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Old 10-23-2007, 09:33 PM
 
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I will be moving to the DC area in January and need some guidance on places to live. I know this is a frequently asked question but I figured I might be able to get a more tailored response with my specifics.

I am a single, female (plus a cat) in my mid-20s that would like some place safe and nice. I don't need a luxury apartment but would like a place that is clean without bugs or mice. I will be working on Bolling Air Force Base so I know that driving is the only option. I think I can pull about $1500 a month on an apartment, since I live pretty cheaply in other aspects. I would like a "reasonable" commute time of no more than 45 minutes (I will driving in the morning around 7am). I am open to most areas, safety is my number one priority plus a "reasonable" commute time.

Also, is NoVA cheaper than Maryland? How much would I expect to pay for utilities for a 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment in the DC area?
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:49 AM
 
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A 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment in the NoVA area runs anywhere between 1000 and 1500. The same in the actual city of DC could go up to 1800. If you pack in $1500 (plus utilities) for a 1 bedroom, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to find a decent place anywhere.
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:33 AM
 
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Hi,

You'll be fine on that budget. There are endless possibilities - Alexandria (has good neighborhoods and neighborhoods to avoid), Arlington (Ballston is nice), etc., etc. You might want to look on craigslist.org; I think condo owners often rent below market ... well, I do anyhow. I have a luxury condo in Tysons (already rented, not a plug) that I rent for $1250 a month, which may or may not be below market, but I like continuity so I'd rather just keep the same tenant in place.

Utilities: gas, electric, phone ... I would say less than $200 combined??

Maryland vs. Virginia - I think it all just depends on the neighborhood so I would tend to say that one is not cheaper than the other per se. Just a guess ...
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:49 PM
 
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Taxes and auto insurance are less in VA than MD, and the general cost of living maybe a little less as well. Doesn't come down to a whole lot of dollars, but if there is an advantage, it's with VA...
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:30 AM
 
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good point, I remember when someone campaigned on that in the late 90s and we all received refunds on car taxes (my environmental side said bad, my financial side said great).
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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That would have been Jim Gilmore, who got himself elected Governor simply by saying he was going to get rid of the 'car tax'. Unfortunately, he didn't have much of an actual plan for how the state was going to get rid of what is left of the Personal Property Tax, a tax that is administered and principally levied and collected by Virginia's 95 counties and 39 independent cities. Mark Warner in turn was able to clean that mess up to a large degree, but we still don't get 100% relief today, and won't be anytime soon...
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:11 PM
 
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I live and have stayed in VA because of the tax advantages

I would stay out of DC, mainly cause you have to travel through some not so great parts to get to Bolling (Anacostia is not a great area of DC -- sorry folks from Anacostia). A girlfriend of mine just moved from there, she's much happier now. I have lived and worked here for many years and have had my fair share of troubles with DC, being a single woman.

I'd suggest south into Alexandria as your best bet. Or for a longer commute Northeast towards Bowie/Crofton.

I would NOT live in the immediate area adjacent to the base. Not so good.

What you may want to do is find something temporary to move into until you find a location you like. Of course, that can be more difficult with a pet.

Good luck!

Janine
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