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Old 04-10-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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Hi all,

I would like to find an apartment near a metro and a grocery store for under $1700 a month. Does anyone have any recommendations? Looking at some of the apartment reviews, it looks like it is hard to find an apartment in the area that is decent for the price.
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Check this one:

Archstone Springfield Station in Northern Virginia | Archstone Apartments

It's across the street from the Franconia-Springfield Metro (Blue Line) and near a Shoppers Food Warehouse, which you could drive to in just a few minutes or walk to in 10-15. There are also a large Giant and Safeway about another five minutes drive away in Kingstowne. And Wegman's will be built nearby in 2012!
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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How near do you need to be? Walking distance?

Anything in Pentagon City will be walking distance to Harris Teeter (parts of Crystal City too) and Costco, if you want tons of groceries! There is a Giant and a Shoppers within a few minute drive as well.

There's a safeway walking distance from the Rosslyn Metro too (though kind of a tiny old one), and there's a Giant a short drive up Lee Highway.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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Not in VA, but the White Flint station on the red line has a Harris Teeter below an apartment complex. We looked but it was too pricey for what we wanted.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:07 PM
 
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Where will you be working? Some Metro lines could somewhat complicate your commute.

If you go to Apartments Arlington, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania - ApartmentShowcase.com you can screen for Metrorail access - among other conveniences and amenities - and from there, the individual complexes should offer some detail about nearby shopping. In fact, if you order a copy of the book, they have a section listing Metro-convenient buildings.

I know that there are apartments in the Carlyle section of Old Town Alexandria that are walking distance to two Metro stations (King Street and Eisenhower Avenue) as well as Harris Teeter.
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:34 AM
 
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In Falls Church on route 7 there is place called Peachtree or something like that and many other apartments (look worse, I can visualize the roaches) across the street. Also many condos around there. And there are probably many crappy single family houses in Pimmit Hills just behind for < $1700.

I am not in any way recommending this place. It probably sucks like any suburban apartment in this region.

However, it's next to Trader Joe's and across the street from Whole Foods. The metro is 10 min walk, I would guess, if you walk briskly. Maybe a kilometer and change?

On the other side of the metro there is a Giant, CVS, Staples, etc. in a plaza. This is WFC metro. The condos are on the Whole Foods side on Pimmit Drive (?). I think they are condos. They are highrise buildings.

Actually there are condos and townhouses there next to the metro toward the Giant. I think a small unit 1/2 BR and 1 bath would run for around that price if they are available. I looked at a TH across the street from the WFC metro many years ago. It was ok, which translates into fantastic in this region.

Vienna Metro also has a lot of adjacent housing bubble condos. They probably all foreclosed by now, but were for rent in great abundance ca. 2006 when the music stopped playing and the greater fools were stuck with them. A friend of mine rented there at that time and said that the walls were paper thin, etc. Typical story......

Also, around Dunn Loring, but I think they might be pricier. (Eventhough the construction is crap. They built a 8-10 story apartment building using a wood structure. Shocking. Imagine the noise between units.)
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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It's not in Virginia, but downtown Silver Spring definitely meets your criteria. The complex I live in, which includes apartments, townhouses, and commercial retail properties, contains a Giant grocery store. From the front door of the apartment building I live in, it probably is no more than a 3 minute walk to the Metro station.

There are also apartments in downtown Silver Spring on the other side of the railroad tracks (and Georgia Avenue) that are within a 10 minute walk of the Metro and within a 5 minute walk of a Safeway or Whole Foods.
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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For that price you have quite a few options at the apartment communities next to Wegman's in Fairfax. Vienna Metro is a 10-12 minute drive off-peak, but plan on about 30 min during rush hour.
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