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Old 04-07-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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Let's try this again.

I would like to relocate to the DC Metro Area.

I would be commuting into DC at one of the hospitals in NW.

My ideal commute would be no more than 30 minutes-maybe 40 minutes.

First choice would be Arlington-22203, 22201, 22204, 22206-Columbia Pike is fine-but prefer off the main drag and not to close Bailey's Crossroads. Maybe far down as Glebe Road. Shirlington is Ok-suppose east of 395 is Alexandria.

Second choice is Alexandria-22305-22302-22301. I like the Potomac Yard area and Old Town may seem out of reach.

Are you sitting down? I would like to seek out a 1 bedroom apartment. My price range is $1,200--$1,300.

I am single and 54 and do not wish to have a roommate at this time.

Ok then.

Thanks for all your suggestions and candid replys.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:23 PM
 
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I can't say for certain in Arlington but your chances of finding a managed apartment in Alexandria - as opposed to a privately-owned dwelling - is less than great in your preferred price range which is on the low side of average for Alexandria/Arlington/Fairfax County.

22301 is Del Ray, perhaps the most interesting of the three Alexandria neighborhoods you're looking into. Its mostly homegrown businesses, plethora of alternative health facilities and generally laid-back vibe make it arguably the most progressive community in Northern Virginia.

22302 is (I believe) Rosemont, a bedroom community adjacent to Del Ray. Not much happening here, but you may appreciate the quiet residential atmosphere.

22305 is Arlandria, a primarily working-class neighborhood with a considerable Hispanic population. While crime tends to be a higher concern here, those at ease with the demographics will likely be fine.

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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I used to live in 22204 and I think you would find the commute to be 40 minutes plus, most days, depending on your destination.

It generally took about 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to DuPont Circle from Columbia Pike, whether by bus/metro or by car, at peak rush hour.

But don't rule it out. Your commuter expectations may have to be adjusted to local conditions.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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Let's try this again.

I would like to relocate to the DC Metro Area.

I would be commuting into DC at one of the hospitals in NW.

My ideal commute would be no more than 30 minutes-maybe 40 minutes.

First choice would be Arlington-22203, 22201, 22204, 22206-Columbia Pike is fine-but prefer off the main drag and not to close Bailey's Crossroads. Maybe far down as Glebe Road. Shirlington is Ok-suppose east of 395 is Alexandria.

Second choice is Alexandria-22305-22302-22301. I like the Potomac Yard area and Old Town may seem out of reach.

Are you sitting down? I would like to seek out a 1 bedroom apartment. My price range is $1,200--$1,300.

I am single and 54 and do not wish to have a roommate at this time.

Ok then.

Thanks for all your suggestions and candid replys.

Look at japroperties.com They have some closer in to DC, in the 22201 zip code. It's considered "affordable" housing. The landlords are fair and respond fairly quickly to problems etc.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:52 AM
 
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You wont find a one bedroom for $1300 a month in 22201 or Ballston living by yourself. Most one bedrooms range from $1700 (if you are lucky) to over $2000. We are moving out of our one bedroom in 22201 and our rent is going to be $2200 next year. Crazy that is $300 less than our mortgage that we just bought a house with (not including tax reflections).

Best of luck!
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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You can rent a nice condo from a private owner in Falls Church within your range. Only a couple more stops on the Orange Line. To me it's worth it to save $500 a month in rent. I wouldn't recommend renting from any of the large apartment complexes unless you don't mind roaches, parking problems, and non responsive landlords.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Northern Va. from N.J.
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I can't say for certain in Arlington but your chances of finding a managed apartment in Alexandria - as opposed to a privately-owned dwelling - is less than great in your preferred price range which is on the low side of average for Alexandria/Arlington/Fairfax County.

22301 is Del Ray, perhaps the most interesting of the three Alexandria neighborhoods you're looking into. Its mostly homegrown businesses, plethora of alternative health facilities and generally laid-back vibe make it arguably the most progressive community in Northern Virginia.

22302 is (I believe) Rosemont, a bedroom community adjacent to Del Ray. Not much happening here, but you may appreciate the quiet residential atmosphere.

22305 is Arlandria, a primarily working-class neighborhood with a considerable Hispanic population. While crime tends to be a higher concern here, those at ease with the demographics will likely be fine.
I live in the 22305 area code in Alexandria so I will have to disagree with you, here is a picture of the street I live on.

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Northern Va. from N.J.
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Here is one looking down the street in the other direction

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Northern Va. from N.J.
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Now the bottom of the hill might still be 22305 and be like you say but up on the hill (Beverly Hills) it is very nice.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:38 AM
 
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Now the bottom of the hill might still be 22305 and be like you say but up on the hill (Beverly Hills) it is very nice.
I stand corrected! Apparently 22305 covers more ground than I realized. Thanks for the pics.
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