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    Default Nauck neighborhood - okay to commute through Army Navy country club every day?

    I'm seriously contemplating making a bid on a house in the Nauck neighborhood (near S Barton St neighborhood off Columbia Pike). I work at L'Enfant Plaza and currently reside in Pentagon City.

    I've biked through the Army Navy country club on weekends and have never had a problem. I am loathe to bike on Columbia Pike so the easiest way for me to get into DC would be to use the golf club shortcut to Army Navy Drive. My only other alternative is S Walter Reed then through Fort Meyer which is longer and not as dependable (they may close access to cyclists at any time, the gates close early).

    Am I okay presuming I can cut through the country club on a daily basis without any issues? I believe they close the gates at 11:00 pm but am unsure what time they open. Does anyone know? The gate hours aren't listed on their website.

    Many thanks!

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    Those houses on S. Barton are cute. I've been keeping my eye out for rentals there.

    A little bit longer, but you could also take Walter Reed to Kenmore to Shirlington Rd to 4MRT and then either double back on Army-Navy Dr or take the lovely Wayne F. Anderson Bikeway to the MVT.

    One thing to consider: There will be no way for you to get home that doesn't involve a hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    I am loathe to bike on Columbia Pike so the easiest way for me to get into DC would be to use the golf club shortcut to Army Navy Drive.
    You might try putting down the sidewalk on the Pike to the Pentagon.

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    [QUOTE=Judd;161564

    One thing to consider: There will be no way for you to get home that doesn't involve a hill.[/QUOTE]

    You say that as if it were a bad thing. I don't understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyRider View Post
    You might try putting down the sidewalk on the Pike to the Pentagon.
    I've done this for short stretches, mostly on the way home when traffic is heavy on the Pike. I've started taking some back streets to avoid riding on the narrow sections of the sidewalk. The sidewalk is wide from the hotel to just past the bridge. I duck into a side street, cut through an apartment complex parking lot and then cross the Pike. If I'm going further down the Pike, instead of crossing, turn right out of the apartment complex, take the sidewalk for one block and then cut into the Dorchester Towers parking lot to S. Courthouse and then take the 6th Street bike lane.

    To get to S. Barton on the Pike during heavy traffic, I'd probably do my sidewalk avoidance routine, take S. Courthouse, turn left on to 8th, turn left on to Wayne St., turn right into the complex with Giant and then cross at the stop light.

    So, you can avoid traffic on the Pike with just those 14 easy steps.

    In the morning, I just wait for traffic to catch the red light at S. Courthouse and then just take the left lane until I turn left at the Sheraton. Most folks are turning right at the bridge and the road is downhill so I'm close to being at speed with the rest of the traffic. I've only had someone yell at me once after doing this for nearly two years.

    My typical route home: https://www.strava.com/activities/1033806661

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    Default Nauck neighborhood - okay to commute through Army Navy country club every day?

    Ha! So there is a secret "back way" through apartment bldg lots. Frankly that kind of route and the big climb up the pike would drive me nutty.

    Yeah, I really need to ride my bike this week and see what my options are. Esp check out the hills since I've only used the club shortcut downhill. Overall the location is great considering my budget but it is a bit of an island bikewise. Arlington really needs to work harder on improving the Pike for nondrivers.

    I suppose I could always take the bus home from the Pentagon or PC. I know. Heresy.

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    I've lived in a lot of different places over the years and always carefully considered biking or walking to work. I've deeply regretted living somewhere with less than optimal bike or walk commuting. If I were buying I would plan meticulously around this consideration. So, in my opinion, you're on the right path. You'll adjust to a climb, but something unsafe or awkward will always bother you if riding to work is a priority.


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    Ha! So there is a secret "back way" through apartment bldg lots. Frankly that kind of route and the big climb up the pike would drive me nutty.

    Yeah, I really need to ride my bike this week and see what my options are. Esp check out the hills since I've only used the club shortcut downhill. Overall the location is great considering my budget but it is a bit of an island bikewise. Arlington really needs to work harder on improving the Pike for nondrivers.

    I suppose I could always take the bus home from the Pentagon or PC. I know. Heresy.

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    Eventually, there will be a trail from the tunnel under 395 that the Country Club uses up to Hoffman-Boston school, which will be very useful to you. CIP has this in (I think) 2022

    Of course, eventually, the land swap should go through and the Pike should be realigned and there may be better facilities on the Pike. Maybe.

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    Oh, and I did commute through there twice in one week, but only in the afternoon. That said, there wasn't a guard house and the road doesn't go that close to any buildings, so I'd be pretty surprised if anyone noticed that you were commuting through every day. I do not, however, know the times the road is open.

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    ^^I greatly agree (though the real estate agent thinks I'm a bit nuts) but it it is proving very, very difficult to find a place within 45 mins to work on public transportation, less than 60 min bike commute that won't scare me, walking distance to amenities, preferably on the yellow line (least delayed/crowded), at least 755 sq feet, will not require walking bike up a flight or more of stairs, has parking, quiet/safe neighborhood, won't require a lot of renovation/upkeep, low condo fees, etc. all for $300K or less.

    Augh. Just discovered that the country club hill is an 8% climb. Augh.

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