Looking for a very specific place to live in Northern VA/Maryland
July 9, 2014 10:21 AM Subscribe
Help this sick-to-death of NYC'er find the perfect town somewhere between Bethesda and Annapolis!
posted by Dormant Gorilla to Grab Bag (23 answers total)
I'm lucky enough to have a job that I can do from anywhere. I'm 36, single, female. For a variety of reasons, I'm sick to death of NYC, and for an even larger variety of reasons, I'm thinking of settling somewhere on the outskirts of DC.
Note: not IN DC itself.
Also important to note that a commute to DC (or to anywhere but the beach) isn't an issue since I can work from home.
So what I'm looking for is:
- A town that feels like a town/smallish city, not a suburb
- A decent scene (late 20's, 30's) but no need for local clubbing
- A place with stuff (a few bars, restaurants, cafes with wifi etc) within walking distance of a place I could afford to live
- Somewhere that feels more cosmopolitan than southern (does NOT have to be anywhere near as cosmopolitan, or as busy, as NYC)
-Somewhere I can rent a studio or one bedroom for less than $1500, ideally
-Somewhere where there are places for rent in the smaller, older buildings, not in a giant brand new complex
-Large military presence not a problem
- Somewhere that's preferably close to Chesapeake Bay- yeah, I know this is getting a bit far from DC! If not ON the bay, then basically anywhere that fits the above criteria that is anywhere from Annapolis all the way west to Bethesda, and that's on any body of water, even a small river.
I'm looking at Annapolis (gorgeous, maybe too old demographically?) Bethesda (I hear it's a bit soulless and is definitely not on the water) and Alexandria (might be perfect?)
Can anyone think of something that comes close to these criteria?