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Dear PoP – Where Should Grandma Live?


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“Dear PoP,

Grandma is planning a move to DC to be closer to us and the grandkids. She is a hip, young, 60 and works as a CNA in home health care/assisted living.

We are exploring different neighborhoods in DC for her to live in and need some advice. If your mom was moving here where would you suggest she live?

Her requirements – she does not want to be more than one only – only woman, only single person, only person her age, etc. She lived in Riggs Park 10 years ago and while she had great neighbors she was a few too many onlys at the time. To be just one or two of those things is fine but too many onlys make for a tough settling in. A place which is walkable for services, relatively near to metro or a good bus line, where parking is not too ridiculous. We live in Columbia Heights and don’t want her too far away.

We are checking out near Walter Reed, Waterfront, H Street, Brookland. Is this going to be too rough for her? A studio or basement apartment in the 1200 range would be ideal. Gotta stretch those retirement dollars!”

Super curious to hear what everyone thinks. I’m gonna vote for Mt. Pleasant! In fact Mt. Pleasant sound perfect.

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