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#1 Posted : Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:01:06 AM(UTC)

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I prefer to live in VA (lower income tax), where to find a cheap apartment(small is fine, as long as it is in a safe area)? I can drive to work or take metro. Not sure about trafic.

#2 Posted : Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:53:54 AM(UTC)

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Definitely take Metro as Union Station is in the Capitol Hill area of DC and parking is at a premium in Capitol Hill. There's a Metro station right there at Union Station.
When I lived in the Metro DC area (years ago), I lived in both Alexandria and Arlington. There definitely are some "shakey" areas in Alexandria, but also some pretty high class ones. Since my experience is not recent, you probably should not rely totally on my somewhat more favorable assessment of Arlington. Things could have changed a lot in ten years.
Neither area struck me as being particularly "cheap", although compared to rents within DC (in acceptible areas), both areas could look like bargains.
Unfortunately, almost any area within walking distance of a Metro, is going to come at somewhat of a premium in terms of the rent charged. If you were willing to go out a little further, you could drive to a Metro stop and then commute to work. Fairfax and Loundon counties come to mind.
The Metro stops in VA that are closer to DC do not have parking lots unless something has changed in the past ten years.
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