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Old 04-04-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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It sounds like you are possibly considering being dependent upon using Rt 15 as the go between Virginia and Pennsylvania. My experience with someone who actually did this commute (to Manassas, not sure from where in Pennsylvania) is that, at least in the winter, when there was a wreck on the road traffic got backed up quite a bit since it is a two-lane road most of the way in Virginia and he would simply turn around and go home rather than show up to work. Some employers may tolerate this type of attendance but it's something to consider as a drawback to some towns on your list (i.e. Leesburg).
If she considered Purcellville or Leesburg (though he would have to backtrack a bit) there is always Rte 9 to Harper Ferry's Road and then get into MD and PA that way. So there is an alternative route.

OP - I think you really should take a look at Purcellville. It is a quaint little town. There's St. Theresa's in Ashburn to send your kids to school. There are many houses around town in your price range and it's about a 45 minute - 1 hour drive into DC.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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There's St. Theresa's in Ashburn to send your kids to school. .
Most people who use the term "christian school" are not looking for the local diocesan Roman Catholic school. She would have said "Catholic school" or "parochial school" instead.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:38 PM
 
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Purceville is really a cute town and based on my brief visit there,it seemed to offer subdivisions with a little bit of elbow space. Checked out Winchester again today. Very aesthetically pleasing town. Each time I visit, I really become more fond and appreciative of what the town has to offer. The locals we have met there seem very down to earth and friendly. There are three Christian schools there to choose from that are k-12 as well. Just wish we could find a neighborhood in Winchester with an upscale feel that has a lot size at least .75 or larger. It seems you are either within five feet of a neighbor or in the middle of a field with no human beings in sight. I am being told that Purceville is another 40 minutes from Winchester. Would Lovettesville or Lucketts be closer? Middleburg is really a neat town as well, but our budget will simply not afford even close to what we are wanting. I guess all I can do at this time is wait for the right house and location. Being an interior designer, I can work with any aesthetic issues a house may present, however, the floorplan and lot are tough obstacles to overcome. I have to say, Virginia really is a breathtaking state in so many ways, so picturesque. The more we visit VA, the more we can't wait to settle in.

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Old 04-05-2012, 04:25 AM
 
Location: The South
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Did you look out Merriman's Lane? Those houses certainly offer "elbow-room". There is also Stonebrook and the neighborhoods off Jones Road. Are you working with a realtor? or just driving around?
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Charles Town, WV
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40 mins from Winchester to Purceville seems like a bit of a stretch to me .... 20 to 25 mins sounds a little more reasonable. Although, I guess it depends on where in Winchester you start from .... stoplights could add some time to the trip. Between the two is Berryville, a small town slightly south of the Rt 7 & 340 intersection.

I live in Charles Town, WV and don't get into Winchester all that often. But I thought that there was a very nice gated community with a lake slightly north of Winchester on Rt 522 .... Lake Holiday perhaps?

I've read through the thread, and since I've posted ... I'll ask .... did you consider Carlisle or Mercersburg, PA? I've only been through each town once or twice, but both seem to be pretty nice places. I know that you have mentioned that you want to get out of PA ... but I thought that I would ask.

Concur with your comment regarding VA ...... it is a breathtaking state. Especially Winchester and south towards Charlottesville. Take time to visit Colonial Williamsburg .... it's beautiful also.

Good luck on your home search.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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Would Lovettesville or Lucketts be closer?
Neither Lovettesville or Lucketts provides the "walkable" area with shopping and restaurants you are desiring.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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After seeing homes and areas in MD and PA yesterday, we have have decided for certain on Winchester. Seems like an ideal town to raise our children in. We sense this city offers a strong community vibe and atmosphere which is what we have been looking for. Thanks to everyone who has offered advice and insight regarding our relocation. Your time has been very appreciated and has proven to be very valuable in assisting us with this decision.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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That's great! I think you'll love Winchester and you're still close enough to DC for day visits into the city for the museums, history, etc.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Congratulations! Winchester is a wonderful town.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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Hope it all works out for you!
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