Jessuf wrote:Oh and if youre looking into Silver Spring, you should probably also look into Bethesda. Pretty much identical IMO
Bethesda is way better, but I guess people avoid it because it's expensive/a little sleepy?
Bethesda is muuuuuch more expensive. Better places, more to do, but you're paying for it. Honestly, though, you're paying for things like access to the best schools in Montgomery County (some of the top in the nation) - IMO if you're not raising kids anytime soon there's no reason to pay for it through higher rent (good schools and other services = higher property values = higher mortgages = higher rent prices to pay them off, in case you were wondering the logic at this).
The red line isn't catastrophically bad - as someone who rides the longest red line commute you can reasonably do on a daily basis, it isn't going to kill you to have to use a small part of it - I used to go from Silver Spring/Takoma to downtown DC and my total travel time was 20 minutes on good days.
I would say Grosvener to Twinbrook on Red Line is comparable to Silver Spring - decent prices, decent amount to do, but you need a car to get to most of it unlike downtown Silver Spring.
I haven't been living out that way for a long time but I strongly suspect Northern Virginia is the place to be.