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Old 12-08-2017, 12:52 PM
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Trying to move to DC and looking for the smartest way to do that.. What's an average price for a room with a private bath in a shared house or apartment in the West part of town? I will be working in Georgetown. Any ideas on how to save money on housing? Thanks!
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:35 AM
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I would suggest looking across the Key Bridge in Rosslyn where the quality of your housing dollar will go further, averaging around $1000-$1200 a month in most locations to "share". The Circulator Bus makes frequent trips (every 10 minutes) through Rosslyn and down M Street, one of two primary streets in Georgetown.

Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn | Washington D.C. Circulator
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:18 PM
Location: DC
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What is your price range. Affordability is subjective based on income.
The reality is the part of town Georgetown is in is very expensive. As is almost all of the city west of Rock Creek Park. You need to come in with the realistic expectation that DC is much more expensive than any other city you ever lived in, unless you lived in SF or NYC.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:21 AM
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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There are more affordable areas and less affordable areas. In Georgetown (20007), median household income is just over $100K, but there is quite a difference between those who are over and under the age of 45. As with anywhere, you'd need to look at the individual costs and benefits of individual opportunities.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:43 AM
Location: Washington, DC
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You're going to be hard pressed to find "affordable" places to live in NW. SW away from the Wharf would be your best bet.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:27 PM
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I also work in Georgetown and recently moved to Petworth which cut my commute considerably coming from NoVA. Georgetown is about the last place you should be looking for an affordable place. It along with Dupont Circle are one of the few places people who've never been here have heard about and will cost you major $$$. If you plan on staying in NW, I'd suggest a neighborhood that isn't on the Metro to get a bit more bang for your buck. Glover Park and the Palisades are excellent, quiet neighborhoods walking distance or a short bike ride from Georgetown that are also much more affordale (for rentals that is). There are also options on the Red Line if you still would like to take the metro to work for example, despite their snooty reputations, the Chevy Chase/ Tenlytown/Cleveland Park areas all have good rental options in the $1,200-$1,800 (buying there is a completely different story!). All have metro access and are relatively walkable neighborhoods, the only drawbacks are that as 'established' neighborhoods the tend to skew older and can be a bit sedate compared to the rest of the city and you won't find a lot of new restaurants around here.

A third option and would be to move to the younger, more up and coming neighborhoods most of which lie on the Green or Red Lines. Columbia Heights and Petworth in particular are great diverse neighborhoods with close access to most of Downtown and Georgetown, yet are far more affordable, walkable and have metro access and great food and nightlife scenes and are also pretty safe. Essentially what Dupont Circle used to be 15 years ago. Also worth checking out are Adams Morgan, Bloomingdale/Eckington and the Brookland/Michigan Park are which imo are some of the city's best kept secrets. Good luck!
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Old 12-19-2017, 07:29 AM
Location: Washington, DC
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I live in Chevy Chase and it's much friendlier than any other area I have lived in. Just go to the Safeway there. Everyone knows everyone and I have yet to run into any snooty people. Most of the snooty people in DC are the newcomers or the transient people (lots of pretenders).
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:39 PM
Location: Washington DC
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I also vote living in NoVa. Rosslyn is just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown (I walk across it 3 days a week) but has studios/1 BRs available for ~$1200-1300, which is much cheaper than anything you'll find west of 17th street in DC.
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