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Old 03-17-2009, 12:47 PM
 
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I got offered a job in Springfield and I'm wondering what's the cost of living up there. I would probably live in an apt. or possibly consider a roomate. I'm looking for advice on relocating and possible areas to live in. Any help or advice is appreciated.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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I have lived in the Springfield area for a few years now - first renting a condo with a roommate and now renting a basement. I like it, close enough to the city to visit, but green enough to not be a concrete jungle. Depends what you are looking for.
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:57 AM
 
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What is your budget? Do you have a preference to be in or close to "happening" areas after work?

Springfield is a safe, sprawling middle-class suburb with the requisite variety of upper-midscale shopping but no town center (at least until the aging Springfield Mall is repurposed). It's also a transportation hub with the (in)famous Springfield Mixing Bowl of highway roads and two Metrorail stations in the area.

From what I know of Dallas and Texas as a whole, the cost of living is much lower there compared to the East Coast... especially the Washington DC metro where the crush of people arriving for jobs raises housing costs to a level where one might look askew at a 1B apt for less than four figures a month. Using my recent experience in McKinney, TX as a guide, you'll pay 20-25 cents more per gallon of gas as well. Food and other essentials will be more expensive just based on the rents that those retailers have to pay.

But I assume that a higher salary is a major factor for the big move? If that's the case then, beyond the sticker shock of apartment rents, you should be compensated well enough for the adjustment.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:08 PM
 
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I have lived in the Springfield area for a few years now - first renting a condo with a roommate and now renting a basement. I like it, close enough to the city to visit, but green enough to not be a concrete jungle. Depends what you are looking for.
I'm looking to rent a room and possibly have a roomate or more than one. I don't have a preference with females or males. I'm trying to find something month to month with no lease and stay under the $800 range.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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My budget is to stay under $800 and I'd like to stay close to Springfield reason being I'm not familiar with the area but if I can find a good deal in the area I might settle. I'm willing to rent a room or have roomates. I understand the cost of living is way higher than Texas but I'm willing to give it a shot and build up my career.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:22 PM
 
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Are you in a stable cash position (3-6 months worth of expenses saved, no large debt, etc.)? It's just a piece of advice I would have for someone moving, especially from a less expensive area like the Metroplex to an area like here.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:57 AM
 
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Try looking through here: washington, DC rooms & shares classifieds - craigslist

Hopefully you can find a room share in your budget.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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Just to give you a general idea, I rent a walkout basement from a family (who lives upstairs). It's a really nice, livable situation, but I have no bathtub, oven or convenient parking and I pay $750 a month (including utilities). So it's do-able, but be realistic.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Cost of living: Compare prices in two cities - CNNMoney.com

Please use this cost of living calculator to figure out what you need to make in NOVA to have the same standard of living. Good LUCK!
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Burke, VA
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I lived in Houston some years back, and compared with Texas, NOVA will blow-your-mind for how expensive it is! My rent in Houston for a 1 bdrm was $450/mos., in a complex with a POOL, whereas here as as "Novaxb" stated, you can barely rent out someone's basement studio for double that price.

As far as upper-midscale shopping in Springfield/Burke area, this is what we have:

Macy's
JC Penny
Kmart
Target
Whole Foods Market
Trader Joes
BuyBuy Baby
Austin Grill
Bed Bath Beyond

You've gotta head to Tyson's Corner or Alexandria Old Town to find the true upscale-shopping, and I still have yet to find a decent hair salon so am doing without for now. Good Luck with making your decision!
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