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Old 01-09-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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My fiance and I are moving to the DC area this spring and need help harrowing our search. We will be buying and have a budget of 475K. We would like to find a 4/3 bedroom house with a yard as we have two big dogs. We are in our later 20's and plan to expand our family soon.

We would like to be somewhere where there are hip things to do etc. as we are both very active and social people. We really love Alexandria but can't afford the space we would need. I love the older buildings and the old town feel, independently owned restaurant and shops etc. Not to mention the energy. I do however really enjoy living in a suburb so ideally we can find something in a suburb within driving distance of city/town center that offers all/most of that.

I will be working from home where as my fiance will be commuting to Quantico. Does anyone have recommendations as to where we should be looking and why?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:45 AM
 
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Don't live in DC if you're commuting to Quantico. Look in the Northern Virginia suburbs. There is a separate forum for Northern Virginia where you will get much better advice than here:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/northern-virginia/
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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1. NoVa is extremely expensive. Easily the most expensive region in the DMV area now. You are already priced out because of your budget. It's more expensive buying a house in NoVa now than it is in Montgomery County or DC.
2. Your best bet would probably be Takoma Park, MD, or Hyattesville, MD. It is the only "hip" town which has places with your budget for the size and requirements you are asking. They are both cool places, but they are likely outside of your commuting range.

As somebody stated, the budget will not go far inside the beltway, once you go outside the beltway you get the usual suburban sprawl in many places. Not exactly hip, nice, walkable, or active.
The good neighborhoods cost money, and to be honest when looking having a budget over $500K in the DMV area is kind of a good idea. You may find a place on the low end of your range that is a good fit, but the high end is more likely. Especially if you want get a nice house in a great area. You are
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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I just moved in with one of my friends and I live on 9th st with the WalMart behind me. Its just lovely.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:01 PM
 
Location: YOU are NOT a Washingtonian. YOU are a GENTRIFIER from the CVS, Whole Foods, Starbucks & Condos era.
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I just moved in with one of my friends and I live on 9th st with the WalMart behind me. Its just lovely.
You are excited to live behind a WalMart?

Do you love all the CVS & Starbucks in DC too?
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