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November 2014 Contents: How Much It Really Costs to Live in Washington

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November 2014 Volume 50, Number 2

Cover Story

How Much It Really Costs to Live in Washington

The area is more popular than ever. It’s also pricier than ever. A report from the land of sticker shock.

By Joseph Guinto with Ari Pinkus



Have You Seen Havoc?


Janet Mihalyfi lost her dog. Twelve months, one car chase, $35,000, and a whole lot of haters later, she’s still looking for him. By Marisa M. Kashino

The New Rules of Dining Out

No reservations. Strange policies about Instagramming. Eating out in Washington has never felt so exciting—or bewildering. Here’s our guide to making the most of your culinary dollar. By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, and Anna Spiegel

Top Money Advisers

375 of the area’s best financial planners, estate attorneys, tax accountants, and other financial experts. Plus: why Washingtonians are bad investors. By Sherri Dalphonse

Capital Comment

Why did Leon Panetta throw the President under the bus? . . . DC’s evolving relationship with pot . . . The only acceptable reasons for having left the Nats’ 18-inning heartbreaker early.

Behind the Scenes Inside the surveillance room at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

Where & When

Performances, exhibits, and other events to check out this month—including singer Amanda Palmer on The Art of Asking.


Scene Maker How the 9:30 Club’s Seth Hurwitz built a live-music empire. Washington Read Identical-twin novelists reveal an elemental difference between them. The Washingtonian Guide to the DC Men’s Uniform We decipher the new codes of power and privilege.Catholic University’s Sex Experiment Unintended consequences of the school’s return to single-sex dorms.Washington Business Hall of Fame Four leaders with vision and smarts.


Let There Be White Forget the rules about not wearing it after Labor Day.Best of H Street How to spend a day in one of DC’s hottest spots.School Ties Which private schools are best for which kind of kid?


Farm-to-Tandoor Cooking Dazzling Indian at Ananda in Howard County, masterful Peruvian at Ocopa on H Street, Texas-style enchiladas, bacon-jalapeño pizza, and more.


Senior Living One couple’s decision to ditch the suburbs for the city. Plus—renovations for aging in place. Fall Into Cozy Textural decor to warm up your space.Off the Market! A $5-million Georgetown home tops the month’s most expensive residential sales.Pets Helping a dog adjust to a new baby.

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First Person Was she about to be attacked by a bear in Arlington?Crossword