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Old 10-04-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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In the middle of making alot of changes in my life at 40. Im hoping to be ready in next 3-4 months to find a place in the haymarket area, 20mile radious maybe. I have family there thats all. Im open to townhome,condo,single family home. Just want something nice. Any help would be appreciated

-Where you are working
I work from home now but have plans to look for another jobs soon. So not sure exactly where thats gonna be

-How much you are willing to spend on housing
Im hoping to stay around 200ish or less

-How long of a commute you're willing to tolerate
hour

-If you have kids: Private school or public school?
no kids fulltime

-What type of neighborhood environment you are looking for: small town feeling? small city excitement? suburbia delight?
Im open to environment type, but prefer suburbia

-Community amenities important to you
some would be nice, but more important to me is safety, and quality of place

-Pie or cake?
??
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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If an hour commute is the most you will tolerate then Haymarket may not be for you. I really like the Haymarket area and used to live there but I never had to commute far. If you might be working in DC or anywhere inside the beltway then you might want to consider closer. Haymarket has some nice homes and neighborhoods and still basically has a small town feel to it. Watch the town PD as they are hell with radar. The area is growing out there with many restaurants now compared to just 5-10 years ago. Close proximity to the mountains and outlying areas.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:27 PM
 
Location: northern Virginia
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-How much you are willing to spend on housing
Im hoping to stay around 200ish or less



You would be hard-pressed to find a single family or townhome in Haymarket around $200K or less. Single family homes most likely ($400-700's in Haymarket). Slightly lower in the neighboring towns of Gainesville or Bristow. Not familiar with condos in the area, unless you look over in Manassas, probably 10 miles from Haymarket.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Not going to find SFH in Bristow or Gainesville at the $200K range either.
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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how far out would I have to go ? What would be good bang for buck location ?
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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how far out would I have to go ? What would be good bang for buck location ?

Realistically? Maybe Winchester, Front Royal and surrounding area. Much of the burbs close to NOVA have gotten pretty expensive in many areas. The Plains, Middleburg, Upperville and many of these areas have become the homes of the rich and famous which of course drives prices up for everything. I haven't been keeping up with the areas like Winchester and Front Royal but I believe they are still in the so called affordable areas.

On a side note regarding Haymarket. There was a segment of Fox 5 news regarding some burglaries taking place in a high dollar gated community just north of Haymarket. Guess some people believe being in a gated community will make you immune from crime. A few have learned there is no such thing as a perfect neighborhood.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:03 AM
 
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Given that you're looking for another job, I wouldn't even consider buying until you know where that is.

As far as bang for your buck, I think the Haymarket/Bristow/Gainesville area does offer that. Of course if you work further than Fairfax, you will be looking at an hour plus commute. If you look in this area, I would avoid anything that requires driving on Rte 29/66 interchange as the construction for elevation for the railroad tracks will be ongoing for a couple of years.
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:25 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Realistically? Maybe Winchester, Front Royal and surrounding area. . . . I haven't been keeping up with the areas like Winchester and Front Royal but I believe they are still in the so called affordable areas.
OP, here's a sampling of SFHs and newish townhouses in Winchester under $200,000. There's a range of housing to choose from.

2270 Welltown Road Winchester VA - Homes for Sale and Real Estate - MLS #FV7378637 - Realtor.com®
Real estate at 322 Raccoon Drive Winchester VA - Property Details - MLS #FV7328187 - Realtor.com®
322 Braddock Street North Winchester VA - Homes for Sale and Real Estate - MLS #WI7377280 - Realtor.com®
Lot # 45 Monticello Sq - New Homes for Sale - MLS #FV7364680 - Realtor.com®
1956 Cidermill Ln - New Homes - MLS #WI7443250 - Realtor.com®

OTOH, I have to agree with others about figuring out where you'll be working. It doesn't make sense to live way out here if you have to drive 2hrs or so to get to work. Good luck!
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