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Cane
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08-25-11 06:14 PM - Post#1342931    



Sometime in the next 6 months, and as soon as 1 month, it looks like I will be moving to Washington DC. With that said, I was hoping the FC members from the DC could help me with a few things.

I work in the medical field and there are currently openings at Washington Hospital Center and Southern Maryland Hospital. Any thoughts about either of these places? Whats the area/community around them like?

What are some of the "better" reputation hospitals in the area? (I would in the operating room).

Where would be a safe, yet affordable place to live/rent?

Areas to avoid?

Im currently working at a Northwest Detroit hospital that is in a rough area (we get gun shot trauma almost daily...the burger king a stone throw away got robbed at gun point last week, and violence related traumas are a daily event), yet I would like to make sure I, and my girlfriend, dont become a statistic.

thanks all

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08-25-11 06:21 PM - Post#1342934    


    In response to Cane

Neither are that great. I guess it's a matter of where you want to work, in town or south of town.

There's not much around Southern MD hospital. Hanny banged a nurse while he was in So MD hospital. It's not the best area, but not that bad either. Better than the area around WHC. I actually had my wedding reception right out in front of the hospital at a nice hotel.

Shit man, if you decide on Southern MD, let me know. My wife is a real estate agent. If you work in DC, you can live just about anywhere and get into town.

There's also Civista in LaPlata MD. That's further south. That's where Hanny and my kids were born. Nice hospital... nice area.

What are you looking for... apartment, town house, house? Shoot me a PM with a price range. If you don't have big bucks, stay away from Northern MD (Montgomery County) and Northern VA... expensive and tons of traffic. Of course, you'll want to stay away from Prince George's County (although So. MD hospital is in PG County).


 
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08-26-11 12:12 PM - Post#1343137    


    In response to Peatycap

What color is your girlfriend?
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08-26-11 12:17 PM - Post#1343138    


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Serious post.

If you work at WHC be prepared to drive in the city or rely on buses. It is FAR from metro.

Keep that in mind when looking for housing. Downtown you often pay $150-250 per month for covered or garage parking. You could get zoned parking on the street but that is oftentimes a huge pain in the ass since you need to be a city resident with city plates and parking still isn't guaranteed- you may be several blocks away.

Also do you have kids? Dc doesn't guarantee schooling based on your location to my knowledge. As in, your kids may pass by a better school that's closer to your house.

Are you looking to buy or rent? Do you prefer to live in the city or the burbs? Etc.
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08-26-11 12:59 PM - Post#1343156    


    In response to Tim-

What color are the hospitals?
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08-26-11 01:18 PM - Post#1343159    


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To touch on what Peaty said ...... yes, I did bang a nurse while recovering from burned lungs ...... excellent story. And oddly enough, can be confirm by mom of all people (and no, I assure you it wasn't because she was there).

In all seriousness, Southern Maryland hospital is a crap hospital at least by reputation amongst people I know who've had to go there. Not sure about it's rep in the medical industry though. As a patient, other than the nurse, it was horrible and I've vowed to never go back. Then again, I've had two surgeries there (out patient) and had no real issues. My complaints stemmed from my week long stay with my lungs.

The area itself is so-so. It's not the "bad" part of PG county but it's certainly not the good part. Easy to access though from all around the area (off Branch Ave and less than 10 mins off the Beltway). I wouldn't feel unsafe driving through there but I wouldn't necessarly want to live there.

WHC is DC. Simple as that. And not "nice DC" either. Between the two, based on location, I would opt towards S.MD.

Pay wise - I am guessing WHC pays more. It's pretty much that way when comparing out of town vs. in town.

Locations to live: NVa is expensive/crowded/more "city like". To each their own. Southern MD (Charles, Calver, St. Mary's) is a bit more rural and open and the land/housing prices are more affordable. LOTS of homes for sale due to the poor market. Rentals are also options but not too much in the way of apartments though.

In general around DC - if you go just outside the beltway on the MD side, you have PG County (stay away) or Mont. County (craptastic close to the DC line and EXPENSIVE away from it). Northern VA is traditionally high cost of living. Southern MD (I live about 20 minutes drive south of DC - then again, I leave before 5AM) is pretty decent. Relatively safe with decent prices. You can also go north but you will be driving a good bit.
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08-26-11 01:22 PM - Post#1343161    


    In response to Hannibal

What's the "good" part of PG?

MoCo isn't crap tactic west of Georgia. It's really nice. DTSS is nice too. I used to live in DTSS for 5 or 6 months and loved it. I lived in CCDC for some 11 months and loved that part of MD- CC and Bethesda
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Edited by Tim- on 08-26-11 01:23 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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08-26-11 03:28 PM - Post#1343195    


    In response to Tim-

To tack on to what Peaty, Hanny & Tim said except in to put it bluntly.

