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Old 05-03-2017, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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This is , for now, purely hypothetical.

Must haves:
Low crime
3 bedrooms
Very good schools


Like to have:
Close to metro, let's say park and ride.
Diverse




I work in Alexandria, close to the Braddock road station if that helps.


Is the answer in Fairfax or Manassas? Any suggestions welcome, open to discussion.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:53 AM
 
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Cardinal Forest...condo Townhomes....22152....maybe a TH near Huntsmen Lake. SFH in North Springfield or Annandale and see if your kids can get into Jefferson. It will be time for compromises. Under 500K, the premium could easily be 100K to be in West Springfield vs. Lee schools.
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Cardinal Forest...condo Townhomes....22152....maybe a TH near Huntsmen Lake. SFH in North Springfield or Annandale and see if your kids can get into Jefferson. It will be time for compromises. Under 500K, the premium could easily be 100K to be in West Springfield vs. Lee schools.
Thanks.
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:40 PM
 
Location: West Springfield, VA
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Hal is right, but the townhomes selling below $400k (the OP's budget parameter) in 22152 are now few and far between, and getting fewer.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:19 PM
 
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Try Woodbridge/Dale City area. I think there's still some SF homes there for under 400k. Only disadvantage is that it's not close to the metro, but it would still be a better commute than living in Fairfax or Mannassas. You could also looks just across the bridge, Fort Washington has large homes for around 400k. That isn't going to last long either, property values there are on the rise. Schools aren't good there, but there's some magnet programs and very affordable private schools.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:36 PM
 
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Definitely doable in the 22310 zip (Franconia/Rose Hill) but you must pay attention daily because homes in this price range come on the market for a day or two and are gone FAST.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:50 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Hal is right, but the townhomes selling below $400k (the OP's budget parameter) in 22152 are now few and far between, and getting fewer.
Would agree that 22152 is certainly not under $400k for a townhome and left in 2011 because Hoa fees in cardinal went over $200 per month for townhouses. Surely they are over $300. $3,500 per year for Hoa???
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Old 05-04-2017, 02:19 AM
 
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A friend just sold one in CF for 350k...

Last edited by Hal Roach; 05-04-2017 at 03:23 AM..
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Thanks all. Great schools is a must. I'm not sure I want to chance it with the possibility my kids can get into a magnet school.

Woodbridge looks great, but I have heard the schools are so-so.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:28 PM
 
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Thanks all. Great schools is a must. I'm not sure I want to chance it with the possibility my kids can get into a magnet school.

Woodbridge looks great, but I have heard the schools are so-so.
They range from good to meh.
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