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Old 12-19-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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So i'm starting my first job post undergrad making 65k. Going through my budget and taking out for taxes, 401k contributions, and health/dental I'm looking at roughly 3200 a month. I'm hoping to pay no more than 1200 a month and closer to 1000 for a 1bdr in the NOVA area (before utilities). I'll be splitting time between an office in Arlington and an office in Mclean with most of my time spent at the Mclean office. Does anyone have any good ideas for that price range? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Suggestion: Get roommates. 99% of recent grads do it. It will help your social life, lower your rent/utilities, and allow you to live in a better/nicer area.

I can't think of anywhere convenient to Arlington and McLean where you could find an apartment for $1000. Maybe a basement apartment on Craigslist?
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Richmond va
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So i'm starting my first job post undergrad making 65k. Going through my budget and taking out for taxes, 401k contributions, and health/dental I'm looking at roughly 3200 a month. I'm hoping to pay no more than 1200 a month and closer to 1000 for a 1bdr in the NOVA area (before utilities). I'll be splitting time between an office in Arlington and an office in Mclean with most of my time spent at the Mclean office. Does anyone have any good ideas for that price range? Thanks in advance.
If you look REALLY hard you can find a studio for that, probably not the best neighborhood or an older building or possibly in a basement though.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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Wow, what do you do for a living to garner such a high salary? How are the work hours? Overtime pay?
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:28 AM
 
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Wow, what do you do for a living to garner such a high salary? How are the work hours? Overtime pay?
It's pretty common for the DC area with the cost of living being so high.

OP if you want rent that low you'll need roommates which is not a terrible thing coming right of college. I believe even section 8 housing is more than $1000 a month. I did see a 1br in Arlington near Ballston for $1100 but it had no AC and was like 500 sq ft.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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It's not completely impossible to rent an apartment for $1000 without having roommates. For a little bit more than that, I was able to rent a decent older apartment at Sheffield Court in Arlington for a few years. Problem was, it's owned by a major corporation who kept jacking up the rent year after year. Looking at craigslist, there are a handful of basement apartments available for that price. I don't know if you are familiar with the area at all, but traffic is a major issue so you don't want to live further out where it's cheaper because you will spend all of your time in your car. Look for places to rent in Arlington, Mclean, Tysons Corner and Falls Church. You won't have a lot choices on your budget, but you may get lucky.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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Southern Towers in northwest Alex.

OTOH I would tend to prefer a roommate situation, as others have said.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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Wow, what do you do for a living to garner such a high salary? How are the work hours? Overtime pay?
Business and strategy analytics for a f100. No idea about hours as I haven't worked yet but talking to people there I'm expecting 50ish and no overtime.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:40 AM
 
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So I'm not all that familiar with the area but is living in like Vienna or fairfax for that type of money possible and/or is that just too far out for my social life as a single guy?

Also, if someone wants to comment on my budget that would be great. Right now I estimated monthly costs of:

150 - Gas/Metro/Parking
200 - Insurance
150 - Phone/Tablet
300 - Utilities/cable/internet
100 - Gym
500 - Food
250 - Miscellaneous drinks/club/etc expenses

Total of 1650 + 1200 for rent = 2850 and allow me to save an extra 350 a month into my Roth.

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Old 12-20-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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I believe you can get a 1BR for 1200 a month at Commons of McLean right by Tysons.
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