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Old 07-31-2007, 04:47 PM
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Looking to buy in NOVA but would be interested in staying closer to DC than being further away. Saw some places under $350K in Fairlington and Shirlington. Interested to hear pros and cons of these areas.


PS - I also mentioned this in another thread. Hope you weren't confused. No need to answer in both places. Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:15 PM
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Both Fairlington and Shirlington are very nice areas. Fairlington is a much older development of mostly small brick THs...many are very charming. It has more of a suburban feel of mature tree lined streets and has always been popular with young professionals and young families. From most of the homes in Fairlington you can walk to grocery shopping, drugstore and there is a great little bakery, the Alexandria Pastry Shop. There are swimming pools & tennis courts too. I guess cons would be that you may have to do some updating to whatever place you buy, there is no metro in walking distance and not much night life in the immediate area - Shirlington restaurants, movies and Old Town are both very close by car. I guess you could walk to Shirlington from Fairlington, but not sure how easy it is...
Shirlington is very nice as well. Lots of new high rise condos are available and they were recently building brand new condo buildings right next to the movie theater. There are several very good restaurants, some shopping, great bakery - all in walking distance of most of the condos. Again there is no metro in walking distance, but there is most likely a shuttle to nearby metro stations. There was a rundown area nearby, but it looks like they demolished parts of it and are building condos or offices. Good luck in your search.
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Old 08-04-2007, 04:44 AM
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Shirlington and Fairlington are definitely nice areas to move in to. South Arlington is one of the little secrets of NOVA. It has a reputation that is completely unwarranted, and housing prices that tend to match that rep. Commuting anywhere from here is a cinch. 10-15 mins to DC; 5-10 to Crystal City; Clarendon, or Ballston; 15-30 to Tysons.
As far as housing goes, if you look in Shirlington and surrounding areas some of the townhomes and homes tend to be newer. Fairlington is older (30's or 40's I think), but I know a couple people that live there and they have nice townhomes. Don't let the lower prices fool you into thinking it's a bad area, it's just older homes.
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