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Old 09-19-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Crystal City
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Hola Everyone!

My hubby and I currently reside in Crystal City. We just moved here in April (from Alabama) and we both work in the Pentagon. We would are looking to find a safe neighborhood with a relatively short commute to the Pentagon. Perhaps a living space of approximately 2500 sq ft +, 3 bdrms 2 bths. Preferrably a townhome with a two car garage, a driveway and a basement We don't have any children right now but we are planning to start a family soon, so we'd like to already be in an area that has really good schools. I copied and pasted the following questions that you guys need answers to in order to better assist, so here goes nothing:

-Where you are working? Pentagon

-How much you are willing to spend on housing? Up to $550K

-How long of a commute you're willing to tolerate? Something in the 30 minute range would be nice

-If you have kids: Private school or public school? Preferably private, but public is also acceptable as long as its a really good school that has good arts and foreign languages programs.

-What type of neighborhood environment you are looking for: small town feeling? small city excitement? suburbia delight? We'd like a nice, quiet community that's not TOO far away from places to shop, dine, entertain, etc... A kid friendly community is important to us as we will soon start a family of our own.

-Community amenities important to you: We are looking for a neighborhood that has a nice pool and gym; a home owner's association; playground area for kids; a clubhouse...

-Pie or cake? PIE! Sweet Potatoe to be exact

Hope this is enough info!

Thanks guys!
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Kingstowne/Springfield/Burke should all have townhomes that fit your criteria. All are going to be over 30 minutes during rush hour, but they also all have public transportation options (Franconia/Springfield metro, or express buses to the pentagon).
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Crystal City
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Thanks a TON CaliTerp07!!!
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Since you are seeking a townhouse vs. a SFH, I would look in Arlington in the Ballston area. Easy/short commute to the Pentagon, great schools, very active network of children's activities -- very kid-centric with the many parks, recreation centers, libraries, etc. (Short commutes are critical with kids, especially once they start school.)

Good luck!
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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Wouldn't your housing budget be strongly tied to whether or not you did public or private schools? Which one is $550K based on?
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Hmmm, for some reason I'm thinking Springfield or Lorton.

Although, I've said in the past, Pentagon is probably one of the easiest workplaces to find a public transport option to in the entire NoVA region. There are direct busses from many sections - it is a major transport hub. There were direct busses from Reston when I lived there. It isn't a super short commute, but it was not unreasonable.

When you say you want a good foreign language program, there are 2 options - immersion schools (both Arlington and FCPS have these) and the FLES schools in FCPS.

World Languages: Immersion Programs

World Languages: FLES

My daughter attends an FLES school where she has spanish lessons a couple times a week. She loves it.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Crystal City
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Since you are seeking a townhouse vs. a SFH, I would look in Arlington in the Ballston area. Easy/short commute to the Pentagon, great schools, very active network of children's activities -- very kid-centric with the many parks, recreation centers, libraries, etc. (Short commutes are critical with kids, especially once they start school.)

Good luck!
Good point! Thanks for highlighting that. Say we are open to SFHs as well, which locations would you recommend that meet the same specifications outlined in my initial post? Never know...it may end up being that we extend our search to include SFHs even though we prefer a townhome.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Does it have to be a TH? Or does an older SFH work too? You might want to check out the Lake Barcroft or Sleepy Hollow areas.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Crystal City
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Hmmm, for some reason I'm thinking Springfield or Lorton.

Although, I've said in the past, Pentagon is probably one of the easiest workplaces to find a public transport option to in the entire NoVA region. There are direct busses from many sections - it is a major transport hub. There were direct busses from Reston when I lived there. It isn't a super short commute, but it was not unreasonable.

When you say you want a good foreign language program, there are 2 options - immersion schools (both Arlington and FCPS have these) and the FLES schools in FCPS.

World Languages: Immersion Programs

World Languages: FLES

My daughter attends an FLES school where she has spanish lessons a couple times a week. She loves it.
It's refreshing to know that there are several transportation options for the Pentagon. I'll be sure to save the information on the immersion schools. Pretty awesome to learn that FCPS offer foreign language programs. Super helpful info. Thx!
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Crystal City
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Does it have to be a TH? Or does an older SFH work too? You might want to check out the Lake Barcroft or Sleepy Hollow areas.
Hi scottfs! Funny you should ask. I just asked what areas you guys would recommend should we extend out search to include SFHs. Guess we should be a bit more open minded.
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