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Old 08-11-2016, 10:19 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Looks like a move to VA for work in Dahlgren is on the table. Hubby and I are looking at homes in King George. I am having a hard time finding updated info about the area on this forum.

We are currently living in southern CA and have been wanting to move east for a long time, so this prospect is one we are excited about.

Can anyone point me in a good direction to find info or give advice on this area. Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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I don't know much about King George but many people who work at Dahlgren live in Fredericksburg, VA and do the 28 miles commute (that I hear is rather pleasant--not sure though). That's for people who want to be living near shopping and other amenities.
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Looks like a move to VA for work in Dahlgren is on the table. Hubby and I are looking at homes in King George. I am having a hard time finding updated info about the area on this forum.

We are currently living in southern CA and have been wanting to move east for a long time, so this prospect is one we are excited about.

Can anyone point me in a good direction to find info or give advice on this area. Thanks!
Its similar to Alpine or Viejas because its more small and rural than suburban/exurban.

Its more Tidewater Culture (see Wikipedia) than The gofast Northern Virginia culture

its quiet with cute main streets here and there

-Leighland fron La Mesa
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:08 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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A fair number of Dahlgren workers also live in SoMD. The downside is crossing the very miserable Harry Nice bridge in addition to higher cost of living.
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:42 PM
 
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A good friend of mine lives in King George. He and his family seem to really like it -- he grew up in rural Indiana, and it reminds him a lot of home. That being said, I gather there isn't much to King George. For example, I think they do most of their shopping in Fredericksburg, and I think we've never actually joined them for dinner at a restaurant in King George -- we've always done that in Fredericksburg, too. That seems to be about a 25 minute trip down Kings Highway, which isn't so bad. I can certainly see the appeal of the area.
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:49 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Thank you for your replies. These are great insight.

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I don't know much about King George but many people who work at Dahlgren live in Fredericksburg, VA and do the 28 miles commute (that I hear is rather pleasant--not sure though). That's for people who want to be living near shopping and other amenities.
We checked out Fredericksburg too...and it is not out of consideration. I know we'd do runs there for shopping and entertainment.

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Its similar to Alpine or Viejas because its more small and rural than suburban/exurban.

Its more Tidewater Culture (see Wikipedia) than The gofast Northern Virginia culture

its quiet with cute main streets here and there

-Leighland fron La Mesa
Hi! I grew up in La Mesa! We live close to Alpine now...and love the open space. Just too much of a commute to downtown (where we both work) and I am trying to avoid that problem in VA.

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A fair number of Dahlgren workers also live in SoMD. The downside is crossing the very miserable Harry Nice bridge in addition to higher cost of living.
Yeah, definitely want to avoid that one...and higher taxes, I've heard too.

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A good friend of mine lives in King George. He and his family seem to really like it -- he grew up in rural Indiana, and it reminds him a lot of home. That being said, I gather there isn't much to King George. For example, I think they do most of their shopping in Fredericksburg, and I think we've never actually joined them for dinner at a restaurant in King George -- we've always done that in Fredericksburg, too. That seems to be about a 25 minute trip down Kings Highway, which isn't so bad. I can certainly see the appeal of the area.
I like what I see of the area but want to find out from folks who live there, which this helps address. We drive 25 minutes to almost everywhere here....so that is not a big deal.
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Hi! I grew up in La Mesa! We live close to Alpine now...and love the open space. Just too much of a commute to downtown (where we both work) and I am trying to avoid that problem in VA.

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Are you a Hiller? Hee Hee

Sounds like you will moving to a quiet peaceful spot-Perfect!

Its very very green here- lots of thick tree canopy and vines sprouting everywhere-very lush

Plus the schools are SO MUCH Better!

Welcome!
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:06 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Are you a Hiller? Hee Hee

Sounds like you will moving to a quiet peaceful spot-Perfect!

Its very very green here- lots of thick tree canopy and vines sprouting everywhere-very lush

Plus the schools are SO MUCH Better!

Welcome!

Nope, a Highlander! LOL! Did you go to HS in La Mesa too?

We've been to VA before to visit (my youngest son was stationed in VA Beach) and we came out for a week. We drove to up to Bristow to visit friends who live there, while we were out....I LOVE all the green! Hubby has traveled to Dahlgren many times with work, so now the decision to move.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:48 AM
 
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We were stationed at Dahlgren in the mid 90s. Our kids were very young so weren't worried about schools (not sure if you have kids but they aren't great in KG county). We lived in the Presidential Lakes subdivision in King George (about 20 minutes from Dahlgren). It was and still is a really lovely subdivision -- very wooded, big lots, two lakes. Back then it meant we had to drive into Dahlgren or into Fredericksburg for groceries but since then they've built a Food Lion in King George. I believe Dahlgren now has a Walmart as well. It is definitely rural!
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:49 AM
 
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We were stationed at Dahlgren in the mid 90s. Our kids were very young so weren't worried about schools (not sure if you have kids but they aren't great in KG county). We lived in the Presidential Lakes subdivision in King George (about 20 minutes from Dahlgren). It was and still is a really lovely subdivision -- very wooded, big lots, two lakes. Back then it meant we had to drive into Dahlgren or into Fredericksburg for groceries but since then they've built a Food Lion in King George. I believe Dahlgren now has a Walmart as well. It is definitely rural!
That's interesting -- my friend lives in Presidential Lakes, and works at Dahlgren. He loves that commute. There is a Food Lion in King George that they use when they have to, but there's a Wegmans in Fredericksburg where they do most of their grocery shopping. It is true that they don't necessarily love the school system -- but it seems like the kids still have plenty of activities to participate in; we've been down that way to watch their dance recitals, football games, and baseball games ...
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