Don't move here unless you can tolerate most of which I am about to type. Like many populated areas this area is no different in terms of "paying" for your commute, i.e. the closer to DC you live the more expensive. Unless you want to live in parts of SE DC with hoodrats.

I am in Northern VA, 25 miles from my office in Northwest DC and on average it takes me 90 minutes to get to work and 60-90 to get home. That's 50 miles daily and upwards of 3 hours in my car. No tricky routes, detours, etc. just plain overcrowded in the area with too many cars and road improvement projects (even though we have a mass transit system that is in the process of expansion. Why?

1. Jobs - Home of the federal government so unemployment is always low around these parts which in turn increases demand to live here. Our highway infrastructure just cannot keep up with the amount of people moving here. Yes they are currently doing tons of road work to try and keep up but by the time they're done with the major projects, even more people will have moved here and we'll be back to square 1.

2. Schools - Some of the best public schools in the country. If you have kids that would be a strong consideration. If not a moot point and another reason for NOT moving here. Many families move here FOR the school system alone.

3. Cost of living - With the economy in a funk this area has managed it well because of ,you guessed it, low unemployment (i.e. people flocking here for available jobs). Housing prices are stable but rentals rates are on the rise and in demand because people are getting out of their mortgages. What do you consider "affordable?"

4. Diversity - At the expense of sounding like a bigot the area is full of diversity, however it's not the positive kind and I am sure it's like this in other highly populated areas. I am just personally tired of the trends of: a. 4 families living to a single structure of dwelling. b. mopeds everywhere c. people refusing to learn english or normal customs expected of a person living in the usa d. crime as a result of people illegally here in the country.

Now if you can live close to your job, even better. But you named WHC which I am familiar with and SMH which I am not familiar with. The only parts of DC you'd want to live in, you probably cannot afford unless you have a few roomates or a six figure income.

Have you looked into the INOVA Hospital network (Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Alexandria, Loudon, Prince William)? I have friends and family that work there and most have good things to say about them. Outside of Prince William any of the ones I mentioned would be good options to work at and live around.

Now you're probably wondering why I am whining so much and still living here. Well truth is I would love to get out of this area. I do have a great job that pays well enough that my wife is able to stay home with our kids, however my commute infuriates me, but I deal with it. We could move in closer but get less for our money so again, I cut my losses and deal with the traffic. In my line of work, DC (Central Business District) is where the steady, highest paying salary is. I was born and raised here and have family here as well so that is another consideration. If my company invested in property in Colorado tomorrow, I would be gone in a second. Problem is they own portfolios in Chicago, San Fran & NYC all of which are just as expensive if not more.

Also, I cannot stand politics and I rarely discuss them openly, but being so much closer to the hub of it all will make you even less tolerable of the government even more. You can resist the urge to think or talk about it, but eventually you get sucked into it because it's everywhere. People live it and breath it around these parts. It's worse than the political forum on here aka the zone.

Hope this helps.
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08-26-11 04:17 PM - Post#1343209    


    In response to Ogie

To piggyback off of ogie, BRAC is expected to bring a few tens of thousands of people to the area as well. And since DC is "America's Paris", the buildings have height restrictions in the city which only adds to congestion and overpopulation along with the obvious direct effect of cost of living increases.

For the record, where I live now, I pay $900 all included with direct tv wired throughout the house. It's maybe $50 over market but I needed to move quickly and I don't have a car so I needed to snap up a place that was close to a major grocery store and also the Metro line I need for school. I can not hope to afford a half decent studio with utilities for this cost.

...It's not the best area, though. Crime is definitely an issue in my neighborhood.
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08-26-11 04:24 PM - Post#1343213    


    In response to Tim-

Just move in with Peaty, he bought a huge place recently.. you could share a FC account, keep us guess who it really is.. kinda like that father/son duo we had, Domi Belak or whatever.. why not?


 
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08-26-11 08:14 PM - Post#1343241    


    In response to Dupre2003

Actually, the nice thing is, DC's surrounding area has just about anything you could want, from a huge fucking mansion to living in the hood and everything in between.

It's all about what you want and can afford. If you could give us/me some sort of idea, we/I could point you in the right direction.

