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Old 02-07-2012, 02:53 AM   #21
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With $450K you could literally move to Ky and buy a small mansion in the best school district in the state. You can buy a 3 br, 2-2.5 bath two story w/ a garage & big basement on an acre of land, in the best school district, in the historical part of town, ~20 minutes from Louisville for under $175K.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:01 AM   #22
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then you could get a job making $35,000 a year and still not be able to afford it!

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But yes, there's a reason I currently live where I do--the traffic. Going against traffic is awesome, but between 5:30-7pm is still a disater no matter where you are. Luckily my drive to work is about 10-15min in traffic.

My wife used to cummute to DC, just across the washington bridge off 12th street SW. This is a 5 mile drive and could take close to 1 hour, but it still beats the metro.

The main thing to try to do is avoid the highways. I used to drive from N alrington Duke street and it was easy driving N/S on small streets. Even now I drive E/W paralling 66 without a hitch.

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In the area marked "buddy wants to live here," is where I spend most of my time. I'm still not confortable in this area. It's all a bit run down, the area around Biley's Crossroads is a cultural mind-f. Honestly, if you look up schools north and south of route 50 in that area, you'll see why I stay live above 50. It's like the Mason Dixon line of Arlington/Falls Church.

Also I probably wouldn't live above 267, the communte would get out of hand too far north, and I don't think there would be issue down in the Burke area. Keep in mind this is all relative.

And don't get me wrong, there's plenty of nice stuff around, I'm just jaded. I've lived in the area since 2005 and I've grown tired of it--I'm not used to it, I've lived in big planned neighborhoods my whole life. We moved here specifically so it was easy access to DC while my wife worked there. She since got a job outside the beltway, along with me, so we plan to move outside the beltway as well and deal with traffic. I might begin to start listening to books on CD again...so that's a bonus for me

I also used to live right where you see "50" in the little route symbol above Arlington. That's a pretty cool area. Very modern and upscale...but there's no houses that will meet his criteria there, and the atmosphere is urban. I head out that way a lot for a few food places and some shopping, but its a PITA to find parking and it's crowded because it's the only place in arlington to do anything and everything is smaller in scale due to the limits of building.

But I think the main dissapointment inside the beltway is the older homes--a lot of the neighborhoods our nince (like mine and y8s') but it's rare to find a garage. The ones with, tend to be single car ranch style split-level houses, and tend to be in questionable neighborhoods. Even if you do find one, you'll be priced out of the market, or not happy with the surrounding shopping areas.

If he looked in the Vienna/Idylwood area, I'm sure he could find something and the commute wouldn't be bad whatsoever, I was looking up there even my wife were to stay in DC. Also the area Scottfw says he lives...you can cut through annadale road to 50 from his house and make good time to the Pentagon.

The area down by Duke St./Annadale might have good prospects as well, and Duke street has a bit more to offer...but keep in mind it's a mix of commerical and industrial area with again, tons and tons of culture mixed in... ie. chain link fences and businesses in forgien languages.

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Old 02-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #23
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Sam,
is your friend hip/nightlife or is he burbsy/homebody? does he give a F about good entertainment prospects and culture or more about having a home depot and cheap supermarket near by?
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I also dont enjoy all the power lines inside the beltway. I'm a buried power lines neighorbhood kinda guy...it can be a deal breaker.
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If the guy is looking for a move-in ready 4 BR and a garage in suburbia that most likely means he has kids already, so he has no real night life during the week. Most likely, his definition of excitement is when the kids go to a sleepover party at their friend's house and his wife permits them to have "loud sex" in his own bedroom. Traffic on weekends isn't really an issue so you can live wherever and still drive to whatever entertainment you want.

Only about the southwestern half of that pink circle will have houses with garages in that budget. Neighborhood quality can vary greatly within a short distance and there are a whole lot of places in there that I would not live, but the houses with garages tend to be in the more decent areas. They also tend to be more towards $500-525K than $450K.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:49 PM   #26
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You mean 66 inside the beltway and 267 outside the beltway.
That's what I meant. I don't drive on highways, other than to get to merry-land.
Route 7/Georgetown pike FTMFW.
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I also dont enjoy all the power lines inside the beltway. I'm a buried power lines neighorbhood kinda guy...it can be a deal breaker.
In my hood they're buried, but betwixt me and the substation is a neighborhood with overhead lines and residents who are too stupid or lazy to trim their trees. The reason I haven't had any power outages lately is because we haven't gotten any serious snow this year.

But I feel you on the aesthetics. In large part it comes down to living inside the beltway and having to look at power lines, or living farther west and having to stare at brake lights on I-66 for 2-3 hours a day.
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basically.
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Or live south, and slug up and deal with neither of those issues.
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Woodbridge/Lorton.

I had some coworkers that came from that area when I worked in Alexandria just off 95, I could see it form my office and the exit/on ramp was right in our development area.

They constantly complained and were always coming in late. It was completely inconsistent...but that's all I know about it. I hate traveling on 495 and 95. I know 395 S is completely stop dead when I'd take it north in the afternoons around 4-5:00pm.
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Woodbridge/Lorton.

I had some coworkers that came from that area when I worked in Alexandria just off 95, I could see it form my office and the exit/on ramp was right in our development area.

They constantly complained and were always coming in late. It was completely inconsistent...but that's all I know about it. I hate traveling on 495 and 95. I know 395 S is completely stop dead when I'd take it north in the afternoons around 4-5:00pm.
Did they slug or try to drive them-selfs in every day. If you are not slugging, you are doing it wrong.
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My buddy just explained what "slugging" is... sounds like a good way to end up sitting next to this guy:

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I don't understand how picking up strangers would help your commute go faster/safer.

I do know two of them drove in together more often than not because they lived in the same neighborhood.
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My buddy just explained what "slugging" is... sounds like a good way to end up sitting next to this guy:

I don't think I have ever heard of anyone having a bad experience slugging. My dad did it for 3+ years and my friends dad has done it for at least a dozen. They all speak very highly of it.
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