Post # 1
DH just got a job in Alexandria and we will be moving to the D.C. area in August. We want to rent for at least the first year until we know the area a little better we found an amazing house with a yard (an absolute must because we have 3 dogs) in Ft. Washington MD, I was just wondering if anyone knew much about the area? We haven’t signed a lease yet, but are pretty in love with the house. So, is Ft. Washingon nice? Does anyone live there or have any experience with that area? We don’t want to live in DC proper because I’ll be applying to schools and want the ability to be considered instate in either VA or MD, but are definitely open to suggestions for places to look nearby the city. 🙂
Post # 2
I just moved here! Let’s be friends! Seriously though, its a great place to live so far. I love Alexandria, i would highly recommend trying to live there or Arlington. I wish we had looked at apartments in the suburbs when we moved here. I think living in Maryland, you may end up dealing with a long commute if you do public transportation or deal with a lot of traffic if you drive.
Post # 3
Congrats on the job and move! FI and I love the DC metro area! He was there last summer for an internship. Right now he has a conditional job offer so we’re hoping that pulls through so we can move down there! I’ve also been applying for jobs but need to finish up school first (Hopefully by December)! Best of luck with house hunting!
Post # 4
ImaStarr: Ft Washington is in PG County, across the bridge from Alexandria–expect traffic, lots and lots of traffic!! There is no way around it, just plan for it and try not to let it shade your feelings for the area. It really is a great place to work and live.
PG County is sort of the “not nice” county in the area. Lots of the crime in DC sort of bleeds into the PG County. Now that DC is getting to be a hot place to live and the cost of housing has gone up, lots of lower income people are moving there. The schools also have a reputation for not being very good.
That being said, Ft Washington is more rural and shouldn’t have the crime problems that places closer to the city do. To check out your neighborhood try this site http://spotcrime.com/
You’ll be near National Harbor, so you’ll be able to enjoy the restaurants, stores and free concerts on the water. Also, Alexandria is awsome. You’ll love working there!
Post # 5
ImaStarr: PG county is a little rougher than the other counties in MD, but it’ll also be a little cheaper. Like a PP said, I would check out Arlington! It’s a pretty decent area and will be MUCH closer to your job. Traffic is a HUGE issue in that part of northern, Va because so many people are crossing the 14th st bridge into downtown D.C every morning, so you might want to take that into consideration. Fairfax, Va would also be a nice area to check out too!
Congrats on your new job!!!
Post # 6
ImaStarr: the previous posters make good points about Fort Washington. I’m Not too very familiar with the area, but familiar with the reputation that is has.
While not as inexpensive…VA has some very nice areas. I’m in fairfax (renting), and love this area. Other areas to look include Springfield and Burke VA. Arlington is aka great, but pricier.
Post # 7
Congrats! I live in the District but from what I know, Ft. Washington is an okay area. I think it’s a great place to rent but you’ll definitely want to buy elsewhere if you do eventually buy a place here. There’s no metro so your DH will have to drive/bus to work. It’s easier to drive to Alexandria from Prince George’s county than anywhere else in MD since it’s just across the river. Traffic is awful during rush hour.
You may also want to look in Alexandria for a rental. Outside of the areas near the metro, you can find some affordable rentals.
Post # 8
ImaStarr: I’ve worked near Ft. Washington and while it is in Prince George’s county, is it one of the nicer parts since it is on the southern end. It’s not especially diverse racially, but with regards to socio-economics you’ll have a mix of working/middle/upper middle class folks. You’ll definitely need a car, but there are nice parks around, the National Harbor and some great little hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
What kinds of things most interest you? I have lived in DC, Maryland and VA, and might be able to make a few suggestions.
Post # 9
Welcome to the DMV! Fort Washington is umm…not very nice. You will also have a very long commute if you are working in Virginia. Is your work Metro accessible? If so, look along the left side of the Red line in Montgomery County (MD). If you are looking in Virginia, Old Town Alexandria is nice, as is Arlington and a little further out on the Orange/Blue line.
Post # 10
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I think I disagree w/ a lot of the PPs. So Fort Washington is basically the most ‘rural’ of the Prince George’s county areas. It’s right below the National Harbor and to the southwest of Alexandria and Arlington. I think Ft. Washington is a great place to live and/or buy a home. It is not very diverse racially, as it is probably 70% African American. It is definitely uppermiddle class/working class families. It puts you at great a vantage point to other things in the District. I’m actually looking at it as one of the places to purchase in the near future, I have a friend who just bought a home there last year. I will say the road that it sit on (210) gets crazy with traffic so I’d try to be closer to the beltway than further down 210 to avoid it… or just budget for traffic. I used to rent in Waldorf, which is below Ft. Washington and was working in Fairfax County, VA. So I was driving through it everyday, totally doable but nothing I’d suggest for the long term if you want to keep your sanity.
Arlington and Alexandria are crazy expensive. And don’t get it twisted, they have crime too… especially the Rt. 1 corridor of Alexandria. I got into all those statistics about crime and stuff working for the local government.
Post # 11
ImaStarr: How did the move go, and how is the new job? Did you ultimately decide to rent the Ft. Washington place? Hope everything went smoothly!
Post # 12
BridalBlossom: We actually ended up moving to Pittsburgh. We had signed the lease and were about to mail it when DH was offered a position in Pittsburgh. We have family here and the cost of living is so much better, so we went for it. We’ve been here about 2 months now and love it 🙂