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Old 09-20-2008, 05:02 PM
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I'm a young african american female looking to move to the DC area. My job will be in Herndon, VA. I realize that there isn't much nightlife in that city. What safe area in DC should I look to live that won't be too far of a commute? I'm looking to pay no more than $1500 for a apartment. I'm also willing to look in the surrounding areas.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:07 AM
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DC to Herndon won't be that much of a fun commute by car. It's against traffic almost the whole way once you're out of the city, but you still have to traverse the entire width of Fairfax County. Could be a challenge on a twice-a-day basis. One day the Metro Silver Line will run to Herndon, and that will make a run from DC much easier, but even being optimistic, that day isn't likely to arrive before 2015 or so.

As an alternative to downtown, I'd recommend looking into NoVa areas that are east or south enough of Herndon to allow decent access to the existing Metro Orange Line to get you into the city while still providing a rational daily commute. Vienna is the closest Metro stop to that area, but West Falls Church is sometimes easier to get to. Those are 25-30 minutes from downtown DC. There are a number of areas along 267 (the Dulles Toll Road) that would fit a $1500/month budget. Also in and around Fair Lakes and Fair Oaks (near the intersection of 66 and 50). None of these would have anything like the urban feel or vibe of say U Street, Adams-Morgan, Columbia Heights, or Penn Quarter, but you can still get to those places pretty easily from NoVa, and the 5-days-a-week trip to Herndon and back would definitely involve a lot less wear and tear...
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