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Old 10-21-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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Default Considering a move to Idylwood/Pimmit Hills area

We currently live in Ashburn and are looking to get closer to the city/metro to reduce commute. There are a few houses in the Idylwood/Pimmit Hills area that have caught my eye but I'm not at all familiar with the area. Schools and safety are a primary concern as we have two young children. We're looking in the 900-1M range.

Any thoughts on relocating to the Idylwood/Pimmit Hills area?

How does this area compare with some of the other surrounding communities?

Thanks
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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Both Pimmit Hills and what you are calling Idyllwood (a part of it is Falls Hill, I don't what what the rest is called) feed into Marshall HS. Many people believe it is a very good school, although it is not considered as highly sought after as Langley, McLean or Madison HS. Given your price range, I would avoid Pimmit Hills because most homes there are very modest in comparison with the surrounding area (on average, they are 1950s ramblers under 1000 sq ft that are sold in the 300s and 400s). Also, Pimmit Hills is not walkable to metro. Have you looked at other parts of Falls Church, in particular the neighborhoods surrounding West Falls Church metro? That area feeds into McLean HS or Falls Church City schoos, both of which are excellent school pyramids and is convenient to metro and shopping.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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There are a few, but not very many, houses in that price range in Pimmit Hills, and I'd agree that you probably don't want to have one of the most expensive houses in that or any other neighborhood.

On the other hand, there are a fair number of properties in that price range in the areas off of Idylwood Road that are south of Route 7. Falls Hill (which is off Shreve Road, not Idylwood) is only one of the neighborhoods in that general area. It's an older neighborhood and the homes are a bit less expensive than newer neighborhoods such as Brittany Parc. The neighborhoods that are south of Routh 7 generally are part of the Shrevewood/Kilmer/Marshall pyramid, which is more than fine. I'm not sure these areas are really within walking distance of the WFC Metro, but some have excellent access to Route 66 and/or the W&OD trail. I also recall that some of the homes in the Shreve Road area are near utility lines, so you should be aware of that if you think this might be a cause for concern.

You should also know that the area off of Idylwood Road north of Route 7 does not feed into the Marshall HS pyramid, as the prior post could be read to imply, but instead into the Lemon Road/Longfellow/McLean pyramid. All these schools are fine as well. Idylwood Road turns into Kirby Road after Great Falls Street (and the addresses change from Falls Church to McLean). Most of the houses in that immediate area sell for under $900K, so the same considerations that apply to Pimmit Hills apply to some extent to this neighborhood as well.

In response to your question about safety, all these areas are pretty safe. Pimmit Hills used to have a rough reputation. It's calmed down a lot, but there's still an occasional incident that makes the papers. The areas off Idylwood generally are not as new as Ashburn, but otherwise are typical suburban areas.

And the good news about any of these areas is that they are on the other side of the bulk of the Tysons construction, so you won't have to deal with that if you and/or your spouse have a commute to DC.

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Old 10-22-2010, 06:16 AM
 
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in that price point, why not look in Mclean or N Arlington?
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:13 AM
 
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in that price point, why not look in Mclean or N Arlington?
That's a good point, although the Idylwood area offers a shorter commute to DC than much of McLean in the 22102 (but not 22101) zip code.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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That's a good point, although the Idylwood area offers a shorter commute to DC than much of McLean in the 22102 (but not 22101) zip code.
True...but I was thinking if you look in the Chesterbrook area of mclean (22101), you do have the good schools and shorter commute. Bu that is not a walkable area to shops and things like that if that is what OP is looking for.

Or consider 22043 (thinking Powhatan Street and the surrounding areas) that are Falls Church but feed into Haycock/Longfellow/Mclean.

Unless OP is looking more for the IB progam that Marshall offers...than Idylewood seems like a good choice.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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True...but I was thinking if you look in the Chesterbrook area of mclean (22101), you do have the good schools and shorter commute. Bu that is not a walkable area to shops and things like that if that is what OP is looking for.

Or consider 22043 (thinking Powhatan Street and the surrounding areas) that are Falls Church but feed into Haycock/Longfellow/Mclean.

Unless OP is looking more for the IB progam that Marshall offers...than Idylewood seems like a good choice.
These are all really nice areas. Although nothing's perfect - Haycock ES, for all the good publicity it gets, is over-crowded and housed in a mid-1950s building that hasn't yet received funding for renovations. By the time the OP's kids are in school, it may be one giant construction zone, just like Longfellow MS is right now. We like Longfellow notwithstanding all the construction, but it's also very crowded, with lots of trailers.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:30 PM
 
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Wow, thanks for all the responses. I think the recommendation to look elsewhere makes the most sense. I appreciate the insight as I was not aware that I was essentially looking toward the highest end of the price range in that area. I'd rather be closer toward the middle.
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