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Old 02-07-2008, 07:02 PM
 
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Help me please! I just moved to the DC metro area and I'm currently terrified that I made the wrong choice, because I'm having trouble finding areas that feel right to me.

Here is what I would like to find:

A few young folks, a few older folks, a few families, everybody is welcome.

Bookshops with creaky wooden stairs and eclectic collections, cafe or neighborhood pub where the tender will eventually know who you are.

Someplace where the starving artist and the affluent ceo will sit and have a conversation over coffee and this is normal.

A few people with purple and/or alternatively interesting hair

Charactery/Neighborhoody feeling

Some variance in ethnicity/religion, and definitely lgbt friendly

Basically I want to find a Greenwich Village / San Francisco style location somewhere within or near to the beltway, but not right downtown... I need to park my car I would like to avoid what I've been told is the stereotypical soul-lessness as much as possible. I want a neighborhood I can eventually call home and be able to point out the quirks and hidden gems.

If anyone can help me it'd be much appreciated!
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:22 PM
 
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Anyone? Pretty please?
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Well, I don't live in the DC area yet, but I'll be moving there soon. I've looked at a number of neighborhoods in person, specifically targeting some of the attributes you mentioned in my own search. Based on what I've seen, I'd suggest checking out Takoma Park (straddles DC/MD border), Old Town Alexandria, the U Street corridor in the District just west of Howard University Hospital, Cleveland Park (also in the District), and perhaps Silver Spring.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:29 AM
 
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I wish I had some good suggestions, but DC doesn't do that kind of Bohemia too well. Takoma Park is probably your best bet, and it is a really nice area. There's some cafes, a good farmers market, and one of the best acoustic music stores around. In DC itself most neighborhoods make the jump from 'hood' to 'deluxe' in one step... there isn't a lot in between that has the sort of feeling you're looking for.
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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DC isn't that eclectic, or has that big "artist" scene. THere are museums but there is no big artist community. You won't find the odd piercings or funky hair (often) cause most people dress very conservatively. But they are around, you just don't see a lot of them.

Takoma Park as someone pointed out has a bit of it, possibly Dupont circle area Adams Morgan in DC. Those are the closest I would say.
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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Default Dupont

I think Dupont is your best bet. Its very open minded has some local type places - both upscale and not upscale and attracts both the afterwork professional crowd and more free spirited types to the cafe's etc. U street is certainly diverse and more "artisty" with some cool new restaurants and such but you will lose some of the professionals when you hit that area - however they are there to eat they just don't necessarily live there so that might be okay.

I used to live on Hill and I saw a decent mix of people there esp in terms of young and old - young hill staffers, recent grads and old political types or professor/artist types that are long time hill lifers.
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:38 PM
 
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If you have enough money to secure off-street parking, can afford the high housing costs, and can use the Metro to commute to work, then Dupont Circle might meet your needs, except for the fact that it's almost right downtown.

However, although it is most assuredly gay-friendly, it's not particularly diverse, as you will find very few political/religious conservatives there, nor will you find many large families or black single parents. The elderly population is also rather limited, aside from the homeless guys/gals.

Takoma Park is probably your best bet. You might also try the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria. You didn't mention where your job/school is located, but obviously that would be a primary consideration.
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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If you are looking for a Art community. The only one that comes to mind is the New Art Community in Hyattsville. Here is the Link

Arts District Hyattsville: Urban Rowhomes & Live-work Homes in Hyattsville, MD
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