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Old 12-23-2007, 11:22 AM
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Hello all, thank you so much for helping me out, we are relocating to NoVa in May, my husband will be working at the Hoffman Bldg for the Army in Alexandria. It is right across the street from the Eisenhower Metro Stop. I am getting so frustrated trying to find a 3 bedroom townhouse within a 45 minute commute that we can afford in the $335K to $355K range that is in a good neighborhood and kid friendly (I am a stay at home mom). Does anyone have any suggestions on where to look?? Also, does anyone know how far the commute from Ft Belvoir would be? The base housing there looks really nice but I'm sure there is a long wait list. Thanks so much in advance for all your help and advice!!
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:53 PM
Location: Northern VA
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I don't know where that building is exactly but I think that should be a very doable commute (maybe 11 or 12 miles) from Belvoir. They have some very nice housing on base so I would start out by checking on that option if the schools met your needs.
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Old 12-23-2007, 08:07 PM
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I live right in between the Hoffman Building and Ft. Belvoir. (Route 1/Richmond Highway). While I don't think you'll find what you're looking right here in your price range, I did a quick check of a realtor site and you may find some prospects in Springfield and Burke (Fairfax County) as well as Woodbridge (Prince William).

Also, you may find it useful to frame your search in miles rather than minutes, unless your husband is taking the train for most of his commute. Traffic around here is brutal, especially on the highways and major commuter roads (like Route 1). IMO if you can stay within 15 miles of the Hoffman Building, that should (almost) guarantee less than a 45 minute commute.
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:29 AM
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Hi Rockysocks,
If I were you, I'd look in West Springfield near these streets: Huntsman, Hooes Rd, Rolling Rd, Pohick. This is a really nice area and I think there are some townhouses in that area and along the Fairfax County Parkway down there too. The area near Eisenhower that you speak of is very "city". The areas I refer to are more like subdivisions, with trees, family-oriented,more quiet and safe. I still think you'd be within a reasonable commute, plus you can get to Ft. Belvoir by going the back way -- it would be REAL convenient. I think you'd be real happy with the overall safety, cleanliness and neighborhood of these places I've mentioned, as opposed to the Alexandria and Rt. 1 city-type locations.
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Old 01-01-2008, 01:30 PM
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Thanks everyone!!!
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:58 PM
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I would look in Springfield and Burke. For the price range you mentioned you should be able to find a nice condo/townhouse.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:02 PM
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There are plenty of places near Hoffman. Matter of fact there is a new 3br/townhouse development about 10 min from Hoffman right off of Rt. 1. I believe they are Lennar Homes...The pricing on the web site isn't correct. Please check out craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums as well. So single your search, check for listings near a metro. Your husband can metro to work. With the way the market is right now, what you are asking for ISN't unreasonable. We have even found older single family homes, 3+ bedrooms for under the price you have listed that are near Huntington and Van Dorn Steet metros.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:37 PM
Location: Northern Virginia
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Hi Rockysocks,

Happy New Year, I am a native to Northern Virginia and a Realtor and would be happy to help you find your next home! I can send you some listings in the area that would be w/in 45 minutes to Alexandria. Let me know if I can help you out.
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