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Old 06-05-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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Looking for a place to move in NOVA...will be working in Old Town... have a young daughter - a little over a year old so schools will be a factor in the future. No plans to move, so will be here long term. Looking a single family house (if possible). Right now, budget between $400-$425K for house.

Done some preliminary research and for a SFH....either have to purchase an older house in not the best neighborhoods or have a helluva of a commute.

Any suggestions? Maybe purchase a townhouse and hopefully be able to sell in 5 or 6 years? I know...good luck trying to time the market.
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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Looking for a place to move in NOVA...will be working in Old Town... have a young daughter - a little over a year old so schools will be a factor in the future. No plans to move, so will be here long term. Looking a single family house (if possible). Right now, budget between $400-$425K for house.

Done some preliminary research and for a SFH....either have to purchase an older house in not the best neighborhoods or have a helluva of a commute.

Any suggestions? Maybe purchase a townhouse and hopefully be able to sell in 5 or 6 years? I know...good luck trying to time the market.
Try the Kingstowne community in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. I would predict that some THs may have fallen into your range.

Also Burke has been mentioned before on this forum as a relatively undervalued/undiscovered area. Don't know what the TH situation is there but that might be worth looking into.

You could definitely get a SFH over in Prince William County... but then there's the I-95/I-66 conga line if you don't have flex-time.
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Old 06-05-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Old town Alexandria or Old town Fairfax?
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Old 06-05-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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If it were me, I would look at Burke only because the schools are so good. I've lived in Burke twice before and we are moving back in just a couple of weeks. My sisters both went to High School in Burke...one went to Braddock and the other went to Robinson. They are both excellent. I haven't heard anything bad about either one.
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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Yamota,

Old Town Alexandria. Thank you
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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Has anyone heard of Cameron Parke...near Old Town Alex? Thanks
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:51 PM
 
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Has anyone heard of Cameron Parke...near Old Town Alex? Thanks
You may be thinking of Cameron Station?

It's a really nice area of townhomes that will definitely be convenient to Old Town. However, I'm not sure that the asking prices will be in your preferred range. I would be surprised if they're under $500K.
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