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Old 09-01-2013, 11:10 AM
 
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Wife and I both got new jobs and are seriously looking at Alexandria. We have no kids, one Beagle, and have a budget of $400-500K with a garage (have Harley) in 1700+ sq. ft. range. We really want to live urban life (20+ in suburbia) and can walk to shops, restaurants, Metro, etc. and still have decent commute (<30 mins) to Bolling and Andrews.

Any suggestions and or know of a fantastic Realtor who KNOWS Alexandria?
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:07 PM
 
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There are some detached SFHs in that price range in Alexandria, but they aren't going to be walking distance to Metro or shopping. If you want to be in a better location you would probably be looking for condos or townhouses.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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I second the above reply. The closest you might be able to get on the VA side are apartments/condos in the Old Town Alexandria area (King Street Metro stop), or closer to the river, where there isn't a directly convenient stop.

There are some nice town homes in the Potomac Yard/Reagan airport area that MIGHT meet your price range. There are lots of shops, etc. within walking distance there, and you may be close enough to a Metro stop, depending on how far in you are. There are lots of city bus stops in the area, though.

As far as DC, you could look into places to live near the Anacostia stop; it's been a few years, but I wouldn't advise moving near there (Howard Rd., Firth Sterling, Suitoand Pkwy., etc.) unless that place has had a major turn around.

Indian Head is a good place to be if you want to be near Andrews; a lot has changes over the years, so look carefully.

You're lucky in that you have several directions in which to look that can still get you to Bolling in about 30 min. Potomac Yards is a bit of a stretch to get to Andrews in the same time, but it won't be too far off (<40 min.)
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:17 PM
 
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You are right to be looking in Virginia, but that budget is not going to get you 1700 sq ft., a garage, and walking distance to Metro. I think you will have to decide between suburbia (bigger house and garage) or more urban (smaller and walking distance to good stuff). We live in the latter; our neighbor has two bikes, but he rents a place to store them.

If you choose suburbia, lots of military end up in Kingstowne.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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With no kids, why not something in Cheverly/Hyattsville or another safe part of Prince George's?

In your shoes, I'd consider a TH with a shed in the backyard, too ...

Or hell, why not Annapolis (that might end up being 45 minutes, but it's more urban than the places in Alexandria you'd be getting.)
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:19 PM
 
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Or hell, why not Annapolis (that might end up being 45 minutes, but it's more urban than the places in Alexandria you'd be getting.)
Annapolis to either Bolling or Andrews in 45 minutes?
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:46 AM
 
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All good idea folks, and yea I'm getting the feeling looking at real estate online the closer in less and less traditional house with garage. But I've seen townhouses with garage underneath and that'll work. Defi think the wife and i are ready for a new lifestyle, one of more activity and walking. Suburbia is really getting old with so much dependency on a car.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:55 AM
 
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All good idea folks, and yea I'm getting the feeling looking at real estate online the closer in less and less traditional house with garage. But I've seen townhouses with garage underneath and that'll work. Defi think the wife and i are ready for a new lifestyle, one of more activity and walking. Suburbia is really getting old with so much dependency on a car.

There are very few area around here, once you get out of the city or outside of Arlington, VA, they don't rely on a car. It's a shame but it's a fact of life here. It's just one big giant suburb. A few of the suburbs have built town center type places with apartments surrounding them, but if you want a house, you basically still have to drive the the "town center" area.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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Annapolis to either Bolling or Andrews in 45 minutes?
In no traffic, yes. 50 traffic isn't as terrible inbound as say 66 or Wilson Bridge into VA. It'd be over an hour during rush hour though, and I'm not aware of as many public transit options on the 50 corridor.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:49 PM
 
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Found a 2 car garage SFH 2300 Sq feet with pool in Mt Vernon for $555K. Didn't get my walking to everything or Metro, but buying a home will always require trades in your desires...
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