Carmin Chance

A Real Estate Agent at VA and DC Apartments For Rent

Carmin Chance

VA and DC Apartments For Rent

A Real Estate Agent based in Richmond, VA

 
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Nightlife

Nightlife

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Richmond has a lively nightlife with plenty of clubs and bars that offer a variety of entertainment. The Canal Club provides nightly entertainment with live bands, DJs, and other concerts along with a large dance floor and multiple bars. Godfreys Restaurant and Nightclub that serves late night appetizers and excellent drinks. The club also has a massive dance floor with lights and features DJs every weekend.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Richmond and the greater area are served by the Greater Richmond Transit Company which provides public transportation for those that need to access the surrounding Richmond areas. Greyhound also provides service to Washington D.C., Charlotte, Raleigh, Baltimore, and other nearby major cities. Lastly, the city is served by Amtrak train lines and give residents access to other major cities in the area.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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The Baron Cameron Off Leash Dog Area is the dog park that serves the greater Reston area. The dog park is a large fenced in area that covers almost one acre of land and borders Lake Newport, making this park a great place to take your dog and swim. The park is located at the outer limits of the city so that residents don’t have to worry about the traffic and hecticness of the center of the city. The city has eight complexes that allow residents to have cats, small dogs, and large dogs, which is a large number of complexes that allow large dogs.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Reston has tons of cultural and other activities that include theater, music, parks, and recreation. The Reston Community Players is a local award winning production group that performs in the area. There are also free concerts throughout the summer that are located in various parks throughout the city. The city also has a number of parks and recreation services for residents that want to enjoy the great outdoors. The Reston Zoo is also within the city and includes a variety of exotic animals from all over the world.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Oakton is a great place for renters due to the high percentage of renters and the residential feel compared to the other suburbs of Arlington. Also, the rent in Oakton is on the lower end of the rents for the area. The smaller and quainter feel of Oakton is very popular for people that want to live near major cities, but still have the feel of a smaller neighborhood.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Oakton is directly served by I-66 and gives residents easy access to the more populated regions of Arlington, including Annandale, McLean, and Washington D.C.. The commute to McLean, Annandale, and Arlington is only about 20 minutes for each, but the commute to Arlington can have more traffic due to the interstate traffic. The commute to D.C. takes about 40 minutes, but can take up to an hour since there is often a good amount of traffic on the Interstate.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The overall crime rate in Fairfax is very low for the area and is much safer than the immediate suburbs of the Arlington area, making it a great place for renters that have families or may be worried about the higher crime rate near the city. The violent crime rate is about 70% below the national average and a little under 50% below the state average. The property crime rate is only about 20% below the national average, but this can be attributed to the affluent area and proximity to the city.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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McLean is home to a number of major business headquarters and is a major hub for jobs in the greater DC and Arlington area. CNNMoney recently ranked McLean as the 8th top-earning town in the country for the high median family income and median home price. Currently, there are over 7000 jobs available in McLean, making the city an excellent place to move to if you are looking to move without a job. The amount of jobs in the area is extremely high and more than 100,000 jobs are available within 10 miles of McLean.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Springfield has a high concentration of restaurants near the center of town on both sides of I-95. The top restaurants in the area are Mike’s American and El Paso Mexican Restaurant. Mike’s American is known to please all of their customers and have excellent service and is known for their crab cakes, grilled pork chops, and the prime rib special. El Paso Mexican Restaurant is known to have the best Mexican food in the area and have authentic cuisine with incredible enchiladas and chile rellenos.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Springfield is traversed by I-495 and I-95, causing a high flow of traffic through the city and can create many traffic issues. However, the interstates make it very easy for residents to access all nearby areas and commute to Arlington, Annandale, and DC. Annandale is right next to Springfield, so the commute is very easy and most likely should be done using back roads rather than the highway in order to avoid traffic. The commute to Arlington takes about 20 minutes in light traffic, but will most likely take 30 minutes with traffic. The commute to DC takes a little longer and will normally take about 40 minutes in traffic.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Since McLean is known as one of the wealthier areas in the country, the rental rates are obviously much higher than the national average and are a little bit higher than the surrounding areas. The average rent for a one bedroom apartment is around $1750 and the average rent for a three bedroom apartment is almost $2700. The average rent for a two bedroom apartment of almost $2300 is about $300 greater than the average rent for seven surrounding cities, but some of these cities have rent that is as low as $1500.