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Old 11-02-2007, 04:41 PM
 
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I will start a fellowship with the Department of Transportation, doing research in DC. I and my wife, are planning to move soon and wanted your suggestions on where to look for safe apartments. We are looking to spend around 1300 for a studio or 1bd (giving preference to cheaper places) in a relatively safe area in North Virginia or any place you would suggest. I'll be using the metro, and don't mind traveling for up to 1 hr each way. So should I look for places farther out (Vienna etc) or somewhere away from the metro to get these prices.. It doesn't matter if the neighborhoods don't offer anything fancy, (nice restaurants, shopping) as long as I can use the metro and get to DC.

Any letter (let alone a whole sentence with recommendation) from you is hiighly appreciated.
thanks
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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My apartment complex, Munson Hill Towers, is right by Bailey's Crossroads and pretty convenient to DC/Tyson's/most places. My 895 ft 1 bedroom is only $1169...pretty sure they still have openings, might want to look into it.

And no, I don't work for Munson Hill Towers. I just really like my apartment complex :P

Plusses: Close proximity to many things, very nice building, diversity (many races), fairly cheap rent, LARGE apartments, balcony, gas stove, very clean, swimming pool, basketball court, tennis courts.

(potential) Negatives: diversity (I'd say about half the building is non-white), co-ed utilities, elevator sometimes breaks, not a big "party" building as it's mostly families here.
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:06 AM
 
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I know there are some apartments near the East Falls Church and West Falls Church metro stations that are probably in that price range... not sure about other stations in Arlington (those tend to get more pricey).
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:24 AM
 
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Hi,

You should do OK in that price range unless it also includes utilities. But even so, you should be able to find something. Maybe you can pull out the metro map and look at the stops. I mainly just know the orange line which hits good neighborhoods all the way out ...

Metro - Metrorail System Map (http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/systemmap.cfm - broken link)

PS - Smerky girl's recommendation sounds good; that would be pretty close in, etc.

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Old 11-03-2007, 10:16 AM
 
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Which color Metro train goes to where you'll be working?
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:43 AM
 
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If you're working for DOT, you will be able to look in the mirror and see why you should not move to this area.
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Old 11-03-2007, 03:02 PM
 
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Will do, I'm looking at other places as well. As long as its safe, and within reachable limits of DC, I don't mind the other inconveniences. NOVA or MD is fine.. I've heard that Silver Spring may be a good substitute to Arlington. Any idea if that is true, or if there is more to that?

thanks
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Old 11-03-2007, 03:05 PM
 
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I think the green line, goes to DOT. Its NAVY YARD station.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:20 AM
 
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I live in River House in Pentagon City and like it. Studios are in your price range I believe.

Area is very safe and right across the street from the Metro (Yellow and Blue line). If you're going to the Green line, Pentagon City is very convenient as you are only two stops away from the transfer point (L'Enfant Plaza).

Another perk is the shopping and restaurants right across the street.
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