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Old 06-28-2009, 08:47 PM
 
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Hi I am a colorado transplant who is moving to NOVA the beginning of August. So not being familar with the Area I thought I would see if anyone had any advice on the following areas to live. I will be working downtown DC and is looking to take the VRE, so I can stay off the roads. Looking on line I see some nice homes in the Manassas and Woodbridge Areas. What can you tell me about either of these communities? Thanks for your input and would anyone have a good real estate firm they would recommend?
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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As long as you're planning on commuting via VRE, you should look at Bristow/Gainesville/Haymarket as well.

What kind of home are you looking for?
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:44 PM
 
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I am looking for a 3 bedroom single family home, with a yard that is fenced or could be fenced since I have a great dog. I am single with no kids so I am not that concerned with the schools but am looking for something that isn't so remote that I feel out of touch. I would like a community that has some events and has a starbucks..lol I like newer but I am finding that a lot of the homes are connected townhomes.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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Yeah, home prices here, as I'm sure you've already learned, are a lot higher than they are in Colorado. That $250-$350K won't go as far here, unfortunately.

I don't know Manassas that well, but there are parts of it that are desirable and parts of it that aren't. A good REA can point you in the right direction. There are homes out there that fit your description, though. We just bought a 5/3.5 SFH in Bristow in a nice neighborhood, and we bought within your price range. The house was bank-owned, but miraculously not trashed. If we found one, then you can too.

Even though you don't have kids, I'd recommend that you still pay attention to the schools and get into the best school pyramid you can afford. Especially if you're looking to buy a detached home. You'll sell it eventually, and since many who buy detached homes do have families, there's a good chance your potential buyers will care about the schools; therefore, IMO, you should too. No sense buying into a poor resale prospect, you know?
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