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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McLean is home to a number of major business headquarters and is a major hub for jobs in the greater DC and Arlington area. CNNMoney recently ranked McLean as the 8th top-earning town in the country for the high median family income and median home price. Currently, there are over 7000 jobs available in McLean, making the city an excellent place to move to if you are looking to move without a job. The amount of jobs in the area is extremely high and more than 100,000 jobs are available within 10 miles of McLean.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The park space and beaches that attract tourists to Virginia Beach from around the world is accessible to city residents any day of the year. There are 35 miles of coastline here, and three public beaches that each have a different personality. There is also the city’s famous boardwalk, which is three miles long and has great restaurants, shops, and entertainment. As if this all isn’t enough, Virginia Beach has 4,000 acres of park space, and 210 parks, that are open to the public. There is also the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is 8,000 acres of forest, wildlife, and nature. If you decide to rent in Virginia Beach, you will undoubtedly spend much of your time outside.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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For a city, Virginia Beach has a very low public transit ridership, as only less than one percent of residents in the city use it every day to commute to work. There are proposals for a high speed rail to be built in Virginia, as well as an extension to the city on The Tide light rail in Norfolk, but right now there aren’t many public transportation options. The majority of V.B. residents (92.4%) drive a vehicle to work every day. To get to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, commuters take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, which is the largest bridge-tunnel complex in the world. The average commute time to work (one way) for the average resident is 25 minutes.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Washington DC’s reputation for high crime is slowly wearing off as the city’s crime rate has dropped. In 2011, the murder count was only 108, which was a fourth of what it was in 1991 (479), and the lowest it had been since 1963. Also, studies have found that over a quarter of the city’s crimes occur in 5% of the city’s blocks, meaning that the crime is very concentrated and not widespread. These blocks are mostly located in the eastern part of the city; the northwestern neighborhoods are generally the safest. However, communities considered dangerous, like Columbia Heights and Logan Circle, are being renovated and are becoming safer now than they ever have been before. Likewise, if you look north and east of downtown, crime is the lowest it’s been in years. Overall, if you look at the city’s crime stats, both violent and property crimes have been cut in half in the past 20 years.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Have you ever been to a Turkish restaurant? How about a Scottish, Filipino, Peruvian, or Belgian restaurant? Unless you’re a die-hard foodie, you probably haven’t experienced all of these flavors. In Washington D.C., you can try them all. There are a variety of restaurants here, ranging from all the foreign cuisines I mentioned earlier to more familiar food like American, Italian, and Chinese. There is also a wide price range here, as you can experience an excellent dining experience for cheap, at a small cafe for example, or you can enjoy a four course meal at one of the city’s premier expensive restaurants where your favorite politicians eat. The options, both in terms of flavor and pricing, are vast here in DC, but one thing remains the same: the exceptional quality of the food.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There’s so much to do and see in Washington D.C. There are incredible historical sites, such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol Building, or the White House. There are museums like the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, and the National Gallery of Art. It is home to a great art scene, which is exemplified in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Theatre, and the Arena Stage to name a few. The city also has professional teams in all four major sports, and over 7,000 acres of park land for recreation.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Washington DC is home to many reputable colleges and universities, such as Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, and Howard University as some examples. There are nearly 40 post-secondary schools in the city. As for K-12 education in DC, the District of Columbia Public Schools runs 123 public schools here, and there are around 46,000 students in this system.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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There’s so much to do and see in Washington D.C. There are incredible historical sites, such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol Building, or the White House. There are museums like the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, and the National Gallery of Art. It is home to a great art scene, which is exemplified in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Theatre, and the Arena Stage to name a few. The city also has professional teams in all four major sports, and over 7,000 acres of park land for recreation.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Washington D.C. is absolutely renter friendly, as 55% of the housing units in D.C. are rented, and only 37% are owned. As for properties on the market, there are more than twice as many places for rent (36% of listings) than for sale (14.6). Renting in D.C. can be expensive or cheap depending on where you look, obviously, but on average it is less than you would expect compared to other large East Coast cities. The median rent for Washington D.C. is $1,078, which is less than Boston ($1,259 median rent) and NYC ($3,429 median rent).

