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Old 04-18-2010, 09:38 PM
 
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Alright, just found this site, and looks like many of you are quite knowledgeable.

So here's my question:

I am a medical student at Georgetown and there are three of us in search of a place to live, preferably in Virginia, as the Georgetown rent has emptied our pockets for the last two years.

We started looking for 3bedroom apts, but they are definitely rarer than expected. We looked in Ballston, Clarendon, Courthouse, Rosslyn, Crystal City, and most recently Shirlington.

We are trying to stay around $3,000 a month in rent, which makes places like Rosslyn and Clarendon out of the question. Also, we seem to be running out of options by searching for apts through the usual massive apt. websites....

Aside from craigslist, and rent.com (etc.), what other outlets do I have to try and find a place to live. 12 month lease at this point, with potential to stretch to 2 years if the place is right. If I contacted a realtor to help find a condo/townhouse to rent, do I have to pay them to help me look?

We're all 26-28, and partying is fun and all, but 13 hour days in the hospital brings sleep to the forefront of our priorities over partying, so that's not really a factor in our living situation.

Any suggestions on neighborhoods (that are still roughly 15 min from Georgetown Hospital) that I have ignored that might be good options? Any suggestions on other modalities to try and hunt down places to rent??

Any advice or help is GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks,
Straddling the Potomac
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:13 AM
 
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Three bedroom apartments ARE hard to find. Your best bet is a townhouse, and 3k will put you just about anywhere in NoVa, and there are any number of places to look. Travel time really depends on whether or not you drive or take public transportation, and when you travel. I have a hard time believing you can't find a place in your price range---are you only considering uber-luxury digs? Hint: The rents go way down as soon as you leave Arlington/Alexandria. Check out Falls Church or Fairfax County.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:06 AM
 
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A realtor would not charge you to rent a house, they charge the owner of the property.

Try militarybyowner.com, you don't have to be miliatary to rent from them. Select VA, then Pentagon as your base.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Northwestern VA
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I ran a quick MLS search and came up with over 20 properties. They're all 3 BR condos, townhouses, and single family homes in the cities you mentioned. I threw in Alexandria too, part of it is very close to Shirlington. Try homesdatabase.com to find the places I'm referring to. A lot of people don't know that real estate agents do rentals also, and it doesn't cost the tenant anything to use one.

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Alright, just found this site, and looks like many of you are quite knowledgeable.

So here's my question:

I am a medical student at Georgetown and there are three of us in search of a place to live, preferably in Virginia, as the Georgetown rent has emptied our pockets for the last two years.

We started looking for 3bedroom apts, but they are definitely rarer than expected. We looked in Ballston, Clarendon, Courthouse, Rosslyn, Crystal City, and most recently Shirlington.

We are trying to stay around $3,000 a month in rent, which makes places like Rosslyn and Clarendon out of the question. Also, we seem to be running out of options by searching for apts through the usual massive apt. websites....

Aside from craigslist, and rent.com (etc.), what other outlets do I have to try and find a place to live. 12 month lease at this point, with potential to stretch to 2 years if the place is right. If I contacted a realtor to help find a condo/townhouse to rent, do I have to pay them to help me look?

We're all 26-28, and partying is fun and all, but 13 hour days in the hospital brings sleep to the forefront of our priorities over partying, so that's not really a factor in our living situation.

Any suggestions on neighborhoods (that are still roughly 15 min from Georgetown Hospital) that I have ignored that might be good options? Any suggestions on other modalities to try and hunt down places to rent??

Any advice or help is GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks,
Straddling the Potomac
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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My friend just rented a 5 bedroom in Clarendon for $3500. I would try for a house. Using a realtor, craigslist, etc.

Good luck!
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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don't forget to change your drivers license from DC to VA
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