How do you chose what neighborhood to live in? I’ve been thinking about this a bit lately, wondering how people chose to live in Bloomingdale vs. Petworth or H Street, NE or Mt. Pleasant vs. Columbia Heights or Adams Morgan etc. For me, it came to down price. I was able to get a much nicer place in Petworth than in Columbia Heights where I was originally looking. What sealed the deal for me was that the neighborhood was so close to Columbia Heights, U Street and my place of work at the time. I then discovered all the great attributes of Petworth. So what are the most important issues to you when choosing a neighborhood – proximity to work, nearby friends, close to nightlife, safety, schools, rent/mortgage costs and/or quality of housing stock?