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Old 02-02-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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Just found out we might be moving to the Lorton, VA area and we are from DFW area. Any advice from parents about schools for an 11 yr old (6th grade) and a 15 yr. old (9th grade) would be very helpful in the surrounding areas. My husband is used to commuting...his drive to work currently is about an hour from where we live so that's not an issue. We're more worried about good schools, low crime and affordable housing than anything. What are the best places to live in this area?? HELP...
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:33 AM
 
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What do you consider ''affordable''? How much do you want to pay for a house?
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:37 AM
 
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Well I know the cost of living in VA is a lot higher than Texas. We currently live in a 300k home with 4200 sq ft. I guess we want to stay around 300k to 350k??
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:52 AM
 
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Well I know the cost of living in VA is a lot higher than Texas. We currently live in a 300k home with 4200 sq ft. I guess we want to stay around 300k to 350k??
your best best? fredericksburg area - commuting by train to lorton.

you have to more than double your budget to get anything close to that size anywhere within a reasonable commute.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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Well I know the cost of living in VA is a lot higher than Texas. We currently live in a 300k home with 4200 sq ft. I guess we want to stay around 300k to 350k??

Oh, yeah, you're going to be surprised.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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Is the job actually in Lorton? Have you considered a TH? You can get more for your money with one. And are you set on buying? 300 - 350K won't get you much around here. I have a friend in Coppell and and her house $400K house here would run about $900K...in a not so decent school district.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Just found out we might be moving to the Lorton, VA area and we are from DFW area. Any advice from parents about schools for an 11 yr old (6th grade) and a 15 yr. old (9th grade) would be very helpful in the surrounding areas. My husband is used to commuting...his drive to work currently is about an hour from where we live so that's not an issue. We're more worried about good schools, low crime and affordable housing than anything. What are the best places to live in this area?? HELP...
Prince William County folks? I don't know seems like it would be a good fit. At least there the OP would still have a chance to get a SFH, although it will either be smaller or at least not as up-to-date. There really isn't a whole lot you will find in NoVA at that price. Fredericksburg might be okay, but in the actual city of F'burg, the schools aren't not that good. If not PWC, try Stafford County. Either way the commute wouldn't be as bad as it would from F'burg.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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Well I know the cost of living in VA is a lot higher than Texas. We currently live in a 300k home with 4200 sq ft. I guess we want to stay around 300k to 350k??
lol, for that you are gonna get a 3 bed, 1500 sq foot townhome. maybe 1800-2000 sq ft SFH that will need updating if you are lucky.

also, your husband may be driving an hour to work down in DFW, but how many miles is he covering in that hour? 30+?

its going to take him at least an hour to get to work if he lives anything more than 15 miles away from his office.

the traffic here is some of the worst in the country. and the weather sucks.

it will be a big change for you guys to say the least
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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gosh, do you HAVE to buy a house in a community? Go to realtor.com and sort by price. BTW there are some high cost of living areas in texas.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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your best best? fredericksburg area - commuting by train to lorton.

you have to more than double your budget to get anything close to that size anywhere within a reasonable commute.
this is good advice. its the only way you will get close to making things work the way you want (large house that is). your husband is going to have to wake up at the crack of dawn to go catch an hour long train ride to work

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