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Old 12-21-2008, 02:52 PM
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Hi everyone. Can anyone give me some neighborhood insight? Here are our stats and desires:

Young family with elementary age kids, an infant and two big dogs.
Stay at home mom.
Husband will commute to the Hill for now and maybe Pentagon in a few years.
Want 30 minute maximum commute to work.
We'll rent something, hopefully no more than $3000/month and ideally a SFH.
Seems the schools in the entire county are great, so that's a non-issue.

We'd love a non-urban neighborhood if that's possible, more family-friendly than young professional. We have a car so walking to shops isn't important, but easy access to public transit for DH's commute is key.

Ideally, we'd be walking distance to metro, but if there are good/fast bus/metro combinations, we'd consider further out to get the SFH rather than an apartment, so long as total commute <30 minutes.

Thanks for your insight!
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:44 PM
 
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Lee Heights neighborhood would fit you perfectly. It's got windy roads with lots of trees. It's really a great looking area. It's right in between Washington Lee HS and Yorktown HS off Lee. It's about a 15-30 minute drive depending on traffic.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:50 PM
 
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I'm not really sure about the rental rate for a house in that neighborhood though. I do know that $3000-$4000 can get you a nice 3 bedroom apartment but it would be in a more urbanized area. But I wouldn't hesitate to check them out.. there have been a lot of projects lately.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:23 PM
 
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I love the neighborhood zillow calls "Olde Glebe" 22207. My aunt lived there and commuted (drove) to the Hill. Personally I lived near the Courthouse metro in Arlington, but that doesn't fit here at all.
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:43 PM
 
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The 30 minute commute requirement will essentially limit you to Arlington or perhaps Alexandria, though Arlington schools are more highly rated. Most of the Arlington metro stops are located in "urban suburban" neighborhoods, with far more condos and apartments than single-family homes within easy walking distance. Driving to the Metro can be problematic because of a scarcity of parking spaces. The East Falls Church station is within walking distance of a number of family-friendly neighborhoods, but the 30 minute commute might be difficult. I lived less than a mile from the station, and my commute to an office near McPherson Square was closer to 50 minutes -- 12 minute walk, at least 5 minute wait for train, 20 minute ride, 10 minute walk. It adds up quickly, especially when you factor in train delays.
Some neighborhoods near the EFC station are Madison Manor and Berkshire Oakwood. Lots of 50-60 year old colonials and usually a decent number of rental options. The school pyramid is very highly rated.
If your husband is willing to drive to work, or to consider a slightly longer commute, you'll have more options.
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:50 AM
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Thanks everyone. Happy Holidays.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:33 AM
 
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Check Arlington Ridge. Around 22206. There are a few moderate houses for sale that might come in your range, and the southern edge of the small neighborhood has townhouses that might be in that range.

It's a great area (I rented there before moving to AL, although in a lower range than you are asking about) but I don't know about the schools.
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