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Old 03-09-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Lake Ridge, VA
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My Fiance and I are currently living in a duplex in Arlintgon and are looking to buy a SFH in Lake Ridge. We were wondering if anyone has any opinions on the area around Colby Dr (the side that runs along the Occoquan Reserve). I noticed some houses in this area do not include an HOA not sure what kind of draw backs there are because of this. Any input would be much appreciated!
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:49 AM
 
Location: NOVA
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My Fiance and I are currently living in a duplex in Arlintgon and are looking to buy a SFH in Lake Ridge. We were wondering if anyone has any opinions on the area around Colby Dr (the side that runs along the Occoquan Reserve). I noticed some houses in this area do not include an HOA not sure what kind of draw backs there are because of this. Any input would be much appreciated!
I asked a realtor last weekend about where the HOA extends and the edge of the Lake Ridge HOA is the creek bed (valley?) between Colby and Oakwood; area near the substation.

For an opinion, if I was looking along or near Colby, I'd steer north of Old Bridge and away from the area south. The homes north of Old Bridge seem to be kept in better shape. Plus, a lot of people cut through the south portion of Colby and not just during rush hour. Homes to the north of Old Bridge appear to be in range of low 300k.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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I agree that Colby on the south side of Old Bridge Road is not nice. Its the old part of Lake Ridge. The north side of Old Bridge Road is nicer. Look at single family homes off of Oakwood, Antietam, Mohican, and Hedges Run.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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I agree that Colby on the south side of Old Bridge Road is not nice. Its the old part of Lake Ridge. The north side of Old Bridge Road is nicer. Look at single family homes off of Oakwood, Antietam, Mohican, and Hedges Run.

It was my impression that the Colby Drive homes were not actually a part of the Lake Ridge HOA (not that this really matters) but I was just wondering.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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It was my impression that the Colby Drive homes were not actually a part of the Lake Ridge HOA (not that this really matters) but I was just wondering.
Your correct. I covered the border description in my earlier reply. Lake ridge hoa begins/ends at the bottom of the hill. Colby road "side" is not under lake ridge hoa where as Oakwood is the start.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Lake Ridge, VA
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Yes we are looking at the north side of Colby. Seems like a very quiet neighborhood. Any idea how much the pool access would be ?
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:38 PM
 
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My brother just bought a house off of colby, south of old bridge. Those homes were built before the HOA was formed and were given the option to join the HOA back in the day. The neighborhood declined to join. I bought a house off of hedges run in december, and our neighborhoods are very different. The easiest way to tell if the neighborhood is part of the HOA is if the houses have privacy fences. The lake ridge hoa does not allow fences over either 42 or 48 inches. Pool access is included in your hoa fees. My fees are just over 100 bucks a quarter. His neighborhood has people parking boats in their driveways, leaving Christmas decorations up, and basically doing whatever they want.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Yes we are looking at the north side of Colby. Seems like a very quiet neighborhood. Any idea how much the pool access would be ?
Here is the link for community pools in Woodbridge:

https://www.pwcparks.org/Swimming/Co...3/Default.aspx

The price is actually not bad, but the hours you can use the pools are extremely limited. These pools are different than the HOA ones, and if you're not part of the HOA you wouldn't have access to HOA pools.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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I can probably answer this for you since I live in the townhouse complex that's on the other side of the creek bed/valley johnsonkk mentioned, on the north side of Old Bridge but before Oakwood. That is part of the Lake Ridge HOA as well.

A good friend of mine lived in the neighborhood you're looking at (Galley Court) but moved last year to be closer to D.C. Kind of doing the reverse of you, he sold his SFH and bought a small townhouse in Arlington. I agree that the north side of Colby where you're looking is preferable to the south part of Colby. I cut through the south portion to get over to the shopping areas and many other cars do the same. The north side is quieter. I don't really like the style of homes in the area, I much prefer some of the houses over in the Antietam/Hedges Run neighborhoods, but the construction is pretty solid.

I don't know if you have kids, but the local elementasy school for the neighborhood (Rockledge) is rated a tick below (just basic Greatschools info) some of the schools further west like Antietam and Springwoods, but it still carries a relatively high rating.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Lake Ridge, VA
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Being not as far down old bridge is really attractive since we will be commuting via 123 and commuter bus to crystal city. Also not having the hoa fee attached seems nice except for no access to pools when our daughter is older. We looked at dale city first but decided to increase our budget and look in lake ridge
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