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Old 01-21-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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Hello all,

My family and I currently live in Bethesda, but because housing is so darn expensive, we've been told to consider Virginia because there is simply more available for sale and the prices are more reasonable in some cases. We're looking for a 4 bedroom single family house in a safe neighborhood that feeds into an excellent school district. We have no idea about neighborhoods in these cities--can you recommend ones that might be good for a young family?

Thanks so much in advance!
Christine
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I live in Alexandria, between Rt. 1 and Fort Hunt Road. Toward Mt. Vernon there are a lot of great neighborhoods. Not sure what your budget is, and not sure if it is any less than Bethesda though. Three popular elementary schools in my area are Belle View Elementary, Stratford Landing and Waynewood.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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I can't imagine that the "great" neighborhoods in NoVA which feed into excellent schools are going to be much more, it at all, affordable than Bethesda.

Where must you commute to?
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Yes, where will you be commuting to, and what is your price (buy or rent) for a house?
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:45 AM
 
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We're looking to spend $550K. We commute to DC for work. Appreciate your suggestions!
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I can't imagine that the "great" neighborhoods in NoVA which feed into excellent schools are going to be much more, it at all, affordable than Bethesda.

Where must you commute to?
I take the Huntington Metro to Dupont Circle. It is about one hour from door to door (leaving my house, driving to Metro, then walking from Metro to office). I do have the fortune of working from home 3 days a week though. I have small children, so I actually look forward to my quiet commute ;-)
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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LOL, it isn't often you hear of people thinking of moving here for the inexpensive housing! Best of luck in your search. It's going to be very hard to find a place with a decent commute to DC that also meets your other needs. After the silver line is completed, you can look out in the western suburbs, but that will be a few years from now.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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It's not the I'm looking for inexpensive housing so much as more variety of price ranges. In Bethesda, you get a fixer-upper or a tiny house for $500K. People keep telling me "there's a lot more inventory in Virginia", so I feel obligated to look. More inventory should mean lower prices, right? I bet that's not the reality...
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:11 AM
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I currently live in the Fort Hunt area in Alexandria. I rent but the owners are putting the home on the market in April when we move. Not sure what the asking prices will be but I'm guessing close to $600. We are in the Stratford Landing school zone and the home is lovely. There are a lot popping up for sale lately in this area.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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Is Fort Hunt inside the beltway? What is the major road nearby? I don't know Alexandria well at all.
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