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Old 03-03-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Sterling
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Hello,
We are relocating to NoVa in May due to a job relocation. Does anybody have any experience with living in this area? It seems like a nicely planned community, but am wondering of the accessibility to shopping and medical care. By the community website, it states the community isn't quite finished yet.
Your input is appreciated. And my office is located in Chantilly, so South Riding seemed like a good fit, because we have 2 small children. Suggestions of other areas would be welcome too.
Thank you,
Kevin
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:38 AM
 
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It's a very nice planned community and great place for raising a family. There are tons of smaller planned communities throughout NoVa that are nice and excellent for raising a family too. If you prefer the larger/newer communities for starters consider the likes of: Belmont Country Club, Brookside, Brambleton, Broadlands, Stone Ridge, Loudoun Vally Villages, Landsdown, Victory Lakes, Dominion Valley, Ladysmith Village, Morris Farm, McNair Farms. Keep in mind that some of the smaller communities will probably offer cheaper HOA fees than the larger/new communities. There are also tons of very/safe older communities that aren't part of HOA so you can save some money with them. Check out Search New Homes Guide to locate New Homes for Sale in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, including New Home Builders, Planned Communities, Active Adult Communties in MD, VA, DC for more information on new developments in NoVa/DC Metro.

Good Luck
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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We lived in South Riding for two years and liked it. It is a very large community, even larger now then when we lived there. We both worked in Chantilly as well so the commute was wonderful. There are plenty of shopping/dining options in and around South Riding and that is only going to grow. You are close to Leesburg and not too far from Fair Oaks, Fairfax Town Square and even Tysons. It is a very cookie cutter like community so if you do not like the idea of 'Pleasantville' then it is not for you.
There are a lot of families, a tone of kids, great activities and good schools.
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:59 AM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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I agree. There are a LOT OF KIDS in South Riding. I think there is something in the water. I am living in my third house in South Riding and love it. It is the nicest new home communty you can get that is closest to Fairfax County and still be in Loudoun. The shopping is expanding all the time. The new Home Depot opens on March 20 and there will be a Lowe's & Target shopping center coming in 2009.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:29 PM
 
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No one has mentioned the traffic around South Riding yet but I've heard before that it is terrible around that area. Any comments? We kind of discounted it as a place to look based on that. My husband will be working in Chantilly off Lee Road and kids going to a preschool in Centreville off Braddock Road. Would we encounter much traffic getting to those areas from South Riding? Maybe we need to give it a second look.
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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No one has mentioned the traffic around South Riding yet but I've heard before that it is terrible around that area. Any comments? We kind of discounted it as a place to look based on that. My husband will be working in Chantilly off Lee Road and kids going to a preschool in Centreville off Braddock Road. Would we encounter much traffic getting to those areas from South Riding? Maybe we need to give it a second look.
The traffic everywhere is bad in Nova, I would not use that as a considration anywhere. If your husband is working on Lee Road, he could take the back road, Braddock, up to the road by Westfield High School and get to Lee Road that way. There is usually traffic on that road as well, especially close to the time that school starts but it id not that bad.
You will be fine.
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Old 03-05-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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I depends on what time you leave in the morning. As long as you get out before 7:00am or after 9:00am you will be fine.
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Old 03-05-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Sterling
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Thank you everyone! I will be flying to Chantilly on Monday so I will definitely check out South Riding. Can I ask how long the drive is to D.C. on Saturdays/Sundays? We would really like to take the kids to the museums and other attractions that the city has to offer, and am wondering if the traffic is slightly less on Saturday/Sunday mornings. So, we would like to be fairly close to the city for this reason. Thank you again for the great info!
Kevin
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Old 03-05-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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Traffic to DC is definitely lighter over the weekends... Saturday nights can get a little busy, but for the most part driving into the District over the weekend has always been an easy drive for us.

Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:23 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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The drive from South Riding to DC is less than an hour on weekends.
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