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Old 06-25-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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The more we look at available homes out there, the more confusing it gets so any advice would be much appreciated! Our budget is around $450,000. We are looking to move within the next year and are first time homebuyers.

To start off, we are a family of 3 with one child in 6th grade. Commute is one big factor in choosing a new home for us. Husband works in Mclean area.

We have been renting in Herndon for the last 5 years and although we would have preferred to buy in the area that we've grown accustomed to, just seems Herndon doesn't have any desirable new construction that is family friendly. The one we looked at was "Fortnightly Square" which has a nice footage but no other amenities like a safe outdoor space for kids to play around. Not to mention it is pretty overpriced for what you can get elsewhere.

We were looking at Avonlea townhomes and it is a very nice community with all the features we like - open spaces, pool, play area. And the townhomes even offer an option to include a nice yard.(Of course nothing huge but "some green"). I also looked online on Brambleton and Eastgate townhomes but have not visited yet... These developments are in completely new neighborhoods so we are not familiar with the area at all. I believe there are other developments in the area so would appreciate anyone's imput on the commute issues and any recommendations which development would be worth checking out......

Thanks so much!!
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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So just to summarize: you want a new construction townhouse (or condo?), max $450k, within a decent commute for your husband.
And you aren't trying to stay in the same school district for your son?
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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Thanks for the quick response!

Yes we prefer new construction and hopefully to stay within the $450,000 budget. As for school district from what I've read, both Fairfax and Loudon counties seem to have good schools so I'm not too worried. But in any case, we might decide switching to a pricate school or be homeschooled.........Alot to consider and we have not come to a conclusion yet so so public schools are still on the table for us.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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You can get a new construction townhome in Brambleton for $450K. Brambleton isn't completely new; it's been around for 10 years and has a well-established community feel. Depending on what you mean by McLean... I know several people here who commute to Tysons, and most of them take the Tysons Express bus from Broadlands.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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I would look in South Riding, also, with the caveat that I have no clue how the commute would be.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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What would be the commute by CAR like from Brambleton to Mclean near the Tysons area?
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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There are a lot of new construction in Chantilly (Loudoun side), Aldie, and Ashburn. East Gate in Chantilly, Stone Ridge in Aldie, Brambleton in Ashburn all have properties that fit your needs. However, they all have longer commutes than where you currently live. But the nice tradeoff is a bigger/newer house than what you get in Fairfax county for the same price.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:18 PM
 
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What would be the commute by CAR like from Brambleton to Mclean near the Tysons area?
If you take the greenway, the commute will be easier. If you use local road, the commute will be more stressful. The Greenway is expensive though.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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Newnewsmama, that's exactly what was my thought! You just get can't much value out of a $450,000 budget in the fairfax county area anymore which is pretty crazy.......We looked at some of the resale homes in the Herndon area (some were not even updated) and they were asking for the same amount as what we could have gotten for a brand new townhome. Guess there's always a trade-off somewhere. A longer commute is expected anywhere in NOVA I guess but I just wanted to find out which development would make commute just a TAT easier and less costly.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Does it have to be new construction? There are some nice TH communities in Reston that might be within your budget.

FWIW, we bought a SFH in Greenbriar on that budget, but it was 40 years old and in need of updating. However, we had done TH living for 8 years and desperately wanted a yard. If you aren't opposed to slightly older TH's, then your budget can stretch further and the commute won't be a bear. We are pretty happy with where we are - we are walkable to some shopping, the library and all 3 schools our daughter will attend. Really cannot beat that these days.
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