Can you recommend a safe DC-area city/neighborhood for a military couple who want to start a family?
July 16, 2007 2:40 PM Subscribe
My husband is a Marine we will be moving to the DC Area in November. He will be working near the Washington Navy Yard
, and his commute is a concern for us. We are planning on starting a family, so living in a safe neighborhood is a priority. We would like to live in a "nicer" neighborhood, preferably quiet and family-friendly. We would like to spend about $1,600/month on rent, but would be willing to spend as much as $1,850 to get what we want.
posted by creedling to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here are our specifications:
Must have/be (ranked in order of importance):
Pet friendly (We have a 50 lb dog and a cat)
Fenced in yard
Parking for 2 cars
Be within 30 minutes (without traffic) to Washington Navy Yard, the closer the better
At least 1200 square feet, but more would be nice
In unit washer/dryer hookups (supplied W/D is ok, too)
Single family home
At least 1.5 bathrooms
Metro accessible - does not have to be within walking distance, but would be nice to have the option to take the Metro if I wanted to
Relatively close to shopping - i.e. a grocery store, a Target or the like
Relatively close to a military base that has a commissary
We would probably only be there for a few years, so schools are not a big concern.
Basically, here are my questions:
1.) Do you know of any cities/areas/neighborhoods where we could rent a home the fits our wants and needs?
2.) Is there any area where the commute would be the 'least bad' (i.e. east of the city, north) or are they all going to be pretty bad?
3.) Could you recommend a realtor? I really don't want to pay that much if we don't have to. (I don't know what the normal rates are. 1 month's rent?)
Any information would be greatly appreciated, even if you can't answer all of my questions. Thank you!