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Old 05-21-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA - Kingstowne Subdivision
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My wife and I are planning to relocate to NOVA and need help narrowing down exactly where to live. We have to boys ages 1and 3 and also need to find an area with good grammar schools. We'd like to spend somewhere between $2000-$2600 a month in rent for a 3 bedroom and hope to live in Fairfax County. What areas/neighborhoods would you recommend? Also we are a one car family so something close to the metro would be nice.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Where will you need to commute to for work? How long of a commute are you willing to handle?
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA - Kingstowne Subdivision
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I'm a realtor and plan to sell real estate in the area we would live. So commute time to work is not a factor.
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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A few houses on my street rent in that range. They are nice homes, decent sized lots, built in the late 60's. Zip code 22152.
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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1982 SOLARIDGE CT, RESTON, VA 20191 - HomesDatabase
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:41 PM
 
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My wife and I are planning to relocate to NOVA and need help narrowing down exactly where to live. We have to boys ages 1and 3 and also need to find an area with good grammar schools. We'd like to spend somewhere between $2000-$2600 a month in rent for a 3 bedroom and hope to live in Fairfax County. What areas/neighborhoods would you recommend? Also we are a one car family so something close to the metro would be nice.
How does everybody moving to the DC metro area know about metro? If you want metro, you are going to be paying extra.

You may want to check out Falls Church as it has a lot of young families in it and has a few stops on the Orange Line.

Not sure why anyone would hope to live in Fairfax county. North Fairfax County is dominated by the super expensive areas of McLean and the high traffic Reston-Herndon area. Mid County has suburban Vienna and Springfield along with Fairfax City. That area is OK nothing spectacular. South Fairfax County has crime issues.
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:15 AM
 
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For that price you can get a large townhouse in zip code 22315 -- Kingstowne and the surrounding neighborhoods, which are near the Franconia-Springfield Metro at the end of the Blue Line.
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:49 AM
 
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You can find something close to the Franconia-Springfield (Blue Line) metro in that price range.

You may find something near the Vienna or Falls Church (orange line) metro but in general you'll get less sqft for the money.

Burke could be an option too if you are willing to consider the VRE train instead of the metro.

If you are willing to consider being close to a bus route instead of metro that will open up your options even more.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I'm a realtor and plan to sell real estate in the area we would live. So commute time to work is not a factor.
That's a really odd statement coming from a realtor. Just curious why you're relocating all the way here to sell real estate. You're going to have to jump quite a lfew hurdles to make that work (coursework and licensing, finding a broker to take you on, establishing your "farm", etc.). Wouldn't you want to figure out first where you're going to be selling and then move somewhere around there? Seems strange that you as a realtor would be asking these questions as I would hope you'd have done a ton of market research on the area before deciding to relocate. Have you actually sold real estate there in LA or did you just get a license hoping to break into the profession and not having much luck so moving on somewhere else? How can you sell real estate in an area you don't seem to know much about?
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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That's a really odd statement coming from a realtor. Just curious why you're relocating all the way here to sell real estate. You're going to have to jump quite a lfew hurdles to make that work (coursework and licensing, finding a broker to take you on, establishing your "farm", etc.). Wouldn't you want to figure out first where you're going to be selling and then move somewhere around there? Seems strange that you as a realtor would be asking these questions as I would hope you'd have done a ton of market research on the area before deciding to relocate. Have you actually sold real estate there in LA or did you just get a license hoping to break into the profession and not having much luck so moving on somewhere else? How can you sell real estate in an area you don't seem to know much about?
The great housing market right now means that anyone could sell in NOVA.

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