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Old 05-29-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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Hi guys,

Hubby and I are going to go a little farther out to get in a cheaper place. Looking to move to an apartment complex at first and then by the end of next year purchase a home. I haven't actually lived in Manassas since the 90's and early 2000's.

Has the area improved at all? I know the traffic out there has gotten worse over the years but I remember there being a stigma on certain areas of Manassas.

I am looking at the following apartment complexes: Rosemary Ridge, Mason's Keep, Raven's Crest and Chatsworth Park. Anybody have any experience with any of those? Recommend one above the rest?

We're currently paying 2460 for our apartment and want to get the price down to like 1300 or so. I work in Springfield and I really don't want a horrible commute but Manassas seemed a better option than Ashburn/Leesburg.

Thanks!
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Hi guys,

Hubby and I are going to go a little farther out to get in a cheaper place. Looking to move to an apartment complex at first and then by the end of next year purchase a home. I haven't actually lived in Manassas since the 90's and early 2000's.

Has the area improved at all? I know the traffic out there has gotten worse over the years but I remember there being a stigma on certain areas of Manassas.

I am looking at the following apartment complexes: Rosemary Ridge, Mason's Keep, Raven's Crest and Chatsworth Park. Anybody have any experience with any of those? Recommend one above the rest?

We're currently paying 2460 for our apartment and want to get the price down to like 1300 or so. I work in Springfield and I really don't want a horrible commute but Manassas seemed a better option than Ashburn/Leesburg.

Thanks!
Look closer towards the government center. There are some newer apartments/townhomes for rent in about that range (I think 1500ish for the townhomes). What that does is allow you to use Yates Ford and Henderson road to cross into fairfax which is infinitely better than 66 to braddock. Also that part of PWC in my opinion atleast is a bit nicer than the 234 region, though chatsworth isn't an awful location (get used to train noises).

To springfield from that part of PWC I would venture it would be about 25 minutes to springfield on those back roads and using lee chapel (depending on what part of springfield you are trying to get to it might be better to use 123 or rolling road).
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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but remember, Rolling/OKM to Braddock/Backlick alone is 25 minutes during rush hour.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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I usually go in early and leave early.... right now I just shoot up fairfax county parkway and it takes me about 30 minutes. So, I shouldn't be in the main rush hour traffic. I'm usually 7:30 to 3:30.

My job is literally right off the franconia springfield parkway just after frontier drive behind the metro.

I found another property South Main Commons which appears to be on the Wellington side of Manassas... does anyone know if that place is income restricted? Battery Heights also looked interesting to me as well.

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Old 05-29-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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Battery Heights is decent, working class condos. They were selling for 70K a few years ago. 30 traffic lights to Springfield Metro.......doesn't make sense to me. I would look in Newington or Kingstowne...and if it is still to expensive go over to the Edsal Rd./Van Dorn St. area...no better/worse than Manass., but it would be a more sensible commute. That cut through is treacherous with any snow or ice, at all.....
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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My buddy and his wife rent an apartment in Kingstown for $1600. Not as cheap as the Manassas places, but much much closer to your job.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies, I'm not interested in moving to Kingstowne/Arlington/Alexandria/Newington or the like... really don't like the area.

We plan on buying a house in Manassas, so the apartment is just temporary till we save up enough for a down payment. The commute is secondary on my list.

I think I've narrowed it down to Mason's Keepe or Wellington Place but not sure yet. So, if anybody else has any feedback specific to Manassas apartments I'd be most appreciative.

Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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Try The City Center in Manassas Park.
I live here now and you can get that D.C./Arlington Feel without paying the price tag for it.

The aprtments are only 3-4 years old I think. Me and my wife pay $1190 for a one bedroom.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Hi guys,

Hubby and I are going to go a little farther out to get in a cheaper place. Looking to move to an apartment complex at first and then by the end of next year purchase a home. I haven't actually lived in Manassas since the 90's and early 2000's.

Has the area improved at all? I know the traffic out there has gotten worse over the years but I remember there being a stigma on certain areas of Manassas.

I am looking at the following apartment complexes: Rosemary Ridge, Mason's Keep, Raven's Crest and Chatsworth Park. Anybody have any experience with any of those? Recommend one above the rest?

We're currently paying 2460 for our apartment and want to get the price down to like 1300 or so. I work in Springfield and I really don't want a horrible commute but Manassas seemed a better option than Ashburn/Leesburg.

Thanks!
People who live in Manassas are universally tall, well-built, attractive, intelligent, and well mannered.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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Try The City Center in Manassas Park.
I live here now and you can get that D.C./Arlington Feel without paying the price tag for it.

The aprtments are only 3-4 years old I think. Me and my wife pay $1190 for a one bedroom.
Those are nice new apartments but it's not DC or Arlington. Those are probably the nicest apartments in the area, but the rest of the immediate surrounding area leaves little to be desired. My girlfriends sister lives in those apartments and those storefronts for the "city center" have yet to be rented out since she's live there over a year ago.
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