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Old 12-08-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Hi there--

DH, DS and I are relocating to NOVA for a job at Quantico. We are really liking Del Ray in Alexandria, as hubby will work in DC and I will work at Quantico.

Even though I would have a reverse commute, I wonder how crazy we might be for living so far north. I don't mind working early (6AM, etc) or up to an hour drive each way, but I wonder if anyone does this commute regularly and can comment on it? I won't be too far from the gate at Quantico.

I keep thinking one of us is going to have a nasty commute, and it seems that a reverse commute might be better than living south and having hubby commute northwards.

The reason we like Del Ray---proximity to city life, nice families, Old town nearby, some walkability.

I welcome any and all comments/advice/suggestions!
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:04 PM
 
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I can't comment on your specific, but I live near Del Ray and commute to Herndon around 7am, and its very easy going. I-95 might be different though.

One suggestion: go to maps.google.com, click on traffic then next to "live traffic" click change. It'll let you see the average traffic conditions on the road at various times of the week.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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It's been about 3 years since I've commuted northbound on I95, but I recall southbound was pretty clear. Things stack up near the Ft. Belvoir exit, but if you hug the left lane you should get by it OK. Also traffic stacks up near Quantico. Other than those two areas, I95 southbound is pretty clear.

I think living further north is a good move.
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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Just one caveat: people don't move to Alexandria City or South Arlington for the schools.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:52 AM
 
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Default Thanks!

Thanks for all the responses! Feeling better about it. Our child is only an infant, so we have a bit of time to scout out school districts, etc in other areas.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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Just one caveat: people don't move to Alexandria City or South Arlington for the schools.
This is true in that people relocating here who have public schools as a high priority are often deterred by Alexandria's test scores and other metrics, compared to those of Fairfax or (north) Arlington counties, for instance.

But I'll point out that I know many Alexandria families with professional and highly-educated parents, who are lawyers, doctors, engineers, analysts, etc, who have their children in public school (elementary) and are confident and optimistic about their children's educational future. They are not dreading middle school or TC Williams and are not plotting a course of moving out of Alexandria or opting for private school when their kids are older. There are a lot of very dedicated parents involved in the schools here in Alexandria. Students with such parental involvement in their education are likely to excel in ACPS. It's just that there are so many students in ACPS whose parents are not involved in education, unlike Falls Church, McLean, Yorktown, and other such schools.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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Unless there is an accident or road construction I 95 SB in the early morning will be a breeze, especially compared to NB. You also have the RT 1 option if you need it. It has more lights but it's an escape from 95 if you need it.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Just one caveat: people don't move to Alexandria City or South Arlington for the schools.
I ended up in Alexandria City for my last two years of HS and I'm about to graduate college next December. Apparently ACPS won't screw up an already academically motivated kid or one with a strong parent figure inside the home.

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Students with such parental involvement in their education are likely to excel in ACPS. It's just that there are so many students in ACPS whose parents are not involved in education, unlike Falls Church, McLean, Yorktown, and other such schools.
Exactly.
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