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Old 04-09-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Hi all!

There is a possibility that I might be getting a job at Manassas Regional Airport and I have never been to Northern Virginia. All I have heard is that Manassas is rundown and not safe to live in and that other communities such as Centreville, Fairfax and Chantilly are much better.

I am a 25 year old man looking for a inexpensive apartment complex in a good/decent neighborhood or city that is still close to Manassas Regional Airport. Therefore, does anybody know where I could live that has affordable apartments, nice shopping places, good eateries, that is close to attractions, entertainment district, young people, etc.? Also, if I was to live in Fairfax for example, how long is the driving commute to and from Manassas Regional Airport?

I'm hoping to move there within several months and need to start looking now for prospective places. Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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Much of Fairfax, Centreville and Fairfax are the VA "burbs" and would not compare to places such as Arlington & Falls Church for options of a 20 something happening area. There are some fun places for the 20 something crowd in all three of these areas, but frankly not that many. You could look in and around George Mason University area (Fairfax City)which would be a quick shot down 28 with a reverse commute or look in the Centreville area around the area that LifeTime fitness, movie theaters and a popular bar I can't recall the name of.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I live in Manassas and the area I live is not run down. Certain few parts of it may be, but not all of it. That's a sweeping comment to make about the entire city of Manassas. I know other people that live here in very nice areas. I love it here and wouldn't move.
I also work in Chantilly and there are nice neighborhoods out there. Centreville can be nice but expensive. You could find some very nice apartments or townhomes for rent in Manassas that are very nice, not as costly, and it would mean a very short commute.
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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As others have said the closer you get to DC the more expensive it gets. There is NO inexpensive here. Your best deal will be in Manassas as compared to Centreville. I have been in the Haymarket and Manassas areas since 73 with the majority of these years in Manassas. I'm a retired cop from this area. Without a doubt Manassas has its rundown areas but it has plenty of nice areas as well.

If you want a lot of nightlife and high end restaurants you will need to move to Arlington or Alexandria but be prepared to pay out the nose to live. Plus the commute will suck driving to M. Airport even though it's a reverse commute for much of it but not all. And reverse commutes carry a different meaning compared to just 10 years ago.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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As a general rule living cost go down the further you are from DC. Then you have to decide if its better to pay less for housing cost or deal with the traffic and commute. I would suggest geographically locating your employment between your residence and DC. There are some very nice areas near the Manassas Airport. Manassas City is generally cheaper....the Bristow area of Prince William County is generally nicer. Bristow has many new housing developments. The Homes in Manassas are usually older.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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Manassas is not that bad - some parts are very nice. Look also in Gainesville, very safe and new, very affordable, right next to Manassas. As for being somewhere fun near young people, very few places in NOVA fit that bill, and nothing close to Manassas or very affordable.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Hmmm, thanks everyone so far for the advice!

I might consider Fairfax and Centreville, since they are relatively close to Manassas and are larger so more things for me to do and more things available at my fingertips. Still keeping my options open for now!

Also, is the DC metro line available in northern Virginia and where are the stations? If I was to move to Manassas, what is the most feasible way to visit D.C. (national mall, capital hill) for weekend trips and such?
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Also, is the DC metro line available in northern Virginia and where are the stations? If I was to move to Manassas, what is the most feasible way to visit D.C. (national mall, capital hill) for weekend trips and such?
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You can find maps and calculate travel times and such. There is no metro anywhere near Manassas. You'd have to drive to the end of either orange or blue, park, and take the train in from there. To get to the end of the train station would be about 45 minutes, and another 30-40 minutes to get downtown on the train.

If you were just going for the day or the afternoon, I would probably entertain the idea of driving all the way in and paying for parking. The added time/frustration of the metro on the weekend may or may not be worth it for you. Usually I end up driving to Crystal City in Arlington, where there's free parking, and catching a train there. It's close enough that if the metro isn't running when I want to come home, a taxi isn't exorbitant.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Kearneysville,WV
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I live in Manassas City and have for 3yrs. I will say it is not as new as some other areas of NOVA but it's not bad either. Yes there is crime, but there is crime in most all areas of NOVA. I personally like Manassas but hey that's just me. I would say it would all depend on the things that you like to do. If you like more upscale restaurants, upscale shopping and bars then maybe Fairfax or Tysons Corner areas($$$) and you would be going opposite of rush hr. traffic. Manassas IMO is more for families.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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From Fairfax, the commute is not too bad to Manassas, especially as you would likely be going against traffic. If you were to work from 4-midnight, however, your commute could be awful. Generally, morning rush hour from Manassas is headed east, and in the afternoon it's westbound.

Do you know what a rough estimate of a budget is for the apartment? That can help to narrow down areas. Fairfax is also at the terminus of the Orange Line Metro, where there is parking, and also bus service, though the city's bus service ends before the last trains enter the station.
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