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Old 06-30-2011, 05:15 AM
 
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I work, about 2 miles north of Dulles International Airport out by Ashburn. I live in Stafford. The commute is killing me. I had hoped to move into the area, but I find contradicting reports all over the place for different areas. I have a wife, and a motorcycle. I don't want to have to worry about either getting hurt. She works usually into the late hours (2300+) and I start work early (0100-0200) and so my biggest concern is safety and security, and right behind that is cost. But for more safety (and hopefully a garage or enclosed parking area to work on my bike), I am willing to pay more. I had heard good things about a place, Archstone? I think it was and the sycamores. My wife and I moved up from further south for her work and mine, and have been living with a friend in Stafford in the meantime, but am hoping to find a good place to rent in the areas anywhere around Waxpool road and Rt 28. I hoped that there may be a few people who have lived in the area or currently live in the area that may help, I really sincerely appreciate it!

I have been researching and I am trying to find the best fit for me and my wife, We do not have any children, but sometimes she gets sick (works at a hospital) and I want to be able to get home to her if necessary in less time than an hour and a half. I just didn't want anyone to think I was just asking for the same old information. Essentially just looking for a 1 Bed 1 Bath, garage would be nice but is optional, and in a safe neighborhood, given that my wife works until the late hours. Thank you again.

Last edited by disciple6525; 06-30-2011 at 05:23 AM.. Reason: Clarification of Sought after apartment
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:00 AM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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I can't think of any areas of Ashburn that are even close to questionable. In fact, you get people on here saying it's boring.

Leesburg can be troublesome just inside the bypass around Plaza Street, Edwards Ferry Road, and Fort Evans Road, and there's some parts of Sterling Park and Sugarland Run I'd prefer not to live in.

What is your budget, though?
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: TX
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Leesburg can be troublesome just inside the bypass around Plaza Street, Edwards Ferry Road, and Fort Evans Road, and there's some parts of Sterling Park and Sugarland Run I'd prefer not to live in.
Yes^ spot on.

Ashburn has very low crime and would be a great commute. Alot of TH will have garages (usually single). The downside is it's mostly families (due to good schools and low crime) and not much charater. (more sterile suburbia)

Leesburg has a few trouble spots, but as lisited abovethey are pretty well concentrated to the cluster of Apts that have section 8 housing. BUT, it's not like there are drive by shooting and car jackings if you drive through. etc...I lived over by there (with 3 kids) and never had a problem driving through etc... most of the crime is domestic violence, theft and petty drug crimes.
Leesburg has alot of TH and apts that are very safe etc... It has more eclectic mix of people, has a neat historic downtown area, a couple of good bars and resturants, County couurthouse etc.. There are some very neat places in the downtown area that I would live, if I didn't have kids.

Reston would be another place to look, it's more $$$ but has a nice "town center" and probably more "action" than Leesburg and definately more than Ashburn.

Sterling... Look at the Cascades area, again low crime etc...I'd avoid places like Sterling Park etc... until you are more familiar with the indivdual neighborhoods etc...
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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These units are nice. Plus the neighborhood can't be beat.
Reference to Ashburn apartment complex

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Old 06-30-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Richmond va
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These units are nice. Plus the neighborhood can't be beat.
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too bad they are leased by that leasing company!.. I would personally check out rentals offered by individual owners and skip apartments and management companies altogether. As far as where to look Ashburn is great for couples and families, I think it would suit you and your wife just fine but I also wouldnt discount other areas like Centreville, Chantilly, Reston and South Riding.

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Old 07-06-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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Our budget is.....we would like to save as much money as possible, but we are both willing to go 1200 for an apartment, or 1500 for a place that takes care of at least some or most of the things like Utilities and or internet/cable and or power, but those things are not necessary. But I definitely appreciate everyones thoughts and suggestions on this! like I said previously, my priorities are:
1. Wife
2. Garage or safe parking for my motorcycle
3. ease of commute to Dulles International Airport for work.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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Sterling... Look at the Cascades area, again low crime etc...I'd avoid places like Sterling Park etc... until you are more familiar with the individual neighborhoods etc...
Sterling is very hit or miss. The Casdades are nice overall. I'm not too familiar with the Sugarland Run area, but it looks kinda seedy to me. As far as Sterling Park, just avoid any place within a 2-3 block radius of Sterling Plaza and you'll be ok. The apartments and townhouses in that area are where most of the serious crime is concentrated.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Herndon
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Just wondering, he didn't mention it, but what's the opinion on the Herndon area from you all? Just curious as I am moving there and do a lot of running, so I want to know about safety as well. Would be nice to hear some things about that area as well and maybe that area would work for him and his wife as well....????
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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Just wondering, he didn't mention it, but what's the opinion on the Herndon area from you all? Just curious as I am moving there and do a lot of running, so I want to know about safety as well. Would be nice to hear some things about that area as well and maybe that area would work for him and his wife as well....????
Herndon is similar to Reston and Sterling. There are good parts and bad.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Herndon
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Herndon is similar to Reston and Sterling. There are good parts and bad.
I sure hope I am living in a good part It's hard to tell unless it just plain looks scary at first....I am in walking distance of downtown. Looks like a decent location for running but then again, you never know.
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