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Old 01-03-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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The OP said her agency will be moving out of DC--presumably in fewer than five years. I second ersatz's suggestion that the OP rent, to become familiar with the area AND so that she is not locked into the location if it will soon mean that she will then be living far from work.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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I've lived in Winchester for over a year now so I've grown a bit accustomed to this quiet little life after work. Being anywhere in NoVA is sure to be ten million times more exciting at point so I don't mind the "boring suburbs."

Nope, no children here.

I've been looking at that area, Lucky though I don't know whether its considered safe or not because I've never lived in Reston before.

I've also glanced over at this http://www.redfin.com/VA/Herndon/479...0/home/9192857 and it fits but again, not really sure if its a safe option since I don't know the area all too well. I just know where to avoid living around Bailey's Crossroads in that region to be honest.

But again, I appreciate everyone's recommendations and will give it thought!
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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A TH on 220-260k would be problematic on an income of 52k unless you're guaranteed an increase to 70-80k a year.

I'd look -- in your shoes -- to rent a TH with a roommate or two in Old Town Alexandria. Close to work, and it seems Old Town is more up your alley -- Orange Line Arlington is stereotypically 20-something partiers whereas Old Town is a little more sedate/age mixed. The other areas -- Herndon, Reston, Sterling, etc., are more family-oriented; of these, Reston is your best bet IMO.
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