Movin’ On Up

It’s finally here. The day has come when I’ve decided to move out to the real suburbs. I currently live about a mile and a half outside the DC limits, right across the trees from Georgetown. I live in my very city-ish neighborhood where you walk to get a hair cut, go to the market, the dry cleaner, or restaurants and gyms. I’ve lived in my little close neighborhood for five of the six years I’ve lived in the area, and it’s time to leave the nest. I’m moving…

… out to Vienna. GASP! WHAM! BOOM! I know. It was almost a shock to me when I made the decision, but I’m doing it. The place I’m moving has all the qualities of my close little neighborhood now and is located just three blocks from downtown Vienna. A cute dive breakfast place up the corner, a farmers market every Saturday morning, walk to Jammin’ Java concerts and the like.

It’s neighborhood-y and a friendly little part of town. What will now be my existence will be my commute, which for the last five years has been nothing but a pleasure. I will now have to think about extra clothes if I want to hang out after work, no “stopping home” before events or working with my AU students at their preferred time (10 pm meetings? I’m old, come on). Because the church I go to and tons of my friends are right in the middle of Tyson’s, living in Vienna will actually be a nice change in that regard.

While I’m incredibly excited about where I’m moving and why I’m moving there, I know that my DC life will definitely change. Have you done the move before? Living in DC and moving out to the suburbs or living close outside the city and moving much further out? In some ways I think of this as maturing a little bit in my life and moving out of my dinky city apartment and in to a nice townhome. But maybe I’m just making things up so I don’t think about the commute too much…

15 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    On one hand, congrats! Moving into a bigger place is always a good feeling.

    On the other hand, if I moved that far out of DC I know I’d rarely come visit the city unless I was within a 10 minute walk to a convenient Metro station.


  2. Mik (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    Congrats on the move Stacey – wonderful news. I too am leaving this wonderful city, but for Seattle.

    When I first moved to the DC area, I lived in Herndon. I quickly grew tired of the toll road commute and moved closer to the city. Both the ‘burbs and the city have their pros and cons, I find that I’ll go into the city for brunch, yet out to fairfax to Costco….


  3. monavano (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    If at all possible, commute off heavy peak times each way. Vienna/ Fairfax is lovely, but the traffic is very bad, I’m afraid to say. I lived in Oakton/Vienna when I first moved to DC. My commute into NW DC was pretty rough. Use the metro if you can, but be warned that even though it is the first/last stop on the orange line, it gets jammed packed from days first light.
    Good luck with your plans!
    BTW…weekends were a breeze getting in and out of DC. Not a deterrent at all.


  4. Stacey (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    I don’t think I’ll be commuting at off hours (I’ll probably head in at 7:15 and leave DC between 5:30 and 6:30), but I’ll definitely be driving. Unfortunately Metro is rarely my friend… so I think it’s time I finally invest in satellite radio for my drives!

    Mik – SO JEALOUS. I’ve wanted to move to Seattle forever. It’s my favorite city!

    Hopefully I’ll still want to come in to the city, but working in town and having lots of events after, I may just be happy to get a little further away on the weekends. We’ll see!!


  5. Jen DC (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 8:14 am

    I’m just here to reiterate that the commute – during the hours that you’ve named – is going to be horrible. Watch out for the road ragers: they do exist.

    Seriously, though, if you can figure out another way to get into town, please do. PLEASE. Hours of my life were wasted on 66…

    Is there “nightlife” in Vienna now?


  6. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 10:28 am

    Vienna is probably the best town to move to – anywhere else in Fairfax would feel real suburban and Vienna is more like an English town (except for the strip malls on the one side of 123. AND you can easily bike to the Vienna Metro Stn, instead of driving.

    As for Mik, sorry to hear that you are moving but congrats on moving to Seattle! I just got back from visiting there and it is a nice city – voted most livable? Plus, if you are a caffeine fiend, that is the place for you. Luckily, my visit there was full of sunshine and warm weather – no precipitation to speak of. Made me wonder if it was a lie propagated by the Seattlites so the rest of the population stay away.

