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post #46 of 190
DC is a great city. Plus, it's probably the only city in the country where there are zero-value add organizations which would find you employable, so it's a win-win for sure.

I lived in both Georgetown and Arlington and prefer red-state Arlington. Lower taxes, safer, lower housing costs, and very accessible to the city.
post #47 of 190
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Originally Posted by montecristo#4 View Post
DC is a great city. Plus, it's probably the only city in the country where there are zero-value add organizations which would find you employable, so it's a win-win for sure. I lived in both Georgetown and Arlington and prefer red-state Arlington. Lower taxes, safer, lower housing costs, and very accessible to the city.
I know some recently-graduated young liberals who comb sites like idealist.org looking for jobs at the Pygmy Vampire Platypus Preservation Association, Institute for Northeastern Siberian Political Economy Studies, etc. I don't really see the value in a lot of these non-profits. Is it just me or do a lot of them do nothing?
post #48 of 190
OK, I think you would do fine in Clarendon, Ballston or Court House areas in Arlington. All are Metro accessible and withing walking distance of nightlife if the weather is good.

As mentioned Georgetown, Dupont and Capital Hill are nice but expensive.

Adams Morgan is a good area but it is falling out of favor now and is not Metro Accessible.

I like the 14th street corridor and 14th and U is an up and coming area with Metro access.

Shirlington is a little cheaper but not Metro accessible though they seem to have good bus service now.

An interesting area to look into may be near the new Nationals stadium. They have built a ton of new apartment buildings and it is Metro accessible. It is also relatively close to Capitol Hill.

Prices to buy in the above mentioned areas have not dropped much if at all. Rents are relatively strong throughout the area.

Good luck and have fun.
post #49 of 190
If you live in the DC you can come to our parties at Farinelli's !!#!@#
post #50 of 190
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Connemara,

crime rate in DC is MORE THAN 6 times as dangeous and likely to be murdered as NYC. figure that. and good luck.

oh - but you'll be robbed clean first before being slashed!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto

The low crime rate[78] in Toronto has resulted in the city having a reputation as one of the safest major cities in North America.[79][80] In 1999, the homicide rate for Toronto was 1.9 per 100,000 people,[81] compared to Atlanta (34.5), Boston (5.5), New York City (7.3), Vancouver (2.8), and Washington, D.C. (45.5). For robbery rates, Toronto also ranks low, with 115.1 robberies per 100,000, compared to Dallas (583.7), Los Angeles (397.9), Montreal (193.9), New York City (287.9), and Washington, D.C. (670.6). Toronto has a comparable rate of car theft to various U.S. cities, although it is not among the highest in Canada.[78] The overall crime rate in general was an average of 48 incidents per 100,000, compared to Cincinnati (326), Los Angeles (283), New York City (195.2), and Vancouver (239). However, many in the city, especially the local media, have concerns regarding gun violence, gangs, and racial profiling by Toronto Police against minorities.[79]

I'd love to know the statistics on where those murders took place. I have a feeling a large majority were on the east side of DC. There is a stark contrast between NW and SE DC.

I agree with most of what has been said here. DC would be a great place to live in, but its expensive. Metro makes many things easily accessible, so as long as you're within walking distance of a station, you're in luck. A majority of my similarly-aged friends (mid to late 20s) live in Arlington or Falls Church. Falls Church doesn't have much other than residential areas, but again, Metro is your friend. Arlington has more going on, but its more expensive. Some areas, like Clarendon, would be great to live in, but there is a high density of douchebags there.

I would highly suggest staying away from living in MD and commuting by car. My wife does it (Gaithersburg to Rosslyn or Reston depending on the day), and its hell for her. MY commute is 10 more miles, yet takes a good 30 minutes less in the afternoon compared to her.

End of my 2 cents.
post #51 of 190
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post #52 of 190
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I was on High St.

Isn't the Arena District the liveliest part of downtown?

The liveliest part of the city on a Saturday would be on high st near Hyde Park steakhouse. Then again, at 1pm, I wouldn't expect there to be a ton of people walking around because all of the good shopping is at Easton or Polaris, which are about 10 min from that area.

Keep in mind, the largest university in the entire country is 5 minutes from downtown with an enrollment of over 50 thousand people. Statistically speaking, you can imagine that there's plenty of nightlife.
post #53 of 190
In Washington DC your most expensive areas are going to be the West sides..Northwest and
Southwest DC and you can get practically anywhere inside the city in 20 minutes except during rush hours.Tons of stuff to do.The neighboring cities in Northern Va. are all nice and sometimes a little less pricey..Arlington,Crystal City,Ballston,Claredon,Rosslyn and Tyson's..
Good Luck
post #54 of 190
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...Live on a Metro line, or your life will be hell.
Or ride your bicycle. It's the best town I've been in for bicycling: mostly flat, a fair amt. of bike trails, relatively short distances, mostly moderate weather.
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Would you recommend Arlington or another 'burb for a young person? Are they stiflingly boring?
I think Arlington's great. Ballston's a nice neighborhood. Rossalyn is good bec. it's a short walk to Georgetown. Great views of DC. There are lots of good neighborhoods in DC. I second the usual ones mentioned above such as 14th and U streets. The area south of Metro Ctr and the Chinatown Metro and north of Penn Ave. is great too. Eastern market area up and down 8th street are fun and beautiful. Not sure how much these latter two places cost.
post #55 of 190
DC is pretty fun. I grew up in suburban MD which I've always hated. Living in downtown silver spring isn't terrible though. It's about a 30 minute train ride to DC (which will very old fast if you party a lot on weekends).

