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Old 02-20-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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I'm a teacher and plan to move this summer (June/July). I have done some reading on this site as well as other research. I will be working in Fairfax county, but would rather live elsewhere (further out and less expensive). From what I've read, Woodbridge is an option. Are there other options with less expensive housing and good schools. My daughter is a senior, so school district is not a main priority, since I believe she can go attend Fairfax county schools since I'll be an employee. Housing is my primary concern right now.

Currently, I'm in a 3BR/2BA/2car garage w/fenced backyard (rent $950). I know this is unheard of in NOVA, but would a comparable rent be $1350 for at least a 2BR/2BA? I have a big dog, so I need a fenced backyard (can't leave him or give him away). I'm fine with a small yard, so a townhouse would work well. I just need advice on where to focus my search. Thank you.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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It will be tough to find a townhouse for $1350 - even in Woodbridge. Quickly looking at ads on Craigslist, most of what's advertised for less than $1350 are condos/apartments. You can get a decent townhouse in a good part of Woodbridge (22192 - aka Lake Ridge) for $1600 - $1900.

Where in Fairfax County will you be working? FFX County is large, and it will help us give advice on whether to look south or west. Also, how much time are you willing to spend on your commute?
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:57 AM
 
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That will be a tall order. I just rented out my Lake Ridge (22192 in Woodbridge) townhouse in the fall for $1550/month - 3 small bedrooms, 1 full bath and 2 half baths, no garage, no driveway (just two assigned slot parking spaces facing the curb), finished basement, very small fenced back yard.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:20 AM
 
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I'm a teacher and plan to move this summer (June/July). I have done some reading on this site as well as other research. I will be working in Fairfax county, but would rather live elsewhere (further out and less expensive). From what I've read, Woodbridge is an option. Are there other options with less expensive housing and good schools. My daughter is a senior, so school district is not a main priority, since I believe she can go attend Fairfax county schools since I'll be an employee. Housing is my primary concern right now.
You'll want to check if that's actually true--I don't think it is. I think if you live in the county they can attend the school you teach at, but I don't think you can bring your kid from outside the county.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I'm willing to commute 30-45 minutes if I get affordable housing. The housing rates are so extreme from what I'm accostomed to....I know salaries are far more, but aren't you spending it on housing? Is there a location in NOVA where housing is a bit more reasonable? $1350-$1400 is max for me. Thanks again
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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Where in Fairfax will you be working?
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I'm willing to commute 30-45 minutes if I get affordable housing. The housing rates are so extreme from what I'm accostomed to....I know salaries are far more, but aren't you spending it on housing? Is there a location in NOVA where housing is a bit more reasonable? $1350-$1400 is max for me. Thanks again
You could find a 2 bedroom apartment on the outskirts of Fairfax for that price. I don't know anywhere that will get you a house or a townhouse (certainly not within 30-45 minutes (which is less than 10 miles in many cases).

People in NoVA allocate a larger percentage of their income towards housing than in many parts of the country.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:12 PM
 
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If you really cannot spend more than $1400, you will need to accept a considerably longer commute to get the housing amenities you are seeking.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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I don't mean to pry, but is there any particular reason why you're moving? Housing and commuting costs can add up! Not to mention, a house farther out will add mileage and gas costs to your cost of living. So if you find a place, say, in a less expensive part of Woodbridge, will your commute and gas expenses eat into what you'll save in rent? Unfortunately it's not really possible to find a place with a yard and a garage for less that 1800 in most cases.

You should contact a real estate agent and see if they can find something. Otherwise, I don't know. Unless the opportunity is much better in Fairfax, or if your job is going away in Florida, I think I'd stay in Florida if you are making ends meet there and have a comfortable existence/life/livelihood.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:40 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I'm willing to commute 30-45 minutes if I get affordable housing. The housing rates are so extreme from what I'm accostomed to....I know salaries are far more, but aren't you spending it on housing? Is there a location in NOVA where housing is a bit more reasonable? $1350-$1400 is max for me. Thanks again

Yes, exactly (re the bolded part). People don't move here to get rich. They move here for opportunity. For any extra money you make, you will lose it in housing costs and commuting. Salaries are high because they have to be to pay for housing and housing is high because there's so much opportunity. It's a vicious cycle.

As another posted stated, if you are not losing your job I'm not sure why you would come here. Anything extra you make will be eaten up in housing costs. Now, if you're coming for a different type of work experience that you can't get somewhere else and that will help you in the long run, then a sacrifice may be warranted.
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