I'm from NY and live in DC. The mid to upper tier of the housing market in the DC area is obviously not as expensive as New York, but Arlington is not cheap, especially areas that are metro accessible. If you have a car, things change. But the same goes for NY.[/quote]
Yeah, we're looking at condos in Alexandria. I know its not cheap, but honestly, I'd rather pay an absurd amount of money for a little more space than an absurd amount of money for a shoebox. Luckily, we're relying heavily on my fiance's income for living expenses over the next three years. If you're single and/or want to share an apartment, NYC is doable-but for a married couple with a dog who don't want to get divorced in a year, not so much.