I live in upper northwest now since May and think it's great. 10 minutes from metro stop and close to AU, Chevy Chase, Adams Morgan and downtown. 2br rent for me is $2200 which is a steal since the building is recently renovated, in a good area and very close to metro.

DC has a lot of going out options which will get old pretty quick unless you have a pretty decent group of drinking buddies. Adams Morgan is pretty fun if you like the college bar crawl set. It gets pretty obnoxious around midnight. Georgetown and Dupont are ok. U street is pretty fun. Chinatown is fine as well but is real touristy. H st NE is supposed to be up and coming but I never go there cause it's not particulalry easy to make a trip.

I think you should be able to find a decent place with roomates for $800 a person in capitol hill area. anywhere in NW will require north a $1k. Keep looking on craigslist a few deals will pop up
post #56 of 190
I've lived in DC since I was in the 8th grade.....

When I graduated from college, I lived in a couple of group houses for about 3 years -- I had the time of my life. Huge fun, and very cheap. It's a way to live in a nice house in a decent part of town, with a bunch of fun people who are around your age. Plus, you have an instant group of friends to hang with. If you don't know anyone who has space in their group house, check out the Washington Post, or perhaps craigslist.

There are also lots of people who rent out a basement apartment in their home -- something to keep an eye out for when looking through the Washington Post.

Currently, I live in Northwest DC with my wife and kids and dog. We live in a nice house in a quiet leafy neighborhood, where all the neighbors know each other, and where there are lots of nearby parks/woods, the Potomac River, and shops/restaurants. We don't have a nearby subway entrace but it doesn't both me at all -- I don't mind driving in and around DC; there are many, many biking opportunities in DC; plus, there's a metrobus line of you want to take public transportation.

It's true that traffic can back up at times -- but, hey, it does that in any city, big or small, during rush hour. Some people complain about their 1+ hour commutes but they live well-outside the city.

Regarding where to live, you really should just come here and spend some time over 3 days or so just checking out where you'll work, how long your commute will be, whether you want to be near a subway line or a bike path, or the hottest bars/restaurants, or within walking distance of the Verizon Ctr (hockey, basketball, etc.), etc. DC is very different from, say, New York, in that there are lots of residential areas with houses, yards, driveways, parks, and people walking their dogs down to the local pizza place. Some places though are: Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and Capitol Hill. Remember that DC has several universities, so some neighborhoods have lots of students/young people, such as Georgetown, Foggy Bottom (GW Univ.), American University Park, and the area around Catholic University, to name a few.

By the way, I always had my own car once I came home from college and I never regretted it. Unless you live right downtown in the business district, such that you'll need a parking space in a parking garage (nearly all apt buildings have one), I could always find street parking.

Good luck
post #57 of 190
Just want to echo the comments re: living in Arlington. It's a great alternative (cheaper) area to live that's right across the river from DC. I live on the south side of Arlington right next to the Pentagon and my roommate and I pay around $1900 each month ($1700 for rent, add on util/cable). The nice thing about my apartment complex, and this goes for the surrounding complexes as well, is that they offer a shuttle every morning and even to and from the closest metro stop.

The nice thing about the nightlife is that you're given a lot of options with whichever crowd you best identify:

Georgetown- Expensive, yuppie, self-important, conservative leaning, extremely conformist an unoriginal look. The Cape Cod yachting look has overtaken G-town and there seems to be an unofficial G-town uniform. Summer favors the RL Polo OCBD (untucked, usually some pattern of blue or pink), khaki shorts, flip flops or boat shoes. Women wear ugly baby doll dresses and sevens / citizens. Winter introduces the usual north faces, continued flip flop and boat shoes, uggs for women... and whatever other cliche trend you can think of. Anyway, I've grown to despise Georgetown and it's nightlife crowd, as you can plainly see.

Dupont- Less pretentious than G-town. This is the "gay" area of DC and that's a nice thing since it's cleaner, quieter, and offers a more variety of bars and clubs than G-town. There's a great russian vodka bar here. Duponts probably my favorite place to go.

Adams Morgan- This is the most diversely populated place you can go but it gets very crowded. It attracts younger people from all the surrounding colleges (Georgetown, American, Catholic, GW, Howard, etc) and anyone else who doesn't feel like partaking in the DC nightlife 'scene'. But you have to take a cab here.

U-street and H-street- I've heard these are the hipster parts of town. I think the Black Cat is on one of them, known as the quintessential disaffected hipster venue. Although maybe some other people can chime in.

Arlington- Although I live here I tend not to go out here. The Clarendon area is a continuation of college. Lotta Bro's and Sorostitutes who aren't willing to explore DC and grow up, so they'll stay suburban and do jaeger bombs and describe everything as "sick". Again, I've been turned off to this area but I will say there's a few reasonable spots in the middle of brotown.
post #58 of 190
What's it like Christmas in D.C.?
post #59 of 190
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I appreciate the comments guys. What is the name of that "young professionals" organization that was exposed in a couple of papers/magazines? Really douchey trust-fund babies who made fun of minorities, etc. Is that what Georgetown is like?
post #60 of 190
Late Night Shots? Capital Club? Georgetown really isn't that bad. But I'm not there that often. And that awesome Russian vodka bar horndog mentioned is called Russia House. Order the sampler and be sure Hammer & Sicle is one of the drinks supplied. Good times.
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