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Old 05-16-2014, 09:45 PM
 
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My husband and I are going through the process of buying our first home. We have lived in Reston for 8 years and I have grown to love this town. My husband really wants to move to Ashburn. He says we can get more for our money out that way, which I know is true. I just don't know the area as well as Reston. Can someone tell me a little more about Ashburn?
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:20 PM
 
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Where do you and your husband work or commute to for any purpose on a regular basis?
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:34 AM
 
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Compared to other parts of Loudoun County, Ashburn can be quite expensive. If Reston is closer to your jobs, I personally would heavily consider how much more you'll really get for your money versus how much more time you'll spend commuting and away from your family. I live in Sterling and am thankful I don't live in Ashburn every morning when I see the hoards of cars trying to merge onto 28 from Waxpool (I know that's not the ONLY road from Ashburn, but just an example).
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:06 AM
 
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Add $3500/yr for the greenway unless you want to take waxpool/7.
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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We have lived in Reston for 8 years and I have grown to love this town.
Then you should stay!
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:46 AM
 
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He actually works in Reston, which is why I was so surprised that he wanted to move to Ashburn.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:26 AM
 
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My husband and I are going through the process of buying our first home. We have lived in Reston for 8 years and I have grown to love this town. My husband really wants to move to Ashburn. He says we can get more for our money out that way, which I know is true. I just don't know the area as well as Reston. Can someone tell me a little more about Ashburn?
I never understand the "more for your money" phrase when it comes to real estate, which is about as open a free market as there is. There are always tradeoffs in property characteristics. If you can accept a less popular location, you can get a larger house for the same price, everything else being equal. But you're not getting more for your money with one over the other--you're getting "less house" and more convenient (whatever) location; with the other you are getting "more house" and "less location."
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:00 PM
 
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To get "more for your money" absolutely you can probably get "more" in Ashburn or Sterling. But if it was me, before I considered an alternate area, I would look at what is available in my price point in my preferred area FIRST. Then if you find that the places you would need/want are not something that makes you happy, then consider alternate areas.

The primary questions that I ask myself when buying a home:
1) What is my price range that I am comfortable paying?
2)What is my commute preference? (then define a boundary of areas that work)
3) What are my must haves?
4) What are my "like to haves" but not critical?
5) If you decide to look outside of Reston, think about what you love the most and try to find similar/comparable things in your new preferred area(s)

Good luck
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:22 PM
 
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Anyone that would trade less time with their family for more faux marble, stainless steel this or that, or expanded vistas of particle board and polyvinyl chloride siding is.......insane.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:58 AM
 
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Thank you all for the advice. I didn't think compromising on a home would be this hard. We're looking at places in both areas, but I'm hoping we stay in Reston.
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