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Old 05-06-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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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.
My wife and I considered making an offer on a 1950's Craftsman in Great Falls that was COMPLETELY renovated. The inside was very Bobo (per David Brooks) contemporary. The owners claimed to have spent $850k on renovations alone.

We passed because it was a bit small for us, but it was a quite an attractive fusion of the original Craftsman look with contemporary decor. It did not look too out of place with the rest of the neighborhood, but it was just a little different enough to be noticed upon a closer look.

If we only had a couple of kids...
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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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.
True about Brambleton - some of the townhomes being built now are in a very different style than most new construction in this area (examples: M&S Grand Vista | M&S Brownstones | Camberley).

If you want A-frames and log cabins, you'll have to head further west towards the mountains.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Another characteristic that sets Nova apart from other metro areas is we have noticeably fewer city governments. The newest areas have almost no cities at all.

The eastern half of Loudoun, for example, has thousands and thousands of residents and is starting to become quite dense in places, yet none of the communities have bothered to incorporate. Incorporation is sooooo last century!
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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So we have the highest median household income, fastest growing counties, the fittest population and now the highest birth rate...

This is now officially the Tiger Mom region.
LOL, now that you mention I do know quite a few Tiger Moms. You may be right about that.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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Cookie cutter colonial homes, hardly any downtowns - tacky big box stores, lots of nicely wooded parks, hard driving busy people
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Maine
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What is VIRGINIA known for? Characteristics of VIRGINIANS?
From what I can see, many Virginians are dedicated (to careers, family, etc.). They work hard, and they play hard. Some can be fairly intense. I appreciate that quality, but it's more interesting and fun when they have a sense of humor and don't take themselves too seriously.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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They work hard, and they play hard.
I don't see much playing, hard or otherwise. Seems like they work, drive, and hibernate in their houses most of the time. Of course that leaves a lot less crowded outdoors for those of us who really do play.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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Good news -- it'll be even LESS crowded outdoors come August....
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:07 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I don't see much playing, hard or otherwise. Seems like they work, drive, and hibernate in their houses most of the time. Of course that leaves a lot less crowded outdoors for those of us who really do play.
"Playing," to me, includes going to their kids' sports games, doing the fundraisers/volunteer work, hitting the gym (or the booze), and quibbling over EVERY little line here on NoVA city-data.

Edited to add: And clearly I have learned to quibble at a level suitable for survival in NoVA after being here for 6 years.

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Old 05-11-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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"Playing," to me, includes going to their kids' sports games, doing the fundraisers/volunteer work, hitting the gym (or the booze), and quibbling over EVERY little line here on NoVA city-data.

Edited to add: And clearly I have learned to quibble at a level suitable for survival in NoVA after being here for 6 years.
LOL! I never thought of quibbling as a local sport, but with all the lawyers we have around here I think you may be right!
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