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Old 08-25-2012, 04:41 AM
 
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Anyone happen to know where the least expensive apartments in Nova would be, and what people would generally pay for rent there?

The reason I'm asking is someone on another forum was claiming that people in DC were being forced out of the city by gentrification and were now moving to northern va. I was going to point out that they would still need quite a bit of money to live in Virginia, as they would have to pay at least $___ in rent. Then I realized I didn't know what the least expensive rents were. What do you guys think? $1000/month perhaps? Or are there places where it would be cheaper?
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:08 AM
 
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Dale Forest has some pretty cheap rents in PWC: Dale Forest Apartments Floor Plans or Apartments for Rent at Dale Forest Apartments - 14321 Wrangler Lane, Dale City, VA, 22193 - Move.com Rentals
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:14 AM
 
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Good question - of course I don't know the answer..but there is some real crap out there as far as Apt's go. So it would all depend on what they were looking for. Most people on this forum want at least some amenties (garage, onsite parking, etc) and safety above all else. I imagine that those that would be priced out of DC and would be willing to move at all, i.e. not into a bad neighborhood in DC, would be looking for that sort of thing as well. And not looking for the mega highrise with veggies gardens (I've seen that) on all grassy areas and multiple families living in one apt. And then there is commute factor...blah etc...

But I think you are right, if the average DC worker (gov't, commerical etc) is looking for something decent, and started out in DC, and couldn't imagine going in the boonies of say Chantilly or Woodbridge, then yes I would say they couldn't find that for less than $1000, and that place might be questionable.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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From what I have seen, the people forced out of DC due to gentrification usually move into Maryland (PG County)
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:40 AM
 
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There are places in NoVA that are cheaper than $1k and, in general, my perception and experience is that DC is more expensive than NoVA. You often get more for your money there in terms of quality of construction and proximity location (as opposed to exact location which can be pretty crappy) - but clearly that wouldn't be a wash for everyone. Plus, there are the other 'needs' that crop up when you move out of the city - as others here are pointing out.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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Assuming we're talking about managed apartments rather than owner rentals, then $1000 will be difficult to find within Fairfax/Arlington/Alexandria. One's chances increase exponentially from Prince William County on south. I don't know about Loudoun County although I would guess that the job centers in or near there keep the rents higher than one might expect at that distance from DC.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:01 AM
 
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Assuming we're talking about managed apartments rather than owner rentals, then $1000 will be difficult to find within Fairfax/Arlington/Alexandria. One's chances increase exponentially from Prince William County on south. I don't know about Loudoun County although I would guess that the job centers in or near there keep the rents higher than one might expect at that distance from DC.
Loudoun? No way. Rents are high here, although maybe it's possible you could find something under $1000 west of Purcellville. Pretty hard to commute to DC from there, though.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Loudoun? No way. Rents are high here, although maybe it's possible you could find something under $1000 west of Purcellville. Pretty hard to commute to DC from there, though.
There are a few complexes in Leesburg with 1-BR in the $1000-1100 range but these are bare-bones, older garden complexes, some of which have income limits.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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The cheapest I know of would be at the former Orleans Village in Alexandria off 236 and I believe a 1 bedroom is around $1140 a month plus utilities.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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I heard recently of a guy paying 1350 at Edsal Terrace, which has always been the armpit of NoVA (excluding Woodbridge).
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