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Old 12-12-2008, 10:29 PM
 
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Hey all, I may be getting an offer from a firm in the DC metro area. I was hoping you could help figure out which neighborhood to relocate to. I'm 25 years old so I would like to be in an area that has young professionals living there -- and close to the night life, nothing sleazy though...just fun bars/lounges/clubs. I want to live IN the city just so I can have access to the cosmopolitan events that happen only in cities. After doing lots of research, it seems that something near the red line would be nice -- friendship, chevy, adams, dupont, cleveland -- do you all agree that those are the best places? I was raised near Boston and lived out in Europe for 3 years, so the cost of living shouldn't be surprising to me, but I also don't want to pay $2000/month just for a studio. I was hoping to get a 1 bedroom in a good, safe neighborhood. How much would that run? I understand the closer I am to the metro, the more I'd pay -- so to ask another question, would I need to bring my car? I heard the traffic is atrocious there -- and if my job site is on the red line and I live close or on the same line, would I still need to bring my own private transport? I travel to NYC all the time and have realized that public transport is the way to go. Save on insurance, gas, maintainance, and I assume -- parking. What would you recommend though?

So basically, a good neighborhood for a 25yr old...and would I need to bring my car there?

I appreciate the help! And who knows, I might run into some of you soon!

--nks
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:25 PM
 
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Go for any of the following:
Dupont Circle
Adams Morgan
Cleveland Park
Georgetown
U Street
Capitol Hill (more laid back but perhaps the prettiest neighborhood in the city)

Other nice areas, but less "urban":
Arlington (Courthouse and Clarendon)
Old Town Alexandria
Bethesda & Friendship Heights

There are other good areas too, but not if you want to ditch the car. All of the above listed parts of the city have lots of young professionals and ready access to DC's great nightlife.
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:44 PM
 
Location: San Francisco/East Bay and Los Angeles, formerly DC and Boston
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check out Woodley Park

right on the metro, you won't want to have a car there, some older buildings there with modestly reasonable rents
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:11 PM
 
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thank you to the both of you. i'll be in the area this week and hopefully will find a good deal in one of your recommended neighborhoods.
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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Dude ... having lived in DC's gorgeous Georgetown area, it comes highly recommended. Anywhere in the NW/SW sections in DC should be checked out. Besides, nearby Maryland or Virignia 20 minutes away. I would not consider taking a car ... for starters.
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