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Old 08-10-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: East Pittsburgh suburb
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You should not overlook Haymarket which has excellent schools and is very family friendly (IE Dominion valley. Easy drive to Fair Oaks hospital. You'll get alot more home / land for your money too.

Another nice area, really nice, is Middleburg, which would be a little longer drive (down route 50 which is slower than 66), but what a beautiful area that is.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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You should not overlook Haymarket which has excellent schools and is very family friendly (IE Dominion valley. Easy drive to Fair Oaks hospital. You'll get alot more home / land for your money too.

Another nice area, really nice, is Middleburg, which would be a little longer drive (down route 50 which is slower than 66), but what a beautiful area that is.
I thought the OP was referring to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, rather than to Inova Fair Oaks further west. It's not a particularly easy commute to Inova Fairfax from either Haymarket or Middleburg, though these areas (particularly Middleburg) do offer a slower pace.

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Old 08-10-2010, 03:13 PM
 
Location: East Pittsburgh suburb
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I thought the OP was referring to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, rather than to Inova Fair Oaks further west. It's not a particularly easy commute to Inova Fairfax from either Haymarket or Middleburg, though these areas (particularly Middleburg) do offer a slower pace.

Agreed - I would not commute to Inova Fairfax in Falls Church from Haymarket. Inova Fair Oaks in Fairfax , that's an easy commute from Haymarket.

OP - which hospital will you be working at?
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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My two cents are as follows:

If you are a medical professional, you have more than enough stress. The last thing you need is a long commute or even a half hour commute.

If I were you I'd draw a circle extending 5 miles in each direction from the hospital and do my damnednest to find a home within it. NOVA traffic is legendary; at wrong times of day even those 5 miles can test your patience if you are stressed out.

Specific to your situation, it is likely that you wont find very many upper bracket homes within a short distance of the hospital. Personally, there are very few 1.5 million homes I'd be willing to buy at this time. Given what is happening in the economy, I think that relatively few will hold their value. So why lose money when you can get a fabulous home in the high six figures.

My absolute favorite neighborhood near the hospital is Ridgelea Hills. Suggest you go over to Moderator cut: Please post non-sponsored, generic MLS sites. Thanks. and put 22031 mantua in the search box. (Ridgelea is usually classified as a part of mantua). But to be sure then re-run the search as 22031 ridgelea. These homes are in a sought after school pyramid.

Other great neighborhoods close to the hospital are Truro (contemporaries), Willow Woods, Chapel lake estates (million dollar homes), Chapel hill. These are in zip 22003.

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Old 08-10-2010, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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Expensive homes, many with acreage, prevail in ZIP codes 20124 and 22039, Clifton and Fairfax Station post offices, respectively.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:51 AM
 
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Expensive homes, many with acreage, prevail in ZIP codes 20124 and 22039, Clifton and Fairfax Station post offices, respectively.
You're right - though this would probably be a longer commute to Inova Fairfax than McLean/Vienna, and right now people aren't sure what the school assignments will be in that part of the county in a couple years as a major redistricting study will be taking place.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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A newer house in the City of Falls Church, which is in the George Mason High School zone, would fall into your price range. There are sometimes some older houses on the market in that range, also. Falls Church is very convenient for Fairfax Hospital, and George Mason is a smaller school than neighboring McLean, Vienna, and Fairfax areas mentioned. All of the areas mentioned have some nice family-oriented communities, it's just the right fit of house and town that works for you.

Great Falls does get a bit far, since you have to contend with traffic in Tysons Corner to get to Fairfax. McLean has the same issue, however, with respect to Tysons traffic, though it's not as far as Great Falls. Vienna, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Clifton, and Falls Church would not require use of the Beltway; and while you can reach McLean and Great Falls via side streets, the trip can be long with traffic and lights.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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A newer house in the City of Falls Church, which is in the George Mason High School zone, would fall into your price range. There are sometimes some older houses on the market in that range, also. Falls Church is very convenient for Fairfax Hospital, and George Mason is a smaller school than neighboring McLean, Vienna, and Fairfax areas mentioned. All of the areas mentioned have some nice family-oriented communities, it's just the right fit of house and town that works for you.

Great Falls does get a bit far, since you have to contend with traffic in Tysons Corner to get to Fairfax. McLean has the same issue, however, with respect to Tysons traffic, though it's not as far as Great Falls. Vienna, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Clifton, and Falls Church would not require use of the Beltway; and while you can reach McLean and Great Falls via side streets, the trip can be long with traffic and lights.
There are a few, but not very many, homes in the City of Falls Church over $1M available at any time (less than a half-dozen now). More houses over $1M in Falls Church will be in Fairfax County outside the City of Falls Church, scattered among the McLean, Stuart and Marshall HS districts (it's less common that a house in the Falls Church HS district, where Inova Fairfax is actually located, will go for over $1M million).

George Mason HS is like Woodson HS in that average test scores are high because very few lower-income students and/or students for whom English is a second language attend the school. However, few homes in the OP's target price range are located in either area. If the OP is focusing on homes not too far from Inova Fairfax around $1.5 M, her best bet is to focus on McLean, Vienna, Oakton and Great Falls (and perhaps North Arlington and Fairfax Station/Clifton) if she wants to have a fair number of properties to choose from.

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Old 08-11-2010, 12:25 PM
 
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You will have many good choices in that price range. However, you will definitely get less house for your $$$ in North Arlington, where folks are paying a premium for proximity to DC and Metro, neither of which you need. Ditto for the City of Falls Church (and I agree with JEB that houses in your price range are few and far between there -- most are under $1M). I also think that Great Falls, while a lovely community in many ways, is not necessarily the best choice for a commute to Fairfax Hospital. Unless you really want a house on five acres (with well and septic instead of public water and sewer), you will probably find a better fit in McLean, Vienna, or Oakton.
All of those communities offer nice neighborhoods, great schools, and plenty of families, so you can safely base your choice on housing style and ease of commute.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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Good grief. Why is everything about test scores? I referred to school size, since some people prefer a smaller school, and made no mention of test scores. There are many decent areas in which the OP can find a house in her price range, depending upon her preferences of school size, proximity to the hospital, and type of house. Instead of repeating the same as the other posts, I added the option of Falls Church.
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