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Old 09-23-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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We rented in Ashburn while our home was on the market in PA...We rented at Archstone Stonebridge...right on Rt 7. We paid $1400 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage. It did the job...We lived there for about 6 months. The schools are good and the drive to Chantilly would be about 20-30 minutes by taking Rt 28.
What does your wife do?
$88K is good. My husband makes just a bit more than that and we can manage on his salary. I work but all of my money goes to daycare (I work for sanity) so it doesn't really count. We live in a single family but did put down about 33% so that isn't a fair comparison. Anyway, I think $88K is great but having to support two households would be tough.
Good luck.

Thanks twinmma. My wife has an accounting degree with auditing experience (~8 years). With so much activity in the area I think she should get a job fairly easily. The big question mark is selling our house. It's a big risk.
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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Rent in Chantilly.

Chantilly Crossing is the apt. complex name

Check into their prices.

Next step - Herndon, about 10 minutes from Chantily
Chantilly Crossing has income qualifications that would eliminate me (is this the only apartment complex in Chantilly???).
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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Thanks twinmma. My wife has an accounting degree with auditing experience (~8 years). With so much activity in the area I think she should get a job fairly easily. The big question mark is selling our house. It's a big risk.
If your wife has Sarbanes-Oxley experience, she should get a decent amount of offers, consulting or permanent, even in this economy.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:41 PM
 
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I'd think that in addition to Centreville and Manassas that were previously mentioned, if you look a little west of Chantilly you could find some nice communities as well. Parts of Ashburn, South Riding, Aldie, and even Leesburg could offer reasonable commutes. You'd be going opposite traffic depending how you go, so you might get little more bang for your buck in some of the farther west places that aren't quite on that commuter alley (66 and 28).
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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Chantilly Crossing has income qualifications that would eliminate me (is this the only apartment complex in Chantilly???).
Across from it there is newly developed condo complex, behind Babies R US.

Check craigslist for by owner rentals.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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I'd think that in addition to Centreville and Manassas that were previously mentioned, if you look a little west of Chantilly you could find some nice communities as well. Parts of Ashburn, South Riding, Aldie, and even Leesburg could offer reasonable commutes. You'd be going opposite traffic depending how you go, so you might get little more bang for your buck in some of the farther west places that aren't quite on that commuter alley (66 and 28).
Traffic sucks after 4 on 50, going towards South Riding.

A/M traffic is no better.

If I was looking, I would rent in Fair Lakes.

Thats pretty easy commute.
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Leesburg
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Discuss this through with your wife more. Your move is really going to affect the kids. You may not like the family close by, but your kids are probably benefiting from it. When you are out here, life tends to be more stressful, not just for you and your wife, but for the kids too. I don't know what gas prices are out there, but gas here is about $2.50 a gallon or so for regular. Be sure to check how it will affect your car insurance, it is higher here too and not sure what your state tax is right now, but look at that too. The schools are pretty good, but it also depends on the neighborhood and teachers. It is a big decision to move with a family. There is a lot of competition here, with grades, schools, after school activities. We simply live here because we are close to family here, but my husband and I would love to be in a much slower paced city and suburbs. You may not be directly in DC but you are always in connection with a ton of traffic. Even though our average unemployment is lower in Virginia and Maryland, there is no guarantee that your wife will get a job, there is a ton of competition again. And don't forget about your current house. If you can't sell it, what are you going to do? Are you willing to take a loss? When we moved here from Seattle, it took us 6 months to sell our house, and houses were flying off the shelves out here.

So think it over and discuss the impact it will have on your family, not only your direct family but the ones you want to leave behind. Northern Virginia is not the light at the end of the tunnel.
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