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Old 02-13-2016, 04:58 PM
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Also keep in mind that commuting times vary a lot from Gainesville/Haymarket. For example if I leave before 6 I can be to work in Reston within 30-35 minutes. After 8 it is more like 50-60. Either way not that bad for the much newer and better housing you will be able to afford.
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Old 02-13-2016, 05:53 PM
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Good feedback Ozzy. I will likely have some flexibility in my hours at work so it wouldn't be outside of the realm of the possible to commute during off peak times. Could also find a local gym in Reston to work out at for a while either before or after work to wait out the worst of rush hour too..
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Old 02-13-2016, 06:54 PM
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We moved from NC to NOVA back in March and the prices are crazy compared to most places in the country. My office is in the Reston Town Center but I am all over DMV area for work. We (wife, 3 kids, dog) settled in Ashburn and went into a nice townhouse in Belmont CC. It was a little bit of an adjustment coming from a house on a 1/2 acre but it hasn't been too bad. Getting closer to DC just wasn't affordable or getting us something we liked with the space we needed and Ashburn has a lot of newer town centers. I personally wouldn't look any further west than Leesburg.

One thing you have to keep in mind when looking at housing here is that most all homes/townhomes have basements which makes the sq footage seem a lot more and since you don't have kids, you will be fine I would imagine finding something and not feeling cramped.

If you are wanting to take advantage of DC, it is a 50 minute weekend drive (1.5 hours weekday). My commute to the Reston Town Center from Ashburn leaving around 8am takes about 35 minutes and its probably the same if I leave around 4 but my schedule is very flexible was well. (I don't take the $6 Greenway each way either...)

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