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Washington D.C.’s public transit system, run by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, has the second-highest ridership in the country, as nearly 40% of residents take public transportation to work every day. The services available are subway lines, buses, commuter rail, and Amtrak access. Additionally, Walk Score ranked D.C. as the seventh most walkable city in the U.S., and the city’s Capital Bikeshare is one of the largest bike sharing programs in the world with over 1,100 bicycles. The city’s public transit ridership is supposed to grow by 32% by 2030, so the city is currently spending a lot of time constructing new additions to the system and expanding coverage, which is always good for residents.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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In order to live in this upscale city, renters need to be willing to spend a little extra cash in order to enjoy the many amenities offered here. The average rent here is similar to the average rent in Washington DC and is nearly double the average rent throughout Virginia at $1538 for a studio apartment, $1787 for a one bedroom apartment, $2413 for a two bedroom apartment, and $3223 for a three bedroom apartment. Although expensive, 54% of the housing is renter occupied, ensuring that apartments are always available in the Arlington area.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Arlington is home to 155 restaurants, bars, and pubs, featuring every type of cuisine imaginable. According to West Virginia Magazine, some of the best restaurants in the state are in Arlington, including Carlyle, Eventide, and Kora. Carlyle offers Modern American and International Cuisine and has been on the best restaurant list every year since 2007. Eventide offers Southern, Modern American, and International Cuisine and is the perfect location for an excellent meal and upscale environment. Kora is an affordable Italian restaurant that is easily accessible by the blue and yellow line, allowing for a quick yet delicious dining experience.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority offers a number of different affordable housing programs for people looking to rent apartments in the city. The Housing Choice Voucher Program, which was formerly known as the Section 8 Housing Program, provides renters with affordable rent by subsidizing a percentage of their rent. The city also offers a Moderate Rehabilitation Program to help residents that need assisted housing to either find housing or subsidize their rent in existing assisted housing as rent rises. Overall, Alexandria tries to offer eligible residents with as much assistance as possible so that they can live in the city.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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As a major city just outside of Washington DC, it is no surprise that Alexandria has a number of recreation facilities and nightlife activities. The city has 950 acres of land specifically for parks and recreation centers. The Cameron Run Regional Park has a public water park equipped with water slides, a wave pool, a mini golf course, and batting cages. Chinquapin, the city’s largest recreation facility, offers a swimming pool, tennis and racquetball courts, and a number of other sports fields and courts. There are also ten dog parks and dog runs throughout the city, many of which are located within larger parks to offer activities for both dogs and people. Alexandria boasts a number of clubs, sports bars, and pubs for nighttime activities, offering a variety of activities for any resident.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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According to crime statistics provided by the Washington Post, the chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Bethesda is 50% less than the national average. Due to the extent of affluent residents, the rate of larceny, burglary, and vehicle theft are between 80% and 160% of the national average. The total risk of becoming the victim of any crime in Bethesda is 20% less than the national average risk. Overall, Bethesda is a fairly safe area that strives to increase its safety and reduce crime rate throughout the city.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Placing first in Forbes list of “America’s Most Educated Small Towns”, it is no surprise that Bethesda offers a number of award winning schools. There are ten elementary, three middle, and three high schools that serve the students of Bethesda. The Thomas W Pyle Middle Schools was the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. According to the Washington Post’s National High School Challenge Rankings, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School ranked first in the state and 59th in the nation, while the Walt Whitman High School ranked 44th on the US News & World Report's “America’s Best High School” list. The Walter Johnson High School has been rated one of “America’s Best High Schools” multiple times by Newsweek and was ranked by College Board to have the best AP World History program in the world.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The eight mile commute from Silver Spring to Washington DC usually takes about 30 minutes, but can take up to 45 minutes if the traffic is unusually heavy. The Capital Beltway can also be accessed from the city and provides access to the surrounding areas around Washington DC throughout Maryland and Virginia. The Intercounty Connector has a number of interchanges in the city and gives residents another way to access the nearby cities. Overall, the average commute for residents that work outside of Silver Spring is around 30 minutes.