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Gen. Chat “Official "possible relocation area advice" thread” by Mac

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Mac 6 years ago on 05/22/13
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Figured a lot of us OBers are on the move and could use advice. There are so many of us that if we need advice on the area we are interested in moving to we could ask here or refer back to it for others who may be looking to move.

We MAY move to one of these areas depending on where and when the hubby gets accepted and decides to go school...

Washington, DC (UDC)
San Francisco (Golden Gate)
Wilmington, DE (Widener Univ.)

We are looking for safest neighborhood, family friendly, good schools, without more than 30-45 minute commute to the school ( the less the better... He commutes 2.5hrs a day total already and it just really eats up the day so if its close to the schools then yay!

What are your thoughts on these neighborhoods?

DC- Arlington

San Fran- Presidio, Sunset and Russian Hill

Delaware- I don't know crap about Deleware except that I can visit Philly faster from there.
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John Booty 6 years ago on 05/22/13
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Totally useless message, but good luck!
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Mac 6 years ago on 05/22/13
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Lol what makes Wilmington so shithole-y? So I have valid arguements if he gets to choose between places.
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fukkake 6 years ago on 05/22/13
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You guys COULD basically live in the suburbs of DE, NJ or PA for a 30-45 minute commute and NOT have to worry about living in Wilmington. PA and south NJ have some areas where they are VERY family friendly and not so bad.
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Fievel 6 years ago on 05/22/13
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All very good neighborhoods in SF, all RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE as well. Just a heads up, SF is pretty much the most expensive city to live in on the West Coast. Some great communities, but you'll be shelling out $2000 for a 1 room apartment with no parking space.
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The Operator 6 years ago on 05/22/13
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Hooray, a subject I can actually provide input on.

If you do end up moving to DE, Wilmington is fine as long as you stay in the north Wilmington suburbs. Avoid the actual city of Wilmington like the plague because it has one of the highest crime rates per person in the US and is either a horrible place to live, or too expensive to be worth it.

Claymont is also a place to avoid as it has seen a recent rise in heroin addicts.

New Castle is alright, but the schools aren't very nice and the surrounding area looks like a ghetto.

Hockhessan (or however you spell it) is a bunch of spoiled yuppies and the houses are way too expensive.

I'm still not quite sure where Greenville is, but I've heard it's fairly nice.

Arden is probably the best place to live near Wilmington due to the awesome community and hippy vibe, but it's slightly expensive. It is definitely the best place to raise kids though.
 
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Ak 6 years ago on 05/22/13
Newark, DE!

It's where I'm from and there's nothing wrong with it! You need a car to get everywhere though. If you are living in north delaware it can get more pricey if you're living in a house. That's the frou-frou part of the state.

Also: we got tower hill, probably in the list of top 3 schools in DE, from pre-school to 12th grade. http://...towerhill.org/.../default.aspx?t=167558&rc=0

Newark is a bit of a hike to tower hill, but i am sure you can work something out. If you can afford it, aim for northern delaware. (stay the fuck away from the inner city of wilmington)

Also no sales tax lololol
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The Operator 6 years ago on 05/23/13
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The only negatives I can say about Newark is traffic getting to Wilmington can be a bit of a bitch and it is kinda a college town.
PS: Also, Wilmington has a nightlife now, but it's all on the Riverfront and kind of pricey. Nice for a night out, but not as an everyday thing.
PS: Tower Hill is nice for a private school, but DE's got some decent public schools too and the Charter School of Wilmington which was ranked 85th by Newsweek on the top 100 schools in the USA
PS: I never thought I'd see the day where I was actively campaigning for someone to move to Delaware.
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fukkake 6 years ago on 05/23/13
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Additionally if you wanted to live in NJ Swedesboro has a nice school district, Mantua, Sewell, Mullica Hill and Pitman are all good places and easily accessible to Wilmington within 30-45 minutes of travel.

Are there any PA people that can help out with options outside of Wilmington?
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Ryan the Lion 6 years ago on 05/23/13
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Wait.

No Chicago?
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Frito 6 years ago on 05/23/13
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Don't exclude the Northwest! Portland, OR is still my favorite city. :D
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Scarlett 6 years ago on 05/23/13
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Ryan the Lion said:
Wait.

