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Old 07-27-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I've tried Googling, what the heck is a pipestem? I understand theoretically it must look like the stem of a pipe? I can't visualization such a thing though.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Reston
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I've tried Googling, what the heck is a pipestem? I understand theoretically it must look like the stem of a pipe? I can't visualization such a thing though.

They are mostly in subdivisions built after the 1980s. Often itís on a cul-de-sac where the developer builds four houses and sells them. Then, where you would expect a fifth house, the developer adds a long driveway with 3, 4 or 5 more houses. The original four homeowners probably thought the land behind their homes was going to be green space. Look at Google maps in satellite view in PW and Loudoun mostly. Naughty, greedy, sneaky developers.

A long driveway with a lot of kids playing on it would not be an incentive for me.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Thanks, now I can kind of picture it - doesn't sound like something I'd want.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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When we were in Vienna, our kids had friends who lived on pipestems. It seemed like all the houses were families with kids and the pipestems were almost like playgrounds. Worked great for them, but might not be good for people who don't like exercising the additional caution, or taking the extra care.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Montana
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When we were in Vienna, our kids had friends who lived on pipestems. It seemed like all the houses were families with kids and the pipestems were almost like playgrounds. Worked great for them, but might not be good for people who don't like exercising the additional caution, or taking the extra care.
I love Vienna! I also noticed that they have a lot of small alleyways and such, real estate does seem to be at a prime there. My grandparents made a ton of money on their small rancher that they bought back in the 70's.
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