My friend just got a job in Washington D.C. but she's not sure about living right in the city. She's considering nearby Maryland or Virginia. She has two kids (11 & 13).
No pets, non smoking.
If you know the area and can recommend a town/State, please post it! Also, if you have lived in a town/city that you think she should avoid, please post that, too.
She'll be looking for a short term rental (6 months) and then plans to buy a house. If you know of a house/condo/apartment for rent, she'd also love the info on that.