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Old 03-26-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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I'm not going to critique anyones lifestyle, but for DW and me going into the city is very important, and to us the difference between 20 minutes to get in, and 30 minutes, and an hour, is signficant. It won't matter so much for a full day trip, but if you are scooting in for an evening activity, or something like that, it will matter. I also suspect you will find more people who are more DC focused closer in than you will in Leesburg (but I don't know many people from Leesburg, so I can't say for sure).
I've lived in Arlington, Alexandria, Sterling, and Middleburg (in that order). I go into the city much more now (and when I lived in Sterling) than I did when I lived in Arlington and Alexandria. It will all depend on what (specifically) is bringing you into the city.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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I've lived in Arlington, Alexandria, Sterling, and Middleburg (in that order). I go into the city much more now (and when I lived in Sterling) than I did when I lived in Arlington and Alexandria. It will all depend on what (specifically) is bringing you into the city.

yup, we are all different - I don't have the Farfugnugen a lot folks around here have. I wonder how living a carlite lifestyle would go down with coworkers at VW
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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what about vienna? That has a cute little downtown area, and would be metro accessible to downtown. The commute to Herndon wouldn't be too bad at all.

I loved Reston (we lived there for 8 years - left last summer because there weren't any SFH's in our price range), but yes, it is manufactured. It doesn't have a "downtown area/smalltown" feel at all, but I happen to really like the Town Center and all the Village Centers scattered about. It was great for our little family with all the parks and pools and such. There are some really nice condos and THs in the town center area that would be good for a couple.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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3. North Arlington areas from Rosslyn to ballston - much pricier, somewhat longer reverse commute, intense walkability, strong "20 something" vibe. Urban density is mostly newish.
Just my two cents, and the OP may like driving in heavy traffic more than I do... but... as nice as North Arlington is I would not call it a "somewhat" longer commute. It's a substantially longer commute than Reston would be, at least an additional 30-40 minutes, if not more.

Of course, the only people who truly know what kind of commute you would tolerate are you two. The next time he's in town, I'd recommend doing a few test runs at rush hour to check it out for yourself. If it was me, I'd live close to work for the daily commute. Then,when you do want to drive to Arlington, you can drive there after traffic dies down.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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Just my two cents, and the OP may like driving in heavy traffic more than I do... but... as nice as North Arlington is I would not call it a "somewhat" longer commute. It's a substantially longer commute than Reston would be, at least an additional 30-40 minutes, if not more.
really? Its 20 miles all highway, reverse commute. Are I66 and the toll road that bad westbound in the AM? If so, the Silver Line ought to do really well.

Of course even 30 minutes total is not trivial, by any means, and I didn't mean to imply it was (I note someone above considers a 40 minute commute from Leesburg "not too bad")

I agree strongly that Reston has a lot of advantages - its a truely trivial auto commute, its a very doable bike commute, and at an hour or so its even possible to walk it for a change of pace (though I'm not sure how pleasant the walking is till you get to the W&OD from Herndon. And Reston TC has a lot right there. And it will have the Silver line within 20 months or so from now. If I was working in Herndon, I'd probably move there.

But again, I understand the adversion some people have to an urban place all done by a single developer (though having known Rockefeller Center when I was young, I can see a different point of view as well)
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Vienna, NoVA
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...Also if I am missing an area that would have what we are looking for, recommendations are also appreciated...
srussell252, first of all, welcome to NoVa!

How about Vienna? It is not cheap but there are older/smaller townhouses that can be still found for around 600k. There are a few townhouses' communities which are located right next to Vienna metro (that you can take to DC). Also, Vienna is a small, nice town with many parks, trails, shops, restaurants, library, etc. Commute from Vienna to Herndon would be reverse and easy. Good luck!

9616 Scotch Haven Drive, Vienna VA | MLS# FX7635643 - Trulia
2822 Roesh Way, Vienna VA | MLS# FX7758882 - Trulia
2709 Curzon Court, Vienna VA - Trulia
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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hmmm

About to take a job in Herndon. Is it crazy to try to commute from Arlington?


"I work in Herndon and drive through Arlington sometimes if I decide to go that way. It's a breeze. HOV restrictions are in the opposite direction. There's a little congestion at a couple of the on ramps but nothing too bad. Figure on no more than a 30 minute drive, depending where your office is in Herndon. "
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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Can't argue with someone who's actually doing it. Maybe I've just had bad luck or taken the wrong routes. Anyway, good to know that it isn't as bad as I thought. Still not something I would do but I guess some do. And I would still highly recommend the OP try it to see for himself if he would like it.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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I would say, if you have no children and are still in mid 20's or early 30's. Clarendon/Ballston area might be a good fit. Lots of Restaurants/Bars/shops all along the orange line. Easy access to DC if you need to.

Commuting from Clarendon/Ballston to Herndon depending on time of day and weather could take 30-45. Worst case an hour or more.

Don't get me wrong. Reston town center is pretty nice too and it's definitely an option as well. I guess To me Arlington area has a more rush kind of pace and much more lively environment.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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Can't argue with someone who's actually doing it. Maybe I've just had bad luck or taken the wrong routes. Anyway, good to know that it isn't as bad as I thought. Still not something I would do but I guess some do. And I would still highly recommend the OP try it to see for himself if he would like it.

I wouldn't do it either - for me the shorter commute, the chance to bike to work, would outweigh the relative advantages in Jane Jacobs style urbanism that Ballston (!!!!!) has over RTC. But I'm not the OP who said "whatever reason my husband has that as "last place" on the list. He said it feels like a manufactured city of sorts. That being said we haven't completely ruled it out." I dunno, if you work in Herndon, and want walkability, and don't like lifestyle centers or planned communities, you're kind of stuck, as we all know. I guess it will be easier when phase 2 of the Silver Line is done, but thats not till 2016. I wonder if, when phase one is done, people will try doing silver line to Reston-Wiele(from N arlington or DC) to get to Herndon- but then theres the 'last mile problem' Bike share would be ideal, don't know if Reston/Herndon has enough density to support something like CaBi (they certainly have an ideal facility in the W&OD)
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