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Old 05-23-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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Hi we are a military family who are being transferred from FL to VA in a few months. He will be working in Springfield and Arlington. We have 2 young boys so we would like an area with good schools. We are used to small town living with low crime so I am a little nervous about this transfer. We would need a 2 or 3 bedroom and would like to spend around 1800-2000. Any suggestions on some cities to start looking at would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks so much
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Hi we are a military family who are being transferred from FL to VA in a few months. He will be working in Springfield and Arlington. We have 2 young boys so we would like an area with good schools. We are used to small town living with low crime so I am a little nervous about this transfer. We would need a 2 or 3 bedroom and would like to spend around 1800-2000. Any suggestions on some cities to start looking at would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks so much
Hi,

We also did the FL small town PCS to the DC area, though this was our second go round. It can be tough.

I wouldn't worry too much about the schools in most areas you will be looking, they are all pretty good. Unless you plan to retire here and they you will want to worry about the high schools.

I would stick to the Springfield Area. That would be Burke, West Springfield, maybe even Kingstowne and Island Creek area. Lorton has some newer construction houses, but that is the one area where I would say the schools (elementary) aren't as good as some others. You will find some SFH homes in the higher end of your price range in Springfield, though they may be older. You will get newer if you go with a townhouse. Not sure what the average TH is going for in Burke, but in 22315 those with a garage start at about $2200. A SFH goes for about $3000K.

The further south you go, the cheaper they are, but your spouse would have a tougher commute. Springfield area puts you on an easy commute on the days he is in Springfield and easy access to the metro for trips to Arlington.

Check out militarybyowner.com if you havne't done that yet. Chose Ft Belvoir as your base.

Good luck in your move.
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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Check out militarybyowner.com if you havne't done that yet. Chose Ft Belvoir as your base.
Good advice. You don't actually have to be military to use MilitaryByOwner, but so many military folks move into and out of the area that a lot are. It's a good place to get a feel for how the local market is doing and what sort of properties are available and affordable...
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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Thank you both very much for your advice. I am looking into those areas now
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Another question, does anyone know of a great realtor in that area that has rental properties?
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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In which area? BTW...Any realtor can help you with a rental from another realtor, that way they are acting as your agent, not the landlord's agent, just like a sale.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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My spouse is transitioning from the military, and we are in the same boat: moving, concerned about crime, want to be in a good school district, and used to a smaller town. I am not sure where Springfield is, but we have found that the Vienna-Fairfax-Chantilly area meets our requirements, particularly for safety, and budget. I can send you a private message of a realtor that was recommended to me through my husband's job. Good luck with your move!
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