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Old 07-23-2013, 08:57 PM
 
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I'll be moving to NOVA in August to start a new job in Chantilly and really don't know where I want to live. I am in my mid 20's, enjoy nights out for a few drinks with friends, and would like to live among other people in my same situation. I've done tons of research and have probably seen (online) every major apartment complex there is to see, but it's nearly impossible to get an idea of the age demographics of a particular building/area from a website.

Here is what I'm looking for in order of importance:
  1. 1 Bedroom apartment
  2. "Upscale" apartment - new appliances, granite counters, nice amenities (fitness center, pool, lounge, etc.), etc.
  3. Large percentage of single young professionals - I don't want to be in a building that is mainly a bunch of families
  4. Easy access to nightlife - Preferably ease of access to Arlington/DC via the Metro, but nightlife in the immediate area is obviously a plus.

Technically I can afford $1700 in rent, but I'd only spend that if it was the PERFECT place. More realistically I'd like to keep the rent at $1500. Does anybody know offhand of any apartments/areas to look at that may fit what I'm looking for?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:29 AM
 
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The closer to DC, the higher the concentration of young professionals. So Arlington (with the neighborhoods of Clarendon, Ballston) might be more to your liking. However, the commute to work in Chantilly could be hell. Others will jump on this thread and provide some insight there. Also, in those areas, $1500 in rent is hard to find.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:43 AM
 
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I'd be looking at one of the newer high-rise buildings in Reston where the units are largely 1 or 2-BRs. There is no pleasant way to get from Arlington to Chantilly during rush hour and the rents are high. Reston will have Metro by some time next year.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:04 AM
 
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The new Mosaic area near Merrifield may be an option.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:11 AM
 
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Agreed -- Reston has some degree of single nightlife (not as much as Arlington mind you), will be Metro-accessible within 6-8 months, and is a much easier commute to your job -- in Chantilly -- than anything in Arlington would be.

If you could agree to a roommate and accept the longer commute, then and only then will the cool parts of Arlington be accessible on that budget.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:15 AM
 
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The new Mosaic area near Merrifield may be an option.
If you look at the Merrifield area keep an eye on the Dunn Loring metro development. I think the Halstead Square apartments have been open for awhile, and over 600 new apartment units will be opening up sometime soon I believe. It may be around your budget (although sitting on the metro, likely not without a roommate). It's within a mile of the Merrifield Mosaic District so the area will likely be growing rapidly soon. There's a pub or two now.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Mclean, Va; West Palm Beach, Fl
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Arlington has the "cool" factor that you are looking for. The building you are describing in Arlington/Rosslyn doesnt exist on your budget. With the amentitys you are looking for 2200-2500 not including electric/cable. Your best bet is to find owner who rents out his condo in the Tysons Corner area which is between Chantilly and Arlington. Should be able to find 1 bedroom in the 1600-1900 range with the amentitys you are looking for.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:25 AM
 
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I would suggest looking for something in the Fair Lakes area. The commute to Chantilly on 50 West wont be terrible, and the Fairfax Corner area has a couple of bars which are popular happy hour spots with the young professionals living/working in the area. Fair Lakes is also within a reasonable driving commute to the Vienna metro station which should connect you to Arlington and DC.

Alternatively you could live in walking distance/closer to the Vienna metro, the commute to Chantilly will be worse when compared to commuting from Fair Lakes but still manageable, as you will be doing a reverse commute.

It also depends on where in Chantilly you’ll be working, but do keep in mind the key to sanity in this area is to live close to work!
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:54 PM
 
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These are good suggestions -- I automatically thought of Arlington when I read the OP.
Reston is a good option, as is the Mosiac District (though this area is still developing).

For commuting purposes, Reston would be a better pick.
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