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Old 04-03-2009, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I'm most likely moving to the DC area soon and I'm looking at various areas to live. I'm looking mostly right in DC but I've heard the Ballston area of Arlington is nice and Old Town Alexandria is nice. I'm a single young professional who enjoys good restaurants, bars, and coffee shops as well as a good amount of young educated professionals. Just wondering how Old Town is compared to DC and Arlington. If you have any recommendations they are greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:57 AM
 
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It would be great. Tons of bars and hangouts. If you can stand the tourists as well. Very expensive as well.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:47 AM
 
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So Old Town is nice?
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Rosslyn (Arlington), VA
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old town is really nice, but depending on where you work, it can be less than convenient. it might be a tiny bit cheaper than being in the city or being in arlington, but the commute time can be more. and if you're in the REAL old town, the metro is not within walking distance. you have to take the trolley to the metro station.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Yeah Old Town is real nice. I know someone that lives there who raves about it all the time. There's lots of restaurants and bars.

As far as living in the REAL Old Town making for a longer commute. I don't know depends on the situation. Not all of us work downtown. But assuming you will work downtown I think it'll be fine. I think it depends on your taste. If you like Old Town and can afford it I say go for it. It's like a small town but lively. It's good if you don't neccesarily want to live in the city but like aspects of city living.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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Which part is downtown and which part is REAL Old Town? I'm new to the area. Thanks
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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"Downtown" was referring to downtown DC.

No part of Alexandria is referred to as "downtown Alexandria". It's always "Old Town" Alexandria.

What constitutes "REAL" Old Town is debatable. I use the term to refer to anyplace east of West Street and within a few blocks of King Street.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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To me, a "naturalized" Virginia resident of almost six years , Old Town starts at the King Street Metro and basically radiates out east to every (red) brick building until you reach the waterfront.

I should add that if you're under 30 and prefer loud bars and clubs with similar people, Old Town will seem a little slow. But if you're over 30 and/or are comfortable with laid-back nightlife, Old Town is cool. Even some younger Arlingtonians(?) will admit that Old Town makes for a great date night.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:46 PM
 
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I'm most likely moving to the DC area soon and I'm looking at various areas to live. I'm looking mostly right in DC but I've heard the Ballston area of Arlington is nice and Old Town Alexandria is nice. I'm a single young professional who enjoys good restaurants, bars, and coffee shops as well as a good amount of young educated professionals. Just wondering how Old Town is compared to DC and Arlington. If you have any recommendations they are greatly appreciated.
Old Town Alexandria is fairly sedate for someone your age. I think it appeals to a slightly older, more established crowd. If you're looking for nightlife geared to millenials, I'd pick the Ballston Corridor (any neighborhood in Arlington along the Orange line). There are a number of neighborhoods in the District that cater to 20-somethings, if you can afford them.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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yes, old town is more mellow and sophisticated than Arlington... but its a great place to live. And, you can easily get to Arlington or DC for your super-fun nights. You will probably end up traveling down to old town quite a bit if you live in this area for a few years.
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