Make Your Move to the DC Metro Area Easier
The Washington, DC area (often called the "DC metro area") is a great place to live! Residents have access to top employers, excellent schools, and amazing neighborhoods. Of course, all of major attractions in Washington, DC are accessible, too, like the Smithsonian museums and national monuments.
Since you're new to the area and are buying a home, you likely have a few questions on your mind — Should I live in the city or the suburbs? What are the best neighborhoods? Are the schools good? Will I need a car or should I take the Metro? We're here to help! Here's a quick guide to relocating to Washington, DC, and you can always call us at 301.775.4196 if you have any questions.
Living in Washington, DC vs. Its Suburbs
While you're searching for homes, you're likely considering the cost of living in the city and the suburbs. While Washington, DC lets you live closer to major employers, shopping and dining, and entertainment options, it's much more expensive for 3+ bedroom homes in the city. But there are other things besides location to consider when relocating to Washington, DC.
Should You Buy a Home in Washington, DC?
PRO: In DC, you don't need a car. Since you can take the bus, ride the Metro, or walk virtually anywhere in the city, you don't really need a car. You may need a car to get to the grocery store, shopping centers, or schools if you live in Northern Virginia or southern Maryland, but there are places you can live in the suburbs that are close to the Metro.
PRO: In DC, cultural attractions are much closer. From museums to monuments to annual festivals, there is always something to do in the city. The Smithsonian museums are a free option for residents who want to visit the zoo, learn about our nation's history, or see incredible art on display.
PRO: In DC, great restaurants are everywhere. If you love sampling a variety of cuisine at one-of-a-kind restaurants, you will love all the restaurant choices in Washington, DC.
CON: In DC, it's much louder. Traffic, tourists, and nightlife are almost constant in Washington, DC. If you are searching for an escape from the hustle and bustle, you may want to search for a home in the suburbs instead.
CON: In DC, your dollar doesn't go as far. Homes in the city are often smaller and more expensive. But in the Washington, DC suburbs, you can find homes with plenty of space, large yards, and community amenities like a swimming pool or playground.
CON: In DC, neighborhoods don't offer many amenities. While many communities in the city are steps from shopping and dining, they don't often offer suburban neighborhood amenities like a pool, clubhouse, or playground. If you're considering the suburbs, view our list of the best neighborhoods below.
What are the Best Neighborhoods in the DC Suburbs?
We've made it easier to decide where to live in Maryland or Virginia. We have ranked many of the DC metro area's top neighborhoods so that home buyers can easily choose a home that is in their budget, has the right number of bedrooms, and has an ideal location. Check out our rankings below.
Neighborhoods with the Best Amenities
Must-Have Resources for Home Buyers
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