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Old 08-17-2016, 07:20 AM
 
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Hello All,

My family and I are moving to the DC area, I will be working in the Dulles area and my wife most likely will be working closer to DC. I was wondering about which cities to look at, we have twins that will be starting PK soon. We have around a 500k-550k budget, we would like a area that has good schools, under an 1hr commute for either of us. we would like a single family house.

any suggestions would be great.

thanks
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:36 AM
 
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City of Fairfax
Chantilly
Fairfax near Chantilly (22033)
Reston maybe

Of course it depends on the size of house but there are older homes in these areas that fit your budget and commute requirements.
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:11 AM
 
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Reston sounds good. Fairfax City not as good, but still good. Commuting to both Dulles and DC from Reston can be reasonable.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Reston would be a great place for your family. $500 - $550K is low for single family homes in Reston. There are plenty of townhouses in Reston at this price point.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:02 PM
 
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Reston sounds good. Fairfax City not as good, but still good. Commuting to both Dulles and DC from Reston can be reasonable.
I ask in all sincerity if this is true. My coworker just "ran" out of Reston because her DC commute from there was bad (and that was arriving early). Her husband worked in the Dulles area and it was fine for him, but not great at all for DC. They moved to Annandale and it seems to be a great compromise for both.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:14 PM
 
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Your money would go a little further in West Springfield/Burke and your commute into DC would be a little better. Your commute to Dulles would still be generally under an hour (I commute from West Springfield to very close to Dulles and my drive is 35 minutes if I leave very early, and more like 45-50 minutes at rush hour. The schools are outstanding and $550K is not completely unreasonable for a SFH.
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Old 08-17-2016, 03:28 PM
 
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Agreed with the West Springfield, Burke and Annadale recommendations.

Chantilly (yikes) would not be pretty. Reston wouldn't be much better (or it would be better on the days metro decides to actually work). West Springfield is a good middle ground, you're close to 95 which is easy access to DC and it's a decent (not perfect) commute to Dulles.

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Old 08-18-2016, 11:00 AM
 
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I ask in all sincerity if this is true. My coworker just "ran" out of Reston because her DC commute from there was bad (and that was arriving early). Her husband worked in the Dulles area and it was fine for him, but not great at all for DC. They moved to Annandale and it seems to be a great compromise for both.
Well, I guess opinions vary. I used to commute to DC from Gaithersburg, and now sometimes from Ashburn. To me, it would be awesome to start in Reston versus either of those locations. There is a Metro Station in Reston which makes it pretty easy to commute to DC. I guess the driving commute sucks because you have to use the GW Parkway, the Clara Barton Parkway/Canal rd, 50, or some back roads to get to DC if you're driving solo. If you car pool or use 66 before it becomes HOV only, it might not be so bad.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:05 AM
 
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Well, I guess opinions vary. I used to commute to DC from Gaithersburg, and now sometimes from Ashburn. To me, it would be awesome to start in Reston versus either of those locations. There is a Metro Station in Reston which makes it pretty easy to commute to DC. I guess the driving commute sucks because you have to use the GW Parkway, the Clara Barton Parkway/Canal rd, 50, or some back roads to get to DC if you're driving solo. If you car pool or use 66 before it becomes HOV only, it might not be so bad.
Yes, she was driving solo and it was a tough commute for her. That was with a 6:30AM arrival in DC, but I think the worst commute was the one home. She talked about her expenses for the toll road so not sure where that comes into play but I know she was paying at some point to lessen her time.

She's been in Annandale for 6 months now and is MUCH happier.
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Old 08-18-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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City of Fairfax
Chantilly
Fairfax near Chantilly (22033)
Reston maybe

I agree with this. Although i love Burke, the commute to Dulles will be long. Franklin Farm in Chantilly/Herndon is a beatiful neighborhood that falls into great schools if you stay longer. Penderbrook and Greenbriair in Fairfax off 50, Cabels Mill in Centreville just north of 29 and Stringfellow is a great neighborhood too. Im sure you can find homes in your range or just slightly over. Those would be my immediate suggestions. Oak Hill is a forgotton area in that same Fairfax/Chantilly/Oakton/S.Reston split where there are some nice homes in youre range too
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