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Old 03-31-2015, 06:41 PM
 
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Another vote for Winchester.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:49 PM
 
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I would say Berryville.

Berryville is still a very small town and proud of it.

Pros...
*nice little downtown with shops & restaurants
*not far from the DC area
*few subdivisions and the ones they have aren't that big
*nice school system ( Clarke County Schools )
*and being a town they are part of the county ( none of this city-county thing )

Other than a Food Lion, Dollar General, Family Dollar and a Subway & 7-11 don't expect much in the way of chain stores/restaurants now or even in future as Berryville doesn't really want them ( McDonalds wont even put in a restaurant there )...but if one wants to get their chain fix there is always Winchester which is less than 10 miles away and Charles Town isn't that far either.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:56 AM
 
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Lucketts maybe?
I saw it on my way to Point of Rocks, MD about two weeks ago. It looked like a cute little town. It appear they have a bluegrass festival every Saturday, veggie stands, little shops etc.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:02 AM
 
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Shepherdstown, WV.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:27 AM
 
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Shepherdstown, WV.
The "extents" of NoVA (Northern Virginia) has been widely debated on this forum, but I don't think anyone believes it extends into another state.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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The "extents" of NoVA (Northern Virginia) has been widely debated on this forum, but I don't think anyone believes it extends into another state.
If the OP is willing to entertain Hillsboro and Marshall, then Shepherdstown is worth a look despite being across state lines.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:18 PM
 
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Why are there no urban growth boundaries in Northern Virginia to restrict newer development closer to the urban core and to preserve precious open space for future generations to enjoy?
That's basically called western Loudoun County.

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Denser urban infill needs to occur closer to The District before everything west of a line extending from Leesburg down to South Riding and on into Haymarket becomes overrun with cookie-cutter development in the coming years. At what point do people in NoVA decide "that's far enough" when it comes to the outer edges of urban sprawl? Who wants to live in The District and have to drive progressively deeper and deeper into the boonies of VA with each successive year to find open space to relax within? Why would anyone want to live in a place like Haymarket and commute an hour or longer each way to work just to have more unnecessary square footage for their dollar?

If you increase residential supply via increasing density closer to the urban core, then eventually prices will begin to plateau as the greater supply starts to catch up to the demand that formerly outpaced it. Instead of watching in horror as rents in the urban core continue their upward trajectory they'll start to cool off, letting more and more people who don't want to be relegated to places like South Riding, Gainesville, or Haymarket the opportunity to live closer in at a more reasonable price point. Why would anyone willingly move to a new house in Haymarket when they worked in Tysons Corner or Arlington for any other reason than "cheap housing"? We need to add more housing supply closer to the urban core so more people can afford to live closer to work. This will discourage traffic congestion, which will lead to reduced stress levels and reduced air pollution.
Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria are essentially built out. People living in communities like Great Falls, McLean and Clifton aren't going to allow but so much infill if any. There's still room for growth in Prince William and points south...but that will only encourage the sprawl that you're against. And of course, the job centers are further north.

Also, only so many families will want to live in dense TH community, let alone condos.

I feel your pain, but...supply and demand.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:20 PM
 
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The "extents" of NoVA (Northern Virginia) has been widely debated on this forum, but I don't think anyone believes it extends into another state.
True, although Sheperdstown may be considered by some as being on the outskirts of the DC metro area as a whole.
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:32 AM
 
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What is it about Great Falls that allowed it to escape widespread development ? Landowners not selling out? Zoning laws ( it's not an official virginia city or town so it's without an elected body?)?
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:49 AM
 
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What is it about Great Falls that allowed it to escape widespread development ? Landowners not selling out? Zoning laws ( it's not an official virginia city or town so it's without an elected body?)?
The most powerful of NIMBYS and BANANAS - wealthy folks.

Several of the folks that I've met that live in Great Falls are on well water rather than the county water system, which prevents dense development. I think wells can only be installed every so often per acre, depending on the area.

And yes, probably much of Great Falls is zoned R-1 or R-2, and they resist rezoning at every chance that they get. They don't want people who live in multi-family units living anywhere near them.
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