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Old 03-06-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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I currently live and work in Old Town Alexandria, but my boyfriend is looking into a job in Fairfax (he's not in the area currently). I'm very familiar with the overall area, but since I can walk to work right now, I'm not too familiar with the commuting times and best routes. So,

1) Any idea what a commute from Old Town Alexandria to Fairfax would be, roughly? And, what might be the fastest/best route?

2) If we wanted to get an apartment somewhere "in between" these two areas that would lessen travel time for him (and not make it too bad for me!)...any good suggestions?
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:34 PM
 
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Annandale would be your best bet to rent in between. Driving times would depend on time of day.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
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Try the Kingstowne area zip 22310..easy access to the beltway, short drive to Old Town
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:19 PM
 
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Old Town to Fairfax commute can be awful. 495 to whichever route you use to get there (236, 50, 66, 29, etc...) is best, IMO.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:43 AM
 
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Thanks for the input (keep it coming!)

I had thought about Kingstowne/Springfield, since a few people that I work with live there and have a fairly easy commute. Would be closer to Fairfax as well.

I would love to stay in Old Town, so if he accepts the job we might just try it out for a little while and see how bad the commute is. I would think 495 to 236 would be the easiest way, though I worry for him about Beltway traffic -- anyone know of alternate routes that would cut some of 495 out?
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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What time of day are you talking about? I have done REALLY early commute to Fairfax City from Alexandria and it was fine - just went straight out 236 - again, it depends on the time.

Why would he get on 495 at all to get to Fairfax?
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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What time of day are you talking about? I have done REALLY early commute to Fairfax City from Alexandria and it was fine - just went straight out 236 - again, it depends on the time.

Why would he get on 495 at all to get to Fairfax?
i'm with you on this. NO reason to hit 495 for a trip to Fairfax.

I did this commute leaving Landmark to Tysons at 7:20 a few months ago. 236 gave me no problems, 495 different story.
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Old 03-08-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Landmark to Fairfax using 236 is one thing, Old Town to Fairfax is quite another. I would try different routes out to find some alternatives.
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Old 03-09-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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Old Town to Fairfax on 236 is quite a hike. But it's better than 495 sometimes.
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I can't help you with your questions, but maybe you can help me. I'm thinking of moving to Old Town. Since you live there, can you point me in the right direction for a nice 2 BR condo or apt. I'd like to be within walking distrance of the metro and the down town area. I fell in the love with the Prescott condos which are one block off of King, but they are really pricey. I'll be working out of my home, but have some grandkids who live in Burke, so I'll be commuting to see them.
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