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Old 01-22-2011, 09:55 PM
 
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Hi,

I am considering buying a house sometime soon in NOVA area.

My work place is at the intersection between I-495 and Arlington Blvd in Fairfax. (around the boundary of falls church and fairfax)

I am considering moving to Centreville or Burke where I can get a relatively more decent home at my price range ($300,000 - $350,000).

I just wonder how long it will take to commute from both places. Anyone has similar experience?

Also, I would appreciate if you could suggest other good places. School district is an important fact to consider.

Thanks!
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:55 AM
 
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I would suggest avoiding an area where you would have to drive on I-66 at rush hour(s) It is very busy, even if you get into an HOV lane. It's not that far (to Centreville), but it would get annoying (probably 30-45 mins to go all of 12-15 miles). I did some apartment/condo searching in Centreville recently: it is pretty bland. Burke, which I haven't been to, appears nicer (and is geographically closer to your job).

I can't really help you with schools as I have no experience in that matter around here, though I've heard Fairfax County schools are some of the best in the country, regardless of where you go.
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Do you work standard hours? Typically 8-5? Burke is a very nice community. Some areas of Springfield could also be a good option to keep your commute reasonable and within your price range.

I agree that Centreville would be a pretty long commute... Hope that helps!
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:44 PM
 
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Four years later I hope finini01 has figured it out.
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:34 PM
 
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For $350k you might be able to get a condo in a dicey area.
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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For $350k you might be able to get a condo in a dicey area.
Prices have been on the uptick a bit since 2011.
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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Oops old thread again

Last edited by HDTBill; 03-12-2015 at 10:48 PM.. Reason: old thread
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