbeat. Don't go elsewhere unless you decide to live in the district.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:37 PM
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Do you have flextime? Your commute will be far better if you can make your work hours something like 6am-2/3pm or 11am-7/8pm. Basically either beat the rush hour traffic or let it beat you.

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