Do we stay or do we go now? (DC edition)
October 15, 2013 1:46 PM Subscribe
My partner and I live in Capitol Hill in DC. She's been offered a job in Annandale. With our lease set to expire at the end of November, we're trying to figure out where we should live. Please help us decide!
posted by cheeserk to home & garden (17 answers total)
I work in downtown DC, about 2 miles from our current apartment. It's a relatively easy walk and an even easier metro ride. My partner just got a job in Annandale (basically at 495 and Little River Turnpike, in case that matters). Meanwhile, we're also trying to save money for a big trip abroad that we have tentatively planned for late next year. We've got a few options and are having a tough time figuring out which one is best.
Option A: Stay where we are. We like our apartment (other than the mice and tiny kitchen) and the area. This would mean no change for me, but the commute to Annandale might eventually get to my partner and we have a lot invested in her actually liking this job -- she hasn't been all that happy in DC and this job she is starting is finally career-related. She is less worried about the driving and more worried about standstill traffic. We would be able to save a little less than $1000/month for our trip.
Option B: Move to Alexandria, VA. It's only a few miles from where we live now, but we don't know anyone in Alexandria at all (we have a number of friends in DC). It'd make our commutes about even at ~25 min each. We'd end up driving into the city to visit with friends on the weekends and anticipate this generally not being very fun. We would be able to save slightly more for our trip than if we went with Option A.
Option C: Move in with my parents who live in DC near American University. We lived with them for a few months when we first got to DC so know what we're getting in to. They have a nice home (far nicer than anything we would rent) and my partner loves going for walks in the area (we are finally getting our dog back from her sister, so this is actually a big bonus for her). The big downside is that my parents don't have the best relationship and I've had to work hard at not being overly influenced in my own relationship by the negative aspects of theirs. I do worry that being around them a lot would put an extra strain on me and my partner. Additionally, the commute for both of us would be long, but I could still take the metro or ride my bike whereas she would still need to drive. This option would allow us to save a lot of money for our trip - at least double what we'd save living anywhere else.
Option D: Move somewhere else in DC or maybe Northern Virginia that MeFites recommend. The commute is a big factor, so if anyone has an idea of what it would be like, that would be terrific! We can spend ~$2000/month on rent, but would like to spend less.