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Old 09-08-2007, 08:45 PM
 
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My husband and I are contemplating a move to NoVA and we're looking for a townhouse/condo. Came across the Rotonda. For condo living, it looks great. But I cannot find any reviews for it. We have 2 kids - ages 3 and 1. With the Metro coming, it looks like a nice place to be. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-08-2007, 09:11 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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I work down the street from the Rotunda, on International Drive. I believe the Rotunda was built by Marriott in the 70s, so it's an older building but probably better built than condos today. I know they have a small playground onsite, plus a lot of other amenities. I have several co-workers who live there, but they are either single or empty-nesters. I'm not trying to imply the building isn't child-friendly. I can say that the Rotunda seems to be difficult to get out of -- there are no lights to assist residents. If you're making a right-hand turn, you're fine. But fighting traffic on Greensboro or International can be difficult. I also know that their condo fees are rather high -- $500 a month for a one-bedroom, I believe. On a positive note, the units are larger than newer condos, with most having a nice balcony.
Good luck in your move!
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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Where are you or your husband going to be working? Commuting should be your first consideration in this area as the traffic can be horrendous. It is important to save time for your family and perhaps settle for a smaller home to have more time at home while the children are still awake. Let me know your budget also and I will suggest some areas for you.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:18 AM
 
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The Metro will not be at Tyson's for years, so keep in mind that all of your trips will be by car for the foreseeable future. And it's virtually impossible to walk safely ANYWHERE in the Tyson's area. It's not really a popular choice for families with young children -- most people who live in the Tyson's condos tend to be young professionals, empty nesters, or retirees.
If you want condo or townhouse living near Tyson's, there are probably better spots in Vienna, McLean, or Falls Church.
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:46 PM
 
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Not only will you be waiting years for the Metro to arrive, it sounds like you'll be living in the midst of the Metro construction and the corresponding increased traffic delays. What school would your children go to, and what are the transportation arrangements for the school? Are there some recreational or play opportunities for your children? Here's an article that mentions the Rotuda and the concept of living in Tyson's; it wouldn't be my preference with small children but of course we all have different tastes and these people enjoy living there:

In the Center of It All
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:39 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. We currently live in a SFH in Southeastern PA. My husband yearns for urban life - hates yard work, home maintenance. So, we are interested in a condo/townhouse within a community with lots of amenities (tennis, billiards, ping pong, pools, moms group/playgroup). PREFERABLY, within walking distance to a Metro, or with a shuttle to the metro (I've read about these - are they good?). My husband is flexible with his job, but may be working in the Tysons area. Price range is 350,000 - 450,000. I may be working from home or part time - so my commute isn't as important.
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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Try Vienna, it has a metro stop and a real downtown. You will find condo's and townhouses in your price range and there is plenty to do, good restaurants, and with the metro you can be in D.C. very quickly with no parking hassles.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:34 AM
 
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Here's an update from today on the pending road construction affecting Tyson's:

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Old 09-10-2007, 12:00 PM
 
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as for living in tysons, i would tend to agree that it's not a great place if you're looking for a downtown. vienna might be a little better imo. i would not want my kids running around the tysons area.

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Old 09-11-2007, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Years ago my parents lived in the Rotunda. I was there often and had an infant at the time. I just cannot imagine living there with little children! Just parking, getting to the elevator and down long hallways will be a drain with little ones in tow! The Rotunda IS beautiful though, very large, well laid out condo's with ammenities onsite (and a secure building). Probably more suited to older adults or young singles.

Granted, I left NoVa 4 years ago, but I worked in Tysons for years. Traffic is an absolute nightmare in that area, and is probably even worse now. Just going to the grocery store would be a 45 min adventure - and just as bad on the weekends.

With those funds available, you would probably enjoy a 'little' yard that a TH might have in Vienna. Vienna is a very family orientated area. However, traffic is also a nightmare on the main route on all days of the week.
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