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Old 03-19-2011, 06:26 PM
 
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What are the best areas to purchase a home in NOVA? Prefer a detached house, good schools and want to stay within a budget of $400K. Currently renting in Alexandria and love the easy access to conveniences, metro, restaurants and DC.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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That's not much ( well, NO info.) to go on.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: VA soon to be NC
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"Good schools" is relative in NOVA. Give us some more details so we can point you..But generally 400K will not get you much is Fairfax co at least..Maybe PW or Loudon.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I'm looking in Herndon, Chantilly and Fairfax for close to that budget. We need to sell our current TH first, though. It is NOT impossible, but that is a low price point in this area. Yeah, I know - ridiculous. You have to be bringing in a really decent HHI to afford $400K. I guess you need to be making WAAAY more than the median HHI to be able to have more than a hovel.

The areas of Herndon I am looking are Fox Mill Estates and Franklin Farm. The schools are quite good - our biggest issue is the schools have half-day Kindergarten, which I DON'T want. If this isn't an issue to you, they are both really nice family friendly areas.

I wandered through a neighborhood behind GMU that was nice - canterbury woods, I think? I don't think it will work for us, as my husband's commute would take him through that nightmarish area where all the major roads intersect. But if you're going towards DC, you're fine.

Good luck! Let me know if you come up with any other areas.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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We purchased our SFH in West Springfield for under $430k 2 years ago. We love the neighborhood.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:43 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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A good area is within a 20-30 minute drive of your work. The best area is within a 10 minute drive of your work, or even better, walking distance.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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Where do you work?

$400K for a detached home is on the low side of average for any place that features the amenities that you're seeking.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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What are the best areas to purchase a home in NOVA? Prefer a detached house, good schools and want to stay within a budget of $400K. Currently renting in Alexandria and love the easy access to conveniences, metro, restaurants and DC.
You can get a detached home off the Columbia Pike corridor (best bus line in the Metrobus fleet, IMO it serves as a de facto Metro line) for that amount. OTOH, the schools aren't "good" by Northern VA standards, large amounts of "Yale or jail" at Wakefield and TC.
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