Rate these DC neighborhoods

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LSATNightmares
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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby LSATNightmares » Thu May 17, 2012 7:35 am

mmcrowle wrote:This is relevant to my interests. I will be staying in a complex in the Southwest Waterfront area...any experience with that neighborhood?


I had a friend who lived there once. It seemed okay... a little isolated, and I'm not sure about supermarkets. I was good friends with his girlfriend, and she would tell me that she felt uncomfortable late at night walking alone to Metro so she would always get a cab in those situations. SW Waterfront itself is okay, but it's not that far from sketchier neighborhoods.

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LawSuccess
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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby LawSuccess » Mon May 21, 2012 3:51 pm

Can anyone recommend specific apartments in Capital Hill that have a good reputation among GULC students?

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby danitt » Tue May 22, 2012 8:49 pm

mmcrowle wrote:This is relevant to my interests. I will be staying in a complex in the Southwest Waterfront area...any experience with that neighborhood?

If it's around the base you're pretty safe, it's just kind of boring. But walk a few blocks east of the base and things definitely start getting dodgy.

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby jessuf » Tue May 22, 2012 11:54 pm

bdubs wrote:http://dcist.com/2012/05/all_those_dc_murders_mapped.php



uhm, well, jeez! just signed a lease for a place bordering stanton park. looks like i made a good decision!

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby BattleBuddy » Sat May 26, 2012 3:54 pm

Haha, you guys are all talking about Eckington, Petworth and Columbia Heights like it was Trinidad during the days of road blocks into and out of the neighborhood...

1) Get to know your neighbors.
2) If you live in a predominately AA neighborhood, get yourself a black mama (older black lady who's lived there for decades), she will look after you.
3) If you are white, chances are not so high you will be shot as opposed to being mugged.
4) You can get mugged anywhere in DC.
5) Chances are you won't get mugged, calm down.
6) Don't be dumb.
a) Don't walk back drunk in areas you're unfamiliar with or know is dangerous. Take the taxi.
b) Don't wear your headphones are night while walking around.
c) Don't be pulling out your smartphones when leaving the metro station at night. That's prime time for someone to follow you and then mug you.

Btw, I hate you cyclists who believe you're above the law on the road. Every time I see you, I hope the car wins.

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby prezidentv8 » Sat May 26, 2012 4:54 pm

Just stoppin in to toot Cleveland Park's horn

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby parebare23 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:40 pm

Moving to NoMa!

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby portaprokoss » Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:51 pm

Foggy Bottom is nice. Walking distance to the national mall. Very relaxed and mellow.

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby mps102 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:19 pm

Question for past/current DCites: How long do rentals normally stay on the market? I've been tracking a few places and they seem to be off the market within days, if not sooner. Is this just the reality of trying to find a place in the city? Is it unrealistic to property search in June if trying to start a lease in August?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby caminante » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:56 am

I've lived in DC proper for the past 7 years. I didn't read through all of the posts in this thread, but I wanted to stop in an offer some thoughts.

As to the poster above- rentals move extremely fast in DC. Usually nice rentals/ good deals get snatched up on the first day they are shown. This does not give an incentive to owners to put them on the market months in advance of the lease-start. I have never been able to sign on a place more than one month in advance of the lease start-date. There are exceptions to this in the large luxury-type apartment buildings.

For GULC- I would recommend Capitol Hill (Including the area near Stanton Park/Mass Ave that is very close to GULC), Eastern Market, or Logan Circle. Buses in DC are cheap, reliable, and easy once you know your routes. Good places to live (with a dog) on the Red Line would take you really far away from GULC. If you want the option of walking or biking to campus, I would focus on the nice neighborhoods near GULC rather than the nice neighborhoods on the red line. Chinatown is pretty nice, close, and on the red line, but it is not a very convenient area to live with a dog.

One note- many posters use "Capitol Hill" VERY loosely on craigslist. Be sure to verify the address is not actually closer to the Stadium or Potomac Ave metros.

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby jessuf » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:25 pm

mps102 wrote:Question for past/current DCites: How long do rentals normally stay on the market? I've been tracking a few places and they seem to be off the market within days, if not sooner. Is this just the reality of trying to find a place in the city? Is it unrealistic to property search in June if trying to start a lease in August?

Thanks in advance.


Anecdotal, but I was the 58th person to tour my apartment and I saw it 3 days after it was first listed on CL. I was also the 4th application that the landlord accepted (many other people, she flat out denied for various reasons). However, due to my charm, she decided to go with me instead of first in line.

TONS of people are on month-to-month leases in DC, which is probably why everything seems so last minute there. A lot of people give 30 days notice. So end of this month/beginning of July, you should see tons of August lease start dates.

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Re: Rate these DC neighborhoods

Postby mps102 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:42 pm

Thanks Caminate and Jessuf. I think we're just going to have to sign a lease a month early on July 1st.




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