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Old 07-11-2016, 05:19 PM
 
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Hello,
I have the chance to relocate and someone mentioned to me that Short Pump, VA isn't that much cheaper than living in Northern Virginia. I then decided to price the differences and Great Falls, is heaps more than Short Pump or Richmond in general. Is it worth it though, to pay 800k for a house? Because it seems Deep Run HS, here in Richmond is on par with Woodson or Langley. I guess what I am asking is overall is NoVA better than Richmond? Thanks in General
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:35 PM
 
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NoVa encompasses a LOT more than just Great Falls....
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:41 PM
 
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NOVA is several different cities. Short Pump is a section in the city of Richmond.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:50 PM
 
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NoVa encompasses a LOT more than just Great Falls....
I understand that, but that just seems comparable to where I am looking in Richmond. Both are well-to-do suburbs with good schools. So I just wanted to compare the best of RVA to the best of NoVA.
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:01 PM
 
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The quick answer is yes. NoVa is better than Richmond. Education, economy, health...NoVa beats RVA in all of these areas.
But, depending on your needs and lifestyle, Richmond could be better for you.

Northern Virginia is expensive for a reason. It also takes more effort (in addition to work) just to live there. You'll wait in traffic, wait in line at 7-11, wait at the supermarket checkout.
For me personally it wasn't worth it (but I wasn't making much money at the time so there's that). I imagine if one can afford a $800k house in Great Falls life in NoVa would be great.

Richmond does have some very good schools and equally as nice housing (Church Hill, Ginter Park and the Fan have nicer housing). Parts of Richmond look like Great Falks and Langley (building style, landscaping and geography). NoVa just has more of everything though, and access to Washington (and all the conventions that it brings) which can't be beat as an educational resource for children and adults.
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:05 PM
 
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I can't imagine it is worth it. I just looked at real estate in Glen Allen. $500k buys you a damn fine house, while $500k in Great Falls buys something with "teardown potential".
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:49 PM
 
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Would your salary in Great Falls exceed your salary in Short Pump?
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:54 PM
 
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Well, for starters - they are very different areas so it depends on what you're looking for. Most people leave NoVa to go to the Richmond area to escape the "rat race" and they want a slower pace of life, etc.

Short Pump is nice, in some aspects it's similar to Tysons if you've ever been but there's no metro, less dense and more spread out, I'd compare it to Central Park in Fredericksburg. Overall though, I'd recommend NoVa only because of the wealth of opportunities here. Yes, CoL is super expensive but that's why most jobs pay well here. Obviously the schools systems are a major plus (especially Loudoun, Arlington and Fairfax) That's not to say Richmond's job market isn't good but it's overall mostly state jobs since Richmond is the capital.

Also, as it's been mentioned... if one was looking to move to Northern Virginia, personally, I'd say Great Falls should be the last place you should look. There's a ton of other wealthy areas (Vienna, Oakton, McLean) that are probably a bit more exciting than GF.
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:59 PM
 
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I would make more in Washington, as would my wife. I was just using 800k as a general number we could go more on our incomes easily. I love Tysons, and in a way it does sort of resemble Short Pump. Do I have to live in a certain area to get a good school district in Fairfax or Loudoun?
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:10 PM
 
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I would make more in Washington, as would my wife. I was just using 800k as a general number we could go more on our incomes easily. I love Tysons, and in a way it does sort of resemble Short Pump. Do I have to live in a certain area to get a good school district in Fairfax or Loudoun?
I love Tysons. Right now, Fairfax County is in the midst of changing the entire area to make it more walkable. There's a lot of construction and things in-the-works with Tysons, the plan is to essentially turn it into an actual city. It'll be interesting to see how it works out.

People who are more familiar with the school systems in Fairfax and Loudoun will be able to streer you in the right direction but having grown up here, from what I know, the Tysons area (Vienna, McLean, Oakton) all have fantastic schools. There may be a few sprinkled in that aren't that great but there's not many of them.

In Loudoun County, Ashburn is the best place to look. Like Tysons, there's a lot of building up going on in Ashburn and also a future metro station is coming. There's also Sterling, but from what I've read, there are a few schools there to avoid but I'm not familiar with them.
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