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Old 12-12-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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Mid 20's military couple and a 3 year old moving into the north Virginia/ DC area. Since we won't be able to look at most places in person since we are currently in Kansas the internet is our only source please help. Wheres best place to rent that's close to Fort Myer (if that even possible)? Looking for at least 2bd/2ba under 1700$. Also pre-ks and daycares in the area and colleges / universities. Thanks in advance
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:01 PM
 
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High rent, bad schools, or long commutes....pick your poison. Many military families have compromised on Springfield over the years, a lot of the enlisted folks go to Woodbridge.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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You need to get a realtor to look on your behalf if you can't make it up here to look yourself. Surely, there is a local military forum for folks moving here in the area. What is your commute time cut off, etc? How far are you willing to travel each day to work? Lots of folks travel further with longer commute times because living close in and with a family can be pretty expensive.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:14 AM
 
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Ft. Myer isn't in the "affordable" area! For a $1700 per month rent, I would start with Springfield and then work your way south. You will be commuting. You could possibly find a small, older apartment in the Arlington area or areas around Huntington. I'm just not sure what sort of environment you are looking for. Urban, suburbs, etc.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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I haven't been able to find any military forum for that area, which sucks. I'd like to keep our commute to less than 45 minutes and we'd love to live in a urban area. Within waking distance to stores, restaurants, parks and such. I kinda figured being to close to the base wouldn't be possible but I'd choose a good school over commute any day.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I haven't been able to find any military forum for that area, which sucks. I'd like to keep our commute to less than 45 minutes and we'd love to live in a urban area. Within waking distance to stores, restaurants, parks and such. I kinda figured being to close to the base wouldn't be possible but I'd choose a good school over commute any day.
I don't think you'll find that within your budget. The urban/walkable areas with good schools are few and far between, and when they do show up they are $$$. (We're talking about $2000+ for a 2br apartment)

How long are you going to be here? Are schools really an issue with a 3 year old? Kiddo won't head to kindergarten for another year and a half, so if it's a 2 year stint I wouldn't stress too much. If it's a 5 year move, then I'd be looking more seriously. Until then you just need daycare, which you can find decent options all over.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Contact the base chaplain's office now and see if there is some kind of a list for apts and daycare/preschools.

Sometimes the spouses on military bases form their own groups, there was one on Ft. Wadsworth. I found that out by going through the chaplain's office.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:36 PM
 
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I live down the street from Ft. Myer by the Jefferson Community Center and we pay around $1700 for 2bd/1ba. The apartment is older, but is clean and not falling apart. Wanting a second bathroom is going to be a stickler for you. I love living in Arlington and the schools are great. I value having no commute time so we pay more for a lot less. Check with AHRN (automated housing referral network). I've not been able to find much on there personally. I found our apartment through craigslist (we were lived across country and not given a house hunting trip) and signed the lease sight unseen. We lucked out, but this isn't going to work for everyone. Throw you list of expectations out the window because this area is quite different from midwest. Good luck
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:04 PM
 
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Try militarybyowner.com - search VA, then Ft Myer or Pentagon. You can narrow down rent price as well. This will give you a good idea of what is out there. When you look at them, you can do a map view and see how near or far they are. I then do a google map search, and use the little google man (not sure what he's called) to get a street view of the surrounding area. That will give you some idea of what to expect.

Have you checked the on base housing? They house people at all the bases, Ft Belvoir, Bolling etc.

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Old 12-13-2013, 04:07 PM
 
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@Promise225 - Do you have a military sponsor? I"m sure they can provide you with a lot of info.
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