In the Washington, DC area, its all about location, location, location. Those who have returned for a Washington tour will tell you that commuting time can greatly affect your quality of life. It is not uncommon to travel an hour or more each way to and from work. Get to know the Metro lines, bus lines, and the highways that transport people to your place of work. Try some mock commutes. Doing this will help you take your method of transportation, the cost, the time, and the stress into account when considering where to live.
HOTELS AND SHORT TERM HOUSING
Near the Foreign Service Institute (FSI): The Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) offers lists that indicate pet-friendly properties in two categories:
The following sites may be helpful in finding more permanent housing. If renting don't forget the Foreign Service clause which allows you to move out with 30 days notice if transferred. As a landlord, you will also need a Foreign Service clause to permit you to move back into your property if suddenly transferred.
FOREIGN SERVICE COMMUNITY HOUSING RESOURCES