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Old 02-14-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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We are looking to buy a house and would like to stay in the 20 mile radius within DC (since my husband and I both work in DC). We saw some homes in the Mount Vernon area in Alexandria (in Fairfax county) close to Mount Vernon Highway and Old Mill Road. Since we are new to NOVA we are not sure of the neighborhood. Our price range is in the $600s and we would like to stay in a good neighborhood. Any suggestions will be much appreciated?
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:19 PM
 
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We are looking to buy a house and would like to stay in the 20 mile radius within DC (since my husband and I both work in DC). We saw some homes in the Mount Vernon area in Alexandria (in Fairfax county) close to Mount Vernon Highway and Old Mill Road. Since we are new to NOVA we are not sure of the neighborhood. Our price range is in the $600s and we would like to stay in a good neighborhood. Any suggestions will be much appreciated?
That's a very nice area. I've lived within a mile of there for the past 20 years and can highly recommend it. Most of the homes are a bit older (20-40 years old) but have lots of trees around them and the neighborhoods are very quiet. You're far enough from Route 1 and close enough to the Potomac. Other neighborhoods nearby you should look at are Riverside Estates, Wessynton, Stratford Landing, Riverside Gardens, and Waynewood. I also commuted to DC for many years and it's not a bad drive up the parkway.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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Are there any less desirable areas between Route 1 and the river, or is "east of Route 1 = better" a decent rule of thumb?

The high schools in that area (West Potomac and Mount Vernon) may not appeal to the school snobbiest among us, and they *might* not be the best for fit for teens who are slightly below-average/average students but not otherwise at risk. That's about the worst you'll get in Fairfax County.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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Are there any less desirable areas between Route 1 and the river, or is "east of Route 1 = better" a decent rule of thumb?

The high schools in that area (West Potomac and Mount Vernon) may not appeal to the school snobbiest among us, and they *might* not be the best for fit for teens who are slightly below-average/average students but not otherwise at risk. That's about the worst you'll get in Fairfax County.
There are still some marginal neighborhoods East of Route 1 generally the ones closest to it as well as some further up near West Potomac. You can easily tell just by driving around. The better neighborhoods are those near the Parkway, Fort Hunt Road or 235. As far as the schools are concerned I'm not really convinced that any given kid is going to turn out much differently by going to one Fairfax County school versus another. There are plenty of "bad" kids for your below average performer to get mixed up with at the best schools. On the flip side there are plenty of really great kids at the lower scoring schools. What goes on in your home is a much bigger determinant of what happens to your child. I know plenty of kids who went to college from around here and the ones from the higher scoring schools didn't do any better or worse there than the ones from the others. An A or B student from one school will likely be as well prepared for college as an A or B student from another. The curricula, class sizes, facilities, and teachers are standardized county wide.
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