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    Looking for Apartment in DC

    I have to move to DC in a month. Any recommendations for a decent studio apartment, hopefully under $900/month?
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    You should look in Takoma Park or Silver Spring near the red line of metro. That price range is going to be close, but you should be alright in those two spots. Try to get close to Rock Springs Park, you can cycle down the park from Silver Spring and be in Georgetown in 15 minutes or so. Hope this helps, this is where I lived when I was in school in DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    I have to move to DC in a month.
    You have my sympathies.
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    Yeah, it helps. I know nothing about the DC area. Heck, I've been out of the country for the past decade - I never even rented a place in the US.

    I will have to work down near the SE border with MD. It looks like a lot of places in this area are cheaper than others. Is that because you might get shot walking around at night?

    I also saw a place called Marina View Apartments that's near the Smithsonian stop on the Blue Line. Know anything about those places?

    Is the traffic too crazy to consider living in either VA or MD and driving in to work? I can't take driving in NY levels of traffic congestion. But that subway mao for DC looks like it stretches out into the 'burbs, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUM
    You have my sympathies.
    Why, is it really crowded? I was getting so tired of the crowdedness in Seoul - but I don't think DC will be that bad.

    It looked like the Arlington area was very bike friendly . . . no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    Yeah, it helps. I know nothing about the DC area. Heck, I've been out of the country for the past decade - I never even rented a place in the US.

    I will have to work down near the SE border with MD. It looks like a lot of places in this area are cheaper than others. Is that because you might get shot walking around at night?

    I also saw a place called Marina View Apartments that's near the Smithsonian stop on the Blue Line. Know anything about those places?

    Is the traffic too crazy to consider living in either VA or MD and driving in to work? I can't take driving in NY levels of traffic congestion. But that subway mao for DC looks like it stretches out into the 'burbs, huh?
    Are you going to work with OPM? I worked for them in that part of town. Look at College Park or Greenbelt MD, just stay as close as possible to the metro lines. What street will you be working on?
    The traffic is nuts in most areas of the area, stay inside the beltway if possible, and watch the neighborhood carefully! There are nice bike paths, make sure you get access to them from where you live.
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    It's definitely a city--but there are miles and miles of bike paths. Including the very beautiful C&O canal towparth out of Georgetown. You can almost feel like your in the country!
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    What kind of neighborhood are you looking for?

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    Price has to be under $1,000.
    Should not hear random gun shots at night.

    Neighborhood good enough for me to get out of it either on bike or by jogging without risking life and limb.

    And not more than 40 minute drive from around the Smithsonian stop. A place within a 20 minute walk of the metro would be nice too. As most of you, I hate wasting time in a car.

    I have no kids and no animals.

    Shifty, what's OPM? Is that like OPP?
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    try here

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com and http://washingtondc.craigslist.com/apa/

    you might wanna look at moving into a group house or something 'til you get a feel for the city and a taste for the different neighborhoods.

    If you're going to live in the city, don't bother with a car IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    Price has to be under $1,000.
    Should not hear random gun shots at night.

    Neighborhood good enough for me to get out of it either on bike or by jogging without risking life and limb.
    do you want single family house type residences with yards, row houses, apartments (as the dominant housing type in your neighborhood)?

    Risking life or limb?? hmmm. Well, some of my friends live in a little neighborhood on the boarder of D.C. called Mt. Rainier. They consider it quite safe and fun, but the housing stock is rather "tired" looking and generally has not had a lot of maintenance or major renovations. Other friends of mine live in Alexandria and consider a place like Mt. Rainier to be dangerous and unsafe.

    Sounds to me by your emphasis on "random gun shots at night" and "life and limb," you are mostly opperating from stereotypes about city life and you are not yet ready for city living. Better stick to the heavily gentrified neighborhoods and cram yourself into a shared apartment as the way to keep rent down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erraticrider
    Sounds to me by your emphasis on "random gun shots at night" and "life and limb," you are mostly opperating from stereotypes about city life and you are not yet ready for city living. Better stick to the heavily gentrified neighborhoods and cram yourself into a shared apartment as the way to keep rent down.
    I don't know. I lived in Philly while going to La Salle. Lived right near there and heard shots often at night in the spring and summer. I actually saw a guy get shot, saw blood on the sidewalk from another shooting. Got ambushed once by three guys, one with a gun and two with shortened hockey sticks. One day there was a shooting right there on Olney Ave as the owner of a vehicle shot at it as car thieves drove it away. The guy I shared the apartment with had a gun and at night answered the door with it in his hand.

