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Old 03-22-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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I am looking for an affordable 1 or 2 bedroom place in Alexandria or Arlington that would be accessible by public transportation. Any thoughts on where the best places to look would be? Safety is also a big issue. Thanks!

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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Maybe try Columbia Pike in Arlington near the Pentagon. It's a cheaper area because it's not next to the Metro but there are buses that run to Pentagon station every few minutes. If you go too far west on the Pike, the area starts to degrade, so I'd try to stay close to the Pentagon.

Two cheaper, but still safe, areas in Alexandria are the West End and Huntington. Most of the West End is a quick bus ride to Van Dorn St. Metro, while most of Huntington is walkable or a quick bus ride to Huntington Metro. Huntington is not in Alexandria City but is in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. There are pockets of crime in these areas but they are mostly safe.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, Va
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I like the Parkfairfax neighborhood in Alexandria and the adjacent Fairlington neighborhood in Arlington. They are both 1940s garden and townhouse communities that are very well maintained. They are condos as opposed to rental units but there are always some available for rent. Don't be scared off by the age of the buildings.
Parkfairfax Condominiums - Welcome to Parkfairfax
Fairlington Historic District
They both have multiple bus lines with express lane access to the Pentagon and the Pentagon Metro Station.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Are you willing to live without a car? In the more urban-like areas of NOVA, such as Clarendon, your rent will be higher but you can cut way down on expenses by living within walking distance (a few blocks) of one of these metro stations. Not for everybody, but it's definitely something to consider.

Is there a certain price range/limit that you have in your budget? A general idea of how much you can spend will help us narrow down the areas/complexes that would fit what you're looking for.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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Hey notinnj do you know if the condo fee for those places include utilities? Those condos look awesome.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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I think the fees in Fairlington vary and they might in Parkfairfax as well. I believe a 1 bedroom condo in Pairfairfax, (almost 800 sq. feet) was $250 a month.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, Va
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What MKing pointed out also holds true for Parkfairfax. It differs depending on the unit. I don't know the amount of the fees. I never rented a condominium, but I always assumed that the fees were the responsibility of the owner, not the renter. I may be way wrong about this. Not that it matters where it comes from as the owner would just be passing on the costs to the renter, but it would be nice to have everything rolled up in one monthly payment.
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