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Old 10-28-2009, 08:13 AM
 
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The advice to look for a roommate on Craig's List is the best. Of course, sometimes you luck up and sometimes, you don't find much, but if you have some time to wait out for the right deal, it's a good option.

I live in Fair Oaks in a nice 4-BR condo with 2 roommates and I'm renting 2 rooms (both smaller rooms) for about $800/month when you include utilities. It's a great situation for me, but I might have lucked up a bit, as well. (And I waited around for about 3 weeks before it came up.)


If you're determined to go the Manassas route, my advice would be to experiment around a lot in the morning. I-66 is going to be a nightmare from 8:30 to 9:30. Get on Google Maps and try to pick out some back ways that might work. I never drive down to Manassas, so I don't know of any good routes firsthand, but Google suggests its only about 14 miles from Fair Oaks. And there are a lot of roads in the area --- surely there must be some way that's not completely miserable, but you might have to search around a bit. If not, my guess is that you're looking at a good 45-60 minute commute.


You might also consider looking for apartments in Herndon or Reston. I don't know what the going rates up there are, but I'm guessing they are somewhat less expensive than Fair Oaks; but maybe not enough to be in your range.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:57 AM
 
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Rt 28 is pretty much a parking lot and Lee Highway backs up starting in Centreville. I live in Bristow and take 66 (leaving at 8:30) and generally get to Fair Lakes in 30 minutes. 66 after 8:00 am actually gets better from the stretch of Haymarket to FFX County parkway. Generally the backup starts at the parkway which is easily accessible to Fair Oaks. I agree wholeheartedly with other posters, I would look at share situations or basement apts. In that price range, you get what you pay for in terms of dicey neighborhood and roach motel
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:22 PM
 
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66 will still be congested in the 9:00 hr so I would say maybe leave 8:30 - 8:45, just to be safe? (Sort of depends on if you're exit 55 Fairfax or exit 62 Fairfax or in between)

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I have no idea where in Fairfax...i do know that it is right across the street from some mall called, fair oaks mall? Ive never been there, I just saw it on the way to my interview. But I will take the time frame into consideration! Thanks a bunch...very helpful!
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:28 PM
 
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You might also consider looking for apartments in Herndon or Reston. I don't know what the going rates up there are, but I'm guessing they are somewhat less expensive than Fair Oaks; but maybe not enough to be in your range.
Thanks I will check Herndon and Reston out, I appreciate all the feedback! It helps out tremendously......it definitely seems like being cheap around NOVA is not an option. Oh well....i guess I could understand....a lot of people around NOVA have deep pockets....im just not that deep, at least not yet! ha! Thanks again!
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:36 AM
 
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I have a friend who lives in Sterling, right at the Dulles shopping center, and he says he gets to Fairfax in 30 min. Herndon might be good, too.
Centerville is another option.

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Old 10-30-2009, 08:52 AM
 
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I have no idea where in Fairfax...i do know that it is right across the street from some mall called, fair oaks mall? Ive never been there, I just saw it on the way to my interview. But I will take the time frame into consideration! Thanks a bunch...very helpful!
Oh OK, that is the western most part of Fairfax (along 66 you will have 7 miles of "Fairfax" exits from mile 55, yours/Fair Oaks to exit 62 Vienna/Ffx metro). That means you're closer to Centreville/Manassas (and farther from beltway traffic) than the eastern part of Ffx.

I don't think that's the worst commute to Manassas, but probably allow 45 mins to start since it varies by minute almost, but probably closer to 30 on a normal day. If you are younger/single I would also consider living closer in (Falls Church?) and doing the reverse commute. When I first moved to NoVA I lived in Arlington and worked off the Fair Oaks exit and even that wasn't too bad b/c the majority of traffic was going the other way.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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Haymarket has really nice apartments for $800/month. I believe they are 2 bedrooms. Close to 29 - near where the BoneFish restaurant is. Easy commute to Fairfax from Haymarket if you are leaving after 8:30.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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I would check out Springfield. You could take the Fairfax county parkway straight in.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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I would check out Springfield. You could take the Fairfax county parkway straight in.
You are right although rents would likely be beyond the $900 ceiling that the OP is seeking. Then again, one would hope that the OP has found a place in the two months since she first created this thread.
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