No Chicago?


John Booty said:
Totally useless message, but good luck!
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Michi 6 years ago on 05/23/13
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Yeah, those are nice neighborhoods in SF because they're some of the most expensive! If he's going to school in SF, depending on where, it might not be a bad idea to live just outside the city somewhere like San Mateo.
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marinasaurus rex 6 years ago on 05/23/13
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I can't recommend enough living in Northern California! but like has been mentioned in here, SF is CRAZY expensive (it's doable but yeah), however public transit is really great and a lot of the outlying cities are way more affordable.

(If you live here you guys can come on holiday to the super rural redwoody coast where I live! <3)
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tachikoma 6 years ago on 05/24/13
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Sunset District is safe and cheaper, but eww....the weather is absolutely terrible.

Personally I would never want to live in SF because the prices are so outrageous, and parking is so terrible. And the weather is generally so bad.

Berkeley/Temescal is where it's at, yo!

Daily City is a lot cheaper but also gross.
PS: Additionally, anyone have suggestions for Madrid, Spain? Very high chance I'll be moving there in Sept or Oct! :D
PS: Also, tbh, I don't really think SF is a great place to raise young children. The outlying suburbs in the East Bay (where I grew up), or perhaps Marin County, seem much better. Safer, waaay better weather, tons of beautiful outdoor space, way cheaper...

Extremely boring for a young adult such as myself, but a fantastic place to grow up as a little kid.
PS: Also, I should note that I was mugged and stalked TWICE in one month, in broad daylight while working in North Beach (a super nice, rich area) this year. Crime is going up...
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Slade xTekno 6 years ago on 06/24/13
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Bump. Can anyone give me advice on housing in DC?

I'm going to be attending grad school at George Washington, in Foggy Bottom. I wanted to live walking distance, but rent in the area looks prohibitively expensive.

GWU has a Metro station on campus (orange/blue), so I'm been considering Capitol Hill and Virginia (Arlington and Alexandria, both just across the river). There's a Red Line station 10 minutes walk from campus, which isn't as optimal but also opens up a lot of options in NE DC.

What neighborhoods would you recommend?
Any websites to note besides Craigslist?
Is there a trick to finding cheap housing in Foggy Bottom?
Anyone have any issues commuting from Virginia?
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Creepy Stalker 6 years ago on 06/24/13
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Great post.
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Killian 6 years ago on 06/24/13
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Slade xTekno said:
Bump. Can anyone give me advice on housing in DC?

I'm going to be attending grad school at George Washington, in Foggy Bottom. I wanted to live walking distance, but rent in the area looks prohibitively expensive.

GWU has a Metro sta...


Cheap housing in Foggy Bottom? Nope. When I lived there in my first semester my roommate and I were shelling out the equivalent of $2500 for a studio apartment.

Capitol Hill is nice and is where I moved after Foggy Bottom but it's still expensive. There I was splitting a 2 bedroom for $1800 but that is actually a very rare find.

Arlington would be a fantastic choice because it would actually still be DC if Virginia hadn't kept it after the Civil War. Arlington proper is only 1 Metro stop from Foggy Bottom and only a couple stops further out it get's even cheaper. Look at Arlington, Clarendon, Court House, and Ballston. I lived there for about a year and a half in Clarendon and had a 2 bedroom with my girlfriend for about $1400/month.

Commuting from Arlington can be crazy packed but via Metro it isn't too bad except for super crowded trains. By car it can really suck getting across the river depending on the times you leave.
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Chicken Tank 6 years ago on 06/24/13
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Slade, what type of lifestyle are you looking for? Walkable everything or will you have a car for local transportation?

Walkable, you almost have to pick something on the Orange line. Local Driving you can try something on the Yellow line. In either case, Virginia is going to be much more affordable, unless you get extremely lucky.

The Graduate department might have options for you as well. Often there are other students in the same position, and just maybe one of them has rich parents.
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Mac 6 years ago on 06/24/13
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Thanks for the tips guys!

Ryan, I want him to apply to one in Chicago but he doesn't think he will get in to those at all.

The places listed are just the ones he first researched cause he found out he had a higher likelihood of getting in with his LSAT score.

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