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Old 03-31-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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how long to get from rosslyn to tysons in the morning and afternoon on average? 30 mins?
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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how long to get from rosslyn to tysons in the morning and afternoon on average? 30 mins?
I'm sure Stephen knows better than me but I would guess 30 in the morning and 35-45 in the evening. Afternoon traffic on 66 is kinda rough between the Beltway and Glebe Rd.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:47 PM
 
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I'm sure Stephen knows better than me but I would guess 30 in the morning and 35-45 in the evening. Afternoon traffic on 66 is kinda rough between the Beltway and Glebe Rd.
That sounds about right. My commute took me forty minutes this evening, and I actually left a few minutes before 5. I'm coming from 66, though - if you're coming from the Toll Road, YMMV.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:00 PM
 
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Looking at relocating to NOVA, working in Tyson's Corner off Leesburg Pike / Chain Bridge Road.

After researching others posts Old Town Alexandria looks absolutely ideal - walkable, foodie, good fit socially, quick metro to DC. But how brutal would the commute be? Under an hour? I understand the last five miles is about thirty minutes, but is the difference between 15 and 20 miles away not as much?

The clarendon/ballston/courthouse area sounds good too in terms of activity and close to metro, but also sounds more expensive and don't really care about "hoppin bars".

Would appreciate any input or other places we may be missing. Main concerns are:

1 or 2 bedroom Apartment budget of ~$2K
walking distance to metro or on a good busline
walkable neighborhood

Thanks in advance

I moved to NoVA 5 years ago. Take this as truth: your commute will most likely be frustrating and completely unpredictable no matter where you work or where you live. If you are anything like me and can get easily ticked off, you will have to learn relaxation techniques to prolong your life (stress makes ya die quicker right? :P ) and the lives of others. Not a day goes by I don't wish a fiery fireball of death upon a handful of NoVA elite. I don't know whats worse though, when someone doesn't even look and almost causes an accident, or is looking you in the eye as they pull a completely jerk move.


Personally, I live in Arlington and work in Fairfax, taking 495N to 66W to 28N. No matter what, the afternoon commute always sucks, sometimes worse than others. The mornings are a complete crapshoot. Could take me 25 mins one morning, or an hour+ the next. Sometimes your highway on-ramp will have a backup of 20 mins. Other days there is no backup at all. There really is no rhyme or reason to the terrible drivers and terrible traffic - it's completely unavoidable.

Oh, welcome to NoVA by the way!
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:02 PM
 
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how long to get from rosslyn to tysons in the morning and afternoon on average? 30 mins?
You could get to Tysons within 30 mins, but that doesnt count attempting to manipulate through traffic to your destination. I would leave an hour early each day for a week and then adjust accordingly. Probably won't be much adjustment. Afternoons will be worse by about 10-15mins on average. Tysons can be hellish.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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Thanks for all the input. The main sense I am getting is that I am not way off the mark in my thinking here - a sign of a great forum.

I am now leaning toward North Arlington, but I am going to try to get into a temporary situation for a few months. Thanks again.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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I agree: N. Arlington is the way to go--but you might also consider McLean, near Old Dominion. Tons of apartments along there, near the J. Gilbert's restaurant. There are also some townhouses and condos on Chain Bridge Road (Merry Wood--probably expensive) and on N. Glebe (in Arlington), next to a large Episcopal church, near Chain Bridge Forest. Good luck!
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