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Old 04-22-2008, 07:57 AM
 
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Hello! My husband is supposed to be getting transferred this summer to Fed Triangle area, DC.

I found this house on militarybyowner.com and it looks like a great fit for our family, but I've heard not great things about this part of springfield...
Springfield - Stately Colonial - Minutes to DC ! (http://www.militarybyowner.com/listings/hometour.asp?F_BASE_ID=263&F_STATE=VA&LISTING_ID=1 0463 - broken link)

We have 4, soon to be 5 children and a dog and are looking at about $3000/mth at the most rent for a 4-5 br house. Is this area ok? What about Dunn loring, vienna woods, west springfield and Burke? How long of a commute would my husband be looking at?
Thanks so much for your help!!
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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broken link
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:01 AM
 
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You got quite a large area span.

Dunn Loring and Vienna are close, but Springfield is out there.

Commute from Springfield to DC, you have 495-395 driving route, or metro route.

Either way yo go, atleast an hour one way.

Dunn Loring is developing rapidly in the past 2 years or so. It has tysons corner next to it, which I personally would take over Springfield anyday =)
oh, and metro.
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:02 AM
 
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Fixed link - thanks!
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:04 AM
 
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Did you pull it up on the map?

495 mixing bowl in your back yard =)
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:10 AM
 
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oh, yuck - missed that, thanks!! Oh, well! I had heard bad things about the springfield mall area anyway
Do you think to be able to find a 5BR house in vienna/ tysons area for $3K/mth? Walking/biking distance to metro? Or am I pushing my luck?

Thanks again!!
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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Look at orange line:

West Falls Church, east falls church, and dunn loring.

You are probably looking at older properties, build in 60-70s, at that price range.
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:53 AM
 
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So much contradiction on commute times on CD. If it's an hour from Springfield, then it's 2 hours from Gainesville, Bristow, Manassas or any of the other PW County dumps. Carpool lane from Springfield--20 minutes. IT'S ONLY 11 MILES! The congestion in Vienna, could quite possibly be worse than Springfield. Congestion on 644 (OKM) lightened up considerably, after the completion of the Parkway. Do your self a favor--check out 22152.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:44 AM
 
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So much contradiction on commute times on CD. If it's an hour from Springfield, then it's 2 hours from Gainesville, Bristow, Manassas or any of the other PW County dumps. Carpool lane from Springfield--20 minutes. IT'S ONLY 11 MILES! The congestion in Vienna, could quite possibly be worse than Springfield. Congestion on 644 (OKM) lightened up considerably, after the completion of the Parkway. Do your self a favor--check out 22152.
Unfortunately, you have to commute TO and FROM the carpool lane and it ends right before the 14th Street Bridge into DC, which creates a nasty bottle neck. I used to live near Springfield Mall for a short time and I never was able to commute to DC in 20 minutes (at the time I worked in the Federal Triangle).

I'd say 40 to 45 minutes door to door commute from that house if you carpool (assuming the HOV lane is traveling at a decent clip), but an hour or so if traveling alone. I think maybe 25 minutes if you travel late at night or on Sunday.

If you metro, it will probably be about 1 to 1.25 hours each way. It's only 45 to 50 minutes on the metro, but it will take about 15 minutes on the bus to get to the Springfield station.

Actually an hour commute each way isn't a bad commute for a big house with a nice yard in the DC area. It's even better if you can handle the hassles involved with carpooling.

That part of Fairfax County has an OK high school. It's ranked 753 in Newsweek (better than my school in the midwest). However, the more affluent areas in Fairfax County are ranked much higher (i.e. Langley, McLean, some parts of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton, Chantilly). Also, Lake Braddock S.S. in Burke (ranked 96) and West Springfield H.S. (ranked 163) are also highly regarded, so the schools that feed into them should be pretty good also.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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3,000 is a fortune to rent that tiny house!
I live in a much better area in Fairfax and you can rent a huge home for around 2,000
Why is the rent so high for that house?
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