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Old 11-15-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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You sound like a Clarendon kind of guy to me. Old Town is more quaint, old-folksy and touristy (no high rises, mostly pretty old apartments- like, 100 years old); Dupont is technically the most urban, since it's in an actual city, but it's really kind of a pain in the neck to live in DC if you work in Virginia. People I know who make that effort are mainly alternative lifestyle people, or young gay guys (or people in same sex marriages because it's possible in DC but not VA), or super artsy people. Housing in DC varies, but in Dupont its likely to be fairly old, similar to Old Town. Clarendon is suburban/urban, very clean, new, probably the most "hip" place in NoVa, a magnet for young professional people. There is a funny music video about it you can see here:


Arlington: The Rap - YouTube
Thanks so much!! That was hilarious. I think I have decided on Arlington, definitely. Just have to figure out if Courthouse or Clarendon is better....Aren't they about the same?
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:09 PM
 
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Anywhere along the area known as "Orange Line Arlington" (for the color-coded Metrorail line that runs through it) would serve you well: Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square or Ballston. Of them, Clarendon is the mecca for Northern Virginia younger professionals. Your budget may get you a decent 2BR (which you could easily rent out if you wanted) and most prime 1BRs.

Any special reason you're considering Dupont Circle? It's definitely a lively neighborhood that happens to have a concentration of LGBT-friendly establishments (although said population has, anecdotally speaking, moved on to Logan Circle to live). Living near Foggy Bottom, Farragut West or McPherson Square Metro stations may be the best compromise between living in an uber-urban environment and minimizing your commute out to VA. Your budget should not be a problem for most 1BRs.
Thanks..No reason for Dupont particularly...Just heard there were cool old places to live and amazing restaurants and bars there....Never really lived in a big city and thought it would be exciting.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:15 PM
 
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San Antonio! I love that city.

As stated above, anywhere on the Orange Line will fit the bill, so long as you're within a half-mile or so of the Metro (train). There are mid- and high-rises not near the Metro, but they tend to be older and arguably less upscale.

Rosslyn (the eastern-most VA station on the Orange Line) has the highest of the high rises--but the tallest ones are very expensive, as most of them were built in the last 10 or 15 years. Court House is the next stop west, and the County is building a homeless shelter there, so FYI. Clarendon is as pricey as Rosslyn, but only very tall midrises--no skyscrapers. It's probably the hippest spot for young singles in NoVA. Ballston is full of young meatheads who can't afford Clarendon--full of drunk fratboys and thugs who go to the mall. As you go west, it gets more suburban. East Falls Church is in the middle of a building boom; if you're gonna buy, that's not a bad spot to invest in. Vienna (end of the line till the Silver Line is done)--same deal. West Falls Church--no idea.

BTW, coming from SA, you're definitely gonna have to adjust to the Mexican food here.
Thanks....I thinking I'm leaning towards Courthouse or Clarendon...Don't need a high, high rise. I would actually something on the high end scale fairly close to the metro stop (as in fall out of my door and down the stairs if I can) Being from Texas where everything is pretty simple I am used to a ten minute commute and will pay extra to keep that...Also, I'm a pretty big runner. Any trails around? Running clubs? Meet up Groups? I won't know anyone there, so that's how I typically meet people.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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You really cant go wrong with either Courthouse or Clarendon as the main centers of each neighborhood are about a 10-15 minute walk from one another. I live in Clarendon and enjoy being able to walk to Whole Foods, Trader Joes and the large concentration of restaurants and bars along Wilson and Clarendon Blvds near the Metro station. I also like walking down into Courthouse and going to places like Sushi Rock, Four Courts, the movie theater, etc. Your price range allows you to live comfortably in either (they are essentially same price) and your commute times out to Falls Church will essentially be the same. Best of luck with your upcoming move!

In addition, there are numerous running and social clubs in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor that are full of people who are new to the area like yourself. One great thing about the DC region is that the vast majority of residents have moved here from all corners of the country and world so you will find yourself in good company.

Don't heistate to PM me if you have any other questions.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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You really cant go wrong with either Courthouse or Clarendon as the main centers of each neighborhood are about a 10-15 minute walk from one another. I live in Clarendon and enjoy being able to walk to Whole Foods, Trader Joes and the large concentration of restaurants and bars along Wilson and Clarendon Blvds near the Metro station. I also like walking down into Courthouse and going to places like Sushi Rock, Four Courts, the movie theater, etc. Your price range allows you to live comfortably in either (they are essentially same price) and your commute times out to Falls Church will essentially be the same. Best of luck with your upcoming move!

In addition, there are numerous running and social clubs in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor that are full of people who are new to the area like yourself. One great thing about the DC region is that the vast majority of residents have moved here from all corners of the country and world so you will find yourself in good company.

Don't hesitate to PM me if you have any other questions.

Thanks...I appreciate it. -DM
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:48 AM
 
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If you want a 10-minute commute and will be working in Falls Church, then I'd steer you toward East Falls Church Metro station or Clarendon. I think rents for a 1BR in the latter are on the order of $2000/month, but that's a gut-level guess. Ballston is also close and has some very nice apartments and condos, but when we lived there, I remember being awoken by dudes hooting in the street when the bars closed. (There are more bars in Ballston and almost no upscale retail, compared to Clarendon. Ballston's only retail is in the mall, and most nearby locals avoid it.)

I'm not in any running clubs--I view running as a necessary evil, like using the bathroom--but NoVA Road Runners is the club I seem to have read about the most. Plenty of walking/biking/running trails all over Arlington and FC: Custis Trail, Four Mile Run, W&OD. If you go a-googlin', that's the best way to see where those are. Good luck!
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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If you want a 10-minute commute and will be working in Falls Church, then I'd steer you toward East Falls Church Metro station or Clarendon. I think rents for a 1BR in the latter are on the order of $2000/month, but that's a gut-level guess. Ballston is also close and has some very nice apartments and condos, but when we lived there, I remember being awoken by dudes hooting in the street when the bars closed. (There are more bars in Ballston and almost no upscale retail, compared to Clarendon. Ballston's only retail is in the mall, and most nearby locals avoid it.)

I'm not in any running clubs--I view running as a necessary evil, like using the bathroom--but NoVA Road Runners is the club I seem to have read about the most. Plenty of walking/biking/running trails all over Arlington and FC: Custis Trail, Four Mile Run, W&OD. If you go a-googlin', that's the best way to see where those are. Good luck!
Thanks so much!
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Thanks..No reason for Dupont particularly...Just heard there were cool old places to live and amazing restaurants and bars there....Never really lived in a big city and thought it would be exciting.
DC proper is small enough that you're never really that far away from things, especially if you live in the NW quadrant which includes Dupont Circle and the other areas I suggested.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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Will your workplace in Falls Church be within walking/shuttle distance of a Metro station? If not, and depending upon the exact locations of your apartment and workplace, it might actually be quicker to drive.
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