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Old 08-29-2010, 03:24 PM
 
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My fiancée and I are looking to move into the DC area next summer. We are both in our mid 20’s and should have around $1300/mo for an apartment.
Hopefully she’ll be getting a job with one of the DC hospitals and my job currently puts me around the BWI airport area. We visited Silver Springs this weekend but it didn’t have the nightlife area we were hoping for.
Any suggestions for a safe area with decent night life, near a metro and not a terrible commute for me? I’d consider the Alexandria/Arlington Virginia area, but I have no idea how bad that commute is during rush hour…
Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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Alexandria/Alrington to BWI is around 90 minutes with traffic, about 60 minutes without. For your budget, you may want to look at living in/near Baltimore. $1300 for rent gets you very little in the DC area.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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We visited Silver Springs this weekend but it didn’t have the nightlife area we were hoping for.
Any suggestions for a safe area with decent night life, near a metro and not a terrible commute for me? I’d consider the Alexandria/Arlington Virginia area, but I have no idea how bad that commute is during rush hour…
Thanks!
You're going to have sacrifice location, metro access, nightlife, apartment age or commute on that budget, probably end up sacrificing two of those five factors.

You can get a nice 1 BR in Annapolis on that budget, not a terribly exciting nightlife, but it has its share of bars and places to go. If you can deal with the long commute, $1200-$1300 will get you a 1 BR in a 1970s building in Arlington/Alexandria.
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:01 AM
 
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What about the areas around the Eastern Market/Capitol Hill Metros? Safe area? It looks like I could get on 295 easily from there.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:55 AM
 
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What about the areas around the Eastern Market/Capitol Hill Metros? Safe area?
y, although about 6-7 blocks east around 12th/13th Street things get a little sketchy

could be tough to find a place you like there for 1300, but there's a lot of nightlife along 8th street and some good bars on Penn Ave SE nearby
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