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Old 05-23-2008, 07:01 AM
Location: Denver, CO
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If he can't stand commuting on I-40 then 495/295 will be an even bigger nightmare. On top of that, unless you are looking to rent, housing is not cheap up there. Half a mil will get you a little townhouse. So you will have to look quite a distance away from Rockville for a decent house with a yard.
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by saturnfan View Post
DC at least has the Metro.
If you're going into the District, *and* can afford to live close enough in to the end of the line Metro stops in MD or VA, then great. Otherwise, it's worthless. The closest we could afford to live (and this was after selling a house in real-estate crazy Seattle), was Fairfax, VA. A good 20 min from our house in Fairfax to the end of the Orange line in Vienna and then another 30-40 minutes in to the District. The Maryland side has the same story. I felt like I never saw my husband the entire time we lived there.

We moved to Boston and bought a house about the same distance out from the city and he had to drive about 4 miles to the commuter rail stop, with a 15 minute ride into the city. Still not great but MUCH better.

If you aren't commuting into the District then you have to drive and that's a nightmare.

Taking that, plus cost of living and lifestyle in mind, I'd choose Raleigh.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:05 AM
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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[quote=MrsBreeder;3855708]Hello all...we're in a bit of a bind, job-wise, and are curious to other's opinions. Hoping to find people who have lived in both NC and DC.

Hi Mrs. Breeder

I actually juggle both cities in the same week. I work in Bethesda, MD Monday to Thursday then live in Raleigh the rest of the time. I'm currently too trying to decide whether I should live permanently in one city or the other. My job in DC is great, very stable and pays well. Schooling in Montgomery county is supposed to be good too. Downside is the traffic of course, and the price of housing. Plus, as you would expect from a big city its hard to get some peace! Bethesda and Rockville both have some very nice areas though though the houses are a little older than you will find in the Triangle. The Metro is excellent, clean and reliable.

While the price of housing in DC is plummeting, prices in Raleigh are pretty stable, which is making Raleigh seem less of a bargain than it once was.

However, I love the southern climate, open space and the slower pace of life that Raleigh offers. I play a lot of golf and thats not really viable in DC unless you are stinking rich. I really miss the triangle when I am away, and can finally relax in seeing the Angus Barn when coming into land.

I think I'll spend a couple more years in DC, until I find a suitable job back in Raleigh.

Best of luck in your decision

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Old 05-23-2008, 08:08 AM
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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The two areas are so different - it seems to be odd to be picking between the two. I mean, DC is a major metropolitan area - with all the good & bad things that come with it. Raleigh is much smaller - with all the good & bad things that come with that. I moved to NC from DC two years ago - and while overall I'm happy with the decision there are things I definitely miss. If traffic is a big concern than NC would definitely win out. I'm not sure how the biotech job market is, but for me there would be many more job opportunities in the DC area than here. No comparison, really - I'm finding the NC job market VERY slow.

Anyhow, I think you first need to decide if you want to live in a major metropolitan area or not - if so, there are probably other cities that would compare more directly with DC.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:09 AM
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I lived in the DC area for 20 years, and will miss it every day of my life - beautiful city, amazing things to see and do, interesting people.

But as far as places to live, now, given the traffic and housing problems, Raleigh is simply a more liveable place than Washington. School-wise, too, there are a LOT of problems in metropolitan Washington - we were relieved to get away from that part, too.

We've lived here only a short time and have already made trips back to DC (and yes, the traffic in No. Va. is incredibly awful) - the good thing is that Raleigh feels like it's within striking distance of Washington, not too far to easily get back for any reason.

And we're happy to see that in a lot of ways, Raleigh looks like the Wash. area - lush, beautiful trees, flowers everywhere. And feels nice and humid, too, just like home!
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:16 AM
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Its funny, we moved to Raleigh and 3 yrs ago and love it...but every now and then I crave the real city life, and my first choice would be DC. We moved from LA, so we were used to 24x7 action. I wish it wasn't so expensive. We are going this weekend, my second visit this yr, at least its a short trip away if you'd like to visit.
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:14 PM
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The reason we're trying to choose between NC and DC is the job-- biotech is slumping a bit and CA and Boston just aren't on our radar, living-wise.

Personally, I want NC if I had to choose. We know it there and I liked it. I liked hiking on the trails at Duke Forest and Umstead. I liked having "new" things to do.

He just wants a job, which I understand, but I worry he'll HATE DC. The traffic, winters and cost of living will do us in.

It seems the people he is interviewing with in DC will fly him out-- so I'll fly out, too. Hopefully, we'll both be able to see what the 'burbs are like there.

And, of course, maybe someone in NC will be hiring...
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