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Old 09-26-2010, 12:54 AM
 
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My husband is considering a job in Mclean and I am feeling overwhelmed researching the area. Schools are very important to us. We have a four year old and a newborn. We have researched some neighborhoods in Ashburn, but we are wondering if that area is too far from Mclean. Where would you recommend looking for a home? Can you recommend specific neighborhoods or schools? We would like to spend less than 450k.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:01 AM
 
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Not an expert on neighborhoods, but I would look in Springfield. There are townhomes, nice ones, in that range. On a good day, you will be within 30 minutes. If you husband travels during gridlock traffic, it will probably be a bit longer. But, he could live within 10 miles of his office and have it take 30 minutes!
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:22 AM
 
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You might also try 22032 zipcode (feeds into Bonnie Brae elementary in the Robinson Pyramid). I wouldn't rule out Burke either. There are some really nice townhomes over there with good schools (Lake Braddock pyramid). You can definitely find townhomes in Springfield, but I'm just not a big fan of the area. Personally, I think that Ashburn is very far out. It might be helpful to know where you are moving from. I have a 5yo and 2yo and moved to NoVA over a year ago.
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:08 AM
 
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Personally, I think that Ashburn is very far out. It might be helpful to know where you are moving from. I have a 5yo and 2yo and moved to NoVA over a year ago.
Yes it is...

I had to go out near there last week. Of course I was doing a reverse commute so not so bad. The traffic heading out of that area at 6:30 a.m. was AWFUL. People who came to the conference later kept saying "This is a nice area but, man, I'm so glad I'm not travelling the other way."
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:17 AM
 
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Yes it is...

I had to go out near there last week. Of course I was doing a reverse commute so not so bad. The traffic heading out of that area at 6:30 a.m. was AWFUL. People who came to the conference later kept saying "This is a nice area but, man, I'm so glad I'm not travelling the other way."
Another voice in agreement. I recently did the reverse commute for a meeting and saw the traffic, and was so very thankful I do not have to do THAT every day.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:00 AM
 
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You could definitely find a townhouse in Reston in your price range. The elementary schools in the 20194 zip code are highly sought after.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:05 AM
 
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Yes it is...

I had to go out near there last week. Of course I was doing a reverse commute so not so bad. The traffic heading out of that area at 6:30 a.m. was AWFUL. People who came to the conference later kept saying "This is a nice area but, man, I'm so glad I'm not travelling the other way."
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Another voice in agreement. I recently did the reverse commute for a meeting and saw the traffic, and was so very thankful I do not have to do THAT every day.
Yep. All of those Ashburn, Leesburg, Sterling, Western Loudoun, WV, Berryville, and Winchester commuters pile onto Route 7, creating an incessant "cha-cha line". My 7-mile commute between North Reston and McLean can often be a bear for that reason. Route 7 is only four lanes between North Reston and McLean.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:08 AM
 
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We live in Ashburn and hubby commutes to Tyson's. It's 45 minutes min on a good day. We love Ashburn (although are moving shortly to Central VA) and am glad we lived there. Loved the school system, the walking trails, the community feel. But the commute wasn't great for hubby. It wasn't bad in the beginning but has gotten worse over the past 3 years. Especially with the Metro construction now taking up Rt 7 in Tyson's.
Sterling has some great options and it about 15 minutes closer to Tyson's. I personally love Cascades and Lowes Island. Nice townhomes there...and some nice singles have come down in price.
Get with a realtor and let them help you narrow it down. It can be overwhelming but they can help greatly.
Good luck with your search!
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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My 7-mile commute between North Reston and McLean can often be a bear for that reason. Route 7 is only four lanes between North Reston and McLean.
To OP - there are tons of townhouses in Reston in your price range, but do budget for using the toll road rather than Route 7 for the commute to Tysons. Should take about 20 minutes even during rush hour.

As a previous poster recommended the elementary schools in 20194 - I second that recommendation and would like to add the recommendation to look at the neighborhoods in 20191 that feed into Sunrise Valley Elementary.

Check out this property:
11003 THRUSH RIDGE RD, RESTON, VA 20191 - HomesDatabase
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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To OP - there are tons of townhouses in Reston in your price range, but do budget for using the toll road rather than Route 7 for the commute to Tysons. Should take about 20 minutes even during rush hour.
I'm not disputing that the Toll Road may be quicker, especially to those who are proximate to it. Some of us on budgets, though, can't really afford such a luxury to pay to use a road whose tolls should have been lifted years ago.
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