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Tigerfan56
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Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
Looking for advice on places to live and things to consider. I realize this isn’t a hotbed for DC posters but it’s the best I got

I’m vaguely familiar with the city. I’ve been a few times for work. Started to look at real estate prices and sheesh. I am getting a raise for this job but mostly cancelled out by cost of living increase. This is my dream job so I’m taking it no matter what.

I’m 30, married, no kids (but likely sometime in the next 3-4 years). We have a cat and a dog. I’ll be working downtown DC. Not opposed to commutes but also not opposed to an apartment downtown to get to explore the city some before settling in on a house. In fact, the idea of living in the Capital Hill area jumps out as intriguing to me. Monthly rent budget would be $3,500. If we bought a house, budget would be $650k.

So for any DC residents or former residents - what should I be looking at?

All advice appreciated
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momentoftruth87
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
Centerville, VA.


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TDcline
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
I lived in Maryland when I worked in the Beltsville area. The city is outrageously expensive. Look at Rockville or Germantown if you can commute that far. That area had the best ‘bang for your buck’ on what you get for your money. City of DC has peak Manhattan-level rent.


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RollTide1987
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
Live as far from DC as economically possible. I recommend somewhere near to Fredericksburg and take the train/metro into the city.

I live in Alexandria by the way. It’s nice but expensive.
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TDcline
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Fredericksburg


Not a bad option. I looked there before getting a place in Germantown but I thought it was a bit far.


tide06
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Not a bad option. I looked there before getting a place in Germantown but I thought it was a bit far.

Its not drivable on a consistent basis IMO.


Centinel
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Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there


My condolences.



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HailHailtoMichigan!
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
Nice place to visit, terrible place to live.

very snobby people, they will 100% look down on you when you say you are from Louisiana.



jimbeam
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I would get a new job elsewhere


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CobraCommander83
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The DC mayor is one of the worst mayors in the country


Centinel
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very snobby people, they will 100% look down on you when you say you are from Louisiana.



It's DC. You'll be looked down upon until you manage to land a job as the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Director to the Undersecretary of Section 8 Programs who reports to the Assistant to the Director of Urban Programs who reports to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
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Im4datigers
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
Right now there has been a pretty big exodus from the city to the suburbs because of Covid/work from home. You can probably get a really great deal on an apartment in the city, especially new construction. I would try that route and definitely negotiate. I would also take advantage of living in something smaller and living in the city now before you have kids and need the room.

I personally would stay away from Maryland. Taxes are ridiculous. I live in Leesburg and work in Leesburg. I wouldn’t go further out than Reston, Fairfax or Alexandria if you want any type of life outside of work and sitting in your car commuting. Metro is nice too. People up here bash the hell out of it, but they’re a bunch of spoiled arse people.

Get ready for no culture coming from Louisiana. There is none in dc etc. Nobosy grew up here. Everyone is a transplant.


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DandA
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
I grew up in Maryland right next to Fort Meade. Both parents worked in/around DC. There are tons of options outside of DC in the burbs that are much more affordable that you can commute from or there are many public transportation options that you can use to avoid traffic and parking. The subway system there is pretty nice and efficient as well. It's alot like most big cities in the standpoint that it's more efficient to take public transportation than drive your own vehicle every day.

As for things to do, there are a plethora of museums, historical sites, battlefields, etc scattered all throughout DC/MD/VA/PA that you can get to and home within the same day. I loved growing up there, so do your future kids a favor and get into a good school district in the suburbs. Or there are plenty of private schools around as well if you want to go that route.


Darth Aranda
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
Fredericksburg GOAT


jmarto1
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Centerville, VA.



I saw a lottery winner build their new house around their old trailer there


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jimlsu1
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
Where do you live now? Asking to see what you are used to. Don’t move to Rockville or Germantown. If it’s not Bethesda or Potomac stay away from Montgomery County. I grew up there long ago. It has turned into a cesspool of society.
Other options are Reston which is right off I66 going from DC to Dulles airport. Another option could be Arlington. Nothing will be inexpensive but you know that.
The Fredericksburg area idea is an option but like was said, you will need to take the train.
Happy to ask around. My daughter (no pics) lives in DC and may have an idea or two.
I will check back.


Tigerfan56
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
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Fredericksburg GOAT


Second Fredericksburg mention. What’s so good about it?

Quick Zillow glance shows it’s much more affordable. It’s also an hour drive to DC (not including traffic). Is public transportation from here viable?


Im4datigers
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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
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very snobby people, they will 100% look down on you when you say you are from Louisiana.


Meh, disagree. Been here 11 years and haven’t really run into that. Like I said, nobody is from here so there’s not many blue bloods to frown down on you and not let them in their circle so to speak. I’m sure Capitol Hill and the political world are completely opposite of that but in the regular business world I didn’t find that at all.


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re: Anyone lived in DC? Just got a new job there
Try a lease for six months first somewhere easy to commute to your work and get your bearings with the area and at work.

Pics of your wife would be helpful in ascertaining appropriate neighborhoods to suggest.

TIA


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