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D.C.-What's it like?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Connemara, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    How is the restaurant scene? I'm not big on ethnic food but I've read that most of the great stuff is based in the 'burbs.

    Surely D.C. has a good number of high-end and "decent" dining spots?
     
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    How is the restaurant scene? I'm not big on ethnic food but I've read that most of the great stuff is based in the 'burbs.

    Surely D.C. has a good number of high-end and "decent" dining spots?


    I will be the first to admit that my experience in high-class dining is sorely lacking.

    That said, I went to Le Paradou a couple weeks back, and it was breathtakingly good.

    You ought to have no trouble finding decent places to eat.
     
  3. JoeWoah

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    I live on The Hill and have for over 4 years. I personally think it's the best value neighborhood in the city. It's relatively inexpensive, populated by young and ambitious politicos (and young families as of late), it's quiet at the right times and you can get anywhere quickly. The only problem is that The Hill dies on the weekends, everyone goes to other neighborhoods.

    If The Hill is your spot, I suggest not moving further east than Lincoln Park, further north than H St. NE and further south than the Marine Barracks (I St. SE). The area of Anacostia around the stadium is pretty good these days... if you're planning to move into one of the skyrises.

    The issue with finding a place is that you need to be in town. The Hill tends to be competitive if you're going to be moving in with roommates. Whenever a roommate moves out, we never have fewer than 40 interested people. We show, interview and, if you make it past that, you get to take us out for happy hour to see how we all click. It was like that back when I was looking for a place too. If you don't want a roommate, you probably won't find a basement studio for under $1100.

    My girlfriend lives in Adam's Morgan on 16 St. NW, near the Cuban and Polish Embassies. The area still has it's rough spots, especially since Columbia Heights (which is undergoing major gentrification) is only 2 blocks away, but it's cheap and vibrant... and really loud. There are tons of apartment buildings in the area, a studio is only about $900 if you can't deal with roommates, the metro is nearby and buses run every 15 mins.

    It's a 24/7 neighborhood, so there is never a dull moment if you don't want their to be. You don't need a car either, there are 3 grocery stores, Target, Best Buy, etc... all within walking distance. If you do have a car, parking is a bitch between 8pm - 2am on the major nights.

    Don't move to the suburbs, you will regret it! Move into the city first and then see if you can deal with the boredom and massive metro delays that is suburban life. You'll be working long hours, networking, going out, going to the gym and maybe taking classes at some point. There is something to be said about having your home near by when you need to make a quick change/nap... like a dorm. This city is never-never land.
     
  4. Connemara

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    I would certainly make a few visits to D.C. before deciding where to live. But Capitol Hill sounds quite appealing.

    Thanks for that writeup Joe, much appreciated.
     
  5. JoeWoah

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    I would certainly make a few visits to D.C. before deciding where to live. But Capitol Hill sounds quite appealing.

    Thanks for that writeup Joe, much appreciated.


    No problem. Schedule a bunch of showings/interviews when you visit and try to allow yourself about a month; but the less time they have to make a decision, the less likely they are to dick you around. Also, make sure you find out how much the rent is of the total unit, new people tend to pay more than the rest of the roommates if they don't ask.
     
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    Whenever a roommate moves out, we never have fewer than 40 interested people. We show, interview and, if you make it past that, you get to take us out for happy hour to see how we all click.

    This reminds me of that great scene in Shallow Grave where they interview potential roommates. Hilarious! Do you make them take photos with you too?

    b
     
  7. JoeWoah

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    This reminds me of that great scene in Shallow Grave where they interview potential roommates. Hilarious! Do you make them take photos with you too?

    b


    HAHA! Only once, but that's because we decided to keep her on the spot (her best friend is my best friend's neighbor and we met at various "functions" over the years).

    Our interviews are pretty relaxed compared to others. Back when I was looking, some houses would set up open house interviews. You'd wander through and when you were ready to be interviewed, you would do it with all the roommates around a table with all the other potentials staring you down while waiting.
     
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    I'd definitely suggest visiting around Christmas time when there is snow on the ground. For as long as I've lived near DC and as much as I hate cold weather and snow, the area around The Mall is absolutely beautiful with a bit of snow and decorations.
     
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    Those are great photos.
    If I didn't live in DC I'd probably say that looks like a great place to live.
    [​IMG]


    Even though I drive through DC several times a week I must say that the run down PA Ave is still majestic every time I see it:

    [​IMG]
     
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    I used to work at 8th & G SE, and my drive in would involve being on Penn headed toward the Capitol for a few blocks...

    I concur. That view never got old. Even now, living in a high-rise in Silver Spring, it's kinda comforting to see the Washington monument on the horizon seven miles away.
     
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    Love these pics. [​IMG] [​IMG] The French ambassador gets one hell of a residence. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  15. Hard2Fit

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    #2 is incredibly close to where I used to live.
     
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    Wow. Looking at those makes me want to stop looking at porn and go outside.
    [​IMG] This one has photo galleries divided by D.C. neighborhood. Also includes metro area! http://beyonddc.com/galleries.shtml
     
  18. Hard2Fit

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    [​IMG] Less than a block away from home. . . [​IMG]
     
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    DC is hot as balls in the summer. Like gross sticky sweaty hot.
     
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    DC is hot as balls in the summer. Like gross sticky sweaty hot.

    I blame it on the quadrillions of tourists getting in my way on the Metro on my way to work in the summer.
     

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