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Old 03-28-2013, 08:59 AM
Location: Vienna, NoVA
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I currently have a 20-25 minutes commute (~8.5 miles) each way. I do not have any flexibility and not allowed to work from home. When we were looking to buy a home, its location was very important to us. I personally prefer to live in a townhouse or a smaller house close to metro, DC, highways and potentially close to our jobs, instead of living in a large house far away and a huge commute. But this is me :-)

However, unfortunately my company is looking into a possible move and I do not know where and when. If they move someplace to boonies and I have to commute much longer, I will have to think about it very seriously at that time. I may tolerate 40 min commute each way, but probably not an hour.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:26 AM
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I live 3 miles from work but it takes me 30-45 mins to get to work via public transportation. That's my limit
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:35 PM
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I guess an hour is my threshold where my blood pressure starts to take a turn for the worse. My current commute averages about 40 minutes each way.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:21 PM
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It depends on my level of...desperation? If I'm in serious need of a job, I'd obviously be more willing to deal with a longer commute. I'd been trekking from Sterling to Merrifield daily before I changed jobs. I now living Sterling and work in...Sterling. It's amazing. I had no idea what I'd been missing. And I DID have flexibility to work from home when needed (usually 1-2 days per week), but bringing my child to daycare limited my flexibility of commuting hours. Before my son was born, I would be at the office between 6-7am and leave between 2-3pm, so I missed the vast majority of traffic. Once the 8:30am daycare drop-off had to be worked into my routine, that all changed and made my commute that much more frustrating.

In the past when searching for a new job, I absolutely refused to even consider positions in DC or MD. But, again, how desperate - I'm fortunate that many contractors hire in my field, so I am able to be a bit pickier. I also refuse to work for a company that won't allow some telecommuting. Work-life balance has become an increasing priority for me, whereas I used to be a complete workaholic.
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