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Old 09-25-2007, 11:56 AM
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I'm looking at a job in Arlington with Conservation International. Problem is that I know nothing about the area. I'm 24 single and have a decent amount (70k) saved up for a down payment. What's the average condo/small home price like in areas around Arlington?

Any idea where young single people tend to live?
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:00 PM
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Well, CI is actually in Crystal City, right around the corner from the Metro station of the same name which is served by both the Blue and Yellow Lines. You could of course live right in Crystal City. It's mostly a high-rise environment (apartments and condos) with decent amenities and night-life around. Lots of young single folks here.

But, if you'd rather play in the majors instead of Triple-A and don't mind a little extra commuting time, the Ballston Corridor (everything between the Courthouse and Ballston stations on the Metro Orange Line) is also in Arlington. This is pretty much yuppie heaven...smart-growth, high-density where everything you can think of is within walking distance and there's tons of nightlife. Mostly apartments and condos, but a few blocks off the main drag, there are also townhouses and even SFH's available for a price. Commute-wise, you'd ride to Rosslyn, then change trains to Crystal City. Including time to change trains, 25 minutes and $1.80 each way from Ballston, less from further in.

Thanks to the Yellow line, you could also live in town, and the Penn Quarter/Gallery Place area would be a prime target. Close to Chinatown, Union Station, the Verizon Center, and The Mall, it's packed with bars, clubs, restaurants, theaters, studios, museums, gyms, and the like, and it's a top-ranked location for young professional singles. Urban area, so apartments and condos here. All of 11 minutes and $1.55 to get to down to Crystal City.

Last but not least, there's the Old Town Alexandria area to consider. A little more artsy, historic feel to it. Also pricey, but there are some very nice arrangements that can be made here. Crystal City is two or three Metro stops to the north, so you'd get there in no time once you were on the train...
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:00 PM
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saganista is pretty much on. the cost of housing wasn't mentioned.

small 3BR/2Bath houses in more desirable north arlington (mostly families) will run a minimum of $500K to $1,000,000. Location, Location,Location. And unfortunately for new buyers housing in Rosslyn or Ballston is easily approaching $500K. Might find some condo buys now at $300K + in locations above. be carefull of condos in that they are owner occupied. if too many speculators renting units could kill you when you want to sell.
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