I'm considering accepting a job offer in DC that would have me moving down from NYC area in a month. I don't even know where to begin!
What I'm looking for:
1) a very nice "luxury" rental building or a condo building where I rent from the owner. Specifically I'd like the place I live in to have a full service gym, a pool, nice interiours, washer dryer in the apartment, a balcony option. Something on the water/river would be nice though not required (I'm semi-spoiled living off of the Hudson river now with a nice doorman building and i love being on the water). Really clean, well maintained building. I never want to see a roach
2) Ideally renting a 1 bedroom in the $1100 -1500 range. (cost of living in DC area should be cheaper right?)
3) A nice neighbourhood, on the metro line. Job is at Dupont Circle, so red line or an easily connecting line is needed as I won't regularly have a car. I'm open to living outside of DC in VA or MD, if that's what it takes to get a nice neighbourhood, and the kind of place I'm looking for within my price range.
To get everything she wants, she would pretty much have to double her budget. For instance, my friend lives in a small studio in Dupont Circle (which means nothing to most people here, but it's a nice neighborhood in DC, but not the nicest) and pays something like $1200/month which would be higher if he moved in today (due to DC's laws that cap rent increase at something like 8% per year). I'm not 100% sure of what amenities he has, but I don't think he has a gym. So this got me thinking about what people around the country and world pay.
I rent half of a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in a neighborhood about eight minutes from the nearest Metro stop. No gym, no pool, and a washer and dryer shared among two of the three units, although we do have off-street parking and a small back yard. The total for my unit is $1950/month with no included utilities.