|Where to live in DC?
||October 19, 2008 10:54 am|
|Hi, everyone. After several years living in Manhattan, I've accepted a federal government job and will be moving to Washington shortly. I'm somewhat familiar with Washington but don't know it very well and was hoping for some advice regarding which neighborhoods to consider living in.
I'm a single guy (no kids) in his early to mid 30s. I do not have a car and would strongly prefer not to get one. I'm looking for the following:
1) A reasonably short commute to my office near McPherson Square, northeast of the White House.
2) A neighborhood with a reasonably young, professional population (preferably not one overrun by drunk college crowds), in which a car is not necessary.
3) A nice (but not necessarily luxurious) modern apartment, preferably with a doorman. I guess I'm looking for something similar to a standard midtown Manhattan high-rise, except not necessarily with the high-rise part (I know they donÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt really exist in Washington).
4) A neighborhood with a variety of restaurants (since I rarely cook for myself).
5) Proximity to a decent gym and amenities such as movie theaters, supermarkets, shops, etc. The neighborhood should be active enough that these places don't all shut down at nights or on weekends.
6) A place where I can live decently well on a salary that is probably good for government but which falls well short of even a first year associate's salary.
From what I know about DC, I was thinking about the Penn Quarter. I've heard good things about Adams Morgan, but I've never made it over that way. Georgetown seems great, but might be too remote and too expensive. I'm not sure I'm the right demographic for Dupont Circle. A friend of mine has suggested Alexandria, but that might be too remote as well, and may call for a car.
I'd very much appreciate any thoughts or advice. Thank you very much.
(Cross-posting to Greedy Government board)