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Old 02-18-2009, 12:46 AM
 
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Vlh71,
Thanks for your info, but how is the commute time to DC or Silver Spring area from Loudoun?
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:12 AM
 
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It depends on where in Loudoun. Many of the communities I mentioned are close to the Dulles Toll Rd which will help you avoid much of Rt. 66. We had a client move back here from Philly in October. He targeted Loudoun Co. because of the schools. He woke up 2 different mornings from Loudoun Co. and did the commute to DC a couple different ways. I believe, by using the Toll Rd., it was the quickest route and saved about 15 min. as opposed to going Rt. 66 all the way in. The commute time was about 45 min. This may or may not be a long commute - it depends on who you are. You will definitely get more for the money (newer for sure) here and top notch schools. Check into the reputation of Pinebrook Elementary, Little River Elementary, Hutchison Farm, Liberty, etc. They are fantastic. Doug would do a commute analysis and school ranking analysis for you - he's that good!
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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I think that a commute of around 35-40 minutes from Loudoun to DC might be feasible during non-rush hour. A 45-minute commute during most of rush hour, however, strikes me as rather unlikely. In addition, Route 66 has HOV-2 restrictions during rush hour.

With respect to the Loudoun schools, many of them are newer than the schools in Fairfax and there definitely seem to be many parents happy with the local schools, particularly at the elementary level. At the high school level, students in the Loudoun schools don't yet consistently match their Fairfax peers: in particular, SAT scores for the top-ranked Loudoun school in 2008 (Loudoun Valley) were lower than those at 13 of Fairfax's 25 high schools.

What you will clearly get in Loudoun, compared to most parts of Fairfax, is a larger and/or newer house for the same amount of money.

Good luck!
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:09 AM
 
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You would be crazy to live in Loudoun and commute to Silver Spring. Don't even consider that one.
I agree that 45 minutes from Loudoun to DC is highly unlikely during rush hour. It's probably much closer to an hour (or even more), especially in the evening.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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The 45 minute commute was based on leaving at 7am I believe. I am in South Riding and can be in DC on off peak time in about 25 minutes....45-50 is not out of the question. Silver Spring is a different story. I agree, the commute would be intolerable!
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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The 45 minute commute was based on leaving at 7am I believe. I am in South Riding and can be in DC on off peak time in about 25 minutes....45-50 is not out of the question. Silver Spring is a different story. I agree, the commute would be intolerable!
Leaving at 7am, to DC....how can it be 45 min if, I believe, you can't take I66 inside the beltway due to HOV restrictions?

You'll have to detour onto the beltway and then go down GW Parkway to get to downtown DC.

According to Google, it takes 1 hr. 10 min during traffic, and 40 min without traffic, to get to DC, and that's assuming there are no accidents. Volume will still be heavy during traffic, so it will be a stressful drive.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:04 PM
 
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Centreville could be an option the school are very good , my daughter is going to london town elementary school they have bben so helpful , also there is Deer park or cub Run there are all good schools , for the comute it takes it take less than half hour by 66 west .
good luck
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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Are any of the Arlington middle schools decent feeders for TJ?
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:05 PM
 
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vlh71 (and everyone who has posted)- Really appreciate your help with the info
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:25 PM
 
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go to greatschools.net
I use them all the time.
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