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Old 04-22-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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My husband just got a job in DC (3rd & I NE) and we need advice on where to look to rent for a few years . Prefer nice, clean, 3(4) bedroom close to public transportation and children's play area(s). Our kids are 4 & 6 yr. Good elementry school, preferably small private, christian. Average price range. White or mixed, middle class neighborhood. SAFE! (Can't blame a girl for wanting it all! ) Any advice greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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What do you consider an "average price range?"
Are you looking for a SFH, townhouse, or apartment?
There are some stalwart defenders of the DC public school system, but most area residents will tell you that it is abysmal; if you want public schools as an option in the event that you cannot find a slot in a convenient and affordable private school, I would strongly suggest bypassing the District and looking in Maryland.
In fact, if you are very particular about the school, you might consider choosing the school first, and then finding a place to live (keeping in mind the workplace commute as well, of course). Traffic in the DC area is pretty bad, and you don't want to spend 45+ minutes driving back and forth to school twice a day.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:53 PM
 
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I also second the mention of

1) avoiding DC public schools (they are a travesty)
2) keeping a close eye on your commute

What about Arlington? So close to DC, yet so far from its problems.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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3rd & I is in the area behind union station, so I suppose I'd recommend something along the red line -- maybe silver spring.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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I'm also moving to DC soon. Eaton Elementary School is within our zone. I've heard positive feedback about the school and area. Is anyone familiar with the school?
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