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Old 07-18-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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We are a family of three and current reside in Virginia suburbs some 25 miles west of the city.
We both work in the city and we are considering buying a condo in DC.

Important factors to consider:
-Two bedroom condo in safe area (NW preferably)
-Good elementary/middle school

What area of the city should we consider?
Wisconsin Avenue? Glover Park? Palisades? or something else...?

Also - what do condo fees in Washington usually cover?

Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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What kind of square footage are you all looking for? What kind of building would be idea? Is DCPS a serious consideration for you?


What’s the appeal of a condo?

In my condo building, the few 2 bedrooms that exist are about 900 sq/feet and go for about what you would pay for a 1200 sq/ft townhouse in a fast gentrifying neighborhood, like say Petworth or Shaw or even a small detached house in desirable close-in parts of say Arlingon or Silver Spring.
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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We can't do anything for you without a price range.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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-Good elementary/middle school

Also - what do condo fees in Washington usually cover?
Almost half of DC public school students attend charter schools now, so location doesn't necessarily determine which school your child will go to.

Condo fees really vary tremendously; read the listing carefully before you reject something as out of your monthly budget. Newer or smaller buildings will have fewer services; everything will be separately metered. Older or larger buildings will have more things covered by the fee -- it covers everything including the kitchen sink in my co-op building (e.g., hot water, cable internet, doorman, property tax, minor repairs).
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:59 PM
 
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If your set on living in NW in the areas you mention, then budget a min. of $450,000 for a two bedroom. Condo fees cover different things from building to building. Usually covers utilities, maintenance of grounds, fitness center, snow removal. Expect to pay another $500 - $1000 in condo fees for your desired areas. Good luck!
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