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Old 05-08-2010, 01:17 AM
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I need some info on rentals in a nice neighborhood/community that is diverse (not too much of one particular race) with young families, not overly expensive, has good/great elementary schools. My husband works for the government (we are a military family) his job is not military related he will be working in DC. We will be relocating in June/July 2010, we are a family of four, we have a 4yr old and a 2yr old. We would like to rent before we purchase to get a feel of the areas however, I am really confused by the areas/zip codes and bumped by the high cost of living (seems to be so much higher than New York). We would like to rent a TH or a garden style ground floor apartment in a nice community that is some what diverse and very safe, and has a family feel. We would like to do this all on one salary of roughly 90k-100k, I'm looking into attending grad school so I carry no income (thinking about getting a part-time job). We have a budget of up to $2000 for a TH and $1700-1800 for an apartment. We are seeking preferably a 3 bed 1 or 2 bath but, will also consider a 2bed 1 or 2 bath. I researched areas like; Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, Silver spring, Kensington and (VA) Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, McClean, Vienna, Falls church. From what I got Bethesda and Chevy Chase are expensive but, the schools are great. Rockville received mixed reviews not sure what to think, Silver springs got mostly bad reviews. Kensington got good reviews but some parts are not in good school zones, Alexandria had mixed reviews, Fairfax was too broad did not really catch the good areas. Falls church was sketchy, Arlington was expensive with mixed reviews. McClean, and Vienna expensive with good reviews. I am so confused, all I need is a neighborhood that is affordable and safe with a great school where my children won't stand out because of their skin color or because of our socio-economic status. Due my husband's job a safe neighborhood is top priority with no more than a 45 min commute by rail or driving. We prefer a suburban community but is open to a urban community as well. Please help thanks in advance
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Old 05-08-2010, 08:59 PM
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Hi queens...My husband is former military and now works for the Federal Government. Look in Fairfax County, Virginia. Specifically, Burke. Your husband can take the VRE into the district. It takes about 35 minutes and it is much, much, much nicer than the metro.

Schools in Burke are fantastic! And it's very safe. My husband is out of town a lot, and I have never felt unsafe.

Single family homes in our neighborhood are out of your price range, but you might find a townhouse that fits your budget. We live in Burke Station Square. It's definitely worth looking at. Most of the people in our neighborhood are either military or federal government.

From one government family to another...don't even look in Maryland. Look in Northern Virginia.
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:08 AM
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Mississippi... thank you for the info I will definitely look into Burke. I came across Kensington Rock Creek Palasades... does anyone have any info on this place? Would Parkwood elementary be the school for this area?
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