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Old 11-12-2008, 02:36 PM
 
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Question What Towns are 20-30 minutes outside of D.C.?

What towns are 20-30 minutes outside of D.C.? I'll be moving from a suburb in NY and want to be able to go into D.C. for work and grad school...Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:48 PM
 
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What towns are 20-30 minutes outside of D.C.? I'll be moving from a suburb in NY and want to be able to go into D.C. for work and grad school...Thanks!
Depends where in DC you want to work and go to school. AU, GWU, GU, CU. Can be over 20-30 minutes between some of them alone without leaving DC proper.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:25 PM
 
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During rush hour?

The only "towns" are Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Bethesday, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring -- unless you want to get into Suitland and District Heights, but you don't.

Are you saying you want to live a half-hour outside of DC and commute into DC for your job and classes?

I'm not really sure where you're coming from.
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:07 PM
 
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Agree, depends on what you are looking for. A more laid-back suburban environment? Can be hard to find around here, it's pretty built up even an hour out, unless you can afford a posh neighborhood. From what you describe, especially if you are new to DC, you might do better and enjoy it more to live in the city.
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:49 PM
 
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There aren't any "towns" within 20-30 minutes of DC. In fact, it can easily take 20-30 minutes to commute from downtown DC to the residential parts of DC during rush hour. By Metro, you might be able to travel to parts of Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase in that time frame.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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The previous posters aren't putting you on. Just getting to downtown DC from elsewhere in DC can easily take 30 minutes (or more). If you've been looking at a map of DC and thinking "oh, this is less than five miles!" (or some such) then I'm afraid you're in for a rude awakening.

To come at the problem from a different direction, where will you be working and where will you be attending school? Also, do you plan to drive (vs. bike, or use public transit)?
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:40 AM
 
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I'm looking to commute whether it be by car or train. Currently, I live in a small city of 45,000 people and it takes me an hour to get into NYC. I like to have access to hiking areas and state parks and access to D.C. if I choose to go to grad school there. I haven't decided on a school yet but my choices are American, GW, Georgetown, and Marlyand University at College Park. I would like to rent a small house with a small yard, since I have a dog- Jack Russell Terrier. Since she's very energetic I do not want to live in a highly congested area.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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Honestly, I am not sure this area is for you.

"Access" to lots of different places can mean different things to different people, but depending on your budget, I'm not sure where you could rent an entire detached house that is both near the metro or easily drivable to DC, isn't congested, and is close to a state park where people hike.

I guess if I were you I would figure out which academic program works for me the best and then take it from there.
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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If you enroll at Maryland, you can find something to meet your needs in PG County. You don't have kids, so the lousy PG County schools won't be an issue, and you can get into DC either by car or Metro. Not sure about the hiking areas, but there are plenty of parks in the DC area and PG County is close to the Eastern Shore.
The other schools are all located in high-cost parts of DC.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:00 PM
 
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I would like to rent a small house with a small yard, since I have a dog- Jack Russell Terrier. Since she's very energetic I do not want to live in a highly congested area.
Then move to Michigan or Ohio not DC.

I don't say that to be mean, I say that to be honest.
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