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Old 06-01-2009, 02:12 PM
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Actually, Shadowood is a horrible community but not because it has a higher level of crime than many other condo complexs in the area. It is beyond horrible for it's association and management company. They target who they fine and specifically wait until voting times so as to put those certain people in bad standing so they cannot vote for board directors. It is clear from pictures they have taken fining people that they are targeting since in their pictures you can clearly see many other units who are not following the rule that the person is being fined for. The association has been accused on many occasions of stealing money. They have been accused of incorrectly fining certain people over and over again for the same reason like their children playing in the street when it isn't their children in the picture or they do not even have children. The grounds are not kept well. They say they have security but non can be found except motion lights which doesn't do much for safety. The association has been written up in the local newspaper for not being good and is in the process of being sued for actions to many of the owners.

Crime has gotten worse over the years in the community but hopefuly with the Fairfax County Police Dept. promising to have a stronger presence in the area, it will get better. Time will tell if we'll see more cars set on fire, sexual assaults/robberies on Soap Stone next to the complex and children vandilizing cars in the parking lot.

If purchasing in the complex, please keep in mind the association. It really will effect your quality of living there. Also, the buildings were built in the '70s and if the kitchen has not been redone then there is aspestos undo the floor.

To end, there are much much much better places to live than Shadowood.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:40 PM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Since we're digging up old threads I figured I'd chime in with my two cents. I personally feel as if you get the most "bang for your buck" living sandwiched south of Baron Cameron Avenue, north of the Dulles Toll Road, east of Reston Town Center, and west of Lake Anne. I'm living in this "square" of sorts, and I'm renting a nearly 1,000 square foot apartment for just over $1,100/month in a great community (well I give it a B-, but you get what you pay for). You can walk to so much from here (assuming you're a distance walker/runner as I am)---Target, YMCA, Reston Town Center, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Harris Teeter, Starbuck's, Lake Anne, public pools, the W & OD Trail, etc., etc. I don't feel at all uneasy about my personal safety here and often go running alone.

It's a pain in the neck trying to cross Reston Parkway on foot (why do some of the morons here make right turns on red WITHOUT first yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalks of the streets to which they are turning? ), but otherwise everything is pleasant. I see they now have an area along North Shore Drive in front of my complex "tagged" with a bunch of orange flags, so perhaps they are finally installing sidewalks along this stretch of the roadway as well (which would be much appreciated!)
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:19 PM
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North Reston or anything in or around Reston Town Center and you are pretty safe! ;-)
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by SlimmyT View Post
I have posted to this board before, but my info has changed. My husband and I initially were relocating to the Fairfax/Vienna area...but, we just found out he will be working in Reston...so, we'd like to find a place there. We were looking in the $1500-1600/month range...(2BR?)

We have found an apartment in Reston, but it's in the Shadowood development. I am hearing HORROR stories about this place. Is it the ghetto? PLEASE level with me, because we are coming from a nice area in Coral Gables and moving to VA will be traumatic enough without having to deal with living in a yucky area.

We are 2 young professionals, and I work from home. My husband is an engineer.

Please. If you know the down low....Spill it.
You are going to have to increase your housing allowance. 1600 for a two bedroom is way too low. A nice one bedroom starts at 1500. A nice two bedroom can be had for about 1800-2000, at least from a private landlord. If it's a lot less than that I'd be suspicious.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:52 PM
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I'm sure Slimmy has found housing by now as this post is from May, 2007!!!
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