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Old 06-01-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I grew up there in the 1980's until I moved to Southern California after graduating from JMU in 1994

The last time I visited my folks there was about 10 years ago. It didn't seem to be the place I remembered growing up.

What is it like now?
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Which part of Annandale? Outside the beltway is quiet suburban streets with NVCC's campus in the middle. Inside the beltway is an eclectic mix of SFH's, TH's, apartments, big box stores (Petco, Home Depot, Kmart) and individually owned (often ethnic) restaurants and businesses.

236 is a nightmare of traffic and lights and weird intersections (thinking specifically of Backlick/236/Columbia Pike) that I like to avoid during rush hour.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Which part of Annandale? Outside the beltway is quiet suburban streets with NVCC's campus in the middle. Inside the beltway is an eclectic mix of SFH's, TH's, apartments, big box stores (Petco, Home Depot, Kmart) and individually owned (often ethnic) restaurants and businesses.

236 is a nightmare of traffic and lights and weird intersections (thinking specifically of Backlick/236/Columbia Pike) that I like to avoid during rush hour.
Just outside off Braddock Road.

Near Ravensworth elementary school.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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Still a very suburban place. The housing through that area has been mostly built and filled in during the 1965-1975 time frame, typical of this area's ranch, colonial, split level stuff. There is a lot of Beltway interchange revamping/construction going on right now, but that should be completed in the next 15 months or so. Braddock Road out toward Fairax City hasn't changed much until you get past GMU. The heart of Annandale is starting to upgrade the older commercial buildings and has become "Little Korea" in terms of most of the dining options now. I've lived in Annandale since 1997, and those are the biggest changes I've seen in the area.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Annandale is definitely a Korea Mecca.....some good Korean food to be had. My neighbors are Korean (I live in Manassas) and they go to Annandale for everything from getting their hair cut, to a massage or acupuncturist to their restaurant dining.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Is there a good art store in Annandale? I'm looking for a painting with tigers in it, and I've heard the tiger shows up in a lot of Korean art.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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The tiger is definitely the sign you want your child to be born in. I don't know any art stores offhand but I can ask my neighbors when I see them.
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