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Old 12-02-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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We have recently moved to NOVA and one of us would be working in INOVA and another would be working a stone's throw from Seven Corners intersection (Route 7/50 intersection). We would prefer to keep the commute to a reasonable limit (15-30 minutes) for both of us. We would prefer a townhouse that is less than 15 years old and a reasonable elementary school (kid would be going to kindergarten next year) and a price in the $600k region.

The only townhomes that almost meet these requirements seem to be in Fairfax city. Are there any such townhomes in Vienna/McLean in that price range? We have a couple of friends in McLean and Vienna and it seems schools are "great" at least from scores and from other such available data.

Thank you!
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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You won't be getting much new at all (*) in Vienna/McLean, that was built out in the 50s and 60s for the most part.

(*) With the exception of SFH teardowns.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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You might want to look in the new Metro West development. It's not in McLean or Vienna, but it's right outside Vienna in Fairfax (22031 zip code) near the Vienna metro station. Schools are Marshall Road ES/Jackson MS/Oakton HS. The least expensive model apparently starts for around $579K.

The townhouses in McLean and Vienna in your price range were generally built in the 60s-80s, with a few in Vienna/Tysons from the early 90s. The trend recently in McLean, Vienna and West Falls Church recently has been to build increasingly expensive townhouses. There's a nice complex called Whitestone going up near Marshall HS now, but most of the units seem to be in the upper $600s or greater.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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Vienna is over 90% single-family homes, so townhouses are harder to find there than most places. And as others have noted, many of the ones that are there are older developments. But there are a few newer ones I can think of. There's a small development of townhouses off Center Street in the NE quadrant of Vienna that were built in 1999. The street is Shepherdson Lane. There are only about 20 or so houses there, and I believe they go in the $600's. The schools are Louise Archer/Thoreau/Madison, which is a great pyramid of schools. There are also some townhouses in the SW quadrant right off Nutley and 123 on Mendon Lane, Carter Ct. and Roland Ct. that were built in the late 1980's. Schools are Marshall Rd./Thoreau/Madison.

There are a ton of townhouses near the Metro that have a Vienna address that are fairly new. As JEB said, the very new ones in the MetroWest development feed into Oakton High School as do some others near the Vienna Metro. But there are some that feed into Thoreau and Madison. I don't know the prices. But we have friends on Van Arsdale Drive and that neighborhood around it that feed into Marshall Rd./Thoreau/Madison.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:02 PM
 
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We have recently moved to NOVA and one of us would be working in INOVA and another would be working a stone's throw from Seven Corners intersection (Route 7/50 intersection). We would prefer to keep the commute to a reasonable limit (15-30 minutes) for both of us. We would prefer a townhouse that is less than 15 years old and a reasonable elementary school (kid would be going to kindergarten next year) and a price in the $600k region.

The only townhomes that almost meet these requirements seem to be in Fairfax city. Are there any such townhomes in Vienna/McLean in that price range? We have a couple of friends in McLean and Vienna and it seems schools are "great" at least from scores and from other such available data.

Thank you!
you pretty much nailed it.. vienna is slim for 'newer' townhomes, especially in the $600,000 range..

Fairfax city has numerous townhomes in that price, to include new construction.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:51 PM
 
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You can also look a little more west around the Fairfax Corner area, and it is a little cheaper too. Burke and Springfield are also full of townhomes built in the 70s/80s. One thing to look out for is that many of the newer townhomes are actually condos.

You won't find much built in the last fifteen years in Vienna/Fairfax/etc because those areas were developed in the 60s-80s. Find a place that has been updated and it doesn't matter when it was built. The further west you go the newer the homes you encounter will be. The last fifteen years have been all about Prince William County and you don't want to live that far if you're commuting to seven corners.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:34 AM
 
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Vienna is over 90% single-family homes, so townhouses are harder to find there than most places. And as others have noted, many of the ones that are there are older developments. But there are a few newer ones I can think of. There's a small development of townhouses off Center Street in the NE quadrant of Vienna that were built in 1999. The street is Shepherdson Lane. There are only about 20 or so houses there, and I believe they go in the $600's. The schools are Louise Archer/Thoreau/Madison, which is a great pyramid of schools. There are also some townhouses in the SW quadrant right off Nutley and 123 on Mendon Lane, Carter Ct. and Roland Ct. that were built in the late 1980's. Schools are Marshall Rd./Thoreau/Madison.
Looks like that development on Shepherdson is called Regency Ridge. Nothing on the market now, though.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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You should be able to find your answer pretty quick by just doing an internet search on one of the many real estate sites. I live in Vienna and have not noticed any 'newish' townhouses in that price range. It seems like the developments built recently are of the larger variety, and a large, recently built townhouse in Vienna goes for much more than 600k.

I would say the chances of finding one in Mclean are even less likely. It's one of the priciest areas in all of Northern Virginia.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:59 AM
 
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There are several townhouse communities along Lee Hwy between Nutley and Gallows where the homes were built around 2000. I think most of them sell for about $600,000. This would make for a very quick commute to INOVA and a reasonable commute to Seven Corners.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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There are several townhouse communities along Lee Hwy between Nutley and Gallows where the homes were built around 2000. I think most of them sell for about $600,000. This would make for a very quick commute to INOVA and a reasonable commute to Seven Corners.
In addition to this, Pulte is building new THs in your price range at their Metro West Development, accessible from Lee Hwy just west of the intersection with Nutley. Might want to check that out, it could be an option and nice to have the Metro access if jobs change in the future and for resale value.
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