My husband and I have lived in our Dupont Circle condo for 8 years. Nearly an eternity! For those unfamiliar, Dupont is a lively area of Washington, DC that is filled with restaurants, bars, shops and a wide range of lively and engaged people. It is handy to the metro system but you could even walk downtown or to the White House in 20 minutes or so. We absolutely love it here.
For some time though, we’ve been thinking of how great it would be to have a bigger yard, driveway and a little more space. Also, sometimes it just seems like it would be nice to be in a slower paced neighborhood. So today we met with a Realtor for the first time to check out homes in Northern Virginia. They are all within 20 miles of downtown so we could easily drive in for dinner with friends, but far enough away that we would go from being amongst young, mostly childless professionals to folks in the other various stages of life.
Our first day out was rainy and a bit dreary so perhaps not the best day to judge things, but our Realtor seems patient enough and is happy to expand our search by duration and distance. We’ll see how we feel after another few trips with her. In any case, it would definitely a big life change for us, so we’re definitely not in any rush. I’ll definitely share any interesting insights into the area or the process as we go along.