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Old 05-05-2011, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I get almost zero connection to the South here in Nova. My neighbors wear burkas, there's Abuelitas watching the little kids, Old Sihk men walking. I have a Korean Allergist, and Indian Dentist and a Lebanese-Muslim Doctor.

Its more like Orange County (CA) than Virginia up here.
That could later define Virginia, or at least shift it.

Throughout California, even in places like Modesto or Sacramento, it is quite usual to see a wide number of various 'other ethnicities' throughout the entire state now.

Perhaps as various 'other' make NoVa home, they'll eventually expand southward and westward a bit as well.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I'd say one characteristic is its mono-chromatic residential architecture. Seems every house built here since the 80s is a brick colonial. Funny that we have all these people from somewhere else who all want to live in the same style house.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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As someone from northern va I can't stand any part of va south of where I live.
That's fair. And as a native of the non-NoVA Virginia we can't stand y'all either.

As a Virginian, I would say one characteristic I have is realizing the value of history in starting this country. I grew up less than 30 minutes from Jamestown and the Yorktown battlefields (even had a Yorktown address for a few years.) My knowledge of Virginia history and Revolutionary War history absolutely stuns any history teacher I've had. Because I made straight As in 11th grade U.S. History all year, I had that teacher BEGGING me to take AP Government in 12th grade (didn't b/c I was figuring on going into the military after HS, things can change in a year.)
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:37 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I'd say one characteristic is its mono-chromatic residential architecture. Seems every house built here since the 80s is a brick colonial. Funny that we have all these people from somewhere else who all want to live in the same style house.

Single family residential - I was on Columbia Pike last night, and the new high rises include at least some of the kind of PoMo millenial style you see in NY, if a tad more conservative looking (which seems right to me)
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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I'd say one characteristic is its mono-chromatic residential architecture. Seems every house built here since the 80s is a brick colonial. Funny that we have all these people from somewhere else who all want to live in the same style house.
That's not really the case. If you go to a newer planned community like Brambleton in Loudoun, or look at the new in-fill properties in Arlington, Falls Church, McLean or Vienna, you'll find comparatively few brick Colonials and a lot of neo-traditional Craftsman - so many, in fact, that some people are starting to get tired of them. Some of the newer townhouses that I've seen in Reston are in a contemporary style that wouldn't look out of place in California.

You definitely won't find a ton of contemporary homes here, log cabins, A-frames, Santa Fe-style casitas, etc. (if we're talking about single-family homes). Maybe that will change if more Californians move here, or perhaps the Colonials just have a solid, reassuring quality.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:42 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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As someone from northern va I can't stand any part of va south of where I live.

I actually like LOTS of parts of va other than NoVa. For example I love SNP - its about the bestest thing in the state, IMO. I also enjoy the wonderful walkable, urban neighborhoods of old Richmond. And the rapids on the James - white water in an urban downtown may be found SOMEWHERE else, but Richmond is the only place Ive experienced it. Colonial Williamsburg is not only a tie to our nations past, but its also in interesting look at colonial era urban form. And Chincoteague, is, well, Chincoteague (of course we got there quicker when we lived in Baltimore, but oh well). My lack of deep identification with the Commonwealth (as compared to my identification with metro DC, or with NoVa) does not at all mean I don't find much in Virginia that I like.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:45 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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That's not really the case. If you go to a newer planned community like Brambleton in Loudoun, or look at the new in-fill properties in Arlington, Falls Church, McLean or Vienna, you'll find comparatively few brick Colonials and a lot of neo-traditional Craftsman - so many, in fact, that some people are starting to get tired of them. Some of the newer townhouses that I've seen in Reston are in a contemporary style that wouldn't look out of place in California.

You definitely won't find a ton of contemporary homes here, log cabins, A-frames, Santa Fe-style casitas, etc. (if we're talking about single-family homes). Maybe that will change if more Californians move here, or perhaps the Colonials just have a solid, reassuring quality.

Ive always assumed the preference for colonials was cause they dont "date" themselves easily. You see a colonial around here, you really have to know your details to judge if its a 1930s colonial, a 1950s, a 1990s, or whatever. But if you look at a 1970s contemp (and there are quite a few pockets of those around here) it SCREAMS "1970s". Folks concerned with their property holding value dont want to invest in something likely to go out of fashion. In regions where colonial itself is a fashion, and not as wide and established a preference as here, thats not as big a concern. Im not sure how that impacts the neo trad craftsman homes.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Some of the newer townhouses that I've seen in Reston are in a contemporary style that wouldn't look out of place in California.
Also the original homes and townhouses. Reston was originally conceived as a sort of "city of the future" featuring modern architecture. Several renowned architects designed the original houses.








These condos were designed by renowned architect Clothiel Smith and were featured in Life Magazine when they were built in the early 1960s.
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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That's not really the case. If you go to a newer planned community like Brambleton in Loudoun, or look at the new in-fill properties in Arlington, Falls Church, McLean or Vienna, you'll find comparatively few brick Colonials and a lot of neo-traditional Craftsman - so many, in fact, that some people are starting to get tired of them. Some of the newer townhouses that I've seen in Reston are in a contemporary style that wouldn't look out of place in California.

You definitely won't find a ton of contemporary homes here, log cabins, A-frames, Santa Fe-style casitas, etc. (if we're talking about single-family homes). Maybe that will change if more Californians move here, or perhaps the Colonials just have a solid, reassuring quality.
I personally like Spanish eclectic and I don't see a lot of that style in NoVA. And apparently I am not the only one who likes it here, because I saw one a few weeks ago on offer in low 7 figures and by the time I got my wife to see the photographs and talked about going to see it, it was sold!

Then again, that particular style is really more suited environmentally for warm-dry areas and it probably looks quite out of place here.
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