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Berkeley of the East, or the People's Republic of Takoma Park

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Sometimes I think I'm back in Berkeley, or at least an idealized version - maybe that's why so many aging hippies have settled here. There's the city of Takoma Park, which is in Maryland, and then there's Takoma, a neighborhood in the District of Columbia. It's all academic to me, as a resident of Capitol Hill. Even by DC standards, this neighborhood is quite lefty - the city council recently proposed a resolution to impeach President Bush. Politics aside, it's a pleasant place to work, since there are enough conveniences nearby, like the huge CVS drugstore and the Bank of America, and some quirky local businesses, such as the politically correct pet store. There are lots of really lovely, leafy residential areas, and presumably a great place to raise kids. We have quite a few friends here so we've had several opportunities to scope out the housing market.

I wonder if we could ever afford to live here.
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On July 20th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC), safakus commented:
Sounds great. DC is one of the cities I regret not having visited when I lived in Michigan, and San Francisco is another.

I wonder if we could ever afford to live here.

You never know. I would say "Hope for the best", but I know how much frustration that could lead to. But I dunno what else to say. I hope it turns out the way you wish.
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On July 20th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I think we'll have better luck here than in San Francisco - last year I went to a "how to buy a house" seminar and to qualify for special credit and subsidy programs the threshold was very high - $80k - so in the Bay Area even high salary households deserve help!
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