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Old 06-08-2008, 08:43 PM
 
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I just need to ask. My husband was just offered a job in Fredericksburg and both of us together won't make 140,000 a year. I guess there is no point to even consider a move.
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Fredericksburg isn't on it, but Richmond is; F is about an hour north of Richmond, I think, and because it's less urban, probably is a bit cheaper to live in.
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:59 AM
 
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Fredericksburg isn't on it, but Richmond is; F is about an hour north of Richmond, I think, and because it's less urban, probably is a bit cheaper to live in.

I dont believe the 2 piece chicken is that expensive here!!
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:18 AM
 
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Depending on where you mean in Northern Virginia the prices can fluctuate. The area is a lot bigger than people realize. I found Fredericksburg to be pretty cheap (as a poor college student), and if you live and work in the area it's great. If you have to commute to DC, that's where it can be a pain.

As far as the original question, if you add my and my roommate's salaries together we make about $100,000 (and most of that is hers). We are definitely not living like "minimum wage," and many others get by on the same or less. Buying a property will probably be more expensive here, but depending on your standards it's not necessarily completely out of your reach.

Regarding traffic, I've heard it's pretty comparable to Atlanta, maybe a little worse (especially outside of the beltway). However, public transit is better. Where are you looking to live? Walk to a metro? Bus to a metro? Drive to work? Close-in or further out? Urban or suburban? Working DC or in VA/MD? All of these things will change the rent that you'll be looking at (and yes, just a few miles in this area can make a world of difference).
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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My household income is below 140K and we're doing just fine. We live in a close in, older, smaller single family home and we have two kids. I've been a stay at home mom for the last 8 years.

We love living in Fairfax County - the schools and parks are wonderful.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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Where is any can you live around Fredericks burg and find a small High School.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:02 PM
 
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The OP has no kids, why does he need a big SFH out in the burbs?

In DC, you can live in a hip, close-in neighborhood with other young people and avoid the traffic and have fun. Just settle for a smaller place than you're used to. Especially since you're renting. Just find an apartment in a fun 'hood and you'll be fine.

$140k is plenty of dough for a young childless couple anywhere you go. But if you were moving to Manhattan you wouldn't expect to buy a SFH (especially since they don't exist) or even a townhouse unless you were a multi-millionaire. That doesn't mean you can't live in New York. It just means you have to live like a New Yorker. Same with the DC area, but on a different scale.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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Losts of questions.....I just recieved a Job offer to work in Crystal City. I am looking in the south west to rent until the kids get out of school. What is a good income to request (100,000), More is better but what is realistic, to support two households? what about Middle Schools? What can I espect to pay for basic services?
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Losts of questions.....I just recieved a Job offer to work in Crystal City. I am looking in the south west to rent until the kids get out of school. What is a good income to request (100,000), More is better but what is realistic, to support two households? what about Middle Schools? What can I espect to pay for basic services?
Being "realistic" we would have to know the job and your experience level to give a salary estimate of what you might be paid. You can't be a grocery clerk and ask for $100,000 because that's how much you want... know what I mean?
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