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Old 03-13-2017, 06:42 PM
 
Location: S. MD
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We're new forum members but have been lurking for a little while now. We've also been to NoVA a few times to scout out areas where we'd like to live next. We recognize that serious trade offs have to be made to get what we want in our next home.

We're going to be relocating to NoVA in early May for a new job in Chantilly. We're looking for a cat friendly 3+ BR, 2+ BA rental, within a 30 min commute, in a good elementary school district, for at or less than $2900/mo. We’ve seen some attractive options, but are coming from a tight-knit, family-friendly community with tot lots and a pool within a block of our current home, and we’d like to do what we can to recreate that atmosphere. My wife stays at home with our 4 YO and infant and would like to be in an area where there are families with young children, kid activities and other SAHMs. Our ideal would be a SFH on a tree-lined street in a “walkable” neighborhood — but we’ve seen enough of the area to know that’s not typical or affordable on our budget and would be happy to find a townhome in an amenity-rich suburban area with a neighborhood feel.

To that end, we’ve narrowed our search to South Riding and Stone Ridge, and are contemplating adding Brambleton and other parts of Ashburn to our list based on information gleaned from here. Sections of Brambleton also appear to have the appealing outdoor spaces we’re looking for as well. Of those communities, which would be your top pick and why?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:53 PM
 
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They are all going to be extremely similar. The difference will be in the exact street/ streets for the rental you find. Spend a few hours in the afternoon when you find one and see if there are a lot of children playing and moms walking dogs/ kids.
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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If the job is in Chantilly, I would caution you about Brambleton. And I love it here - I have been here for 13.5 years - and it definitely has that family feel with lots of daytime activity and stay at home/flex schedule parents. But there has been so much new construction and the infrastructure is years behind. Sometimes it can take me almost 30 minutes to get from Brambleton to South Riding depending on regular traffic, construction traffic in the Arcola area, etc. If you can, I would recommend trying out the commute on a regular weekday so you can see how it is. (Also, it depends on where in Chantilly. Chantilly and South Riding have the same zip code, and if the job is in the Loudoun County part of "Chantilly", the ride might not be as long- but if it really is in the Route 28/Route 50 area, then you'll probably want to stay on the South Riding/Stone Ridge side.)
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:45 AM
 
Location: S. MD
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spencergr, thanks for your input on the neighborhood feel being scattered around the area. cdmurphy, my new job will be in the 28/50 area, so knowing that infrastructure is lagging the need in Brambleton is very good information to have. Thank you! I've been running a Google Maps commute times prediction using a generic day of the week from different locations and Brambleton (at least the center of it) seems to work if I leave by 7 am. Does that sound realistic to you?
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:27 AM
 
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I had a lot of friends and family live in South Riding and there is a lot of neighborhood events. What the other poster said, it really depends on the exact street one lives on and SR is huge, but will say there are plenty of opportunities to meet others.
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Old 03-14-2017, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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spencergr, thanks for your input on the neighborhood feel being scattered around the area. cdmurphy, my new job will be in the 28/50 area, so knowing that infrastructure is lagging the need in Brambleton is very good information to have. Thank you! I've been running a Google Maps commute times prediction using a generic day of the week from different locations and Brambleton (at least the center of it) seems to work if I leave by 7 am. Does that sound realistic to you?
That probably works to get you ahead of the main chokepoints - Belmont Ridge Rd. at Evergreen Mills Rd., and then Evergreen Mills at Loudoun County Parkway. Also, you'll be beating most of the school buses in the area, which is key. This pain should be alleviated some when the widened 606 and Loudoun County Parkway open up later this year or next (I'm not sure of the timeline), but the improvements at BRR/Evergreen Mill are several years away.
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:12 AM
 
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We left South Riding because everything was geared towards "family friendly" and moved to Annandale.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:20 AM
 
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Why don't you live in Chantilly itself? Better school district -- Fairfax County.
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Old 03-27-2017, 04:58 PM
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That probably works to get you ahead of the main chokepoints - Belmont Ridge Rd. at Evergreen Mills Rd., and then Evergreen Mills at Loudoun County Parkway. Also, you'll be beating most of the school buses in the area, which is key. This pain should be alleviated some when the widened 606 and Loudoun County Parkway open up later this year or next (I'm not sure of the timeline), but the improvements at BRR/Evergreen Mill are several years away.
oP we are in the almost exact same place as you. My neighbor just sold his house and made 80k. With that said we are ready to leave Woodbridge/port Potomac. Weekend before spent the last two weeks been hanging out with new home builders. We have family in aldie and prefer brambleton for that separation. Flipping between new and smaller sfh in in brambleton or older larger sfh in broadlands.

@cd murphy whats the word on afterschool day care. We got lucky in Woodbridge.. who is good who is questionable.



We were told they are building a new middle and high school. So they are doors some things right.

Anyone have opinions on the broadlands?
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I live near the broad lands section of Ashburn. It's a nice place for you. The commute to Chantilly, you can go Waxpool to 28 or head down Belmont Ridge, etc.. to 50. I don't know what else to say other than that's it fits what you want, or seems to based on your posts.
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