(Closed) Anyone leave in or near Arlington, VA?

posted 7 years ago in Virginia – North Virginia
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hey MacFaniam, I live in Courthouse, Arlington.  Arlington is a great area, depending on what you like.  It’s yuppie and has great shops / restaurants, metro-access without the crime issues that DC has.  Although I’d live in DC too if only I worked in there 🙂

Renting (and buying) is expensive in Arlington though.  What is your price range for monthly rent, and # bedrooms?  House or apt?  2 bedroom apts right on the metro line will probably run $2000 and up these days.  I live about 12 mins walk from the metro, and pay $1750 for a 2 bedroom, which is a very good deal in this part of town.

For houses, your best bet would be to troll craigslist, and if you need a good deal on a rental, that is probably the best place for that as well.  But if you give me some parameters, I may be able to suggest some buildings.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I live in Pentagon City/Crystal City in Arlington. I absolutely love it because it is sooo close and convenient to everything. I barely ever have to sit in traffic to/from work or really coming home from anywhere. In addition there are 3 metros right ehre. There are a ton of “luxury” buildings. I am very happy with where we live, BUT like catlin posted, it is vey expensive. Where will you be working and what is your budget?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My best friend lives in the Courthouse section of Arlington, and it seems pretty great.  Lots of young people, adorable shops and stuff, and easy metro access into DC. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wish I could afford to live in Arlington.  I’m on the outskirts in Fairfax, but Arlington is for sure “the place” to live.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

I live in DC, but work in Crystal City.

Arlington is nice, but it’s very white. I can zone out on the train on my way to work and know exactly where we are based on the racial demographic on the train. :/

That said, there are a lot of great areas and I know a lot of people who love it there! And since it’s not a huge area, everything you need is close by almost anywhere. 🙂 Even near the airport it’s quiet.

Working in Crystal City (a neighborhood/section of Arlington) I’ve been very impressed with the businesses around, shops, markets, etc. We never considered moving out of DC though, so I’m no help with estimating rent/purchase costs…sorry 🙁

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love Arlington!  We lived there until just recently and I hated having to move.  Tons of things to do, great food, great shopping and so close to DC.  In Arlington, price and desirability are mostly dependent on proximity to metro.  Some areas to look in are Rosslyn, Balston, Clarendon, Courthouse, Crystal City, Pentagon City, Shirlington, Fairlington etc.  Expect to pay minimum of $2000 for a 2 bedroom but more like $2200+ to live a short walking distance to metro in one of the most popular neighborhoods.  I found that Craigslist was the way to go when apt. hunting.

We lived in Arlington Ridge in South Arlington where the rents are a little less than Courthouse/Clarendon/Balston/Rosslyn areas but the metro was further away (pentagon city metro was about 1 1/2 miles away).  Our apartment complex had a shuttle during work hours so it was pretty easy to get to.  I loved the South Arlington area and was able to commute into DC, in my car, in 15 minutes.  We paid $1700 for a small renovated 2 bedroom apt(750SqF).  We would love to buy a house in this same area but finding a small bungalow for anything for less than $700,000 is a challenge in Arlington. 

Good luck on your move!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I work in N. Arlington and live in a neighboring city, about 5 minutes outside of Arlington.  Just like with any city, there are some nicer parts than others.  If it were me, I would choose N. Arlington over S. Arlington. 

Here are some other things you may want to know about Arlington:

1. it’s expensive

2. the general traffic in our area is horrendous ( i think we trade off the #1 spot for  worst traffic in the country with LA every few years)

3. Arlington has several metro station- which is very very convenient

4. there are TONS of places to eat there and also 2 malls

you may want to check out this site for more info http://www.arlingtonva.us/default.aspx

and also, here is craigslist to see the price ranges for rent on a 2 bdroom place http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/search/apa/nva?query=arlington&srchType=A&minAsk=&maxAsk=&bedrooms=2

what city will you be working in?  there are several “cheaper” cities to live in that are all close by if you are working in Arlington.

“We would definitley be interested in getting a duplex (two family home) to rent out one side. Are these common in Arlington?”

no, this is not common to my knowledge anywhere in our area

all in all Arlington is a very desirable place to live/work, it’s on the safer side, it’s clean, it’s attractive, people have money here(but this holds true for most of this area), and if you have dogs, Arlington is a very dog friendly area.

if you give us more information, i’d be glad to help out with whatever you want to know;)

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

“Also, what about the suburbs outside of Arlington? I actually would much rather live in the suburbs. Which are closest?”

closest cities to arlington are Falls Church, Mclean, Alexandria, Annandale and Washington DC.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MacFaniam24:  well, since Arlington is very metro accessible, you don’t necessarily have to live there

here is our metro map http://wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm 

you can get in/out of Arlington from the orange line, blue line and yellow line

 

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