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Old 12-13-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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My husband, 2 small children, and I are moving to NOVA next summer. I need to be near Fairfax because Ill be going to the University. I know the city can be pricey so is there a reasonable option outside of Fairfax that isnt a painful commute? Like Manassass, Chantilly, or Centreville? I need some opinions. Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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Are you referring to George Mason University?
What is your preferred housing budget?
Where will your husband be working?

Chantilly and Centreville would be a relatively painless commute to Fairfax City, perhaps more so from Manassas.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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First things first: what is pricey, to you? What is reasonable? And how many minutes of commuting is painful for you?
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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Are you referring to George Mason University?
What is your preferred housing budget?
Where will your husband be working?

Chantilly and Centreville would be a relatively painless commute to Fairfax City, perhaps more so from Manassas.
Yes, George Mason University. My husband and I will both be attending.
Well, as far as housing budget goes..... I currently live in Miami and its on the pricey side here so I would like to hopefully find something near what I currently pay: $1500-$1600 for a 3 bedroom townhouse.
My husband is currently a stay-at-home dad and will remain for possibly a year more. I will be working in Fairfax.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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First things first: what is pricey, to you? What is reasonable? And how many minutes of commuting is painful for you?
I would prefer to stay about $1500-$1600 a month, I could even go as far as $1800 for a townhouse. I would also like to keep my drive within 30 minutes.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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Does anyone believe I can find a 3 bedroom townhouse in Fairfax for $1500-$1800 a month???? Or would I have to commute?
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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I would suggest looking at Centreville. It would be a good location and is a very easy commute to George Mason University. I do believe you can find a 3-br rental townhouse between $1600-1800 month without utilities included. I live in the Centreville Manor Gate community (off Rt 28 S and Green Trails Blvd) and it has a mix of townhouses and single family homes. It is a well-kept safe community with good schools. My daughter use to commute to George Mason U and it took her about 15 minutes to get to campus. There are other communities that are good as well and not that far from campus - one that comes into mind is Burke.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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You could rent in Ardmore. Probably could walk to GMU from there. Houses are older duplexes.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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My wife and I recently purchased in the London Town Area in Centreville and love it! We too are in this same price range and found a nice 4BR, 3 bath home after some intensive searching. We love it so much that I have helped others of buy a home in the area. Just like anywhere in NOVA, the biggest challenge in this range is to try and find something that IS NOT a Short Sale Yes, a deal can be had but so can a nervous breakdown depending on how fast you need to move

What drew us to this area besides it being in the center of where we both commute(not pun intended), was the amount of space you have for the kids to play and all the various playgrounds spread throughout the area. Plus, having a Cub Run Stream Valley Park nearby pleases my dog as well!
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:25 PM
 
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Around $1700-$1800, you should find townhouses in the City of Fairfax, West Springfield, and Burke. West Springfield would not be a bad commute to Fairfax, nor would Burke, though parts of Burke do get traffic. And, of course, in the city, you're close to GMU and likely your work. You could even take the CUE bus to GMU from many areas of the city if you did not want the hassle/expense of parking.
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