    Wow, certainly a lot of life changes to the DCMetblogs’ gang. Best of luck to all.


  7. Max (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    I lived in Seattle for three years and trust me, it rains and then it rains some more. It’s not a downpour but a constant drizzle for 9 months.

    The summers are perfect though, especially since the sun doesn’t go down until 10:00 and you rarely need air conditioning.


  8. monavano (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    Stacey,
    Reading about road rage above, I also wanted to warn you to toe the line while driving in Fairfax. The cops are really on top of giving out tickets for violations related to stop signs and red lights. Don’t speed, they catch that too. And last, don’t try to sneak onto I-66 during HOV hours if you are alone. They set traps for that.
    Try Rt.s 50 and 29 to see which one serves you best.
    Take advantage of being so close to the W & OD. I loved that trail!


  9. Mik (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    There’s a huge speed trap on Route 123 leaving the Tyson’s area, cops hide out there all the time.

    MBFAN#2 – Thanks, hopefully I can still blog a time or two over this way, and I’ll certainly be back to visit the many friends I’ve made over the years.

    Max – I’m English, Seattlites don’t know what real rain is!


  10. em vee (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    Stacey,

    seconding or thirding the rush hour commute from that corner of vienna. my $0.02 is to try idylwood road to the 66 ramp at WestFalls church — 123->66 will be a nightmare. also try 29 into the city, a few lights, but rarely stopping traffic. the jammin java, wholefoods, bagel places section of vienna is nice and cutesy, you`ll like it.

    Mik – love seattle, if you had to move pacific NW is prolly as good as it gets. yesterday’s loss sucked, sorry – and if you havent found out already … huge liverpool support in seattle. so enjoy !


  11. WFY (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    I grew up in Vienna and it is a pretty good place for a kid or parents, not as much for single, childless people.

    About the only thing I go back for other than to see my folks is the Vienna Inn. Drafts in frosted mugs for under $2 and chilly dogs. They used to sell so much draft Bud that the Clydesdales showed up for the Halloween Parade. The waitresses aren’t nearly as surly as they used to be though.

    I think a number of new restaurants have opened along Church Street as well.


  12. Wayan (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Stacey,

    I’m in Nairobi or I would’ve been the first commenter with a very succinct: NNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!


  13. Mik (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    I second the Route 29 drive, it’s not that bad at all. I lived near the East Falls Church Metro for the longest time and took it too work every day. Route 50 is often too busy, Wilson isn’t too bad either but Ballston/Clarendon traffic is less than ideal.

    Em Vee: Thanks, I found the George and Dragon the last time I was there and made some fast friends, as I did Wednesday at the Courts due to my colourful language…just ask Tom.

    Pathetic loss, Liverpool could have done so much better. They should have put Crouch and sooner and played Dudek, oh well, onwards and upwards.


  14. Stacey (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    Haha – thanks everyone for the advice. First, however, I will not be able to take 66 in to the city in any way. HOV. My current plan is to take 123 to the Parkway or Old Dominion. We’ll see what happens, but I will be living right on 123, so it’s too out of my way to go down to 50. Maybe 29 would work.

    Anyway, thanks for all the advice – Vienna has a great scene now, I like the people and I’m ready for a non-singles-only crowd anyway. I’m around enough of that on my own, I wouldn’t mind being around some families.

    I will of course keep everyone posted when I move in 5 weeks!


  15. Kati (unregistered) on May 29th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    Hey,

    That is the first time I hear somebody being excited about moving from the city to the burbs :) but I guess if you like it there and you have friends, that’s the way for you..as for me it’s the total way around…am sick of the burbs and bored to tears and can’t wait to move closer to the city or right in the city. But I am not American and these types of English style houses do not answer my taste..anyway good luck to you!

    Kati



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