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Old 11-02-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Can this be done while being in a safe area? I am interviewing with a firm in DC, and would like to live in Nova. I will be moving up before the school year is out for the family. in FL, $1000 would get you a real nice 1BR, 1BA, but what about up there. Please help. I am trying to make a move for the quality of life, but this is stressing us out (we are pretty firm on budget -maybe $1100 - because we have a house to sell here in FL).

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:38 AM
 
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Short answer, can't be done.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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Depends on your definition of nice area. Check around Huntington, Van Dorn and along the orange line.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I'd get a 2 BR apt with a roommate, instead.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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It can be done. I found my sister a 1BDR apt for 975 with all utilities included last month. She lives off Van Dorn Street, which is an okay area, and relatively close to the metro. Her place is a condo that her landlord has rented out for years. So you may have luck finding individual landlords. It doesn't have washer/dryer but it's on the same floor. It's not Tyson's or Arlington, etc. or one those really popular areas but it's a convenient location and there are compromises to make when looking for a place in a certain price range. As long as you don't have an insane laundry list of things you need like granite counter tops and stainless steel apps, you should be able to find something--but those places tend to go quickly so act fast once you see them online.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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Depends on your definition of nice area. Check around Huntington, Van Dorn and along the orange line.
Huntington is not so nice...
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks...
I definitely don't need granite countertops or stainless steel appliances. I need to be able to get to work (either by Metro or pay to park in DC - seems like is only a $50 difference if you take the orange line from Vienna to Foggy Bottom? (Metro $10/day vs. $250 parking). I don't need to worry about the nightlife, or going out much. A w/d would be great.
I don't want a roommate, especially since the wife and kid will come up every 4-6 weeks.
I saw DUNN LORING metro apts online....anyone familiar with these?

I would have to be in DC by 9am, so I don't mind communiting (leaving at 7am).

Thanks everyone for your help...please keep the comments flowing!
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:11 AM
 
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Huntington is not so nice...
Like I said, depends on your definition of nice. I like the Huntington area.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:47 AM
 
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Huntington is not so nice...
The majority of condos and apartments on or near Huntington Avenue are fine. It's not a glamorous neighborhood but newer housing has arrived there in recent years. For someone looking primarily for convenient commuting access, Huntington is alright.

At Belle Haven Towers, one can probably find a decent 1BR for a bit less than $1000. But as I like to say, $1200 may be the baseline for an "okay" 1BR apt in an "okay" neighborhood. Longer commutes, building upkeep and the perception of the complex or neighborhood are factors that might lower that price.
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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At Belle Haven Towers, one can probably find a decent 1BR for a bit less than $1000.
This is exactly where I'd go if I were looking for under $1000. Safe complex, old but not rundown, and walkable to the Metro.
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