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Old 10-20-2011, 08:32 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I am a 23-year-old male law student from Atlanta moving to DC for a work/study at GWU/the Hill. Basically, I am having a hard time figuring out where to search for housing on Craigslist that's in between both. Before I go into the details, i'll answer the questions from the sticky.

1. Do I need to be by a metro rail? Would I be okay if I were on a bus line?


I won't have a car, so it would be nice to be near a metro line or bus line. I also wouldn't mind walking, and am also open to biking, but I would rather take public transport.

2. How long of a commute to work am I willing to have? Would I be okay driving? Taking the commuter rail? (where will I be working?)

Less than a 30 minute commute, door-to-door, to both the Hill and GWU, either by metro rail, bus, foot, or (least favored) bike.

3. Would I be willing to live with a roommate or multiple roommates?


Yes.

4. What amenities do I absolutely need in an apartment -- pets? gym? a/c? washer/dryer?

It would be nice to have washer/dryer.

5. What is the absolute maximum, with utilities and any fees, I can afford?


$1,000/month, but would like to keep it less obviously.

6. What is my definition of safe?


I would like to be able to walk around at night. I am ok with an area that is "still gentrifying with some rough patches, but basically almost there", but preferably nothing less.

Basically, I am cool with a neighborhood with car break-ins and a rare mugging, but not with home invasions or shootings.

7. How important is nightlife?

Nightlife is very important. I would like to be close to the cool nightlife areas or even live in one.

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I would describe myself as mainstream--not a hipster or anything. I am a single, straight, white male, if that helps at all.

I have heard Capitol Hill and Dupont would be good places. I want to live with and around 20-somethings.

Can someone recommend areas that fit my criteria? Thanks a lot.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Budget is the challenge here. Dupont fits the bill, but $1,000 a mo, utilities included is tough. Are you open to roommates?
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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1000 a month - kewl with nuisance crime - likes to bike

I think you would have a lot of options in some of the newer transitional areas - the cheaper parts of Capitol Hill, Shaw/NoMa, maybe Columbia Heights, maybe Petworth. Actually I think the north part of Capitol Hill, nr H street NE would be worth looking into.

I dont know the RE markets there that well - you might be looking at a roommate situation to stay within budget, at least in the less rough areas. Im not sure.

The good news is that DC is a heavy biking city, with lots of new biking facilities, which you should investigate. And crime has decreased - there are still shootings, but a lot of the "transitional" areas are mostly afflicted with the kinds of nuisance stuff you consider tolerable, which is why people like you are flocking to them.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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Budget is the challenge here. Dupont fits the bill, but $1,000 a mo, utilities included is tough. Are you open to roommates?

Dupont is one of the priciest areas in metro DC, and has hardly any rough spots left. Its "high yuppie". I would not suggest OP waste his time looking there. many better options.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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I would describe myself as mainstream--not a hipster or anything. I am a single, straight, white male, if that helps at all.

given your budget, prepare to be around hipsters.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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What about the area around 3rd and Q St. NW? That's almost equidistant from GW and the Hill.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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The guy said he was open to having multiple roommates. If he looks hard enough I'm sure he can find a room for $1000
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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The guy said he was open to having multiple roommates. If he looks hard enough I'm sure he can find a room for $1000
How much does it cost to rent a room in a group house these days? When I did it it was $250/month.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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I agree that to find a place under $1,000 in a safe area near the metro, you should look for a spot in someone's apartment or group house.
Go to Craigslist and look for the housing listings under "rooms/shared." You should be able to find somewhere in Dupont, Foggy Bottom, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Capitol Hill, etc.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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Budget is the challenge here. Dupont fits the bill, but $1,000 a mo, utilities included is tough. Are you open to roommates?
Yes, I would actually prefer roommates so I can meet some people.
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