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Unread 12-01-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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You should be able to find that, or even a bit larger, if you don't mind a house that's 15-years old or so in Montclair or Manassas. Parts of Manassas, however, will take a comparatively long time to get to Springfield. Also, I think that the Lake Ridge area of Woodbridge should have something to consider, especially in a two-story home, which is nice as many have daylight basements and can be over 5000 square feet total when finished.

In Manassas, zip code 20111 is where I would look, and you would want properties off Davis Ford Road or Yates Ford Road as Yates Ford connects with Clifton in Fairfax County and facilitates the commute, though the afternoon return to PW County can be slow that way. The zip code goes into Manassas Park, but that area is more developed and suburban as opposed to properties that are set amid acreage.

$350k or so is not that out of range, though for larger houses on larger properties, closer to $400-$450k is what I would be expecting to pay for starters, especially if they are newer construction. Some houses in that part of Manassas do top $1M, especially with direct waterfront, since they tend to be 4-5 acre mini-estates with docks and such, but are significantly less expensive than neighboring Clifton in Fairfax County.
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Unread 12-01-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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I would also check zip 20112.
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Unread 12-01-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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First .. Springfield is a very large place.. it is a Post Office, no town.. unincorporated Fairfax County..
There are some older neighborhoods around Springfield that are in your price range.. lots will be smaller.. look around.. Franconia, Alexandria Addresses in Fairfax County..

I work for the County and drive around these neighborhoods all day, there are some nice places at good prices there if you look..

You do not want to commute if you can avoid it.
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Unread 12-02-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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thnks for the replies. i will search these areas.
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Unread 12-05-2009, 05:52 AM
 
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my job has shifts like 6-2 2-10 10-6, which i assume are i95 non rush hours. is it still a bear during 5-6am from/to the south (spotsylvania, stafford, etc) during these times? driving an hour on open hwy is no biggy for me.
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Unread 12-05-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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my job has shifts like 6-2 2-10 10-6, which i assume are i95 non rush hours. is it still a bear during 5-6am from/to the south (spotsylvania, stafford, etc) during these times? driving an hour on open hwy is no biggy for me.
Open highway on I95? ...what is that...
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Unread 12-05-2009, 07:52 AM
 
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my job has shifts like 6-2 2-10 10-6, which i assume are i95 non rush hours. is it still a bear during 5-6am from/to the south (spotsylvania, stafford, etc) during these times? driving an hour on open hwy is no biggy for me.
Your best time out of those three would be the 2-10 shift. Heading out at 6pm would be bad.
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Unread 12-05-2009, 09:56 PM
 
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Your best time out of those three would be the 2-10 shift. Heading out at 6pm would be bad.
there's no 6pm in those shifts
6am-2pm
2pm-10pm
10pm-6am
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