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Old 04-07-2018, 01:08 PM
 
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I'm considering buying a condo in Jackson's Ridge in Manassas. The development itself looks OK but it's right next to Coverstone IV, which is 100% low income housing with a police substation in it and it has a pretty bad reputation. Would you rule out buying a home in Jackson's Ridge due to proximity to Coverstone? Or are there any other things that I should know before deciding to put in an offer? I need to make a decision today so any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-07-2018, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Keep in mind it's been a few years since I retired from the PWCPD but back then I would have said no. While the complex itself did not share the same issues as Cov IV it still had some bleed over enough to make me warn people away. Which court is it you're looking at in the complex?
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Old 04-07-2018, 05:22 PM
 
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Stagestone. Thank you!
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Old 04-07-2018, 06:21 PM
 
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Also, what's the main crime to be concerned about in the area? From reputation it seems to be drugs and gangs - is that correct? If I moved there, I would avoid walking outside Jackson's Ridge and avoid Barron Park, but if I stayed within Jackson's Ridge it felt like it was probably OK.
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Old 04-07-2018, 09:52 PM
 
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just my opinion, but if you're having to convince yourself as to whether its safe or not enough for you, by mentioning not walking outside of the neighborhood ever etc... I'd look elsewhere. Take that $280 a month condo fee you would have been paying and spend a bit more for a townhome that's not condo ownership (and typically a much lower monthly HOA fee) in a different (better depending on your opinion) neighborhood

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Old 04-07-2018, 09:56 PM
 
Location: northern va
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Also, won't help you for tomorrow if you plan on writing an offer.. but if you don't pursue this home, in the future, call 703-792-7270 M-F (PWC Police Crime Prevention) and ask the person that answers (was Cathy last time I called) to give you a run down of the recent calls for service on the street you're interested in buying (along with surrounding streets).. they can't give you the exact house number where the calls were referencing, but they'll give you the generic street info..
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Old 04-08-2018, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Stagestone. Thank you!
Again, it's been a few years and I don't follow what's happening there now. But Coverstone 4 was a PITA for my 30 years there. Was at its worse in the late 80's into the early 90's during the Crack epidemic but even when this slowed down it was still a place I wouldn't wish on anyone. When Jackson's Ridge was built we saw bleed over from C-4 and we had calls for service there but it was still lower than C-4. It certainly wasn't a high crime area but its location was just always a concern. Many of the folks in C-4 are there under bad conditions but it doesn't make them bad people. It's a small number that cause the problems but that small number is still more than what you'd find in many other communities.
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:10 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice! What about Paradise (Seymour Rd, Winfield Loop, Kessler Pl, Blue Gray Cir, etc.) - are those far enough away from Coverstone or are they otherwise OK?

Could you also please tell me if there are any crime concerns about Stonington (Rapidan Ln, Emerald Dr, Dylan Pl) and Jamaica Ln, Barbados Ln?
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Old 04-08-2018, 02:37 PM
 
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All of these were certainly in more desirable areas when I retired from the PD. That said, there is no such thing as a perfect or crime free area no matter how nice they are. Even gated communities see crimes occur but typically at a lower percentage.
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