Moving to DC area...anyone have any tips?

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  1. Lars_2Gen

    Lars_2Gen Veteran Member

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    If she were actually trying to drive or park in DC proper, I'd say forget the car. It's not worth the trouble. But Marymount is in Arlington, and it's a bit more do-able. The Univ is a bit away from the Ballston Metro stop. I believe they run a shuttle to/from the metro. One of my friends works off Glebe road, and I remember seeing it last month.

    On another note, if you're a beer guy. Port Brewing in Arlington is freaking awesome! Go to the brewery, their selection there is great.

    Yeah, I'm a dad also... but my boys are still a bit away from college.
     
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    Thanks Lars! Yes, I'll have to check out the brewery for sure...in part to help drown my sorrows that she's moving so far from home. :)

    All of Marymount's graduate classes are held at their new location. Which is south of the main campus and only about a block from the Ballston/MU Metro stop. The old building that was in that location was locally known as the "Blue Goose".
     
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  3. Lowend

    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yeah - you don't wanna own a car inside the beltway. DC is a nightmare for traffic and parking.
    If she needs a car she can rent one for a day.
     
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    Update: Thanks to all for your help! We were able to find a studio in the Ballston area of Arlington, about 1/2 a block from the Ballston/MU Metro stop and a 5 minute walk from her school. Also good advice from all of you who suggested we leave the car out of the equation...which is exactly the plan. As an Iowa farmer, this is light years from what I'm used to, but the big move is coming in a month.

    Note to Lars...I still have to check out that brewery!
     
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    Glad it's working out.
    If she ever gets in a jam- contact me. Family & I are 30-45min west (depending on traffic).
    Good time to become a CAPS fan!
     
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    One other thing- I've been doing a few college tours with my daughter (rising senior), and many of the VA universities have some pretty hard core things in place for student safety. Campus security, safe stations, escorted walks home, courtesy rides, relationships with cab companies who will give you a ride even with no money (you pay back on the honor system), etc... There ought to be lots of ways for her to stay safe if she has to leave campus late at night. That area is known to be pretty safe in general, but I still wouldn't have my daughter walk it alone after midnight. Paranoid dad and all, I guess...
    I'm in the Gainesville/Haymarket area, which is the last stop coming west on 66 before it turns to countryside & then mountains (which is quite beautiful, I might add). She can head out this way to relieve the hustle of the city.:) Same offer as sprink- if you're in a bind, let me know.
     
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    Thanks Todd and Sprink...always good to know her Mom and I have some back up in the area if we ever get in a bind. Knowing she's a relatively short walk from campus is somewhat of a comfort. Thanks again for backing up a protective Dad.
     
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    I'm from the DARK AREA south of where Todd said was bad in PG County.....like the next county down. And work in DC quite often. I'm HAPPY where i'm at now.....a 45-50 min drive in, no pay for parking, and literally less than 10 minutes into DC over the line.

    Wife works in the 911/311 dispatch office of Alexandria. Can assist you guys as needed.

    Glad you got something close. My only suggestion was to go further west, south west. Anything north or east was a waste of time and money. And anything south would eat up time with a painfully slow commute.

    FYI - in the early 90's I could drive from Fredericksburg to Quantico in 20 minutes. Can't do that now at 2 am. Traffic is HORRIBLE.
    Tell her to keep an ear on WTOP - radio statio and website. They post really accurate traffic and weather updates.
     

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