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Old 07-13-2008, 01:35 PM
Location: Austin, Texas
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My husband and I are both born and bred in Southern Calif. We both want to relocate to the east coast as soon as our second daughter graduates in 2010. We would like to be closer to family in NJ and CT, we do not have family here anymore.

Our first choice was NJ until we realized the cost of living with property tax (we still have younger kids in school) would be just as bad as CA. Then I set my sights on PA., close to family and NYC, which I love, and less expensive than Orange County CA. We are looking at areas like Exton, Chester Springs, etc.
I am also wondering if we would like No. Virginia or MD, as I have friends in those areas, and know someone that just moved there (Fairfax) from Philly and loves it. I am so confused because everyone from NJ wants to move to PA, people from PA want to move to NC, and I know my friend from VA wants to move to TN.
All I know is we want to get out of the rat race that is So. Cal. It is just too expensive to raise a family here unless you are very wealthy. My husband is a the VP of National Sales for his company and they want him to start up the east coast but we can decide where to live. Any suggestions as to where we would fit in the best, or which state would be the best for us?
We have four children, three girls, one 19 (in college), 16 (a junior in Sept.)14 (a freshman in Sept) and a 10 yr old son. We would like to own a home in the 400k-600k range in a safe neighborhood with good schools. I would like to be somewhat close to shopping (i.e Target, grocery store, Barnes & Noble, etc) at least within 10-15 min. I am a freelance graphic designer so I can work out of my home.
Thanks for any opinions!
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:56 PM
Location: The City of St. Louis
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Northern Virginia is very expensive. You will be able to find a modest home for 400k-600k, but it will most likely be a older 3 bedroom. Its not really much cheaper than SoCal. Also, as far as the "rate race" mentality goes, you will also find it there. I'd imagine its better than SoCal however, with the DC metro area being about half the size. The inner suburbs, such as Arlington, are generally a little cheaper than the outer ones, like Fairfax and Vienna. As far as your other criteria goes, the area does meet it, most shopping is quite convenient and I believe most of the schools are very good. I spent a summer in Falls Church and enjoyed it, as my neighborhood was very diverse, I lived close to a Metro stop, and only had a 5 minute commute to work, but the cost of living and rat-race mentality will keep me from ever moving back.

Another thing to think about, if you are moving to the area to be closer to family in NJ and CT, traffic is horrible along the entire Bos-Wash corridor. Be prepared to sit in traffic for hours if you leave for CT on a Friday afternoon. If you leave early you can beat a lot of it, but if you can't it becomes a problem.
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