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Old 01-29-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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Hi. My husband just got a job in dc. He will be working at the navy yard. We are looking for a 3/2 house to rent with a yard. We have 2 kids and a dog. Our daughter will be starting kindergarten next year, so good schools and a short commute are very important to us. We are from Florida, so any advice is appreciated!
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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Most important--what is your budget?
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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$2000-$2500
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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I would definitely start your seach in the Springfield/Burke area and then work your way to points south as your budget permits.

I live in Woodbridge and commute to the Navy Yard. I would LOVE to be a few miles north in the Springfield area but it was too pricey at the time for me. Anyway, that area (Fairfax County) has an excellent school system.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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Burke is a nice area. You could also look at Centreville, or even Fairfax. Maybe even Annandale or West Springfield area. Closer you get to the beltway, the higher the prices are going to be.

Alternatively, you could look west in the Manassas, Bristow, Gainesville area. Bristow has a VRE station nearby, if public transportation is of any concern. I don't know what the commute is like from Woodbridge, but 66 can be a nightmare depending on your work schedule....who am I kidding, it's pretty bad any time of the day!

Housing in the area is rebounding from a pretty bad slump. If your budget allows it, purchasing may be an option to consider. There are still a considerable amount of foreclosures on the market. Housing has dropped around 30% off it's peak (some areas as bad as 50%). As a result, the rental market is still very strong.

I've seen 2 sets of friends that recently purchase foreclosures at almost 50% off the peak, so you are talking $500-600k homes that sold in the $300k range. The houses weren't dumps either, and made me wish I hadn't refi'd and cashed out a couple of years ago
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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Best commute to the Navy Yard from far-flung areas is the I-95/395 corridor. Going west to Bristow/Gainesville/Manassas make for a LONG VRE commute because the Metro is also involved (Green Line serves the Navy Yard). The Metro station is also quite a hike from the Navy Yard.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:56 PM
 
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Thanks, we will do some more research before the house hunting trip. Definetly don't want to buy, we own 2 houses here and will only be there for a couple years.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:19 AM
 
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Navy Yard has a metro stop so I would consider renting something near a metro -- someting near the Springfield/Franconia station would be perfect. You might be able to find a rental in Kingstowne which is a very nice area.
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