Moving Downtown - But where?
November 20, 2012 11:17 AM Subscribe
Help me figure out which DC neighborhoods would be the best to focus my condo/townhouse hunting on. Schools/safety/price - snowflakes available inside.
posted by dadici to home & garden (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mr. Dadici and I are just about ready to make the move from suburban VA to Downtown DC. We spend a ton of time downtown and are quite comfortable with getting around, but I don't really have a good understanding of how to evaluate a city neighborhood for actual living in. We have a kindergartener and plan to have another child in a year or so.
Ideally I'd like a neighborhood that was family friendly/has a fair amount of visible children, and was districted for one of the better schools. A resource for which public elementary schools in DC are better would be helpful if anyone has a recommendation.
What other things should I take into account about the neighborhood? What am I forgetting to worry about that's different about where you would chose to buy in a city vrs. in a suburb?
Where looking in the 2 bedroom/sub 525k range. I've looked at and like Kalorama and Kalorama Triangle, for instance - but I don't know how to evaluate if the schools are in the ok catagory (I know DC schools as a whole aren't great, but I've heard that individual schools can be fine)
There's just seems to be a huge range of what you can get in this general price range, and I'm trying to figure out which of the great "OMG 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths!" I need to eliminate and which are okay to consider. If I could get a 2bed 2 bath for $450 that would be ideal. We're looking to move next summer, so obviously specific real estate is less interesting I'm more interested in neighborhood data/school data/ information about how to evaluate these things effectively. Thanks!