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Old 04-18-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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Hi,
I am a new college graduate, looking forward to relocate in Northern Virginia.
I am new to Virginia so I have no idea where to live.
My work office would be in Reston, but I will most likely work many days in Washington, DC. SO I thought an inbetween point would be good.

I am looking for a place to live where it's safe, clean and moderately quiet.
I am also thinking of living in a high rise apartment, and an access to orange line would be great.

Could anyone suggest me any neighborhood to live in?

Crystal City, Rosslyn, Pentagon City, Clarendon, Court House, Ballston?
Someone recommended me Vienna as well.

Can anyone give me suggestions? I greatly appreciate your answers. :-)
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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Clarendon is the hub of the action for the 20-somethings. Really though, if you live on the Orange line between Ballston and Rosslyn, you're good. It is pricey though.
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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Vienna's going to be a bit far out from the young crowd. It's sfh's and a cute little suburb, but it's not the "hip" area where recent grads congregate. Any of the rest of your choices are probably equally appealing, imo. Rosslyn to Ballston is where most fresh out of college kids live. Crystal City is also a great option (I loved living there), and a bit cheaper than the Orange Line corridor. Bonus, you can walk to Pentagon City mall
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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I lived in two high rise apartments at Courthouse (orange line): Courtland Towers (typical non-descript luxury apartment, a block from metro, no complaints) and Meridian (newer, more expensive, an additional block or so from the metro).

You would also like Ballston - many choices there.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:46 AM
 
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If you can afford it, go with Courthouse, Clarendon or Ballston.

Crystal City seems unnecessarily out of the way for your trip to Reston. I'm not sure that it offers anything over the others other than it's a little less expensive.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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If you can afford it, go with Courthouse, Clarendon or Ballston.

Crystal City seems unnecessarily out of the way for your trip to Reston. I'm not sure that it offers anything over the others other than it's a little less expensive.
It's actually not much further. From Crystal City, you can get on 110 to 66 and it's a straight shot to the toll road. I lived in CC right out of college and had training in Reston. I drove to Ballston to pick up a friend, and we'd go the rest of the way together. The only place we ever hit traffic was 66 in ballston (for some reason that merge section can back up). The rest of the trip is really quick, and CC-Ballston section only adds a short amount of time. Depending on the amount of rent saved, and where else in DC you will be going for your job, CC isn't a bad option. (I really liked having the yellow line right there, as I had to go to china town often, so it was quicker than the blue or orange lines would have been)

If the orange line is your metro line of choice and your DC work locales are directly off that line, then yeah, I'd skip CC. Otherwise, I think it's a viable option.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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I recommend Ballston, Clarendon, or Courthouse. Do not live on the blue line unless you like taking taxis home after hours. The areas on the orange line are the most social in Arlington. These are very safe areas and you have great access to downtown and Reston. Don't be fooled though, the merge on to 66 west (needed to get to reston) can be a bear some mornings.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:57 AM
 
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how is Brambleton and broadlands in ashburn
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:40 AM
 
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how is Brambleton and broadlands in ashburn
Probably fine for families or 25+ folks who want a TH and don't care about being in the middle of the party scene. Not so fine for a recent college grad who wants to live it up.

To address OP's concerns, if your job is in Reston, try living in Ballston.

Falls Church City MIGHT work for you, there's some bars, etc., there, it's closer to your job and you're still on the Orange Line.

I'd advise against living on the Blue line, you're renting and your job will likely change this early on.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:40 AM
 
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Anywhere on the Orange Line is not going to be quiet at all--too many bars and drunks. Trust me: In Ballston, you will hear drunk 20-something guys hooting in the street for no reason on any given weeknight. Places farther west (EFC, WFC Vienna) on the OL are not like that YET, but they're bound to get that way soon, given all the development planned around those stations.

If you're close enough, a bus into DC isn't bad at all. The 3Y along Lee Highway is pretty quick. And rents will be cheaper there than on the Orange Line.

If you're a quiet, responsible type who doesn't go to bars, I'd suggest you might look to rent a room in someone's house, within maybe a mile of the metro. Or rent an apartment near the 3Y bus.
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