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Old 02-17-2013, 01:57 PM
 
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Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and wanted to get some advice from everyone. I will be moving to the area in may and wanted to get advice on where I should move to. I've never been to the area so I have no idea where to live. I'm 30 and will be working at the pentagon. I'm a pretty active person and would like to live in an area that's pretty active too (see people running/cycling/etc). It would be nice to live in an area that is close to trails and things like that. I also looking at being close to amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, nightlife, etc. Also a big thing for me is to live near a metro since I've heard traffic is bad pretty bad in the area. Again thank you in advance for the advice.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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Look at Arlington. Good access to metro.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Tollz, I lived in the Carlyle area when I first moved to this area and was working in the Pentagon. I was directly across from the yellow line (Eisenhower stop) which goes directly to the Pentagon. The yellow line was nice because it was never as crowded as the blue line (which I ride now) or the orange line. If you live along the orange line, you will have to transfer to the blue to get to the Pentagon. The rent in the Carlyle area for a one bedroom typically starts around $1,800, so it is expensive. However, I used to run along Eisenhower, run in Old Town, and met a TON of folks in their 20s and 30s. If you want something a little less expensive, you may want to consider the Huntington metro stop (also on the yellow line and one stop beyond Eisenhower). I know quite a few people that lived in Riverside apartments who really like it, keep in mind the parking there is outdoors if that bothers you. I will warn that neither of these areas are really popping with night life, but in the spring/summer/fall we would walk to Old Town (like a 15 minute leisure walk) and there are a ton of restaurants and bars. I used to also ride the metro into D.C. quite often to meet friends. You would be right by the Hoffman movie theaters (if you are a movie best), and my personal favorite....Cold Stone Creamary and Whole Foods in less than 5 minutes

You could also live in Pentagon City or Crystal City but to me those areas feel more transient because of lot of corporate and temp renters reside int he high rises there.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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The North end of Old Town would be ideal since it's close the Pentagon, the Mount Vernon trail, Trader Joes and the bars and restaurants along King Street.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:53 PM
 
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The North end of Old Town would be ideal since it's close the Pentagon, the Mount Vernon trail, Trader Joes and the bars and restaurants along King Street.
I'm in agreement if one is looking at condo rentals or the new apartments near the Braddock Road Metro. I would not recommend a place like, say, Mason Hall, unless one is comfortable with a portable AC unit in lieu of central air.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and wanted to get some advice from everyone. I will be moving to the area in may and wanted to get advice on where I should move to. I've never been to the area so I have no idea where to live. I'm 30 and will be working at the pentagon. I'm a pretty active person and would like to live in an area that's pretty active too (see people running/cycling/etc). It would be nice to live in an area that is close to trails and things like that. I also looking at being close to amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, nightlife, etc. Also a big thing for me is to live near a metro since I've heard traffic is bad pretty bad in the area. Again thank you in advance for the advice.
OK, so how much can you spend a month in rent?
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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OK, so how much can you spend a month in rent?
My max is $2300
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:50 PM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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You should be able to get a 1BR in Arlington or Alexandria on that money. pick whatever works for your commute and socializing needs.
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