I’m in VA (not NoVA, though) but while there is a higher cost of living up there, one thing to consider is job potential, salary, etc. It may cost more, but your salary may make up for it. Also, are there opportunities for your FI?
or the East Coast, DC and the surrounding area’s have weathered the recession the best… thanks to the gov….
Traffic is the biggest setback to life in and around DC. When I have to go there, I plan my trips around rush hours, which in the afternoon start at around 3:30… on the bright side though, they have a great public transportation system, and it’s used by all “classes” so it’s not scary or sketchy and def. worth using!
I have a lot of friends in DC and the surrounding area’s… and they all LOVE IT! There is a lot to do no matter what kind of life you’re looking for. There’s lot’s of “green” options and at the same time, you’re not flamed if you’re not all “green.” There’s your extreme liberals and their lifestyles and extreme conservatives and their lifestyles. There’s many many more in the middle, so essentially, no matter what kind of life or friends you want to surround yourself with, there’s a lot for you.
Shopping in DC is great. From IKEA and the outlets at Potomac Mills, to the European brands that have american stores in DC, it’s great!
Essentially, it’s a great one city fits all kind of place. Economically it’s holding fairly strong and there’s a lot of opportunity there. Housing is more expensive, think starter homes and town-houses in the 250k+ range. But again, your salary and his may compensate…
Weather wise, I would be much happier in DC than Rochester. You get occasional snow, and it’s much colder in winter there vs. where I am, but it will be so nice for you coming from a rochester winter…
Also, you have great beaches within driving distance. about 3.5 hrs from Virginia Beach and about 5 hrs from the Outer Banks of NC. You also have the Eastern Shore, bays, rivers, etc.
It’s a nice life 😉