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Old 08-27-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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Are you planning on going Tricare Standard? Considering the very good military hospitals in the area you might reconsider?
Not sure yet about Tricare Standard or Prime, but I believe Prime can be used with off base doctors, but possibly with a fee via Johns Hopkins and possibly something else, as far as I have been able to research. It's been a while since I've looked in to it as I am waiting to research that more until we actually get a rental. I'd prefer a Doc more local in an easy drive or walk that I pay some out of pocket for than have to haul a 14 month old south to Ft Belvoir or whatever folks get if they are north like Bethesda.

DH will be making a trip to DC next week as we are not feeling good about choosing an area and rental remotely. This post has opened us to Springfield area if we can't find anything inside the beltway and some of the other commuting options like slug lines and Mark Center to Pentagon buses that we didn't know about. Annandale is most likely now out of the question as folks on here didn't make it sound like what we would be interested in at all. Will check out Westover and some of the other Falls Church areas too. Hoping we find something next week in Aurora Hills or Del Ray, but I won't hold my breathe.

Anyone have comments on Columbia Pike neighborhoods near the Pentagon? No one has commented yet on them. We've seen some nice rentals in that area, but I hear that one street can be nice and the next one sketchy.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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Also are you sure the assignment is actually the Pentagon and not Mark Center?
Definitely at Pentagon. DH reconfirmed that today.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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Annandale outside the beltway is very nice, has express buses to the Pentagon, etc. If you're considering Springfield, I would not rule out Annandale. Some of the nicest neighborhoods in Annandale are just barely outside the beltway. Walkability in NoVA is not that common so if that's your highest priority, than the closer in you are the better.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Not sure yet about Tricare Standard or Prime, but I believe Prime can be used with off base doctors, but possibly with a fee via Johns Hopkins and possibly something else, as far as I have been able to research. It's been a while since I've looked in to it as I am waiting to research that more until we actually get a rental. I'd prefer a Doc more local in an easy drive or walk that I pay some out of pocket for than have to haul a 14 month old south to Ft Belvoir or whatever folks get if they are north like Bethesda.

DH will be making a trip to DC next week as we are not feeling good about choosing an area and rental remotely. This post has opened us to Springfield area if we can't find anything inside the beltway and some of the other commuting options like slug lines and Mark Center to Pentagon buses that we didn't know about. Annandale is most likely now out of the question as folks on here didn't make it sound like what we would be interested in at all. Will check out Westover and some of the other Falls Church areas too. Hoping we find something next week in Aurora Hills or Del Ray, but I won't hold my breathe.

Anyone have comments on Columbia Pike neighborhoods near the Pentagon? No one has commented yet on them. We've seen some nice rentals in that area, but I hear that one street can be nice and the next one sketchy.
I live in Penrose near the Pentagon and Ft. Myer. I have no issues with the safety of the neighborhood. Personally I'd cringe more about Annandale or where I used to live on the West End of Alexandria.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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I live in Penrose near the Pentagon and Ft. Myer. I have no issues with the safety of the neighborhood. Personally I'd cringe more about Annandale or where I used to live on the West End of Alexandria.
Curious if you have children? If so, is it a kid friendly area? Walkability in Penrose? What do you think of these neighborhoods: Arlington Heights, Alcova Hts, Columbia Hts, Barcroft? I read on a different forum that the entire neighborhood of Penrose is nice and safe, but also read that going further west it was better to live further north of Columbia Pike in Arlington Hts and Alcova Hts.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:04 PM
 
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Columbia Heights (DC) is gonna be tough to do to Pentagon. You'd be better of if you want a walkable DC vibe to look at Eastern Market, atleast then you wont have a transfer to the blue line.
The Columbia Heights OP is referring to is the area just south of Columbia Pike and west of 395 in Arlington, not Columbia Heights DC.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Curious if you have children? If so, is it a kid friendly area? Walkability in Penrose? What do you think of these neighborhoods: Arlington Heights, Alcova Hts, Columbia Hts, Barcroft? I read on a different forum that the entire neighborhood of Penrose is nice and safe, but also read that going further west it was better to live further north of Columbia Pike in Arlington Hts and Alcova Hts.
Nope. No kids. Penrose is pretty walkable. You would have to define kid friendly for me. I will say the majority of people are mostly military singles and other young professionals. I do see a few young families here. Columbia Heights (VA) is ok. I think for that hood I'd stay East of Glebe.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:20 PM
 
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As someone who is active duty in the DC area, I can assure you that your primary care physician will be in a military medical clinic/hospital. In fact, don't be surprised if it is not at the closest military installation to you. The medical system here is unlike anything I have seen in my 20+ years on active duty. I am stationed at Belvoir and even I am not seen there. If you go to a civilian provider, it'll either be completely out of pocket or through an insurance provider not named Tricare.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:37 PM
 
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One of my neighbors (in Ashburn) is active duty Air Force. He's stationed at a location in Chantilly and he and his family were able to negotiate through Tricare to see a local doctor. They were initially told they had to go to Belvoir or Naval Medical but they somehow convinced the powers that be to give them some sort of exception. Not exactly sure how they pulled it off though.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:25 AM
 
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As someone who is active duty in the DC area, I can assure you that your primary care physician will be in a military medical clinic/hospital. In fact, don't be surprised if it is not at the closest military installation to you. The medical system here is unlike anything I have seen in my 20+ years on active duty. I am stationed at Belvoir and even I am not seen there. If you go to a civilian provider, it'll either be completely out of pocket or through an insurance provider not named Tricare.
This would allow a dependent (not active duty personnel) to see a private doctor: US Family Health Plan | Military.com

Also, Tricare Standard would allow it too. Both programs do require some out of pocket cost, though, vs free service at the MTF.
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