Hey, fellers. Finally moving back to the states after 6 years overseas--it's time. Anyhoo, it would be nice to have a place to live once I get there. I'm gonna be working in Crystal City, and will need a place in somewhere in northern VA somewhere. MD is pretty much out--I tried that once, and wasn't a big fan ("hon"). Here's the dilemma. I'm looking to rent because I don't know how long I'll be there. Do I go affordable and live out in BFE but commute 3 hrs a day, or empty my wallet and live closer by? QoL seems to be better out in the sticks, but I hate the thought of spending all that time commuting. I'm from So Cal and have already spent enough of my life sitting in traffic. I'm told it's better to live off 66 somewhere (Centreville, Chantilly, etc.) rather than the 95. However, there are some very nice places down by Quantico (Montclair, etc.) that are within budget ($2,100/mo. before coming out of pocket). Is one direction better than the other? Anyway, I know there are a bunch of you from the DC area, and am just looking for input from "normal" people, and you guys are at least close. With a daughter going to college I'm thinking I'm probably going to have to suck up the commute, but if you have any advice, I'm all ears.