I’m off to do accompany the inspector through the ridiculously overpriced townhouse I’ll be buying if all goes well. Back in a few hours.

James Joyner
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  1. lefty skeptic says:

    Ridiculously overpriced townhouse? You must live pretty close to the Beltway (inside or outside), then ;-0

  2. Blogeline says:

    Don’t you just looooove the DC area !!!;-)
    We’re looking right now to buy a house/townhouse and it really upsets me because I feel I can’t buy anything where I would like to.
    I almost thought about Stafford or even Fredericksburg, but I really don’t have the time to spend in a car or on a train all day.
    Good Luck!

  3. No he doesn’t live that close to the beltway. A good 10-15 miles out. That’s the ridiculous part.

  4. lefty skeptic says:

    I meant “near” as in like, he doesn’t live in Missouri.

  5. James Joyner says:

    Missouri would definitely be cheaper!

    Oh, well. The salaries and opportunities are might greater here, although I’m not sure enough to offset the ridiculous housing prices.

  6. Aaron says:

    For all that money housing costs in the DC area, you might as well pay more to live close in and spend less time commuting every day.

  7. James Joyner says:

    True. I actually work in Dulles, so it’s like a 10-15 minute commute. It’d be further if I took a job in D.C.

  8. Katewerk says:

    Ok, I’ve a passing familiarity with your area, as one of my best buddies lives in Warrington, VA. All I can say, from my open sky vantagepoint in Saskatchewan, is that you’re all friggin insane for even considering living where you will spend a measurable portion of your waking life staring at the rear bumper of the car infront of you.

  9. jen says:

    As one who spends an inordinate amount of time in my car daily (average of 2-3 hours per day), katewerk, Saskatchewan doesn’t sound half bad at times. Actually, anywhere would be an improvement.

    So, what keeps me in the DC area?

    1. My family – I’m a native.

    2. Job prospects – as a federal employee the options are better here, although I have the option to relocate as well.

    3. There’s a lot to do. Being such a touristy area, there really is a ton of stuff to do. Not that I do it, but it’s there if I decide I want to.

    The positives far outweigh the negatives for me.