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Old 01-29-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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Default Burke vs. Vienna vs. W.Springfield vs. Lorton

We are a military family transferring to the Pentagon this summer. Middle and high school age kids. We are looking to rent and are checking out four houses this week. One in Burke (Robinson Secondary), Vienna (Oakton High), W. Springfield (W. Springfield High) and Lorton (South County Secondary). Any words of wisdom on commuting to the Pentagon from these locations and/or school advice? Any help is appreciated!
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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We are a military family transferring to the Pentagon this summer. Middle and high school age kids. We are looking to rent and are checking out four houses this week. One in Burke (Robinson Secondary), Vienna (Oakton High), W. Springfield (W. Springfield High) and Lorton (South County Secondary). Any words of wisdom on commuting to the Pentagon from these locations and/or school advice? Any help is appreciated!
If the house is appealing, I'd go with the one in the West Springfield area, as it's a nice area popular with military families and the commute is a bit shorter than the other places you mentioned. Burke is a bit further out, you'd be competing in Vienna with people who work along the Tysons/Dulles corredor, and Lorton (depending where you are) can get more of the traffic heading north from Prince William County.

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Old 01-29-2012, 03:48 PM
 
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Our house is in the Cardinal Forest neighborhood of West Springfield and, when my husband used to commute to the Pentagon, he would just catch the Pentagon bus every morning. About half an hour ride, maybe a little more. Love, love our neighborhood. Friendly people and a great community.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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If you live in Vienna you can take the METRO right to the Pentagon -- Vienna is an end of the line stop so you always get a seat in the morning.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:41 PM
 
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If you live in Vienna you can take the METRO right to the Pentagon -- Vienna is an end of the line stop so you always get a seat in the morning.
The orange line metro from Vienna goes to Rosslyn--you'd have to transfer to the blue line for the last stop. Still goes straight to the office though.

Depending where in Springfield you are, you could do the same with the blue line from Franconia, or in Burke the VRE goes to Crystal City and you could just about walk from there to the Pentagon.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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Default Thanks!

Thanks for all the help/advice so far! This is exactly the kind of feedback we were hoping for. Turns out one more house has been added to the mix. McLean (McLean High). Thanks again!
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:16 AM
 
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I second the West Springfield suggestion. We also live in Cardinal Forest and there are 3 different express buses within a half mile of our house that go directly to the Pentagon, plus a Fairfax Connector bus to the metro. The express buses get you to the Pentagon in 30 minutes. It's hard to find an easier commute than that! Schools are outstanding (and we've had kids in all of them -- elementary, middle and high school).
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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JEB and Lindy and Vector are all over this in my view. Robinson and Oakton have long been very fine schools, but West Springfield is easily in the same league. South County might be a but more iffy plus Lorton is a little too I-95 for many people's tastes. Burke and Vienna are both delightful places to live, but for working at the Pentagon, they have to take a back seat to West Springfield. If the place there checks out to be on a par with the others, I think I'd snap it up.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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Thanks for all the help/advice so far! This is exactly the kind of feedback we were hoping for. Turns out one more house has been added to the mix. McLean (McLean High). Thanks again!
Obviously, you haven't shown us the houses, but the McLean HS district is probably about as convenient to the Pentagon as the West Springfield HS district. Some houses in that district with McLean addresses are a short drive to the West Falls Church metro; others are close to the GW Parkway, which will take you right by the Pentagon.

I'd guess that there are fewer military families in the McLean HS district than in the West Springfield HS district, though there are quite a few folks who work for the federal government. That may be important to you, if you'd like your kids to attend schools with a large contingent of other military families. On the other hand, the McLean middle and high schools are in a better physical condition right now than the West Springfield middle and high schools (not sure about Irving MS in the West Springfield area, but Longfellow MS just got a major renovation; McLean HS was renovated within the past decade, while West Springfield HS is in an aging building that is expected to be renovated towards the end of the decade).

Hope that helps. Don't think you'd go wrong with any of the areas you've mentioned.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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Hmmm. McLean would be tempting. Same great schools. Close to Tysons bonus. Commute down the GW Parkway wouldn't be terrible. 66 to 110 would probably be better if you had a hybrid vehicle or planned to leave the house prior to 6:00 am. Still apt to be longer than 30 miniutes though, and the Metro still requires a change of trains in Rosslyn, which adds only a few minutes to the trip but which some people still never quite get used to (including me), whereas the Blue Line (if you even used it) would be a straight shot from Franconia-Springfield.
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