    Then I moved to Korea, where there's basically no violent crime. That area around La Salle is pretty hairy. North Philly will get you killed, maybe West Philly, too. They're not just stereotypes, dude. But I don't know, is Philly worse than other cities? Maybe the area I was living in was worse?
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    Haven't lived there for a while, but Alexandria and Arlington are both good
    bike friendly places. Both are on Metro lines and if push came to shove
    you could commute to work by bike from both locales.
    The crime rate is that of any large urban area, you have to
    pick and choose where you stay. There are areas both better
    and worse than La Salle in philly. I personally liked the
    city of Falls church. very small town feel and when I lived there
    not too expensive. close to Metro and right on C&O bike path.

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    Adams Morgan rocks. I lived there for 5 years. Close to all the bike paths, the monuments, Alexandira, 3 metro stops, great bars and resturants, etc, etc. The neighborhood borders what one might call good and bad. I never had any problems (except the crack ho' who broke into my neighbors apt, and my wifes car was broken into once). You have to shop the apartments though. Some are fancy schamcy and rent for 1500-2500 a month, others are basic and rent for 900-1200 a month. Plan a few weekends with the Sunday Post. And be prepared to sign the lease and put down a deposit as soon as you find a place you like. Check out the Metro locations first so you know how close you'll be. Adams Morgan is such a great location - close to Dupont, Logan, Cleveland Hights, the Zoo, downtown, and just about everything else. The bad things of DC are of course the high rent, the parking (get a place with a parking spot if you have a car), the taxes (pretty high on your paycheck for State tax), crime (don't walk down any dark allies at night, and the potholes (I had 10 flat tires in 5 years in my Jetta from freakin' potholes). But it is a cool place to live!
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    By the way - Adams Morgan is a neighborhood in Northwest DC, about 15 blocks directly north of the White House. Anyone familiar with DC could point you in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    I don't know. I lived in Philly while going to La Salle. Lived right near there and heard shots often at night in the spring and summer. I actually saw a guy get shot, saw blood on the sidewalk from another shooting. Got ambushed once by three guys, one with a gun and two with shortened hockey sticks. One day there was a shooting right there on Olney Ave as the owner of a vehicle shot at it as car thieves drove it away. The guy I shared the apartment with had a gun and at night answered the door with it in his hand.

    Then I moved to Korea, where there's basically no violent crime. That area around La Salle is pretty hairy. North Philly will get you killed, maybe West Philly, too. They're not just stereotypes, dude. But I don't know, is Philly worse than other cities? Maybe the area I was living in was worse?
    Haven't experienced anything like that while living here and haven't heard of anything like that from any people I know personally. "Course I don't personally know anyone who lives in Southeast D.C. (except the parts of capital hill), or anyone who lives in the Capital Heights section of Maryland boardering on SouthEast D.C.

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    I am native of the area, as long as you are near a metro, you should be able to get anywhere in the city in under an hour. With that being said, I would look for a group home in Arlington or in DC. U Street is becoming pretty nice, so you might want to look there. The waterfront is nice as well, but somewhat expensive. Since you want to live alone (assuming from your request for a studio apartment) there are a few places I would not look unless you are willing to have roommates: Fairfax County, Falls Church, Southern parts of Alexandria or off of Route 1.

    You can try near Howard University, which is off the green line. Anything in Anacostia would be off limits for you. If you want more info send me a pm.
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    Thanks for all the tips! Just getting the names of some neighborhoods is helpful - tomorrow I don't work so I'll be on the web looking for a place. I guess I'll have to go down this weekend to scope out some places in the flesh.

    What's a group house? Two people mentioned that. Is that like a hippie commune?
    Haha. I guess you mean you just share a house with other people, right?
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    My fiance lived in a few group houses when he was in his 20's. Based on his description they are large homes where the bedrooms have individual locks and keys. Everyone shares the common areas like the kitchen and living room. It can be a great experience if the personalities mesh, and hell if they don't.
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    Wow, sharing a house with people you don't know. That's pretty daring.

    I've had my own place for so long though, I don't think I could adjust to that kind of living. I'm definitely getting set in my ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    Wow, sharing a house with people you don't know. That's pretty daring.

    I've had my own place for so long though, I don't think I could adjust to that kind of living. I'm definitely getting set in my ways.

    It can be really, really cool as well. I moved to DC on a whim in 1990 and found my way into a group house in Georgetown. It was an awesome experience and I met some folks who--tho we no longer keep in touch--were some of the best friends i've ever had. At one point, there were 14 people living in this place... I lived in the unheated garage for about six months

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