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Old 02-23-2009, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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I'm moving to DC in may as I am attending grad school at GW. I cannot afford to live in Foggy Bottom. Is there anything with a 2 bedroom approx. less than $1400 in arlington or alexandria very close to a metro line? or is this too much to ask for? thanks for your help guys, i'm not familiar with DC at all.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:19 AM
 
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$1400 is pushing it, but try a little further out on the line in VA or MD. Maybe Falls Church, Huntington, or Silver Spring (though, of the 3 I'd prefer FC or Silver Spring over Huntington). Do you definitely need a 2 bedroom, or can you get by with a 1 bedroom or 1bed+den?
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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i was planning on a 2 bedroom and getting a roommate, that would be cheaper than a one bedroom.
why do you not prefer huntington?
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:25 AM
 
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You can try the 1bed+den if that ends up being cheaper and just split it unevenly (my roommate and I split 45/55 based on square footage of each respective room). As for Huntington, my impression of the area has mostly been high rises, traffic, and construction, whereas Falls Church and Silver Spring just seem like nicer places to live. If you live near the metro in Silver Spring you can walk to a lot. I hear of crime in the Huntington area, but Alexandria in general is pretty safe, so I don't think it's really that bad. If living in Huntington determines whether you make or break your budget, then that's a different issue, but if the prices are relatively the same then I'd (personally) go with another area. Again, this is purely my impressions, so it's likely that someone on here will disagree with me.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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thanks! you've been really helpful
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:25 AM
 
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No problem, and good luck in your search! Best advice is to live near a metro station (look at www.metroopensdoors.com for maps), as parking is rough in Foggy Bottom. This unfortunately will jack up the rental price, but keep looking further out along the metro lines (especially the orange and blue, since that's what runs directly to Foggy Bottom) you should find something.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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yeh i'd already realized that's what i needed to do but thanks for the website!
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:00 AM
 
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I'm sure you've already looked, but Craigslist has been instrumental in finding a place to live both times i've moved in the past 3 years. Give it a look, many new housing options are added every day.

Good Luck!
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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i have but thanks any other good websites i should know about?
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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I'm in the same boat! But add a dog to the mix. My friend lives in one of the 2 highrise apartment building is Alexandria and it is 2 bedroom, parking, bus stop out front that takes you directly to metro in 5 min's, ect... I love it there! But can't afford $1500 for a 2 bedroom by myself. did you find a place yet?
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