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Housing Resources

 
 

 

Housing through Local Universities

 

George Mason University:

http://och.gmu.edu

~ You can register as a guest at anytime. If you have your Mason email information you can register as a student.

 

Looking for housing close to campus?  Masonvale can help!

Masonvale is uniquely situated on the grounds of George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. The community was designed to provide transitional housing for faculty, staff, full time graduate students and other affiliates of George Mason University.

 Pricing structure:  (Pricing and availability is subject to change at any time).

1 Bedrooms from $1,452/month

2 Bedrooms from $1,752/month

3 Bedrooms from $2,142/month

We have availability year-round.  12 month leases are available.  Please note, residency may not exceed a maximum of 3 years and renewals are subject to availability. .

If interested, please contact:

Mary Stone or Julie Langford
P: 703-865-4870
Masonvale@lincolnapts.com

  

 

Classifieds in Local Papers

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/rentals/?nid=top_rentals

~ This page includes listings of apartments by their proximity to metro stations and offers lots of great articles on renter issues and small space living solutions.

 

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/

~ Click on “Classifieds” to get to the housing section

 

 

Online Searches

*Some sites may have fees

http://hotpads.com                                          

 http://washingtondc.craigslist.org        

http://www.move.com                                

http://www.apartmentshowcase.com  (Managed)

http://www.apartmentguide.com  (Managed)

http://www.apartments.com (Managed)

 

 

Managed Properties

 

Bernstein Management (Washington DC & Alexandria VA)

(202) 363-6301

http://www.bernsteinmgmt.com/

 

DARO Realty (Washington DC)

(202) 363-2255

www.DAROrealty.com

 

Evolve Management (Capitol Hill)

(202) 359-7368

www.evolvedc.com

 

Fitzgerald Properties (Palisades & Dupont Circle)

(703)821-1750

www.fitzprop.com/

 

Keener Management (Washington DC & Rosslyn VA)

(202)249-0894 (main leasing office)

www.keenermanagement.com

 

Yarmouth Management (Capitol Hill)

(202) 547-3511

http://yarmouthmanagement.com

 

 

Apartment Rating Sites

 

Apartment Ratings

http://www.apartmentratings.com

 

Apartment Reviews

http://www.apartmentreviews.net

 

 

Transportation

 

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

http://www.wmata.com

 

DC Circulator

http://www.dccirculator.com

 

Zip Car

http://www.zipcar.com

 

GoDCGo

http://www.godcgo.com

~ Information on parking, transit, bicycling, car-sharing, etc.

 

 
Safety

 

Metropolitan DC Police Department

http://crimemap.dc.gov/presentation/intro.asp

 

Arlington County, Virginia Police Department Crime Report

http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Police/crimereport/viewlist.asp

 

Montgomery County, Maryland Crime Reports

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/poltmpl.asp?url=/content/POL/media/crimeStats.asp

 

 

Tips from Current and Former Students:

 

  • I came to DC in early July and spent a day walking around neighborhoods and riding the metro around the district figuring out what the neighborhoods were like in reality, not just reading about them on websites. Helped me figure out where things were located, distance to the mall, and most importantly- what neighborhoods seemed safe.

  • On living in the city vs. the suburbs but near a metro: The two last stops on the Orange line, Dunn Loring and Vienna in Northern Virginia, are all of 35 minutes away from the Smithsonian. There are several apartment buildings within a 5-10 minute walk; they are near groceries, on bus lines to shopping malls, etc. 

  • If you can handle a longer metro commute, the rents are much lower further away from the city. There are lovely neighborhoods at the end of the Red line and they can be hundreds of dollars cheaper than apartments that are downtown.

  • Alexandria, VA is much closer to the Smithsonian than the further reaches of the Red Line in MD (and the trains, Blue and Yellow, seem to run more frequently).

  • Real estate moves very quickly if you are looking to live in DC. When I went to open houses in Capitol Hill people were ready with their checkbooks to hand over security deposits. I wasn't ready for this and lost a few apartments as a result, so be ready to say yes right away!  

  • Live near a metro. The first year I commuted via bus and then metro and it was a headache.  

 

From a landlady's perspective:

 

  • Rental housing gets unbelievably competitive in the late summer and landlords can usually have their pick from a long list of applicants. With this in mind, it is a great idea for a prospective tenant to have a credit report in hand to leave with the rental application. It is also helpful to let the landlord know if a parent is planning to co-sign the lease.

  • Rents tend to be higher in "pet-friendly" buildings because they in greater demand. So, if one isn't moving to DC with a pet in tow, skip those buildings.

 

Neighborhood Guide

Based on information provided by current and former students

 

Palisades (DC)

1.8 Miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1200-1600

45 minute commute using bus & metro

Cars unnecessary, street parking available

 

Logan Circle (DC)

2 Milles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $2000-2400

30 minute commute using bus & metro

Cars unnecessary, street parking available

NE DC

2.2 Miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1400-1800

15-30 minute commute using bus, metro, or walking

Cars unnecessary, street & garage parking available

 

Dupont Circle (DC)

2.7 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1500-1800

30 minute commute using bus or metro

Cars unnecessary, street parking available

Columbia Heights (DC)

2.9 Miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1200-1600

30 minute commute using metro or bus

Cars unnecessary, street parking available

Cleveland Park (DC)

5.5 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent $1500-1800

30 minute commute using metro

Cars unnecessary, street parking available

 

Crystal City/Pentagon City (VA)

3 Miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1800-2000

30 commute using metro

Cars unnecessary, street & garage parking available

 

Del Ray (VA)

5.6 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1200-1600

1 hour commute using metro, bus, or commuter train

Cars unnecessary, street parking available

Ballston (VA)

6 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1400-1800

30 minute commute using metro

Cars unnecessary, street & garage parking available

 

Takoma Park (DC/MD)

8.6 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1000-1400

45 minute commute using bus & metro

Cars unnecessary, street parking available

Landmark Mall (Alexandria, VA)

8 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1200-1400

1 hour commute using bus & metro

Car is helpful in this more suburban neighborhood

 

Silver Spring (MD)

9 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1200-1600

45 minute commute using bus & metro

Cars unnecessary, street parking available

Oakton (VA)

19 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $1200-1400

1.5 hour commute to class using car & metro

Car is needed in this suburban neighborhood

Crofton (MD)

25 miles from Ripley Center

Standard Rent: $800-1000

1.5 hour commute to class using car & metro

Car is needed in this suburban neighborhood

 

 

*Disclaimer: The information provided in “Housing Options” in no way constitutes an endorsement and is for informational purposes only.*

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