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Old 09-13-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Tone509--Thanks for the clarification on the public schools. Researching school-by-school seems to be best.

ScranBarre---Ah, the Green Line goes through SE DC. Yeah, growing up way back when in Reston, I always heard stay out of SE DC and PG County. Funny, when I was 16, my bestfriend and I used to sneak out to a club in SE DC. They had an 18 and over night, but they didn't check your ID if you said that you were 18/under-21. What were we thinking?!?! I guess, I really needed to escape Reston...HAHA!
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:25 PM
 
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Tone509--Thanks for the clarification on the public schools. Researching school-by-school seems to be best.

ScranBarre---Ah, the Green Line goes through SE DC. Yeah, growing up way back when in Reston, I always heard stay out of SE DC and PG County. Funny, when I was 16, my bestfriend and I used to sneak out to a club in SE DC. They had an 18 and over night, but they didn't check your ID if you said that you were 18/under-21. What were we thinking?!?! I guess, I really needed to escape Reston...HAHA!
I used to sneak out to a club in SE when I was a kid, too. I started sneaking out to F Street instead (way back before Penn Quarter was cool -- in fact, I don't think it was even called Penn Quarter yet...) after passing a homicide investigation in progress outside the SE club. Scared the %*$# out of me! As well it should have. Wonder if it was the same place you used to go? I have no idea what it was called anymore.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:21 PM
 
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A few years ago it was called Nations. My college age son went there. I was scared to death for him. He said it's all fenced in now.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:38 PM
 
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Nation (no s) but yeah, that's the area right around the current stadium. Much nicer now obviously, but it was a pretty popular club when it existed. Even though that area was bad, I don't think it was ever as bad as SE across the Anacostia. I never went there but I heard about it a lot.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:23 PM
 
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Del Ray is very ''in'' now and therefore very expensive. I'm not sure about the schools. The people I know who live there use private schools. I guess that might tell you something. If it's in the city of Alexandria then the schools are likely to be very bad. Ballston is filled with 20-somethings, singles love it. There are lots of restaurants and bars and a mall. Alexandria has terrible schools, the public high school is among the lowest ranked, but there are private schools available.
Reviving this because OP started a follow-up thread and I wanted to comment on the above.

The people I know who live in Del Ray and Rosemont send their children to Alexandria public schools. These parents are professionals, like lawyers, engineers, upper management of companies like Lockheed Martin.

Denton56 says the schools are "likely" to be terrible. No offense, but I have first-hand experience, and they are not. 10 or more years ago, most of the kids from upper-middle class homes in Alexandria did go to private school, and the performance of public schools suffered. In recent years, parents have become much more involved in the schools, the PTAs are thriving, and I am confident my children are getting good educations (of course, we supplement it at home as well). Many of Fairfax County schools do perform better, but Alexandria parents these days are putting their kids into, and their support behind, the public schools.

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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Tone509--Thanks for the clarification on the public schools. Researching school-by-school seems to be best.

ScranBarre---Ah, the Green Line goes through SE DC. Yeah, growing up way back when in Reston, I always heard stay out of SE DC and PG County. Funny, when I was 16, my bestfriend and I used to sneak out to a club in SE DC. They had an 18 and over night, but they didn't check your ID if you said that you were 18/under-21. What were we thinking?!?! I guess, I really needed to escape Reston...HAHA!
Are you speaking of "Tracks" in SE? Ahhh the good ol' days!
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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YES! Tracks...haha.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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I moved to North Arlington this past summer and I like it. I live near the Lee/Harrison shopping center, less than a mile to the Westover shopping center. Also the Cherrydale section of Arlington which is cute, walkable, and a lot of privately owned, mom and pop-type stores. The schools here are Amazing. My daughter attends Yorktown HS which is, per US News and the such, rated as one of the top high schools in the nation and I absolutely love the school. I will assume that the younger schools must be just as good and from what the neighbors say they all love the elementary school.

We also somewhat border Falls Church which has schools that rate very well. The little downtown area is pretty good, we go to dinner there and if I need to go to a Staples or Whole Foods (neither are downtown Falls Church, both are up Leesburg Pike a few blocks) I go to Falls Church instead of downtown Arlington...easier and free to park! (I hate paying for parking while running errands!!)

I come from Southern CA (Orange County) which obviously does not have the huge cities like NYC or Chicago or anything, but still large and artsy, and I really like this area. It has the perfect combination of strip malls, huge retailers, and locally owned businesses. You just need to spend a couple of days driving around and pick your place. If you can rent for a bit and get to know the area, even better. I have not yet taken time to explore the smaller towns...when that happens my opinion may change...you just never know!
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:40 PM
 
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Thanks treebw! Wonderful info! I'll check out rentals in your area, too.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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Bumping up this thread on the DC forum, but seems like it has a counterpart here on the NOVA forum as well. So, I'll bump it up here, and will probably fit even better over here.

On the other forum, someone mentioned that many of these quaint outer towns really only go 3 blocks (or feels like anyways) then just sprawl-ville.

Having been to FREDERICK MD...and read an article that mentioned 50 historical blocks...I quite liked the feel of that city a lot.

I haven't been to the other ones mentioned though - although I have been to FRONT ROYAL, VA - for comparison value anyways.

Just curious if any of the other cities are like Frederick or more like a Front Royal. I viewed LEESBURG on google maps, and seems like whatever is downtown is relatively small. Or is that because I am limited by google maps?

Purcelleville...I think I read somewhere that a lot of horse farms? Which doesn't particularly strike me as interesting (just my own lack of interests in that).

CUrious about Manassas though...

Basically just bumping on this thread for further discussion...and it is an interesting thread from a reader's perspective trying to get more info on an area from afar
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