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Old 03-18-2008, 06:59 PM
 
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hi nova experts!

we are moving to the nova area within the next 2-3 months for my husband's job in herndon. we are moving from a much less expensive housing market, but still want some house.

husband has the hybrid car and is ok with a medium-ish commute. he heads in around 6am, but i do expect him to sit in traffic a bit in the evenings. that sounds a bit unavoidable in the DC area, eh?

have grade school aged kids and are looking for good schools, a 3 bedroom house that is not a dump and we have about $350k to spend. i know-a long shot. my kids and husband love the country home gig, but i'd still like a bit of diversity in the community.

i see homes in east manassas that have 1/2 to 1 acre and go to decent schools (ranked 9/10 on greatschools.net). warrenton appears to have some neat home options, but the school stats show little diversity...

are there spots in gainesville or haymarket you'd suggest?

can you help me with the following:

1. ideas on neighborhoods we should check out that offer homes with at least .3 acre lots (preferably more) and good schools? love new homes, but do need trees and an established neighborhood feel.

2.we need to keep the commute to herndon to 40+ minutes in and maybe you can help me estimate the trip home?? double that??

3.anyone have stats on the avg. days on the market for sfh in pwcounty? also list to sold price ratios?

thanks. have a great day. thank you in advance for your help.

-an appreciative relocating mom
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:42 PM
 
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I'd check the towns of Hamilton or Purcellville.
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:48 PM
 
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Those are a lot of questions. Most of the NoVa market is incredibly slow right now. For 350K or under your choices are more limited especially if you want to stay under a 45 minute commute. You are looking at mostly smaller homes in that price range. The evening commute will be the bigger problem as you mentioned.

This is just such a large area it is hard to narrow it down without you looking at the areas. Prince William will be further away in terms of commute than Loudoun. If you are in Loudoun you will probably be looking at using the Dulles Greenway if you are further out which can be pricey.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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guess at commute from herndon to manassas vs. commute from herndon to hamilton??

any thoughts on that?

thanks.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:43 AM
 
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hi nova experts!

i3.anyone have stats on the avg. days on the market for sfh in pwcounty? also list to sold price ratios?

You can find stats for days on the market here

Monthy Real Estate Trend Indicator (http://www.mris.com/reports/stats/monthly_reti.cfm - broken link)

I don't know about a complete listing of list to sold ratios, but you can find some of them here

[SIZE=2]Northern Virginia Housing Bubble Fallout

Best of luck with the house hunting.
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Last edited by ersatz; 03-19-2008 at 12:48 AM.. Reason: url link correction
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:28 AM
 
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If you're considering Woodbridge or certain parts of Manassas, your commute on an excellent day will be 45 minutes and that's leaving at 6am. However the commute home will take probably 15 mins longer. It tends to be lighter during the summer months but from Oct-Dec it's not pretty.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:16 AM
 
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thanks for the link for the stats-that is really helpful.

thank you also for the general scoop on commute time from manassas to herndon.

i did poke around in the hamilton, purcellville area and there are some nice looking properties. the only drawback seems to be that it is about 95% caucasian-not a whole lot of diversity out there. hmmmmm.

thanks again. i am very open to all of your thoughts and suggestions. i am all ears!
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