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Old 02-15-2012, 07:44 AM
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Budget wise we are at 600k. One of our top 5 quality of life things is the commute. We will be working in the McLean area and commuting at normal human hours. The areas we are currently looking is Ashburn, Sterling, Gainesville, and Leesburg.Gainesville has a builder we like(Drees). We also have a 7 and 10 year old for the kicker. Any worthy advice will be helpful!

Old 02-15-2012, 08:37 AM
Location: Northern Virginia
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If commute is a top priority, why are you looking so far out? For $600k, you can get much, much closer.
Old 02-15-2012, 08:52 AM
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we don't hear airplanes in PWC.
Old 02-15-2012, 09:02 AM
Location: Gainesville, VA
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While I don't think it's the best idea to live in Gainesville & work in McLean, it could be worse. Too bad you don't have flexible hours. It's nasty on 66 during rush hour if you can't use the HOV lane. Maybe you can ride together?

I take it you are looking at Drees in the Glenkirk neighborhoood? I don't think I'd spend $600k in that neighborhood. I'd check out what Brookfield has to offer in Saranac at that price. I think Morris Farm is just about built out, maybe see what Craftmark has to offer there. These 3 neighborhoods all go to the same schools.
Old 02-15-2012, 09:02 AM
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If commute is a top priority I wouldn't go with PW. I live in Bristow and have a friend that commutes to Tyson's and she leaves at 6:30 am and it usually takes 90 minutes.
Old 02-15-2012, 09:37 AM
Location: Fairfax, VA
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with a commute to mclean, and your options, I'd go with sterling.

but I also would consider resales closer in.
Old 02-16-2012, 05:29 PM
Location: Tysons Corner
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Originally Posted by VRE332 View Post
we don't hear airplanes in PWC.
Give me a break. I worked in PWC for 8 years. You hear plenty of planes first of all, taking off from Manassas Airport. Typically these planes are commercial or private planes also, which dont have the noise control requirements that jets do... Propellers are a lot more loud than modern jet engines.

Secondly, Dulles corridor doesnt mean that its under the flight path of planes, unless you live on Runway 2 across from route 28, I doubt you'd even realize the noise of the planes (I lived in Herndon for 5 years at Presidential Park, and heard planes maybe 1 time a day).

Lastly, in PWC you don't hear planes, you hear the trains that come through manassas/woodbridge or you hear the constant truck traffic on the poorly maintained roads with bumps outside. Go near 234 bypass and tell me you wouldn't rather be closer to an airport.

The answer is Fairfax
Old 02-16-2012, 07:28 PM
Location: Aldie, VA
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Originally Posted by tysonsengineer View Post
Give me a break. I worked in PWC for 8 years.
Wait wait....did you live in Fairfax and work in PWC?
Old 02-16-2012, 07:43 PM
Location: Washington, DC
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I'd never consider Gainesville or bristow if I worked in Tyson's. That's a long drive and 66 is a parking lot most of the time. I'd get sick of that after a week.

If you work in Tyson's , sterling or ashburn are much more doable. Not nearly as backed up on the DTR in the morning and not as far as a drive. I live in brambleton (about 2 miles from Dulles) and the airport noise is minimal and doesn't bother me one bit.
Old 02-17-2012, 06:06 AM
Location: Tysons Corner
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Originally Posted by gammann View Post
Wait wait....did you live in Fairfax and work in PWC?
I originally asked for a transfer to work in Fairfax, company forced me to work in the PWC branch because, ya know, as the lowest person on the totem pole nobody else was willing to work there.
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