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Old 02-18-2008, 05:58 AM
 
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There are many families in Reston, which is a planned community with housing for all incomes and age groups.
Some of the schools in Reston have lower test scores than others in Fairfax County, primarily because of the low-income neighborhoods they include. South Lakes HS has struggled with a middling reputation among Fairfax County's generally excellent schools, for the same reason. The County is considering boundary adjustments that would send more middle and upper middle class students to South Lakes -- this has been an extremely contentious issue, as most parents of the targeted students want to keep them in their higher-performing school pyramids. The Washington Post has been covering this matter for the last several months.
The high school issue may or may not matter to you, especially if you're not planning to stay in the area long-term, but it's something to keep in mind as you consider housing options.
It may well make more sense for you to look further out from Reston, as another poster suggested. Loudoun County is experiencing some growth pains, but the schools have good reputations (for the most part) and the area is filled with young families like yours. The houses are much newer than anything you'll find in Falls Church, and less expensive.
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Sterling
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Thank you, I really really appreciate the info you've given me! I think we will stick to Loudon County and maybe Reston!
I have looked at Leesburg, Ashburn, South Riding, and Cascades.
How are these communities in regards to commute to Reston?
Audrey
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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The easiest commute to Reston would be Cascades - its just right down Fairfax County parkway, probably 10-15 min to work max. Next would be Ashburn - you'd probably take the toll road, and commute would be closer to 20-30 min. Leesburg and South Riding are further out and commute would likely be 30-45 min.
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:31 AM
 
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Also - the Cascades area has many excellent preschool choices, almost too many to name.
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:44 AM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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I'll chime in, too. Reston is a great community for families. Cascades is great, too. I think everyone on the board is posting some wonderful advice for you. The Falls Church to Reston commute can be a bit of a bear.
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Sterling
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Thank you so much for the information! Moving with 2 little ones is challenging enough, so your advice and recommendations about the area is beyond helpful!!! We will definitely look into Cascades, Ashburn, and Reston!!
Audrey
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Cascades would be my choice. Reston is good too, but schools are better in Cascades.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Sterling
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Thanks Normie! Schools are high on my list of priorities! One question, I've been researching Cascades online and usually Sterling comes up. Are these 2 essentially the same area?
Thanks!
Audrey
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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Sterling is not so great. Also with little ones it is still a ways off, but you may want to be aware that there is a boundary change controversy going on in the area right now, with some parts of Reston potentially being redistricted into the South Lakes High School district, one of the worst performing districts in the area. Just make sure you do your homework.

BTW- the Cascades area is beautiful.
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Old 02-18-2008, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Thanks Normie! Schools are high on my list of priorities! One question, I've been researching Cascades online and usually Sterling comes up. Are these 2 essentially the same area?
Thanks!
Audrey
It's easy to get confused...Virginia has an abundance of unincorporated communities, mainly because of some charter that says an incorporated city has to be a seperate entity from a county. Sterling covers a VERY LARGE area and planned communities like Cascades, Potomac Falls, Sugarland Run etc are technically within what has been defined as the Sterling boundary, basically it implies you will just have a Sterling zip code. The only area I would be leery of, and this is from what I have read in the Wash Post, is Sterling Park, one of the older neighborhoods in Loudoun County. Apparently in that one section of Sterling there have been some problems with houses not being maintained and overcrowding with illegal immigrants.

Ashburn also covers a very large area, ecompassing communities like Ashburn Farms, Ashburn Village, Brambleton, Belmont Greene, etc. The Ashburn area is probably the largest in the county, population stats show about 80,000 people living there and its growing at an insane rate.

As for Leesburg, it's a very nice small city (beautiful historic downtown) and also growing at a very fast rate. The Leesburg Corner outlet mall is GREAT minus the traffic getting there. Dulles Town Center is also a nice mall, I can't recall if its considered as being in Leesburg or Ashburn.

Lansdowne is a large community between Leesburg and Ashburn that might be worth checking out as well. I have a family friend that lives there and she loves it, has a brand new town center with shops and restaurants and LOTS of kids in the community. I'm not exactly sure about the commute to Reston from Leesburg or Lansdowne, it might be pushing the thirty minute mark.
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