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Old 08-02-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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My husband's job is transferring him to Chantilly, VA and, with the both of us never having lived outside of Texas, we're a bit lost at the moment.

We are not in a position to buy property yet, so we are looking for a rental property. Our current apartment in Houston is 2bed, 2 bath, and 1,100 sq ft for $1085 a month. I'm not under any sort of delusion that we will be finding an apt this size for the price we pay in TX, but if we could find something less than $1,500/month and not too much smaller that would be preferred.

In the beginning stages of this search, I'm just not sure what areas to be looking in. We do not need to live in Chantilly and could live in areas surrounding it. Up to a 30 minute commute would be fine.

Does anyone have a suggestion for areas that would be in the price range we are looking for but still safe?
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Hmm, not sure about apartment rentals, but there are plenty of good areas near Chantilly that you could consider. You might want to look at apartments AND rental condos and THs.

Towns to search: Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax (probably focus on area around Fair Oaks/Fair Lakes/Fairfax Corner), Reston, Dulles, Herndon, Sterling, Ashburn.

What do you want nearby your apartment? There are some areas that are more walkable than others. And obviously some areas that are "safer" than others, although there are VERY few places to warn you away from.

Good luck - my husband's family is all in TX. It is a bit of a culture shock, but you'll be fine. There are plenty of Texans in NoVA!
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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I'd focus on Chantilly, Centreville, Reston, Dulles and Herndon. I think Fairfax and Ashburn are just too far. Whatever you save in rent will be eaten up by transportation costs (and time).
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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My husband's job is transferring him to Chantilly, VA and, with the both of us never having lived outside of Texas, we're a bit lost at the moment.

We are not in a position to buy property yet, so we are looking for a rental property. Our current apartment in Houston is 2bed, 2 bath, and 1,100 sq ft for $1085 a month. I'm not under any sort of delusion that we will be finding an apt this size for the price we pay in TX, but if we could find something less than $1,500/month and not too much smaller that would be preferred.

In the beginning stages of this search, I'm just not sure what areas to be looking in. We do not need to live in Chantilly and could live in areas surrounding it. Up to a 30 minute commute would be fine.

Does anyone have a suggestion for areas that would be in the price range we are looking for but still safe?
Are you an "Austin Texan" or the good kind of Texan?

I lived in Chantilly for years and wouldn't describe any part of it as "unsafe". But some parts are definitely nicer/newer than others. You're definitely not going to find a decent 2Bed/2Bath for $1085 but you should be able to find something in the $1300-1500 range.

Usually with apartment complexes in that part of Nova newer is better...usually. Stay away from the older apartments.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I specified Fair Oaks/Fair Lakes part of Fairfax, as that borders Chantilly. Fairfax is a HUGE area.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:56 AM
 
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We just moved here from San Antonio less than two weeks ago. My husband is going to be working in Chantilly and we are renting a home in Ashburn. The area is beautiful and we feel very safe! The community is very family oriented. The commute to Chantilly hasn't been bad.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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Our current apartment in Houston is 2bed, 2 bath, and 1,100 sq ft for $1085 a month.
Oh, how I miss Texas prices...

The good news is since you don't have to work in DC, you have much better and affordable options. Safety in that part of VA is really a non-issue and the suggestions above are solid. Welcome to the area.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Lancaster, PA
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I recently moved from VA to TX. I'd say Fair Lakes if you can find a nice unit, straight drive down rt 50 to Chantilly. Check out Windsor of Fair Lakes apts, great location.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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We just moved here from San Antonio less than two weeks ago. My husband is going to be working in Chantilly and we are renting a home in Ashburn. The area is beautiful and we feel very safe! The community is very family oriented. The commute to Chantilly hasn't been bad.
You might want to wait until after school starts to get a better feel of what traffic is really like. People that move here during the summer can be fooled since traffic is so much better.

Maybe check out South Riding, which borders Chantilly. Extremely family oriented.
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