**Pros of Alexandria (specifically old town or certain parts of Del Rey) over DC?
Here is the pro/con list we have come up with for each:
More Accessible - this includes easier access to groceries, gas, gym, parking, and highways
Closer to both of our works - I work in Fairfax, she works right off the Courthouse stop on the Orange line.
It's "prettier" than DC - aka there are trees, parks, etc.
It's cheaper than DC - this includes groceries, especially rent, travel to work
Our dog is better in Alexandria - there are a number of pet fees and restrictions that exist in DC that I haven't found in Alexandria
Safer - according to the crime maps the area we want to live in Alexandria has less crime. (please don't jump down my throat on this point. I know DC is not the same city. I visit friends all the time in DC and I am aware that if you aren't a moron you are fine. However, the statistics don't lie and Alexandria does have less crime. This is a pro for me.)
moving in would be easier in Alexandria
Far from our friends in DC
Isolated from the cool stuff we like to do in DC
hard to get to cool places in DC
Lack of culture
Music/bar scene is worse than DC
night life is not as good as DC
Restaurants are not as good as DC
It's just…boring compared to DC
going out would be more expensive and harder - cabs/uber, metro, etc.