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Old 11-12-2009, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Russia, Irkutsk
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First of all, I'm sorry for my poor English. I am from Russia. If i say smth incorrect, please forgive me.
My husband is a visiting professor at the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC. We (he, our daughter (10 years old) and son (2) and I) are to ariive in the USA in March, 2010. Now it is my task and actually a terrible headache to find a place for us to live for 6 month (till September). It is very difficult to do when you are so far from the place.
We need a place that will be safe, close to bus or metro (i'm not sure if it is correct - I mean we won't have a car, and everything should be in a walking distance) and to shops .
What should I look for - is it possible to rent a 1-bedroom unit, or we have to look fo at least 2-bedroom one?
We'd like to find smth decent and not very expensive, because there are so many plans about our visit, so many places we all want to see in your country - we'll need all our money.

Is it possible to find smth like that in Washington? I was thinking about Rockville, Silver Spring... Maybe Kensington...

I'll be glad to hear all your suggestion.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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What is the monthly amount you are willing to spend on an apartment?
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Russia, Irkutsk
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Well, the less the better. I think we can afford something about 1500. Not more.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Far Northeast, D.C. and Montgomery County, MD
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Well, the less the better. I think we can afford something about 1500. Not more.
1500 for a two bedroom apartment is realistic, probably not in Kensington and some parts of Rockville. But Silver Spring has quite a few SAFE areas with apartments in that range. To help you a little, stay away from these apartemnt complexes:
-Montgomery Paint Branch (Lockwood crew)
-Montgomery White Oak (Lockwood crew)
-Windsor Court and Tower (38 Castle Blvd Crew)
-Nob Hill (Crush Mob 88 crew)
-Franklin Apartments (Maple ave crew)
^^those are cheaper but the crime around there is terrible

Look at:
-The Barrington (Downtown Silver Spring)
-Oxford Square at White Flint (Rockville)
-Knights Bridge I and II (Greencastle-Silver Spring)
^^Have apartments in your price range in a more decent area
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:49 PM
 
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1500 is hard. If your first priority is safety and you do not mind being crammed I would try rockville pike, those apartments are nice. I wouldn't want to live in downtown silver spring or greencastle... Those areas are just as rough as lockwood or castle blvd. Maybe Oxford Square near white flint...
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Russia, Irkutsk
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Thanks a lot!
And what about this: is it possible in our situation to rent a 1-bedroom apartment ( with 2 kids, but our toddler for sure doesn't need a separate room) or we have to look for 2-bedroom at least?

And one more question: somewhere on this forum I've read that it is possible to meet roaches and even rats in some places. That sounds terrible! Is it so common?
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