Personally, I couldn't imagine living anywhere else but Southern MD. Maybe Annapolis (east of DC). But I couldn't afford my house if you were to transplant it there. Montgomery County (north of DC) costs big bucks. Northern VA (where Tim lives - pretty much west/southwest of town) is the same plus twice as much traffic. Parts east of own (Crofton, Bowie) aren't too bad. But if you worked at Southern MD Hospital, living a county south (Charles County) or east (Calvert County) would be what you want to do. Calvert (where I live) is great. There's parts of Charles (where Hanny lives) that you don't want to live in.


 
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08-26-11 08:16 PM - Post#1343242    


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And fellas, Cane is coming from Detroit. Chances are, unless he sets up shop in Prince George's County, things are looking up.


 
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08-26-11 08:44 PM - Post#1343244    


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I live in dc dude
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08-27-11 07:20 AM - Post#1343281    


    In response to Tim-

Got you and Ogie mixed up.

Sorry Ogie!


 
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08-27-11 08:38 AM - Post#1343299    


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No you didn't Peaty. Tim is my real name.

About the only part of PG County I would live in is the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbour.
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08-27-11 09:00 AM - Post#1343310    


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My dad lives in Montpelier. It's pretty nice.
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08-27-11 01:53 PM - Post#1343388    


    In response to Ogie

Thanks all (Peaty, Ogie, Tim, ).

To answer some questions, yes Im coming from Detroit so anything really is "up". (I just came home from work after being called in for a 34yr old male shot to the face. He was sitting in his driveway talking on the phone to his wife...nice eh).

I have no kids. The girlfriend is white. We'll get married late next year.

I appreciate the comments about living areas, and the quality of the hospitals. I dont really mind working in the ghetto, as i do now, because for the most part on site parking is secure and safe. However, I'd rather live and be able to sleep in a safe area.

I would be looking to rent at least for the first year. I have a friend at work that lived in Alexandria for a number of years, worked in DC, and loved it.

I don't mind diversity at all. I'm the minority at work as it is.

Peaty and I could share an account but you would be able to tell who was who. He has much more interesting stories.

Ogie, thanks for the info about Inova hospitals. I was unfamiliar with them but now see them everywhere around the area.

Im going to start sending out resumes to a number of places a (george washington, georgetown, etc) and see what happens. Realistically the move wont be a few months. Work is currently pissing me off so much that I wish it was next week.

Thanks for the help guys.
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03-05-12 08:19 PM - Post#1411598    


    In response to Cane

SO I have an upcoming interview with Georgetown Hospital.

Thoughts about the hospital?

Also my fiancee is currently living in DC with some friends while she is on some interviews. She lived there a year about 3 years ago and is familar with the area but I wanted some more info about DC.

What do you guys think about the area around Q st and 4th NW?

I just want to find a place to live where I dont have to worry about her walking to the bus/metro for work or being home alone.

Thoughts?

I really appreciate any input.
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03-05-12 08:46 PM - Post#1411601    


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G'Town is a great institution and hospital. My father go there to see his movement specialist and Parkinson's specialist. Lots of history and tradition.

As far as the living location, You'll actually be pretty close to the Verizon Center where the Caps play. Your closest metro stop will be near 7th and M streets. I believe that is the convention center stop. My opinion is that you're bordering pretty close to NE which is certainly better than SE. If you're going to live ther why not consider George Washington University Hospital? It's closer than georgetown and has its own metro stop. It's reputation isn't probably as good as georgetowns though.
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03-06-12 07:14 AM - Post#1411649    


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4th and Q NW? I used to live at 3rd and Florida. I have friends who live on 3rd and P.

Not the best area, but it's not "bad". It's just not good, if you don't mind hoodlums running around trying to be gangbangers.

Your closest Metro is the Convention Center stop like Ogie said. The G2 Bus runs along P Street, from Ledroit Park to Georgetown, through Logan and Dupont Circles. Very convenient to get around. Plus the bus runs by the Whole Foods if you prefer great fresh produce and meat/fish. Or you could walk to Soviet Safeway at 5th and K, or Harris Teeter on 1st and M NE. During the summer there's a farmers market on 1st and R NW, in front of a great coffee shop (Big Bear Cafe). There are some other small businesses in the area too, locally owned of course.

I don't ever go West of Connecticut, except maybe 21st Street on occasion, so I can't tell you much about Georgetown or the area. It's so far out of the way for me that there's no point.

At night, you may worry about her. But it's charming in the day, and there are a ton of yuppies and grad students.

Personally, if I was willing to spend more money on rent, I wouldn't live East of Vermont. It wouldn't save time on a commute to Foggy/Georgetown, but it's a much nicer area. Walking distance to a lot more bars/clubs/restaurants, etc.

Ogie, taking Metro from Truxton Circle to Foggy Bottom is stupid and slow.
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