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Old 01-14-2009, 07:03 AM
 
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Default Newcomer wants to buy house...but where?

Hi
I am currently renting in NVA and seeking to buy a house with my fiance.

The initial question is where can I find the best house (single family home) in a neighborhood that is not stacked on top of one another? I'm not looking for much land (1/3 to 3 acres at most). I can compromise on the house somewhat if the commute and schools compensate somewhat for that.

I am concerned about the commute. We are living in Bowling Green and I am commuting to Arlington and that's a killer. I work a 40 hours 5 day work week schedule, she works in Alexandria and works 4 days a week on a part time schedule. We're thinking about Fredericksburg however, I am concerned that this will still be a 4 hour a day commute for me. Her commute is not much better, just less frequent and she leaves in the early afternoon prior to peak rush hours.

She's very concerned about schools and seems to think that no school system outside of the Fredericksburg area meets her standards. I relocated to VA so I am not able to counter that argument. She's lived in VA for awhile and feels that her daughter (freshman in high school) will be easily influenced by drugs, gang activity, overcrowding and moral decay. Are the schools in NVA that bad? How do other NVA school systems outside of Fredericksburg (in affordable areas) stack up?

Her older daughter works in Stafford so we would have to be within 30 miles or so from there.

Affordability - Looking for a 4 bedroom house preferably with a basement (unfin) at or below $350K with at least 1/3 of an acre. House must be within a reasonable shot of the Arlington/Alexandria commuting area. I realize the price cap puts a serious limit on areas that I can still afford. Any help on this?

Lots of limitations and parameters but given the above circumstances does anybody have any recommendations? This is putting a strain on our relationship at the moment so a solution is needed soon.
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:12 AM
 
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Hmmmm...not sure why your fiance is all aglow over Fredericksburg schools. I do have some coworkers whose kids go there and they are not horrible but I wouldn't call them impressive either. And kids are kids are kids. Most public schools do a horrible job of managing the "bad" apples and I doubt the Fredericksburg is any different than Stafford, Prince William etc with regards to the amount of bad apples if you catch my drift.

Anyway, even Fredericksburg would be an improvement on your commutes. I work in DC and have many Fredericksburg commuters in my office. None of them drive. They all use the busses and it seems to be about an hour and a half commute at any time.

Stafford would also get you what you need in that price range. Prince William a tad higher. I live in a 4 bdrm, 14 y/o house on 1/2 acre. Last selling price was about $389,000. School system is just so-so but I wouldn't consider Fredericksburg an improvement.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:35 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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Try Charles County, MD.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:36 PM
 
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Falls Church, VA

have you seen traffic on 95?

Fredericksburg? No fing way man.
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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Falls Church, VA

have you seen traffic on 95?

Fredericksburg? No fing way man.
Well, it is an improvement over Bowling Green.
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:26 PM
 
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She's very concerned about schools and seems to think that no school system outside of the Fredericksburg area meets her standards. I relocated to VA so I am not able to counter that argument. She's lived in VA for awhile and feels that her daughter (freshman in high school) will be easily influenced by drugs, gang activity, overcrowding and moral decay. Are the schools in NVA that bad? How do other NVA school systems outside of Fredericksburg (in affordable areas) stack up?
Fredericksburg schools have no drugs?

Is traffic that bad that dealers cant reach it? LOL
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