Moving to DC - Help with housing, pweeze!

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    Jun 17, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    Hey all --

    So I finally decided: I'm moving to Washington for grad school. Good news is I have two roommates to help cut costs. Bad news is, well, the costs. I'm going to George Washington and would LOVE to live in DuPont Circle, Adams Morgan or close so I can bike to school, buuuuuuuuuuuut I know the costs are so durn high.

    We're trying to keep the price around $800-900/person not including utilities. Suggestions on places to look or know of anyone with space? Also, anyone know of a place hiring bartenders? Sean needs a way to pay for school! Hehe. Thanks!
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    Jun 17, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    I dont live in DC any more ( I moved from there about a year and a half ago). I dont know of any place in the Dupont Ciricle or Adams Morgan area that you can get for 800 to 900 range. My first year in DC I lived in NE( not the best neighborhoold/brookland area) and even that was in the 1200's(five years ago ). I have friends who have 1 bedrooms and efficiencies/studios in the 1500 to 2000 range in the Dupont Circle area.

    The final year and a half I lived there I moved out to Silver Spring and found it more affordable but not by much. (3 bedroom for 1700 so it means I spent about 600 in rent with 2 other roommates)




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    Jun 17, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/real-estate/dc-apartments-rentals.html
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    Jun 17, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    Sean, it is very expensive living in DC and the neighborhoods you mention are among the most expensive. There are other close in areas with fairly high prices too, but maybe a little less than DuPont or Adams Morgan. Columbia Heights, Logan Circle, NoMa (what the local trendies call the developing area north of Massachusetts Avenue, downtown. Capitol Hill might be on your radar too, though it's 2 or 3 miles from GW. It's probably no more that 10-15 minutes on Metro, and walkable or bikeable.
    Rents in Arlington may be better too, depending on where you are. Near a metro stop would be fairly high, along the I 395 corridor less so ("Condo Canyon").
    We live out the Red Line in American University Park, and as you can probably guess, it's close to AU. A lot of folks up here rent basement or similar apartments to students, as well as houses. It's convenient to metro.
    You might check in the Blade, our local gay paper, for housing and jobs.

    [url]http://www.washblade.com//url]
    Just ask if i can help you further with this. We've lived in DC since '65, so are pretty familiar with it.
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    Jun 17, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    damyuum...DC is gettin like Friscoicon_eek.gif
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    Jun 17, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    I was always aware that Washington DC is a very expensive city. Best of luck finding a good, suitable place to live.
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    Jun 17, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/apa/

    You can try looking for places in Foggy Bottom as well. That's where GWU is located and the prices are not as high as Dupont or Georgetown...
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    Jun 17, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    How about splitting up and advertising on craigslist for "room for rent"

    There are also gay roommate places online. Costs like 15 bucks. I believe its pride roommates or some gay shit like that.

    Even if you dont get a gay situation, cares. Most girls dont care if you are gay. I wouldnt suggest rooming with a straight dude. That would probably end quick with him kicking you the hell out.
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    Jun 17, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    http://www.drodio.com/washington-dc-real-estate/washington/1625-16th-st-nw-103-washington-dc-20009-dc7081803.php
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    Lot's of stuff out there that might work.
    This is a 2 bedroom for $2,400/mo
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    Jun 18, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    $2700 for 3 bedrooms.....doubt it in the areas you want.
    You might just have to go it alone.

    You have to be here to find a place....you can't do it over the internet
  • eastli84

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    Jun 18, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    a 3br apartment in neighboring Arlington will run you just over 3k/mo. It's pretty easy to find a room in a house/condo on craigslist for under 1k, but that's if it were just you looking for a room. There's a lot of bike trails in Arlington that can get you to GW via the Key Bridge in less than 20 mins, such as the Custis Trail. Best of luck! DC is a great college town!
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    Hey all --

    Thanks for the comments! We're continuing our search - one of the two other roommates is in Arlington, so he'll be the eyes and ears for us. Hope we find something reasonable and fun ... and not in a card board box!
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:05 PM GMT
    turtlesarecool saidHey all --

    Thanks for the comments! We're continuing our search - one of the two other roommates is in Arlington, so he'll be the eyes and ears for us. Hope we find something reasonable and fun ... and not in a card board box!

    OH GOD! ,..not Arlington!!!! ... icon_eek.gif ... slit your wrists...fall on your sword....disembowel yourself....but not ARLINGTON!!!!
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:06 PM GMT
    Haha. Hence why he wants to move into the city.
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    turtlesarecool saidHaha. Hence why he wants to move into the city.

    I would say try to get within walking distance of a subway station. Then you have access to the entire metro area no matter where you are.
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    Arlington isnt THAT bad, haha. Ballston is ok
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    Jun 18, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidArlington isnt THAT bad, haha. Ballston is ok

    What do you know? You live out in indian country! You dont have leases; you have treaties with the indians!
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    Jun 18, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    Actually, River House in Arlington, near Pentagon City and the metro there is popular....and if you get on the right side of the building you can watch the Washington Fourth of July fireworks display right from your own balcony!

    http://www.riverhouseapts.com/
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    Jun 18, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    Caslon11000 said
    TheIStrat saidArlington isnt THAT bad, haha. Ballston is ok

    What do you know? You live out in indian country! You dont have leases; you have treaties with the indians!


    And then we break them
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    Jun 18, 2009 8:42 PM GMT
    This is why you should move to Arlington...

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    Jun 18, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidThis is why you should move to Arlington...

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    Ballston!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA... that place used to be called ...wait for it... PARKINGTON!!! Cuz they had a parking lot at the old mall there! ... icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    Even better than the Blade classifieds is th Washington City Paper. It comes out on Thursdays.

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/HTTP ADDRESS GOES HERE
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    Jun 19, 2009 1:53 PM GMT
    antelope saidEven better than the Blade classifieds is th Washington City Paper. It comes out on Thursdays.

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/HTTP ADDRESS GOES HERE


    I'm assuming there's something more than "HTTP Address goes here". Hehe.
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    Jun 19, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
    Dang! Thought I could send a url w/o screwing it up! Please drop the HTTP GOES HERE and you will get the home page of the CityPaper.icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 19, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
    or www.washingtonblade.com