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Old 06-19-2014, 09:08 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to move next year from Alexandria, VA to the deeper suburbs of NOVA. We love that both Burke and West Springfield have great schools, but it seems that there is not a lot of amenities in Burke (close access to shopping & restaurants). Does anyone live in these areas and help me get a handle on them. It also seems that there is more inventory in Burke and not West Springfield. Also, does the zip code 22153 feed into W. Springfield High? Thanks
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:13 AM
 
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I would recommend West Springfield because Springfield has a lot more amenities than Burke.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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I believe zip code 22153 is split between 3 high schools - West Springfield, Lee, and South County. If you look up West Springfield HS on fcps.edu, you can find the boundary map which will show you the current areas zoned for West Springfield. Of course, keep in mind that they are all a part of the same school district and so there is always a risk of being rezoned over the long term. My wife and I bought a home in 22153 last year, and we really like the area - of course, we're in the part of 22153 zoned for Lee which you may not be interested in, but I certainly think it's a good area too.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:21 AM
 
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How do you like Lee High School? The test scores are pretty low, but test scores are not all that matters.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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How do you like Lee High School? The test scores are pretty low, but test scores are not all that matters.
Well, my wife and I do not have children yet, so we are quite a ways from sending a child to HS. But, I was certainly concerned about schools when we bought our home and was hesitant about buying in the Lee HS pyramid. But, the more I have learned about the schools in Fairfax County, the less concerned I have become. I think just about any HS in Fairfax County is going to have a wide variety of options for both motivated students and not so motivated students. The average test scores at a school like Lee might be lower than other schools, but that doesn't mean there aren't the opportunities there for motivated students to excel if they want to. Plus the neighbors I have gotten to know who have sent their kids to Lee seem to only have good things to say about it. So, for those children we might have some day and might attend Lee, I'm not really that worried . Of course, assuming we have kids and stay here until then, things can change a great deal as well.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:37 AM
 
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I vote W. Springfield too. Commuting to Pentagon or DC is much easier, schools are great and I think we have better amenities than Burke. We will be selling our home in W. Springfield (by owner) and where did we choose to move to? We chose to move to another location right here in W. Springfield!
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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Where will you work? Where will you visit a lot?

Access to 395, Belvoir, Wilson Bridge, etc. will be faster from W.S.

Burke has 2 VRE stops and quicker access to the Fairfax County Parkway if you're headed to Fair Lakes / Reston / western part of county a lot.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:21 PM
 
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My husband and I both work in DC- my husband works downtown and I work all the way uptown- Yes I am leaning towards W. Springfield too- The only issue is, it seems that there is not that much inventory especially in the 500-625k range
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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Lake Braddock and West Springfield High Schools' school districts are at most 10 minutes apart. If you're looking to buy a house within either of those school districts I'm not really sure it makes that much of a difference commute wise, imo.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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Lake Braddock and West Springfield High Schools' school districts are at most 10 minutes apart. If you're looking to buy a house within either of those school districts I'm not really sure it makes that much of a difference commute wise, imo.
Totally agreed. Burke and W. Springfield are right next to each other. It doesn't matter which one. Amenities are not far away in Fairfax City or over in Springfield, or other nearby parts of Fairfax County.
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