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Old 09-02-2008, 01:10 PM
 
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There are still a few trailer parks in Fairfax County (and one in Fairfax City)....so I'm sure Prince William must still have them.
I was about to say that I know someone personally who lives in a trailer park out in Chantilly. So trailer living is rare in Fairfax but it exists.
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Old 09-02-2008, 05:46 PM
 
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I also think it depends on where in Fairfax County you are talking about - I live in a great school pyramid but in a modest, older home with no garage and small bedrooms.
Some parts of Fairfax like McLean are out-of -this-world rich. I went to Tysons Galleria Mall (stores like Chanel, etc.) for the first time and all I could afford would be a cup of coffee -the place was crawling with rich people - I must have stuck out like a sore thumb because my jeans were not the $200 ones - you could just smell the snobbery and money!
As more high earning people move there I think PWC is getting more upscale but not there yet - I have heard that the schools are not that bad - but who knows?
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Prince William is known as P-Willy. That should give you some idea right away.
I've lived in Prince William for 27 years, and your post was the very first time I have heard this county referred to a "P-Willy" - guess I don't get out enough.

Of the two counties, Fairfax is more expensive and has more to offer; Prince William (being further from the District) is less expensive and has less to offer. You can find reasonable housing in Fairfax; you can find very reasonable housing in Prince William.

The biggest thing to hit Prince William in many years is the crackdown on illegal immigration - one of the toughest laws in the country (just google Prince William County Virginia immigration). Along with the subprime and adjustable rate mortgage mess that has afflicted the country in general, this illegal immigration measure has prompted a migration out of the county of a sizable chuck of our Latino population (both legal and illegal). There were some 4500 foreclosures in the county in the year ending July 30th, and 950 in July alone.

This means there are some real housing bargains available, especially with houses being held by banks.

Potomac Mills - some people love it. The last time we moved, we moved away from it, and when I go shopping for clothes, I usually go to Tysons. And I totally agree with the comment that Manassas Mall is sad.

A big plus: our grocery shopping has improved with Harris Teeter giving the other stores some competition, and we just had a Wegmans open this summer - the biggest and best grocery store I've ever seen. I believe Fairfax has two Wegmans.

Schools - not bad. Overall Fairfax is better, but Prince William has some fine schools and teachers as well.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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I also think it depends on where in Fairfax County you are talking about - I live in a great school pyramid but in a modest, older home with no garage and small bedrooms.
Some parts of Fairfax like McLean are out-of -this-world rich. I went to Tysons Galleria Mall (stores like Chanel, etc.) for the first time and all I could afford would be a cup of coffee -the place was crawling with rich people - I must have stuck out like a sore thumb because my jeans were not the $200 ones - you could just smell the snobbery and money!
As more high earning people move there I think PWC is getting more upscale but not there yet - I have heard that the schools are not that bad - but who knows?
Hey no no no, I dont want P-willy to go upscale. Then it looses its charm, no Tims River SHore, no Padrinos Pizza, The Fisherman selling seasoned crab will be gone. Dont let FFX county seep into P-Willy its the last redneck frontier of NoVA.
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: If I tell ya I got to kill ya!
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I would stay away from anything off of Rt.1 if you are looking for good schools. Stick with Gainesville or Nokesville if you pick PWC, otherwise go to Fairfax.

First off Route 1 is pretty big. I have seen you badmouth route 1 too dang on much. Featherstone and Marumsco woods area yes I would agree but with the newer developments and new schools being built on the southern part of route 1 is a different ball game. Have you even been down there recently? Do you even know about half the new communities down there? Can you even name a school off Route 1?

Swan Creek Elementary which is off of Route 1 in Southbridge "A School of Excellence as awarded by Prince William County Public Schools for the 2003-2006 school years."
Swans Creek Elementary School

As school bad rating refelects the community and lack of parental involvement.

Here is a link to Prince William county school information and awards that were presented.
Prince William County Public Schools
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: If I tell ya I got to kill ya!
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I was about to say that I know someone personally who lives in a trailer park out in Chantilly. So trailer living is rare in Fairfax but it exists.
Not only that bt I ended up in the backwoods of Chantilly and I thought I was going to get chopped to pieces...Iwas over there by 234, lee hwy area on the back side of Braddock rd. Pretty darn scary I tell ya.

But why are people even focused on the very low percentage of trailer parks? Most of these trailerws parks are being kicked out and making way for newer home developments. But there will always be poor people around. They have to live somewhere
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Old 09-03-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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I've lived in Prince William for 27 years, and your post was the very first time I have heard this county referred to a "P-Willy" - guess I don't get out enough.

Of the two counties, Fairfax is more expensive and has more to offer; Prince William (being further from the District) is less expensive and has less to offer. You can find reasonable housing in Fairfax; you can find very reasonable housing in Prince William.

The biggest thing to hit Prince William in many years is the crackdown on illegal immigration - one of the toughest laws in the country (just google Prince William County Virginia immigration). Along with the subprime and adjustable rate mortgage mess that has afflicted the country in general, this illegal immigration measure has prompted a migration out of the county of a sizable chuck of our Latino population (both legal and illegal). There were some 4500 foreclosures in the county in the year ending July 30th, and 950 in July alone.

This means there are some real housing bargains available, especially with houses being held by banks.

Potomac Mills - some people love it. The last time we moved, we moved away from it, and when I go shopping for clothes, I usually go to Tysons. And I totally agree with the comment that Manassas Mall is sad.

A big plus: our grocery shopping has improved with Harris Teeter giving the other stores some competition, and we just had a Wegmans open this summer - the biggest and best grocery store I've ever seen. I believe Fairfax has two Wegmans.

Schools - not bad. Overall Fairfax is better, but Prince William has some fine schools and teachers as well.

Hope this helps.
I have lived in FFX county 21 years and we always called it p-willy
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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I was wrong about this and stand corrected. I will delete this message.


Isn't Prince William county where the cops stormed into someone's house and shoot their dogs, then ended up not arresting anyone? Sorry, wouldn't ever live there because, it at least seems like, the police force is out of control.

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Old 09-03-2008, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I have lived in FFX county 21 years and we always called it p-willy
We have never heard it called that and we have been here for 15 years.
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Isn't Prince William county where the cops stormed into someone's house and shoot their dogs, then ended up not arresting anyone? Sorry, wouldn't ever live there because, it at least seems like, the police force is out of control.

Not the same county or state. That happened in Prince George County Maryland.
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