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Old 07-03-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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Personally I'd pick Arlington or Tyson's. I lived in Tyson's for a number of years in my mid 20s. Living in Tyson's you likely won't go into DC all that often. The Metro on Saturday's runs infrequently and you have to leave before last call to catch the last train back. If you don't take the Metro, you are looking at a $40 cab ride each way so it makes for an expensive night out. The bar scene in the area (unless it's changed, and I don't think it has) is lacking, a bit older than you, and you'll start to see the same faces over and over again because nobody goes to Tyson's to hang out. They hang out there because they work/live in the area. I seriously had one guy hit on me 3 times in the span of a year having no recollection that he had done it before.

I feel like you could do better in Arlington than a run down apartment for $1800 if you keep looking. Also, at 26 most people in the area will share a 2 bedroom with another person. Have you considered looking for someone to live with?
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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I think Tyson's is the way to go. If you have a car it's only a 15 minute drive into Arlington anyway.

That $400 you save could completely cover your "going out" budget. If you work at Tyson's and meet people through work you'll find they likely go to Fairfax Corner or Arlington and only occasionally go all the way into DC.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Richmond va
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I would choose the nicer place in Tyson's.. I cant see myself spending nearly $2000 a month on a crappy apartment just to be close to the action, many do it but I just cannot imagine it. I thnk any area is what you make it to be, Tysons could work for you.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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If you work at Tyson's and meet people through work you'll find they likely go to Fairfax Corner or Arlington and only occasionally go all the way into DC.
Dunno, I worked in Kingstowne and everyone went out in DC. Once in a blue moon Arlington or Old town, but 9 times out of 10 we'd hit Chinatown or Dupont or (the dreaded, metro-less) Adams Morgan.

Just depends on your coworkers, I guess.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Richmond va
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also keep in mind Metro is comming to Tysons soon!
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:53 AM
 
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also keep in mind Metro is comming to Tysons soon!
Well, "soon" may be relative, especially for the OP who may be in his early 30s by then. If he's still here at that point, he may become more interested in, say, Ashburn and Sterling.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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The difference in night life between Tysons and Arlington is night and day. Nobody lives in Tysons.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Richmond va
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Well, "soon" may be relative, especially for the OP who may be in his early 30s by then. If he's still here at that point, he may become more interested in, say, Ashburn and Sterling.
Oh I'm sorry, if thats the case then scratch that.. lol but According to Dullesmetro.com it says: Phase 1 will run from the East Falls Church Metro Station westward with four stations in Tysons Corner to the Wiehle Avenue Station at the eastern edge of Reston. Revenue service will begin in late 2013... that must be wrong?
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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2013 isn't actually right around the corner....late 2013 could easily mean 2014.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Richmond va
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2013 isn't actually right around the corner....late 2013 could easily mean 2014.
I guess your right.. in this area anyway. I guess I am use to moving to an area and becomming situated and living there for a good 3-5 years, in that case it is right around the corner. In this area with people moving all the time I see your point especially since the OP is just renting. Sorry
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