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Hi, gang. Live outside Baltimore, but pondering a potential new job by Van Ness metro. Looking at moving down to the district/NoVa and trying to find some decent areas/neighborhoods.
Anyone have any suggestions on where to start? Like the rest of my 20-something, young professional demographic, I don't have a ton of money to burn on rent, so I understand I can't be picky. Just trying to find a not completely awful apartment/studio that I can call home without getting robbed (too often).
I gladly welcome all feedback and stories of terrible living situations to make me feel better about slumming it.
Oh yeah, and wherever I move must have a Terps bar within a five-block radius. Is that too much to ask for?
Is it foolish to think I can find a place for under $1200?
I guess I'm willing to widen that Terps bar requirement, if need be...
Forgot to add that I realize a studio is not $$$ realistic.
This post was edited by OMTerp 16 months ago
Riverside apartments in Alexandria is just off the beltway and national harbor.. Definitely less than 1200 if you live in a lower floor (less view)
No terps bars however that I know of, but only 15 minute walk to Huntington metro (and free shuttle during rush hour)
I think it's kind of unrespectful- Ovie
You should be able to find a studio for around that in most neighborhoods in DC (not in the nice buildings in the better ones though). If you are working in Van Ness, I'd stick to the neighborhoods along Conn Ave. Look around Dupont and Woodley Park.
I'm worried the durr hasn't checked in yet
reporting for duty. please, please ignore the guy that recommended living in alexandria if you are working in upper NW. that is singularly the worst advice ever posted on this board.
honestly, at your budget i would really try to find a small studio or english basement up there where you can walk to work. it's real sleepy up there, but it's really nice and you won't get robbed. there should be some tiny cheap places geared towards AU students.
Find a roommate?
im sorry i was confusing...your "Superbowl" was the Redskins losing since you know that the Ravens cant win it all.
Mt. Pleasant? I feel like you could get something decent around 16th.
I'm in Tenleytown in a group house. Like Durr said geared toward AU students. The bar scene within walking distance is awful, but it improves the closer you get to Glover Park, Dupont etc. obviously. And living in DC means you can get to CP for home games, but yeah I haven't found a "Terps" bar though most show the local team. I wanna say Cleveland Park Bar and Grill is Terps-friendly, but maybe I've always just thought that since it's CP Bar and Grill. It's a fun hangout spot, especially the rooftop in the summer.
CP bar and grill is terp-owned. i've been to a maryland game watch there.
This post was edited by RDurr 16 months ago
It's Terp owned but in my experience it can still be tough to get Terps games on there. I remember a Sunday night game vs. a good team (forget who) when there was an NFL Sunday night game on. We got there 45 minutes early to stake out seats and a TV and let the bartender know what we wanted to watch. Once it was gametime, even though the NFL game was on every other TV it was tough to convince a bartender to switch it to our game. Once it got switched some asshats started complaining that the NFL game wasn't on that TV even though it was on 85 other TVs.
I like CPBG a lot but won't be back for a Terps game.
Based on your age/budget, I'd look into a group house somewhere closer in, and bus/drive out to Van Ness for work. Like Durr said, its really quiet out there. You'd be paying DC prices but would not be getting the city living experience at all.
You could easily do Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, or Columbia Heights in a group house on your budget. Anywhere between $900-1100 is the market rate for a room in that area, with like 3-5 roommates. All of those neighborhoods are just on the other side of Rock Creek Park, so you still won't be far from work but there's plenty more to do.
CPBG is fine but Cleveland Park doesn't get a ton of foot traffic, so the times that I've gone there for games, the crowd has been small. If there is a truly good Terps bar in DC, that's news to me.
NFL is king at sports bars but they certainly should have found a TV for you
And I've used padmapper.com with success before in searching for a place. You can set your search criteria and it overlays the results from craigslist, apartments.com, etc over a google map.
Only problem is deciding what you value (washer/dryer on site vs. in apartment), which I don't believe this site lets you sort by. But that kind of decision has to be made regardless of where you look.
This is 1300, but its right in Van Ness. Your commuting costs would be 0
This post was edited by OregonTerp 16 months ago
Only problem with the transportation overlay is that it doesn't show bus routes. Metro is nice and all but is really designed to get into the city from the burbs, not to get around the city as much. Buses are cheaper, more efficient, and more reliable.
Being close to metro is an easy way to jack your rent up in a hurry too, and I don't think its much of a benefit.
Thanks, guys. I've been checking out padmapper a lot, just a matter of finding the right fit (and actually securing this potential job).
The more I think about it, a group house situation would be fine. Considering I can't afford a studio anyway, what's an extra roommate or two...Maybe I could get into a New Girl type situation with chill guys and the quirky, glasses-wearing girl of my dreams.
For group house listings, is padmapper or Craigslist still the move?
Thanks again for your help. Really appreciate it.
Padmapper is still the move for a room in a group house. Just make sure to check the box for rooms/shares. that's how I found my current place.
Group houses work well for someone moving in from another city, instantly gives you a few people to hang out with, even though I'm sure you know terps in the area.
lbt callout thread imho
This post was edited by longbeachterp 16 months ago
you and s would have lived in spring valley when you worked there if you could have afforded it, don't lie.
My parents place would be ideal but they have residents.
plus it's in the suburbs
never. DC income taxes are crushing for DINCs. But in fairness, my wife has said "this place is nice".
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