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Unread 09-16-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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Do you take the metro to work? There are considerable savings to be had if you move a little off the metro line.

I moved from Ballston to off Columbia Pike (three miles south) and my rent went from $1810 -> $1345 all other things basically being equal.

If you metro to work every day it is probably worth it to pay the premium to live within walking distance.
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Unread 09-16-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Thanks. I'm looking at a new job opportunity that's located within walking distance of my space in ballston. I guess my question is if a 1800-1900 dollar studio or jr. 1-bed worth it if I primarily metro/walk to work? In my head, its a lot of money, but if I were to live in a place on Col Pike (for example), I would have to consider auto costs and parking.
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Unread 09-16-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Thanks. I'm looking at a new job opportunity that's located within walking distance of my space in ballston. I guess my question is if a 1800-1900 dollar studio or jr. 1-bed worth it if I primarily metro/walk to work? In my head, its a lot of money, but if I were to live in a place on Col Pike (for example), I would have to consider auto costs and parking.
Isnt there a bus that goes up and down Glebe Road to Ballston?

Why not take that?
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Unread 09-16-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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Usually, the newer the building, the more expensive it is. And there's the risk of pests anywhere, regardless of the age of the building.

Are there things you're willing to give up, such as maybe looking for a studio instead of a one-bedroom?
I could do a studio in a high-rise building, like the one i'm living in now. Has "secure" access and it's on a high floor.
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Unread 09-16-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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Secure access as in, hey, please hold that door for me, I left my key at work?
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Unread 09-18-2011, 09:09 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I just got a "soft" job offer (the recruiter sent me an email stating strong interest but has not sent a letter or start date).

I'm calculating a budget based on the salary they want to offer. I'm going to call the recruiter for clarification on some things.

My question is, what should I estimate for metro expenses, if I will metro about 50 percent of my work hours? I probably won't buy a pass or anything, just re-fill my metro card on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
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