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Silver Spring offers a wide variety of restaurants, especially in the downtown area, including: African, American, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, and much more. The city alone has six restaurants featuring Ethiopian Cuisine and 24 offering Thai, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean food. For an excellent lunch, ratings from urbanspoon suggest Santucci’s Italian Deli, which features classic Italian subs at a very affordable price. Mi Rancho, a Latin American and Mexican restaurant, is the perfect place for summer evening drinks and food, according to the Washington Post.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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As a major college town, apartments in College Park are always available and usually for an affordable price. The average price for a one bedroom apartment is $1089 and $1834 for a three bedroom apartment. When comparing the average price for a two bedroom apartment with seven other nearby cities, the average rent of $1338 is only about $50 higher than the average for the nearby cities. Overall, the median rent is 10% below the average rent for the state of Maryland. With 40% of housing renter occupied and the affordable prices, College Park is a great place to rent.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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The College Park Dog Park is located within Acredale Park and offers residents a place to bring their dog to socialize and exercise in a fenced-in and off-leash park. Residents of the greater College Park area can become a member of the dog park for a yearly fee of $30. There are also a number of pet stores, groomers, and a dog training facility in College Park, making everything your pet may need easily accessible. Currently, there are a number of apartments for rent in and around College Park that allow cats, small dogs, and large dogs.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Washington Metro serves Greenbelt via the Greenbelt Metro Station, which serves as the northernmost terminal for the green line. There is also a commuter rail service from this state that connects residents between the great DC area and Baltimore. The ride on the Metro Green Line from the Greenbelt Station takes about 50 minutes and is a common way for the city’s residents to commute. The commute from Greenbelt to Baltimore using public transportation takes a little over an hour and usually requires taking two different buses or a bus and a light rail, depending on the desired route.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Greenbelt is served by Prince George’s County Public Schools and includes three elementary, one middle, and one high school. Although the elementary and middle schools have not received excellent rating from GreatSchools, the Eleanor Roosevelt High School has received a number of awards. The schools has been awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, and was in the top 25% for America’s Top Public High Schools by Newsweek Magazine.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Fort Washington Park is a National Park where visitors can walk along the three mile trail, fish in the Potomac River, watch the diverse wildlife, and visit the various historic and cultural landmarks and monuments. The John Addison Concert Hall is also located in Fort Washington and offers a number of art shows, concerts, and classes. The local YMCA also offers residents an affordable location to exercise and swim.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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With just under 40% of the population commuting, the trip to work from Fort Washington can be slow, especially if commuting to Alexandria or DC. The commute from Fort Washington to Alexandria takes around 40 minutes, but with only light traffic can take as little as 25 minutes. The commute to DC can take up to an hour and will take a little over 40 minutes in moderate traffic. Including residents that work in areas closer by, the average commute is around 30 minutes.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Annandale has numerous restaurants featuring various Asian cuisines, including Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Honey Pig Gooldaegee and Sorak Garden are Korean Grills, known as two of the best Korean BBQs in the DC area. Han Gang, Choong Hwa Won, and Duck Chang’s are all known for their chinese and japanese food and their affordable prices.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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With almost 34% of all housing in Annandale being renter occupied, the area is very renter friendly and offers numerous affordable apartments. The average average price for a one bedroom apartment of $1236 is very reasonable, especially given the city’s proximity to Alexandria and Washington DC. When comparing average rent for two bedroom apartments with seven nearby cities, the average rent of $1644 is a little over $200 less than the average for the seven cities. Overall, Annandale is a great place to rent if you are looking in the greater DC area.

 

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