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Old 05-26-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Hi everybody! I will hopefully be moving to Virginia and commuting to the Shirlington around July or so. (Nothing's etched in stone) But was just curious if I do get the job where should I live? I'm in my 20's so being closer to the city would be cool but having a nice place I can afford is more important

What would be a good place to look at that would have washer dryer connections within a 30 minute drive during rush hour? Or would I have to drive out further than that? Thinking a 2 bedroom with a price limit of $1500.

I've looked at Woodbridge their apartments seem to be better priced. But how is the commute? What about the Alexandria area around Fort Belvoir? How long are those commutes?

Is Oxon Hill or Suitland a good idea or too far?

Thanks yall!

Terrence
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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It would be rough coming from Woodbridge or Ft. Belvoir. Sitting in traffic on 95 and 395 would not be fun. Forget Oxon Hill or Suitland for this commute.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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Why not live in Shirlington, Arlington, Crystal City or the close-in side of Alexandria.

If you're young and want to rent at 1500/month, why not get a nice 1BR?

Check 22206 and around that zip code. I think that captures Arlington Ridge and a chunk of Shirlington.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:08 AM
 
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West End of Alexandria seems perfect for you. It's a much shorter commute (1-3 exits on 395) than the other places you were looking at and you can still get a 2-bed for 1500.

I wouldn't do Oxon Hill, Suitland, Woodbridge, or Ft. Belvoir because of the commute. There's no way any of those are 30 minutes at rush hour.

I agree with caution though... if you looked for 1 bedrooms, you'd be able to afford something in Shirlington or very close to it, and it would probably be nicer than the 2 bedrooms that you could get for 1500.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Look along either 4 Mile Run Dr, King st, or in Fairlington. You should be able to find a nice rental, either a large 1Br or small 2 that would be within walking distance of Shirlington. I wouldn't even bother with places like Woodbridge or Ft Belvoir as any savings on rent will be eaten up in commuting costs and they aren't a lot of options for public transportation into Shirlington that doesn't come from Arlington or Alexandria without a lot of backtracking.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:32 PM
 
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Hi everybody! I will hopefully be moving to Virginia and commuting to the Shirlington around July or so. (Nothing's etched in stone) But was just curious if I do get the job where should I live? I'm in my 20's so being closer to the city would be cool but having a nice place I can afford is more important

What would be a good place to look at that would have washer dryer connections within a 30 minute drive during rush hour? Or would I have to drive out further than that? Thinking a 2 bedroom with a price limit of $1500.

I've looked at Woodbridge their apartments seem to be better priced. But how is the commute? What about the Alexandria area around Fort Belvoir? How long are those commutes?

Is Oxon Hill or Suitland a good idea or too far?

Thanks yall!

Terrence
Hello, I currently live in Lake Ridge zip code 22192 ( a commmunity in the Woodbridge area). We were just informed our company is moving to Shirlington and as a result, I am looking for another job. The commutte is a nightmare from Woodbridge exit 160 to Shirlington and there are limited public transportion options to Shirlington. West end Alexandria zip code 22312 may be your best bet. Good luck with your move
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