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Old 04-10-2008, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Coral Springs, FL
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My family is considering relocating to the Northern Virginia area from Coral Springs, FL. My husband has been commuting from FL for 4 years now and is ready to move. I, however, am not so sure. We have 4 children ranging from age 9 to 18 months. We are looking for a family friendly area with good schools where my children can continue with their extracurricular activities. My son plays travel hockey so we need to be within a 30 minute commute of an ice rink. My daughter is into gymnastics.

My husband liked Ashburn in Loudon county but I found the houses way too close together and too expensive, but the landscaping in Ashburn reminded me of Coral Springs and I thought it was pretty. I liked parts of Fredericksburg but found it way too far from a Nordstrom's shoe department and the traffic on I-95 was terrible. Is Leesburg or Haymarket too far from D.C.? Luckily, for my husband he works from around 10 a.m. until midnight so he will not have to travel during heavy commute times. But it seems as if there is always traffic. He will be working close to RFK stadium.

We were hoping so spend around 500K and get a little property (1/2 acre) if we could since we will be losing our beloved swimming pool. We would also like to live in an area where people are "nice." South Florida is not especially known for "nice" people. Does anyone have any suggestions?

How about Maryland? Is Northern Virginia better?
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:27 PM
 
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My family is considering relocating to the Northern Virginia area from Coral Springs, FL. My husband has been commuting from FL for 4 years now and is ready to move. I, however, am not so sure. We have 4 children ranging from age 9 to 18 months. We are looking for a family friendly area with good schools where my children can continue with their extracurricular activities. My son plays travel hockey so we need to be within a 30 minute commute of an ice rink. My daughter is into gymnastics.

My husband liked Ashburn in Loudon county but I found the houses way too close together and too expensive, but the landscaping in Ashburn reminded me of Coral Springs and I thought it was pretty. I liked parts of Fredericksburg but found it way too far from a Nordstrom's shoe department and the traffic on I-95 was terrible. Is Leesburg or Haymarket too far from D.C.? Luckily, for my husband he works from around 10 a.m. until midnight so he will not have to travel during heavy commute times. But it seems as if there is always traffic. He will be working close to RFK stadium.

We were hoping so spend around 500K and get a little property (1/2 acre) if we could since we will be losing our beloved swimming pool. We would also like to live in an area where people are "nice." South Florida is not especially known for "nice" people. Does anyone have any suggestions?

How about Maryland? Is Northern Virginia better?
Hello, welcome to the area. I moved here 5 months ago from Pembroke Pines, Florida and used to work in Coral Springs. I am semi-familiar with the Nova area as I have been coming here to visit for the past 15 years. If you are used to the community environment in Coral Springs, you will love Ashburn. However, be prepared for commutting options to D.C. I am not as familiar with the commutting options to D.C. from that area, however, maybe someone else in this forum will guide you. Please do not underestimate the traffic here. It is nothing like Florida traffic.
On a good note, this forum has been extremely helpful and will help make the transition to this area a lot easier. Good luck with it all.. be grateful you wont have to deal with any more hurricane shutters, etc. in Florida..
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Old 04-11-2008, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Coral Springs, FL
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Thank you for your input. It is such a hard decision to pick up and start a whole new life somewhere new. Especially someplace even more expensive than South Florida! But you are right I will be thankful if I never have to put up those hurricane shutters again!
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:06 AM
 
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Hello there! Our family moved here from Naples FL last summer. I don't know a lot about the Ashburn and Leesburg areas but I'm sure others in the forum will be able to help you with that. This board is a tremendous resource and was increcibly helpful to us with our move up here!

We chose to buy a home in West Springfield VA and are quite happy with the neighborhood, schools, recreation opportunities, shopping and commute to DC. We lived in a gated community in Naples and while we absolutely loved the area, we found the gated community lifestyle stifling for our young boys. So when we moved to NOVA, family friendly neighborhoods and top-notch schools were our priority. West Springfield fit the bill perfectly. We live in a well established neighborhood (no gates or HOA's) with a big backyard and large trees/woods for the boys to explore. The neighborhood is filled with families and the boys always have lots of friends to play with. Our neighbors are a mix of active duty military, government employees, private sector professionals, and retirees alike. The area offers great diversity and a very welcome atmosphere.

We are also close to shopping (bypass the Springfield mall and head to Fair Oaks) and have an "easy" commute to the city. While West Springfield offers good access to public transportation, my husband and I commute into DC together. Traffic is a huge challenge for all of us in NOVA and nothing like that in South Florida. You'd be wise not to underestimate the commute challenge.

Fairfax County Parks and Recreation have lots of sporting activities for children and there are a number of youth leagues available throughout the area in a number of sports. I don't think you'll have trouble finding hockey and gymnastic activities for your children anywhere in NOVA.

I think you'll find NOVA quite welcoming and will be glad to put those hurricane shutters away for a while. I must say I still miss the beach desperately, though!

Good luck!
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: TX
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If you are commuting to DC ashburn is going to be a rough commute. If you can't carpool and use the HOV lanes you could always go 267 to West falls church metro and take the metro in from there. If driving solo my best "guess" would be 90-120 minutes.
You would have to take 276 (toll) to 123 and then to GW pkwy. There are some back roads cutoffs etc... You can't take 267 to 66 (the fastest non rush hour way into DC about 45minutes) because 66 inside the beltway (495) is HOV only during rush hour.
My good friend did the Ashburn to DC commute for 18mo with a carpool he avg about 90minutes door to door.
Leesburg is another 10-15 minutes futher out from ashburn.

Loudoun county is a great family place and has all hte activites you seek...(Ashburn ice house for hockey and a great gymnastic place in Leesburg)
but that commute is a killer.

Look in west springfiled/kingstowne/Burke areas you'll get a smaller/older house but a much better commute with the Metro and VRE both avail.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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I come from NJ and having a very hard time finding friends in Northern VA - people are nice and polite but no one wants to be friends. I dont know why people are so unfriendly here.
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Coral Springs, FL
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Thank you for that input. I heard the traffic was bad but I didn't realize how bad. That is a really long commute. Flying from Reagen to FL or anywhere else seems easier! Does anyone know where the "flying commuters" live where it would be a quick (or cheap) plane ride? I wish my husband would remind me why he works there! It was a great place to vacation but it seems as though living there on a daily basis seems pretty tough on the wallet and the watch!
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