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Old 05-28-2009, 06:45 AM
 
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Getting ready for a move to Northern VA from the 'burbs of Boston West. Curious if anyone can compare the towns for me from here to there, so I'd have an idea of what each one is like? Like is Newton to Oakton,etc.? Also, any other feedback on what to expect from here to there would be great. Have two young kids, one in elementary- so that's our first concern. Husband in high tech, so job will be located between Arlington/Mclean/Reston (still unsure of which office). Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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Getting ready for a move to Northern VA from the 'burbs of Boston West. Curious if anyone can compare the towns for me from here to there, so I'd have an idea of what each one is like? Like is Newton to Oakton,etc.? Also, any other feedback on what to expect from here to there would be great. Have two young kids, one in elementary- so that's our first concern. Husband in high tech, so job will be located between Arlington/Mclean/Reston (still unsure of which office). Thanks!
There was another CD poster recently named "Camer" who was looking to move from the Boston to DC area and could probably provide you with good information if you sent her a PM. I think they ended up focusing on Oakton - because they liked it, not because it necessarily struck them as similar to any specific Boston area town or suburb.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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I've lived in both the Boston suburbs and the DC suburbs. Newton is a bit more urban than Oakton. The city is much more accessible from Newton. Oakton is very suburban, most houses have some land, but you can take the Metro to DC. In terms of schools, both have pretty good schools. IMO, the schools in Newton might have a little better reputation. Newton is probably more like Arlington.

I definitely miss Boston. Even when we were in the suburbs, we went into Boston much more than we would go into DC. Boston had more distinct neighborhoods. Little Italy, Chinatown, etc. The Chinatown in DC is negligible, don't know of any little Italy, except in Baltimore.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Newton is probably more like Arlington.
I agree with this. Brookline Village is more like Old Town Alexandria.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:29 PM
 
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I think Arlington could really fit your needs if you are looking to match the close-in suburbs of Boston like Newton, Brookline and Cambridge. I have not personally been to Newton, but Brookline and Cambridge felt very much like Arlington to me. North Arlington has great public schools. Vienna/Oakton also have good ones.

As far as other differences, I think you will find the winter better down here. Still way too cold for me, but many northerners think this winter is nothing. I think the consensus us sun-lovers and the snow-lovers can agree on is that you "feel the season of winter" living in Northern Virginia.

Good luck with your move!
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I'd say Arlington is like Cambridge a bit (depending on what part of Arlington is being compared to what part of Cambridge). I lived by Inman Square and I'd say some of the neighborhoods in North Arlington along Washington Blvd are kind of like that. Some of the richer areas of Cambridge are more like farther north in Arlington and into McLean. In town, Back Bay has some things in common with Back Bay and maybe DuPont Circle, but DC isn't really as walkable as Boston. I could walk from Fenway to home in Cambridge in an hour or so. No chance of something like that in DC, not the least of which because I wouldn't want to walk through certain parts of DC.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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I thought Berkeley was similar to North Arlington. I think you will see much less of an Italian and Irish presence, compared with even Baltimore, and much less than Boston. St. Patrick's Day is probably out done by Halloween, and even Cinco De Mayo.

I don't think you will see the vigilantism in the DC neighborhoods, that you might in some of the nicer Boston neighborhoods. DC is more transient and newer. Your Boston accent will probably stand out in DC, who cares.
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Old 05-30-2009, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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I think Arlington could really fit your needs if you are looking to match the close-in suburbs of Boston like Newton, Brookline and Cambridge.
I second this. North Arlington is where you want to focus for good schools (some people suggest just focusing on the odd-numbered zip codes in Arlington). Also the area near the East Falls Church metro station, which is on the border of Arlington and Fairfax counties.

Oakton is nice, but it is a little further out and "suburby", both in distance and in design. Northern Virginia, and the DC area in general, is so much more spread out than Boston that it is hard to match that "walk to everything" feel that Boston has, even way out in Newton. But Arlington is close. Parts of Alexandria, too, but the schools aren't as good there.

Boston is my favorite city in the world, but I'm really happy in Northern Virginia, too. It's a pretty easy move to make, culturally.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Boston is my favorite city in the world, but I'm really happy in Northern Virginia, too. It's a pretty easy move to make, culturally.
Yes, as Red Sox Nation will be taking over Nationals Stadium when the BoSox play the Nats next month.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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In town, Back Bay has some things in common with Back Bay and maybe DuPont Circle...
I meant Capitol Hill. Oops.
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