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Old 10-21-2007, 03:58 AM
 
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Exclamation Moving to DC-where to live in Northern VA?

Working in Washington DC zip 20001

Max we want to spend on rent 1800 a month!

Max we would like to commute to DC 30 - 45 minutes??

We have a child less than one years old so need good safe child care

-What type of neighborhood environment you are looking for: small town feeling, family oriantated!!
-Community amenities important to you -- YES!!!
Looking for areas that are safe and low in crime, good local social activities!!!

ANY help will be appreciated!!
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Old 10-21-2007, 06:33 AM
 
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Hmm...Falls Church/City of Falls Church, I'm thinking?
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:58 AM
 
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Do you know if you'll be taking the Metro or driving? And will you both be working in the same area (sounds like that's the case) or commuting to different locations?
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:44 AM
 
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My husband will be driving if that dosent give us many good options he can take the metro to make up time, I will be staying home with our baby son, so looking for a good area for good friendly family life!!
Also we are looking for a house rather than appartments, which May make things more difficult for 1800 a month!!!

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Old 10-21-2007, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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The 1800 will limit you almost exclusively to apts or condos and a few older small townhomes within 30-45 minutes of 20001. Actually at that price range you will have to look away from the metro, as 1800 will only get you a 1BR at the closer metro oriented locations with the exception of a few areas like Huntington or Braddock. Driving to that area of DC limits you pretty much to Arlington and the City of Alexandria.
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Old 10-21-2007, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Northern, VA
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Inga,

Zack is right. In order to stay close to the city and meet all of your other requirements, you're looking at 1-2 BR apartments. IF you find a single family house in that price, it's probably on the brink of being condemned. Sometimes you have to compromise to get what you want....in this case, your husband may have to have a little bit more of a commute.
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:02 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, so if we extended the commute to an hour travel where would the best and safest place to see and rent a home!!

Again thanks for all your advice!!!
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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You might want to look into the MD side instead of VA. Areas like Rockville/Gaithersburg or Bowie/Crofton would make your commute more manageable by using metro and you could find homes or townhomes in your price range. Prices in NoVa tend to be much higher as most the jobs are in DC, Arlington, and the Tysons/Dulles corridor.
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:39 PM
 
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If you're looking for a small-town feel, check out Falls Church. You can easily find a 2-br apartment within your price range there, but that's probably it... but you'd also be close to the metro.
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:56 PM
 
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Germantown, Maryland...It's a no-brainer...has everything...look around Rechter Farm Road...on the outskirts and everything is brand new.
You will never rent a house for $1800...just not there...
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