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Old 10-23-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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$1,700/month for a luxury 2-BR apartment in DC? What am I doing way out in the styx?!
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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I don't know I think the list is definitely flawed. I have a hard time believing that Chicago is more expensive than DC. I guess if you're comparing a 2 bedroom off say Michigan Ave and a 2 bedroom in Anacostia I could see but other than that no Chicago is cheaper.

I'd say that DC is about number 3 with perhaps a tie with Honolulu. Only places that I can think of that are more expensive are San Francisco and NYC.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Only places that I can think of that are more expensive are San Francisco and NYC.
...and L.A. DC would be fourth in my eyes.
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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I would add Seattle and San Jose, possibly San Diego. Not Chicago. Boston is quite expensive if you want to live in a "nice area."
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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...and L.A. DC would be fourth in my eyes.
I totally agree that Los Angeles is much more expensive than DC area. I'm one of the few people who moved here and though Nova was a bargain! Wow, I felt rich--I sold a tiny townhouse in Redondo Beach and for just $50,000 more bought a 4,000 sf house here.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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the cheapest apartment in Arlington is $1800 for 1 bd and it is not luxury plus whatever they charge for the privilege of parking, so I would think that $1700 is off quite a bit and Arlington isn't even DC
No way. The cheapest 1 BR apartment on apartments.com in Arlington is under $1100. There's quite a few in the 1200-1300 range as well, and they mostly include parking.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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$1,700/month for a luxury 2-BR apartment in DC? What am I doing way out in the styx?!
LOL, pun intended I presume?

(For those who aren't into mythology, Styx is a river in Hades. The word literally means "hateful" or "cold". The water was said to dissolve any vessel not made from a horse's hoof. Or a metro rail, in Scran's case.)
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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America's Most Expensive Cities - Forbes.com

OK, Nova is not DC. But, we're right next door and lots of us spend a lot of time in DC. So what do you think of this list?

DC is listed as #10, with the following notes:

World rank 2009: 66
World rank 2008: 107
Two-bedroom unfurnished luxury apartment rental: $1,700
One cup of coffee, including service: $3.50
Fast-food hamburger meal: $5.19


Is this accurate? Does a cup of coffee really cost $3.50 these days? And how interesting that our world rank has gone down so much in just a year. Is it really that less expensive to live here, or has it just gotten so much more expensive to live somewhere else?
That looks reasonable to me; in the early 90's I paid well over 1500 to live per month in Boston; anytime ur in a city its more; its a trade-off.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Mountain View, CA
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One thing I'd point out. Luxury does not mean "walking distance to Metro." Yeah, 1700 is way off for anywhere within walking distance of Metro. 1700 is low for Arlington if you're talking Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Get out of that corridor though, and away from the train stops, and it's not quite as off. It's still off though. What I'd call a luxury 2br runs around $1700 out here in Fair Lakes (my very nice 2br I got for a steal at $1300), so I imagine it'd be hard to find one in DC, walking distance to Metro or not.
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