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Old 06-28-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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Hi there! I am moving to NoVa ....and will be working in Vienna, looking to live in a young fun place with a good singles nightlife (but I'm done w/ the frat party lifestyle) ....people have suggested Arlington. Wondering what areas in Arlington will be:

1. Fun

2. Not a horrendous commute to work (coming from the NJ/NYC area keep in mind)

3. Will be in my budget--$1200/$1400 in a 2 or 3 bedroom place

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!!
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Old 06-28-2008, 11:38 AM
 
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Hi there! I am moving to NoVa ....and will be working in Vienna, looking to live in a young fun place with a good singles nightlife (but I'm done w/ the frat party lifestyle) ....people have suggested Arlington. Wondering what areas in Arlington will be:

1. Fun

2. Not a horrendous commute to work (coming from the NJ/NYC area keep in mind)

3. Will be in my budget--$1200/$1400 in a 2 or 3 bedroom place

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!!
1. The Ballston-Clarendon corridor of Arlington - the mecca for 20-somethings in NOVA.

2. If your employer is convenient - or runs a shuttle - to the Metrorail, just hop on the train. If not, then a commute by car, mostly on I-66, will be against the majority of the traffic. It's not very far (~15 miles) but, as they say, accidents happen.

3. I would guesstimate that $1200 might get you an "okay" 1B in Arlington while $1400 might get you a really nice 1B or an okay 2B. It's been said here that if you're willing to walk a bit to the Metro, then there are some decent places for less.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:17 PM
 
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RE: #3 above... I moved a couple months ago so I've looked around recently and unfortunately if you want to live by the metro in the Ballston-Clarendon area, prices are a bit higher than that. A studio or small 1-bedroom runs about 1450-1600 and a nice 1B is 1600-1800. I think the prices Tone509 gave are more typical of a place where you'd have to walk further to the metro. Also, there are a LOT of small houses where you can rent a bedroom for less than $1000 if you want to live with other people.

I live in Crystal City which is technically also Arlington. Prices are slightly cheaper in Crystal City or Pentagon City. There are plenty of 20-somethings around, lots of restaurants, etc. but not as much of a nightlife scene as Clarendon or Ballston.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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RE: #3 above... I moved a couple months ago so I've looked around recently and unfortunately if you want to live by the metro in the Ballston-Clarendon area, prices are a bit higher than that. A studio or small 1-bedroom runs about 1450-1600 and a nice 1B is 1600-1800. I think the prices Tone509 gave are more typical of a place where you'd have to walk further to the metro. Also, there are a LOT of small houses where you can rent a bedroom for less than $1000 if you want to live with other people.

I live in Crystal City which is technically also Arlington. Prices are slightly cheaper in Crystal City or Pentagon City. There are plenty of 20-somethings around, lots of restaurants, etc. but not as much of a nightlife scene as Clarendon or Ballston.
Thanks for the correction on the rental rates! You learn something new everyday.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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With that budget you are going to have a hard time finding anything in the Ballston/Clarendon area. But every thing you want is on Orange metro line. Vienna is the last stop on that line, Clarendon is 20 minutes from there and you get to downtown DC in about a half hour. I don't know what the cost of places walking distance to the metro stops at Vienna, Dunn Loring or West Falls Church are but those would be areas worth checking out.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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I-95 is a complete mess through rush hour and sometimes on the weekends. Keep that in mind and try to get a home near your workplace or take public transit.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:47 PM
 
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I would ask your soon-to-be employer if they have any sort of commuting options to transport you from the Vienna Metro rail station to your office.

A lot of companies in Vienna that are close to the Metro station (but still too far to walk to it) offer free or discounted van shuttle service for their employees.

If your company has that available, you could live in Arlington and take the Orange line to work in Vienna.
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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Most, but not all, employers with a Vienna mailing address are actually over by Tysons Corner. West Falls Church would be the closest Metro, and there is regular bus service from there though most of Tysons, but I wouldn't see the sense of buying a commute. Depending on where the job actually is, there may be perfectly good housing at or near that price range that's a half-hour or less each way.
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