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Old 10-03-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I haven't been on this site in a while, but I hope the posters could help me out.
We moved from FL to RIC 3 years ago, but after a year had to move from RIC back to FL in 2007 when out house in FL didn't sell.

THEN the economy tanked and I had to take a job making significantly less.

The reality is that we love VA and want to move back. DC would be the best place for my career, and we would like to live in NoVA.

As far as importance:
1). Schools: Right now our daughter is in private school (FL schools stink!). We have heard great things about the NoVA public schools, so we could put $600/month toward housing.
2). Living/commute: We'd like a 'smaller town' feel (from what I've read Vienna/Falls Church and Leesburg are to our liking). Right now, with dropping my daughter at school in the morning, and picking her up from the in-law in the evening, the commute is: AM, 60min; PM 90min.
*On Google Maps, it show Leesburg as 80min to DC with traffic. Is that accurate?
Housing budget would be 2300/mo to start, maybe 3000/mo in a year or so.

Can this be done? We've also looked at Manassas/Gainesville areas online.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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We have heard great things about the NoVA public schools, so we could put $600/month toward housing.

Housing budget would be 2300/mo to start, maybe 3000/mo in a year or so
Did you mean to say something else about that $600/month?

You could definitely rent a house around the better parts of NoVA for that amount ($2,300).

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/s...sk=&bedrooms=3
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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Did you mean to say something else about that $600/month?
I think they meant that, because they'll be going from private schools in FL to public schools in VA, they have an extra $600/month available in their budgets.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I think they meant that, because they'll be going from private schools in FL to public schools in VA, they have an extra $600/month available in their budgets.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Florida
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That's correct about the extra $600 month....sorry about that...

Basically, housing for $2500, good schools, neighborhood with kids, withing 75min commute?
We'd like a SFH rather than a TH.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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I would never advise someone with a DC job to live out as far as Leesburg. Why impact your mental health? If your definition of a "small town" atmosphere is Leesburg, Vienna, or Falls Church, the same can be obtained in other locales in NoVA. West Springfield, Burke, Fairfax City, and parts of Arlington all fit into the same category and will ease your commute substantially. You are correct about the schools here. Save the $600/mo. for your housing or other needs. I have a difficult time understanding why parents in Fairfax County, for example, pay big bucks for a private education when a perfectly good education can be had under the public system. Why not put those savings toward college tuition? Wouldn't your children be better served graduating from college without the burden of a loan?
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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Where you will the breadwinner(s) be working? This is very important as traffic is no joke around here. Leesburg may be ideal if commuting to Tysons Corner or the Dulles area (Herndon/Reston/Sterling) but not so much to DC. That 80 minute commute - which could be longer in real time - will get old. The same could possibly be said about the Manassas/Gainesville/Haymarket/Bristow corridor as well. A $2300-3000 budget should get you a decent SFH rental in Vienna and Falls Church.

Both Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools are well-regarded as a whole. Others here will parse the differences. Those schools that are considered the "best" - particularly in Fairfax County - are often in the most affluent zip codes.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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I have a difficult time understanding why parents in Fairfax County, for example, pay big bucks for a private education when a perfectly good education can be had under the public system. Why not put those savings toward college tuition? Wouldn't your children be better served graduating from college without the burden of a loan?
Not to take this too off-topic from the OP's question...but I believe there are some parents who believe their children will benefit from smaller classes, more personalized attention to their needs, or a focus on religious/moral views. And then perhaps there are those for whom it is "Ivy League or bust".
Otherwise, I would agree that NOVA schools have an excellent reputation in general.
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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I love Leesburg but it would but it would really be nuts to commute to D.C. from there. As other posters have stated - Fairfax, Burke, North or West Springfield and great places to raise a family - I am very impressed with Fairfax schools so far - but then again my oldest is only in 2nd grade. Unless you go way out past Leesburg there is no small town feel around here - but nice suburbs
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