You’re thinking about a new job in D.C., but you wonder if you can stand living near all the hubbub of the Capital. Not to worry! There are lots of places around the area that are wonderful, and just a commute away.

Take Arlington, for instance. There are lots of reasons to live in Arlington, especially if you have children. On Niche.com, (a site that rates neighborhoods for livability) the Arlington schools were voted best in the D.C. area. In six of the seven categories rated, Arlington Public Schools received an A+ rating. The other grade (in Sports & Fitness) was an A.

If you want to live in a suburban single-family home with a yard and a garage, you can find that in Arlington. However, with the development of the public transportation system, many multi-family units of different sizes, styles, and prices have sprung up in the past couple of decades. There seems to be something for everyone in Arlington.

Are you into fitness? The walkability of Arlington will appeal to you. There are walking, hiking and biking trails that link from Leesburg to the Potomac. Many of the residential areas are close to the Metro, and a short walk to the grocery store. As noted before, you can also opt for the commute from the suburbs.

The one drawback may be Arlington’s desirability itself. That makes the prospect of finding a place to buy a bit more difficult and possibly more pricey. We have noted in previous writings the fact that there is a housing inventory shortage. Last year, homes stayed on the market an average of a scant one to ten days! If you want to find a good place in Arlington, consult a top-notch real estate agent.

There are other places around the D.C. area that are wonderful for families, millenials and others. Some of them are old and quaint, and others are more modern and bustling. Choose your best spot!

U.S. News & World Report recently published a good article on “10 Up-and-coming Washington, D.C. Neighborhoods to Buy a Home”. It tells you what is great about each area. The recurring theme seems to be that if you want to buy a home around D.C., you should consult a good real estate agent. The Casey O’Neal team is here to help you find whatever you need.