Moving to DC soon and looking for a 2BR/2BA under 3k. Any suggestions for neighborhoods/buildings? Would like to be in NW b/c roomie has to travel to Laurel for work, and I need to get to downtown. Might also consider something in safe part of SE on orange line.

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Under 3K will be your primary challenge for those neighborhoods

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Where exactly in SE do you consider unsafe? This isn't DC in 1997 here.

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Umm I wouldn't live in Trinidad

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LOL at M1. I have friends and have lived all over wards 7 and 8 and there's nowhere I would feel unsafe being. There are definitely blocks I'd rather not live on but that's true everywhere. Are resources and quality of life worse in those areas worse? Absolutely. And that's a consideration to make. But for the most part they're just as safe for you if not safer than other parts of the city

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Since your friend has to commute to Laurel, which is North of the city and you have to get downtown, I’d stay in one of the neighborhoods around 7th St/ Georgia Ave - Shaw, Columbia Heights, Petworth, Mount Vernon, etc. All very cool neighborhoods close enough to downtown and easily accessible going Northbound to Laurel

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What do you consider the “unsafe” part of SE? Do you mean across the river to Anacostia?

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@SC1 Trinidad is in NE

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Getting to Laurel is going to suck from anywhere other than Capitol Hill, Navy Yard, or NE DC. Doable from Shaw, Columbia Heights, etc. but your roommate will probably be miserable. (I had that commute for 7 years) Highly suggest Cap Hill given all your requirements.

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@OP depends which highway, but in general yes. Definitely easier if you’re talking 295 up to Laurel.

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You can probably find an older home in Eastern Market or Hill East in that price range; however, it would probably be 2 bed/ 1 bath.

There are definitely unsafe areas in DC that most of us are blissfully unaware of but I've had to go into some neighborhoods for volunteering where I'm uneasy even in daylight and would definitely not venture near at night.

Navy yard is safe and within your budget

Agree with M1. Definitely parts of SE that I would be uncomfortable living in.

I wouldn’t live anywhere in ward 8 tbh

Thanks all!
@D3, is it easier to reach the highway from the Cap Hill / Navy Yard than from Columbia Heights / Shaw / Petworth Area?

Agree with D3 that NE would be more convenient--NoMa is a good area and you could live right next to the metro with that budget. If you’re interested I can get you a $500 discount at my apartment by referring you.

Are you still looking for a roommate?

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