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Old 12-12-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Huntersville/Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC
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Okay, long story short and some of you know it. I HATED living in Alexandria for six years and got out. Now living in Louisville, KY.

Now thinking career-wise, back in the DC area may be a smart choice. I'm thinking I may be more suited for MD and have always liked NE PG a little along with Silver Spring as a single guy. Now with my bad experience with Alexandria withstanding is NE PG that different? I hope it is a little more laid back than Alexandria is.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:07 PM
 
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I'm afraid you won't find anywhere in the DC suburbs as laid back as a southern city like Louisville.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:30 AM
 
Location: National Harbor, MD
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Okay, long story short and some of you know it. I HATED living in Alexandria for six years and got out. Now living in Louisville, KY.

Now thinking career-wise, back in the DC area may be a smart choice. I'm thinking I may be more suited for MD and have always liked NE PG a little along with Silver Spring as a single guy. Now with my bad experience with Alexandria withstanding is NE PG that different? I hope it is a little more laid back than Alexandria is.
Just curious....what did you not like about Alexandria? I was considering moving there
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:55 AM
 
Location: DMV
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Okay, long story short and some of you know it. I HATED living in Alexandria for six years and got out. Now living in Louisville, KY.

Now thinking career-wise, back in the DC area may be a smart choice. I'm thinking I may be more suited for MD and have always liked NE PG a little along with Silver Spring as a single guy. Now with my bad experience with Alexandria withstanding is NE PG that different? I hope it is a little more laid back than Alexandria is.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you stay in the Landmark area? I would imagine if that is the case, that you experience in Alexandria was greatly affected by that because I've always heard that's not a great area. From what I've experience Silver Spring is a good place to be as a single guy, but if you look for something that isn't a busy and fast paced, Bowie is a nice place too. In my opinion, Bowie is much different than Alexandria, but Silver Spring reminds me a lot of Arlington.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Okay, long story short and some of you know it. I HATED living in Alexandria for six years and got out. Now living in Louisville, KY.

Now thinking career-wise, back in the DC area may be a smart choice. I'm thinking I may be more suited for MD and have always liked NE PG a little along with Silver Spring as a single guy. Now with my bad experience with Alexandria withstanding is NE PG that different? I hope it is a little more laid back than Alexandria is.
I remember you not liking NOVA, but I can't remember why. Consider how people on the NOVA forum so dislike Maryland. There's clearly something different here. I have no idea if you'll like it though.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Huntersville/Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you stay in the Landmark area? I would imagine if that is the case, that you experience in Alexandria was greatly affected by that because I've always heard that's not a great area. From what I've experience Silver Spring is a good place to be as a single guy, but if you look for something that isn't a busy and fast paced, Bowie is a nice place too. In my opinion, Bowie is much different than Alexandria, but Silver Spring reminds me a lot of Arlington.
Yes I did stay in the Landmark area. To be honest it was probably the most tolerable area of Alexandria to me, but that is not saying much.

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Just curious....what did you not like about Alexandria? I was considering moving there
It was just extremely fast-paced and very snooty/elitest and I worked in customer service there so I had to encounter that first hand. I think that was a major part of not liking Alexandria.

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I'm afraid you won't find anywhere in the DC suburbs as laid back as a southern city like Louisville.
I realize that. I can probably deal with a faster pace than Louisville but hopefully slightly slower than Alexandria.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I realize that. I can probably deal with a faster pace than Louisville but hopefully slightly slower than Alexandria.
I realize I might get admonished for saying this in the WDC burbs forum, but maybe try Baltimore or a suburb thereof? We're known for being slower-paced and more laid back than than DC.

ETA: I really liked Louisville in my one visit there, and some areas reminded me of Baltimore.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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Yes I did stay in the Landmark area. To be honest it was probably the most tolerable area of Alexandria to me, but that is not saying much.

It was just extremely fast-paced and very snooty/elitest and I worked in customer service there so I had to encounter that first hand. I think that was a major part of not liking Alexandria.
Yeah I definitely understand what you mean about the snooty/elitest attitude over there. I like visiting Alexandria on occassion, but I know that is one of the main reasons why I can't live there. As far as a place that is not as face place, have you ever considered a place like Old Town Manassas out in VA or on the MD side, Bowie or Laurel? The reason why I mention those places is because generally those places are very laid back but still have enough to do for a single man and they are commutable to DC.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Huntersville/Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC
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I realize I might get admonished for saying this in the WDC burbs forum, but maybe try Baltimore or a suburb thereof? We're known for being slower-paced and more laid back than than DC.

ETA: I really liked Louisville in my one visit there, and some areas reminded me of Baltimore.
I've always thought that of Baltimore and vicinity.

Yeah, I've seen some similarities between Louisville and Baltimore, mainly in some of the housing stock. In fact, Old Louisville has lovely victorian housing like some of Baltimore and I would have lived there if I didn't get such a bargain on the other side of town.

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Yeah I definitely understand what you mean about the snooty/elitest attitude over there. I like visiting Alexandria on occassion, but I know that is one of the main reasons why I can't live there. As far as a place that is not as face place, have you ever considered a place like Old Town Manassas out in VA or on the MD side, Bowie or Laurel? The reason why I mention those places is because generally those places are very laid back but still have enough to do for a single man and they are commutable to DC.
I would definitely consider Bowie or Laurel.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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I second Bowie and Laurel, and also College Park, Berwyn Heights, University Park and Greenbelt. Speaking of victorian houses, I saw some in College Park and the Berwyn Heights area that were stunning. I used to live in Alexandria (off Route 1, Hybla Valley area). The areas I mentioned above all strike me as being slower paced than Alexandria.
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