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Old 05-19-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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I will be beginning work in Washington DC in 8 weeks and planning on moving to NOVA. Are there any websites/agencies that can help find an apartment that is not in a high rise? I have found the garden apts but wondering if there are any houses (duplexes) for rent
If not any suggestions on which communities are better, I'd trust someone who actually lives in one before the management.

p.s thinking of spending not more than $1750/mo
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Have you tried Craigslist?
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I just don't know what to suggest - when I rented in my earlier yrs., I always did garden apts. or houses, etc. - I don't know what to suggest to weed out the high-rises. I looked in the newspaper.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:49 AM
 
Location: DC
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I used Craigslist. You can also just look on apartment sites like rent.com. I can't remember if you can specify garden v. high rise, but if not I just looked at the picture and skipped over the high rises. Some realtors' websites are good for houses too (McEnearney - Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland Real Estate Services or Long & Foster Real Estate ).
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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Call a Realtor. It costs you nothing. They are paid by the owner of the property to find them a renter. My wife can help. She works with companies that have people in Northern Virginia who need housing for their employees.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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Thanks! I will try these out. I know the newspaper is probably best but dont have access. I will look for an online version.
Anyone lived in Riverside Apts? Found a good deal but BAD reviews online
How about Saratoga Square? At least only three floors high.
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:20 PM
 
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I will be beginning work in Washington DC in 8 weeks and planning on moving to NOVA. Are there any websites/agencies that can help find an apartment that is not in a high rise? I have found the garden apts but wondering if there are any houses (duplexes) for rent
If not any suggestions on which communities are better, I'd trust someone who actually lives in one before the management.

p.s thinking of spending not more than $1750/mo
Did you go to Craigslist. I found quite a few on there.
Good luck.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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After moving to NoVA a month ago, I have to say that you will find the best apartment deals on Craigslist.

Realtors are great for some people, but they won't hook you up with the *best* deals, which are available through private owners. A lot of the huge high-rises in NoVA are nice, but many are over priced. I've found that private owners that are renting out just a few apartments will set their rent prices at $100-$200 below market rate because they'd rather keep good tenants in these places than go months with vacancies.

The best value in NoVA IMO are the places about 2-3 blocks from metro rail stations. You will pay a significant premium for places that are on the same block as the metro.

Are you looking in Arlington or Alexandria?
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:12 PM
 
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I would live in either Arl. or Alx.
For one year I will be working at the DC Navy Yard then moving work to Ft. Belvoir
Thanks!
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