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Old 09-17-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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The commute between VA and MD during the rush hour is HORRIBLE and NIGHTMARISH. I would try to live as close to your job as possible, but definitely you want to live on the Virginia side of the Potomac; the traffic on those bridge crossing during the rush hour are HELLISH. I66 is also horrible during the rush hour. The GW Parkway is not as bad--I think that this is because the roads in NoVa are so complicated that a lot of people don't actually know how to get onto the GW Parkway.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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You've already gotten some good advice. I just wanted to say welcome to Northern Virginia!
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I, too, would recommend Reston. I currently live in the Uplands section of the community, near Lake Fairfax, and it takes me 15 minutes to commute to McLean when I go into work for 6 AM. It's about a 7-mile drive to my office. That balloons to 40-45 minutes, on average, at the height of rush-hour, as Route 7 becomes a parking lot due to the non-synchronized traffic lights, police officers sitting on the shoulder staring at commuters, and the new traffic patterns in the Tysons Corner neighborhood (if you can call it that) of McLean. Eventually Reston will have convenient commuter rail service to McLean (and points eastward). It should have had this years ago, but people in NoVA are notorious for whining about traffic but refusing to tax themselves to fund solutions for it, which is why the "Silver Line" was only a pipe dream for as long as it was.

Reston isn't my cup of tea as an extraverted gay 23-year-old, but I know of plenty DINKs, middle-aged singles, families with children, retirees, and others who wouldn't live anywhere else. The community is militantly liberal with a "crunchy" vibe not unlike what you'd find in parts of Alexandria or Arlington, which I find to be a perk but may be off-putting to others. We have a shiny and sparkling-clean (yet fake-feeling) downtown with mostly upscale businesses catering to an upscale demographic (think Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic, Morton's Steakhouse, places that sell bite-sized servings of gelato for $5, etc.) It also has a movie theater (which needs renovations), a gorgeous fountain, plentiful events, and a covered outdoor ice rink that doubles as a bandshell in the warmer months. The community is heavily-wooded, despite its large (pop. 65,000) size, and there is an extensive network of trails excellent for dog-walking. Many complexes, including my own, have dog parks.

Violent crime here is nearly non-existent. There has only been one murder in the year-and-a-half I've lived here, and even then it was only domestic violence (not to diminish it, but it wasn't "random"). I live in a "socialized mixed-income" part of town, and I don't feel unsafe here. South Reston has had the problems with gangs, but I think that's largely been cleaned up. We have numerous Restonians on this forum who can also fill you in on more items.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I, too, would recommend Reston. I currently live in the Uplands section of the community, near Lake Fairfax, and it takes me 15 minutes to commute to McLean when I go into work for 6 AM. It's about a 7-mile drive to my office. That balloons to 40-45 minutes, on average, at the height of rush-hour, as Route 7 becomes a parking lot due to the non-synchronized traffic lights, police officers sitting on the shoulder staring at commuters, and the new traffic patterns in the Tysons Corner neighborhood (if you can call it that) of McLean. Eventually Reston will have convenient commuter rail service to McLean (and points eastward).
You can still drive from Reston to McLean in about 20 minutes during rush hour if you use the toll road.

Here is information on the Metro project expected open 4 stations in McLean and one in Reston in late 2013 or early 2014.

Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
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