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Old 06-27-2012, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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From what you are saying, I would be more likely to lean toward Frederick. I don't know what the market is like there currently, but you definitely would have more entertainment options in the downtown areas and probably could buy a decent house walking distance. Or maybe someplace like Leesburg?

My neighborhood has all 3 schools walking distance, plus several parks, the library and a good sized shopping center. It isn't the level of entertainment that I feel you are describing, but it is plenty for us. We don't have to go much further than 2 miles for most stuff we need in life. We are perfectly happy with the chain restaurants that are nearby - plus a couple of the locally owned sub and pizza places.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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The OP didn't say the neighborhood had to be "affluent".
No but OP said this "in a safe, area with educated/professional neighbors." I don't know exactly what was meant by being surrounded by educated professionals, but sounds affluent
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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plenty of educated professionals in middle class neighborhoods, as well. Not everyone with a college degree (or several) makes the big bucks.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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plenty of educated professionals in middle class neighborhoods, as well. Not everyone with a college degree (or several) makes the big bucks.
Look I was just offering the OP my thoughts based on her neighborhood specifications. The fact he/she bothered to mention that they wanted to be around educated professionals made it seem like she wanted an affluent neighborhod. If that is not the case he/she can disregard my post. Obviously you can find educated people in practically every neighborhood in NOVA, it would be silly to even debate that.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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plenty of educated professionals in middle class neighborhoods, as well. Not everyone with a college degree (or several) makes the big bucks.
Also I took OP's comment of wanting educated professional neighbors to mean she would not exactly be keen on her neighbor having a giant contractor van sitting out front, or something of that nature. If she wants to have the best chance of avoiding those type of things then she very well may have to look at affluent neighborhoods. It wasn't a knock on middle class neighborhoods or working class people by the way.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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i would consider certain parts of prince william county (gainesville, bristow) and loudon county where for 400k the single families are spacious and of newer construction.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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i would consider certain parts of prince william county (gainesville, bristow) and loudon county where for 400k the single families are spacious and of newer construction.
You are going to have a hard time finding a spacious, new construction, SFH in Loudoun for only 400K.

You can get spacious new TH's for around that price, but not SFH.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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You are going to have a hard time finding a spacious, new construction, SFH in Loudoun for only 400K.

You can get spacious new TH's for around that price, but not SFH.
you're thinking ashburn/brambleton and south riding. I think if you go to purcellville and west, there is more in that price range.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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OP--If the job is home based, I'd definitely consider another area of VA than Northern Virginia. What about Richmond? The Far West End of Henrico County is much nicer than many parts of Northern Virginia IMO. There's also Midlothian on the southside of Richmond that has very nice homes, too. Both are educated, rather affluent areas with nice schools. To get the same feel here, you'd have to move farther out, but would not have access to the same caliber of schools, shopping, restaurants, and most notably, charm
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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OP--If the job is home based, I'd definitely consider another area of VA than Northern Virginia. What about Richmond? The Far West End of Henrico County is much nicer than many parts of Northern Virginia IMO. There's also Midlothian on the southside of Richmond that has very nice homes, too. Both are educated, rather affluent areas with nice schools. To get the same feel here, you'd have to move farther out, but would not have access to the same caliber of schools, shopping, restaurants, and most notably, charm
Yes Richmond! Don't worry their crime has been under control for atleast 5 months now, and their schools are now funded!

If you want good schools, safe areas, affluent neighbors, Nova is where you wanna stay. If you want to live in an area headed the wrong way (again), then Richmond is right for you! Tons of Charm in Henrico. Nothing charming about Leesburg or Falls Church or Belmont or nothing.
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