Where to live in DC area?

  • Karnage

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    Dec 26, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    So I just landed an awesome job in Fairfax, VA, and I'm going to need to move out there in the next month. Does anyone know of good neighborhoods or places to live? I've heard that Arlington might be a good place, because it's on the west side and has a good population of young people. Are there any good gayborhoods in Arlington? Ideally I'd like to live as far out of the city as possible while still being near a train line. Any help would be much appreciated, as I don't know much!
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    Dec 26, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    Fairfax Co. is huge. Where in Fairfax is the job?

    My suggestion is to live close to your job. Traffic in northern Virginia is a nightmare if you have to drive on any of the highways to get to work.

    Arlington is large and hodge-podge. Notice there is no city in Arlington Co. It is the left over rump of the Virginia side of the District of Columbia. You can see the straight boundaries still show the original DC diamond. It is an amalgamation of many, many housing developments. In the '30s, the post office threatened to withhold mail delivery because the streets were so confusing. Pre-mapquest, driving in Arlington was a logistical nightmare. Every one of those housing developments had a main st, and an elm st, and an oak st, etc. So if you had to go to Oak St, you had to figure out which Oak st. And a street with one name can be in 4 separate pieces! It's unbelievable!

    Needless to say, I don't drive much in Arlington. Here is one place that is very nice and near the metro. But you are going to have a long commute if you live here and work in Fairfax....if you can make connections to get from point A to point B even.


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  • Karnage

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    Dec 27, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    The job is on Fair Lakes Circle, which is right near 66 (Custis Mem) and Fairfax County Pkwy. It looks like the Orange Line goes the furthest out in that direction, so maybe something along that line would be best? Thanks for the tips!

    Also, what sort of price range should I expect going into this? The only place I've paid rent is Cleveland, and that's kind of on the opposite end of the spectrum for cost of living...
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    Dec 27, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    Anywhere you live near the metro is going to be more expensive. The good thing is the metro stations out in Virginia provide good parking. You should expect to pay at least 1500 for a small one bedroom with parking.
  • Karnage

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    Dec 27, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    Ok, cool. After reading a few messages from other people, it seems like the best idea would be to live out near Vienna, commute west to work, and ride the metro in to town if I ever want to. Thanks!
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    Dec 27, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    yeah Arlington and Pentagon City are good if u want outside of DC
    theres some great little condos in Pent city. and its right near the mall and a metro stop. all walking distance

    if u want in, Look in Northwest. If money isnt a problem do georgetown. also around dupont is really good.
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    Dec 27, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    When I was in college, I lived in an apartment about 8 blocks from the East Falls Church Metro. Not a bad commute. Apartment had a shuttle that went to/from the metro during rush hour.

    Also, had a good friend that lived in Ballston- just a short walk from the metro. Not a bad area either.

    Vienna is also a nice area. Large, beautiful homes. But more spread out and would definately require a car.