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Old 05-19-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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I am looking at possibly relocating for a job in the Herndon area. What outlying communities would provide for a reasonable commute (30 -45 mins). We prefer neighborhoods with larger lots. Our price range will be 600K or less.

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Old 05-19-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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I am looking at possibly relocating for a job in the Herndon area. What outlying communities would provide for a reasonable commute (30 -45 mins). We prefer neighborhoods with larger lots. Our price range will be 600K or less.

Thank You,
How large a lot do you have in mind?

The Oak Hill area of Oakton (20171) has some nice houses under $600K for sale on half-acre lots; schools (Crossfield/Carson/Oakton) and community are both great, and commute would be very reasonable by NoVa standards. If you want a larger lot for less than $600K, I'd start looking in Loudoun to the west of Herndon.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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Jeb77, thanks for the reply. We prefer a lot greater than 1 acre....but understand we'll need to have realistic expectations if we decide to move there.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I have friends who are rooming together in Centreville, and to me that seems like a more "family-friendly" area with larger lot sizes and a reasonable commute to Herndon, where I'm also working. Housing prices should be more affordable in Centreville than they are in the more immediate Dulles Tech Corridor area. Best of luck!
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Jeb77, thanks for the reply. We prefer a lot greater than 1 acre....but understand we'll need to have realistic expectations if we decide to move there.
Actually, if you want to be near Herndon, one place you'll find homes with really big lots is along Thomas Road (If you're looking at a map, look in Sterling between Algonkian Pkwy and Rt. 7. Other roads in the neighborhood are Lakeland, Cedar, and Lake).

Last time I drove there I saw several homes for sale, so you might be able to get a good deal. It's an older neighborhood that has a lot of charm. A lot people don't even know this neighborhood exists, it's kind of hidden away. It almost feels like it's way out in the country--which makes me think the prices might be more reasonable than you'd expect. The lots are larger because it was built before the suburban explosion of the last decade.

Countryside also has some older homes with large lots that are probably within your price range. The area near Youngs Cliff Road is even zoned for farm animals. There may be some superfund issues with that area, however. (Not sure about this, ask your realtor.)
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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If you're looking for something on lots of land there is Oakton but it's awfully expensive. I'm going to say that Loudon county is going to be your best bet if you're looking for country living. Even that will involve a bit of a drive. There's a little bit of land in Fairfax county in Oakton but really you need to drive if you want that country lifestyle. Maybe Purcellville or Lovettsville? The Plains? These places would probably have about an hour commute.

Not to be contrary but I would be surprised if you find anything for an acre or more in Fairfax county for under $600K.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Jeb77, thanks for the reply. We prefer a lot greater than 1 acre....but understand we'll need to have realistic expectations if we decide to move there.
Have you looked in Fairfax Station? Large lots. Some home prices there are starting to approach $600,000. You might find a real gem!
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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A great site to search (and you don't have to register or give contact info) is HomesDatabase - Home for Sale and Rent in DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. You can start with Herndon and zoom out using the map feature. On a brief search, I found 1 in Reston with 0.75 ac. You will not find a new home with a large lot in your price range but there are homes available with large lots within a reasonable commuting time (I consider anything under 1 hour reasonable in this area, some years ago we lived in Northern NJ and my husband commuted 1.5 hours each way to ITT near the World Trade Center).
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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Great site, Margery. I used it and easily found a home on a 1-acre lot in that neighborhood I just described. It's $350,000: 122 LAKELAND DR RICHLAND ACRES STERLING VA - HomesDatabase (http://www.homesdatabase.com/home-listings-RICHLAND+ACRES-STERLING-VA-MRIS-LO6950760 - broken link)

Here's one in the same neighborhood that's $649,000 on 1.4 acres. It's been for sale awhile, maybe you could get them to lower the price:
101 LAKE DR RICHLAND ACRES STERLING VA - HomesDatabase (http://www.homesdatabase.com/home-listings-RICHLAND+ACRES-STERLING-VA-MRIS-LO6922160 - broken link)
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:45 PM
 
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Great site, Margery. I used it and easily found a home on a 1-acre lot in that neighborhood I just described. It's $350,000: 122 LAKELAND DR RICHLAND ACRES STERLING VA - HomesDatabase (http://www.homesdatabase.com/home-listings-RICHLAND+ACRES-STERLING-VA-MRIS-LO6950760 - broken link)

Here's one in the same neighborhood that's $649,000 on 1.4 acres. It's been for sale awhile, maybe you could get them to lower the price:
101 LAKE DR RICHLAND ACRES STERLING VA - HomesDatabase (http://www.homesdatabase.com/home-listings-RICHLAND+ACRES-STERLING-VA-MRIS-LO6922160 - broken link)
FYI - the house on Lake Drive (very nice . . .) is showing up as under contract on the Frankly MLS site.
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