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Old 06-18-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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I am hoping to move near D.C. (I won't need to commute in) and wanted to find out more about the suburbs/towns nearby. Are there any that are better for singles and have a bit of a life of their own? I am a single female from Greensboro NC to give you a background. I thought D.C. would be fun to move to for a while, but realized it might be too expensive. So, I'm thinking about some of the suburbs (I realize cost of living is still going to be an increase no matter what in NoVa), so I would still be able to visit the city sometimes. I'm hoping the suburbs are not all composed of only families and Walmarts, but that they could be a destination in themselves.

I don't go out too often, but like to go to concerts, bars (sometimes), movies, shopping, do things outside, and participate in or watch sports sometimes. Obviously, I would like to be able to meet people with similar interests and that are in their 20s as well. I'm not looking for anything super artsy or trendy, just with interesting stuff to do and people to hang out with.

Any thoughts on where I should look? I was thinking being ~45 min from a metro station would be good to be accessible but in a less expensive area than those closer in. Any help is much appreciated
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:04 AM
 
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Everything in DC revolves around money and commute. Where will your office be? You'll want to be as close as possible -- the traffic here is much more heavier than Greensboro. The second big question is your budget and what kind of housing? Are you looking to rent or buy? an apartment? townhouse? Do you want roommates? And, of course, the price range.

Best of luck.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:47 AM
 
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The situation you'll find in DC is that single people mainly live in the closer-in areas you're trying to avoid. Most of the exurban areas don't really have downtowns where singles hang out. Maybe take a look at Warrenton? At least it has a downtown and many of the amenities on your wishlist.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:04 AM
 
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I'm not sure DC really is that much more expensive if you are renting. It seems to offer a higher number of small apartments - like studios - than Nova, so you might actually find the price comparable, or least only a little bit more than in the more populated parts of Nova (even if you get a little less for the money). You didn't mention a price range, but there are higher numbers of singles at more urban-ish areas, like Reston Town Center, Old Town Alexandria, and Arlington. Of course, they are pricey.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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thanks for the feedback. I won't need to commute into DC. My budget for rent is about 1000 (hopefully).
Like I said, I don't go out that often so I'm not necessarily looking for a "singles scene" in the traditional sense, I just would like to be in an area where there are people in my age and stage of life.
I hadn't realized DC itself might be less expensive though. I will look into that.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Regarding the commute, just because you're not commuting into DC doesn't mean you don't want to be fairly close to work. Northern Virginia is extremely large and densely populated. (Think of five Charlottes smooshed into the area of Greensboro/Jamestown/HighPoint) If you're working in Tyson"s Corner, the commute to Gainesville could take over an hour. Traffic can be horrendous or living in Arlington and trying to get to Ashburn (or vice-versa)

$1,000 a month is very low to get an apartment on your own. That's why I asked what area your job is in -- it would give people a parameter for suggestions. If your commute is very short (or public transportation compatiable), you might have more for rent since you wouldn't be spending on gas.

I'm not trying to discourage you but the difference in traffic and cost of living is dramatic. Good luck.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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If you are interested in nightlife, then Arlington County (Courthouse, Ballston, Clarendon areas) and the city of Alexandria (Old Town).
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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thanks for the feedback. I won't need to commute into DC. My budget for rent is about 1000 (hopefully).
Like I said, I don't go out that often so I'm not necessarily looking for a "singles scene" in the traditional sense, I just would like to be in an area where there are people in my age and stage of life.
I hadn't realized DC itself might be less expensive though. I will look into that.
$1000 is indeed low unless you'll be sharing with a roommate, a common occurrence here for younger professionals.

The "easy" answer is Arlington, particularly in the "Orange Line (Metrorail) corridor of Court House, Clarendon, Virginia Square and Ballston. Clarendon in particular is the epicenter for younger professionals in Northern Virginia. However, rent can be easily double your current budget. And if you work in popular job centers such as Tysons Corner or Reston/Herndon, the commute may not be so fun.

DC may not necessarily be less expensive than NOVA; in fact, it will often be more so. It depends on what neighborhoods you're comparing.

Speaking of which, here's more encouragement to tell us where you'll be working if you already know.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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The OP didn't say she'd be working anywhere away from home. Perhaps she works virtually like many others of us and just wants to be close enough to the city for recreational purposes.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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The OP didn't say she'd be working anywhere away from home. Perhaps she works virtually like many others of us and just wants to be close enough to the city for recreational purposes.
Yeah I was getting that vibe or perhaps she has several clients and will travel all over the area for work versus going to an office everyday.

The biggest challenge will be finding a place for $1000. That's very bottom of the barrel in Northern Vriginia. I went shopping for a $1000 apartment last summer. It was very discouraging and I wound up coninuing to have roommates. With that said there are some $1000 apartments but she has got to understand that $1000 apartment in Alexandria will not be the nicest. If having a really nice place is important I recommend roommates.
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