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Moving to the DC metro area

Hi DC ladies,

I'll be working at Andrews Air Force Base, which is south of DC, for one year. I was told that if I live south of DC but north of the AFB then I'll be reverse commuting, making life easier. My DH will be doing freelance stuff for the year so his job is not a consideration in choosing housing. We want, at least, a one bedroom apartment with a small fenced yard to let the dogs out in the AM. We're thinking of the Alexandria area. What is rent like? Are there towns in that area that are more likely to have a yard than others? I know Alexandria is $$$, but that is the only town in the area that I know off the top of my head.

 

Or, if you have a rental fitting that description opening up in June... Big Smile

 

TIA!

Re: Moving to the DC metro area

  • Alexandria is great but I can only think of a few apartments/condos that have small yards. You might want to check Craigslist for listings in Parkfairfax (Alexandria), Hillwood (I know they have one bedrooms with little yards/patios) or Belle View. All of these neighborhoods are condos. I would think the rent would at least be $1500 per month if not more. Townhomes in Cameron Station also have small yards but the price would be higher.

    Parkfairfax and Hillwood are on the west end of Alexandria (closer to 395) so the commute might not be so good until after you get over the Wilson Bridge. Belle View is just south of Old Town Alexandria off the GW Parkway.

    The areas around/closer to Andrews like Upper Marlboro, Waldorf, etc... might have more options.

     

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  • Welcome!

    You may want to look again at the DC area map to figure out where Andrews is in relation to things. Generally "south of DC" is considered south on 95 which is technically southwest.  Andrews is east (and southish) of DC. Living south of DC is not a reverse commute to Andrews.  Alexandria is east of the base and at an early hour you will have a pretty easy commute on 495. (I'm partial to that city myself ;-) Since you don't have to come into the beltway, you have A LOT of cheaper options to the east of the base.  But, if you are looking for restaurants, night life, decent shopping, you may want to be closer in. 

    One thing to consider is that the base isn't terribly far from the Bay.  You might be able to find something near the water if that interests you. 

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    Welcome!

    You may want to look again at the DC area map to figure out where Andrews is in relation to things. Generally "south of DC" is considered south on 95 which is technically southwest.  Andrews is east (and southish) of DC. Living south of DC is not a reverse commute to Andrews.  Alexandria is east of the base and at an early hour you will have a pretty easy commute on 495. (I'm partial to that city myself ;-) Since you don't have to come into the beltway, you have A LOT of cheaper options to the east of the base.  But, if you are looking for restaurants, night life, decent shopping, you may want to be closer in. 

    One thing to consider is that the base isn't terribly far from the Bay.  You might be able to find something near the water if that interests you. 

    I am sure she meant to type that Alexandria is west of the base Big Smile

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    image julie5220:

    Welcome!

    You may want to look again at the DC area map to figure out where Andrews is in relation to things. Generally "south of DC" is considered south on 95 which is technically southwest.  Andrews is east (and southish) of DC. Living south of DC is not a reverse commute to Andrews.  Alexandria is east of the base and at an early hour you will have a pretty easy commute on 495. (I'm partial to that city myself ;-) Since you don't have to come into the beltway, you have A LOT of cheaper options to the east of the base.  But, if you are looking for restaurants, night life, decent shopping, you may want to be closer in. 

    One thing to consider is that the base isn't terribly far from the Bay.  You might be able to find something near the water if that interests you. 

    I am sure she meant to type that Alexandria is west of the base Big Smile

    Haha-- thanks!  Yes, WEST of Andrews.  

  • I can't speak to the commute, but if you are looking at Alexandria, I used to live in a condo in Parkfairfax in Alexandria and I LOVED it.  I had a ground level one bedroom and I had a boxer who I tied out back so she could pee in the morning.  Very dog friendly neighborhood.  Lots of rentals.  You may also want to look in Fairlington (Arlington, but right across the street from Parkfairfax) - some of those units have small yards too.

    http://www.parkfairfax.info/

    A realtor site with parkfairfax listings:  http://www.parkfairfax.com/

     

     

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  • I found out recently (while looking for a bigger place) that there are some homes in Cameron Station that are kind of half condo, half townhome. Hard to explain but they are technically condos although they look like townhomes. There aren't that many of them but there are two on the market right now- here is the listing to the better one. It has a private garage too which is REALLY hard to come by around here.I would have snapped this up immediately if I did not already sign a lease.

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