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Old 01-12-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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We are moving to VA from Florida and we have been looking in the Herndon and Chantilly areas because they are a good commute for my husband. I was wondering what the differences between the areas were and if one was preferred over another and why. We have a 2 year old son so schools and community activities are big for us. Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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Depends on the specific areas of both Herndon and Chantilly.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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Chantilly may be considered either Fairfax county or Loudoun county depending on where and those are two different school systems, both excellent. Do you have any names of communities in either you have looked at for houses? That can give more idea of the area you are exploring.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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Hi,
I live in Florida but moved from Chantilly! HA! Herndon is more dense and "city-like" where Chantilly is more suburban and spread out. There isnt much in Chantilly as far as entertainment. There are sports teams your kids can be apart of but some of the practice fields are half way to Herndon. It is easier to commute to DC from Herndon than Chantilly as well. Herndon has an annual festival each summer that is a big draw for locals. I also lived in Herndon and liked it better for having restaurants and stores close by vs. Chantilly. Both towns have good schools. Good luck!
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:27 AM
 
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You may find people who don't live in Herndon look down on it. I haven't spent much time in Herndon, but that is the general feel I got from talking with people and reading discussions when we were house hunting. We ended up purchasing in an area with a Fairfax address, but some people would consider it Chantilly (Fairfax).

I agree with the PP, tell us some neighborhoods and we can help more.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:08 AM
 
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We moved to Sterling last year and were considering other towns in the general area (Herndon, Reston, Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, Centreville...). First question: where are you guys commuting to for work? Herndon and Chantilly are relatively close to one another, but can pull into different commuting routes depending on where you're heading, and traffic in this area is a nightmare. Living in Chantilly when we moved would have offered me a very frustrating commute down rt 50, which I decided I didn't want to have to do every day. Some elementary schools in Herndon are rated quite low compared to others in nearby areas, so if that's a factor (not sure if you plan to send your child to public school), then that's another consideration; it was a factor for us.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:07 PM
 
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we moved here 2 years ago from CA. We are in Chantilly (Fairfax county). It's not a bad area. I feel very safe. My kids are both in the public elementary school here and they love it. I don't know a lot about Herndon except there are good areas and bad areas. I never really have a need to go there unless I'm just driving through it to get somewhere else. Chantilly is pretty close to everything. We don't go into DC ever, we are not city people though but if you ever wanted to, you can easily get there. We are hoping to buy in the next year or two a bit farther out because (for me) Chantilly and Fairfax is too city ish for me. Meaning for me, it's just too crowded and too many shopping centers and nothing really "natural" in this area. Not what I thought of when I used to think of what Virginia would look like. We are hoping to go out towards Leesburg or Gainesville area. But Chantilly isn't a bad area. Just too crowded for us
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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I love Herndon, and the town is only gonna get better over the next 10 years.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Most of Fairfax County is sprawl with housing developments and shopping centers. Much of it, especially western Fairfax County is pleasant and manicured. I would include Chantilly in this description. Herndon has a somewhat uniquie distinction (along with a few other areas) of having an older downtown core. It is a true town with a mayor and town laws. So if you want more of a town feeling then Town of Herndon would be a better bet.

However, not all of Herndon is part of the town. One could have a Herndon address and be outside the town limits, and that part of Herndon would resemble Chantilly with lots of housing develompments and shopping centers. At one time, there were issues with lots of day laborers hanging out in Herndon's downtown, and talk of gangs, but I think that situation has mostly been resolved. I agree with Tysonsengineer that Town of Herndon has a good future, if for nothing else than the fact that the Metro will be close by. I have friends who live in an older house in Town of Herndon and really enjoy it - they walk everywhere. I also have friends in Chantilly who live in a very nice subdivision in Chantilly who like it.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:25 PM
 
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You may find people who don't live in Herndon look down on it. I haven't spent much time in Herndon, but that is the general feel I got from talking with people and reading discussions when we were house hunting. We ended up purchasing in an area with a Fairfax address, but some people would consider it Chantilly (Fairfax).

I agree with the PP, tell us some neighborhoods and we can help more.
Lots of people look down on Herndon because of the Elden street area, which has a lot of central american immigrants. I find that Herndon is one of the few places outside the beltway that actually has a community feel to it. There are some really nice areas, a nice little downtown, and it's literally next door to the RTC. I wouldn't chose it for myself, but I hate the way people dismiss it because of one low income area.
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