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Old 02-19-2010, 05:37 AM
 
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Anyone have any information on the Bailey's Crossroads area of Alexandria? Specific area is next to the NoVA Community College on Seminary road. What kind of drive to the Pentagon (7am to and 5pm from) along Columbia Pike would that be? It doesn't seem very far, but not sure the traffic volume and ease of that route. Also, any details on that area? Is it a pretty nice area to rent? We are looking at a 2 year lease for a single family home in that neighborhood. Appreciate any advice available!
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:50 AM
 
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The commute from that area is pretty quick at 7am, you can shoot straight up I-395 and it's only a few exits to the Pentagon.

Returning at 5pm is going to be worse, but because you're not going that far it won't be horrible. The major backup southbound on I395 is past Seminary Rd., by Duke St. where the lanes go down from 4 to 3. Because you're so close though, there are a lot of alternate routes such as Columbia Pike/Beauregard and Quaker Lane/Army-Navy Dr. Also, there is an HOV access at the Seminary Rd. interchange and a lot of people in the area so you could probably carpool without difficulty from the area.

The area is pretty safe, I lived in a single family house in the area and never had any problems. The sketchiest places there are probably Southern Towers, the apartment complex right by 395, or the apartments at Beauregard and Sangor, but I don't think there are any major crime issues there, possibly some more minor property crimes and such there. There are a ton of townhouse communities, single family houses and apartments mixed in near Bailey's Xroads so you can find any kind of housing in the area.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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Bailey's Crossroads is ok if your apartment is just a place to sleep and you plan to spend all your time in another part of town. It's not a great place to live if you want to spend time in your neighborhood, in my opinion. What I mean is it's not a great place to take walks, you won't know your neighbors, there isn't much community spirit, and it can be tricky to get to the stores (especially on foot).
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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Bailey's Crossroads is ok if your apartment is just a place to sleep and you plan to spend all your time in another part of town. It's not a great place to live if you want to spend time in your neighborhood, in my opinion. What I mean is it's not a great place to take walks, you won't know your neighbors, there isn't much community spirit, and it can be tricky to get to the stores (especially on foot).
It probably depends on where you are there, when I lived there in a single family everyone was pretty neighborly. My guess is that if you are in a single family you will be fine, apartments anywhere usually have less of a neighborhood feel from my experience. My house was very near NOVA, about 400 feet from the NOVA parking lot as the crow flies. There are sidewalks if you want to walk/run etc. anywhere, so it actually is a pretty walkable area IMO. You can walk to the Target and other stores on Rt. 7 easily, there are sidewalks along both Rt. 7 and Seminary Rd. and crosswalks at the intersections (obviously you have to be careful, the roads are geared more towards cars than pedestrians). If you are looking in the area of houses south of Seminary, not all of those streets have sidewalks, but there isn't much vehicle traffic in there and I see people walking/running there all the time. Some of those houses have some good-sized yards too as they are older properties. There are a lot of places to eat, grocery and retail stores, the Bailey's community center, the nature center, the Alexandria library, etc. in the area, you really won't need to travel far to get to anything. If you can find a house there within your budget I would say go for it, based on my experience.

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Old 02-19-2010, 06:46 AM
 
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It probably depends on where you are there, when I lived there in a single family everyone was pretty neighborly. My guess is that if you are in a single family you will be fine, apartments anywhere usually have less of a neighborhood feel from my experience. My house was very near NOVA, about 400 feet from the NOVA parking lot as the crow flies. There are sidewalks if you want to walk/run etc. anywhere, so it actually is pretty walkable area IMO. You can walk to the Target and other stores on Rt. 7 easily, there are sidewalks along both Rt. 7 and Seminary Rd. and crosswalks at the intersections (obviously you have to be careful, the roads are geared more towards cars than pedestrians). If you are looking in the area of houses south of Seminary, not all of those streets have sidewalks, but there isn't much vehicle traffic in there and I see people walking/running there all the time. Some of those houses have some good-sized yards too as they area older properties. There are a lot of places to eat, grocery and retail stores, the Bailey's community center, the nature center, the Alexandria library, etc. in the area, you really won't need to travel far to get to anything. If you can find a house there within your budget I would say go for it, based on my experience.
Well, since you lived there, I'd suggest the OP listen more to you. My observations were based on having a friend live there, and you're right that he may just have not chosen the right apartment. You're more likely to have the full picture.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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Well, since you lived there, I'd suggest the OP listen more to you. My observations were based on having a friend live there, and you're right that he may just have not chosen the right apartment. You're more likely to have the full picture.
Thanks C, but you bring up a good point. The OP should check out the exact area they are looking at, talk to neighbors, etc. if possible because one block may be very different from the next.
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Old 02-19-2010, 07:26 AM
 
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Anyone have any information on the Bailey's Crossroads area of Alexandria? Specific area is next to the NoVA Community College on Seminary road. What kind of drive to the Pentagon (7am to and 5pm from) along Columbia Pike would that be? It doesn't seem very far, but not sure the traffic volume and ease of that route. Also, any details on that area? Is it a pretty nice area to rent? We are looking at a 2 year lease for a single family home in that neighborhood. Appreciate any advice available!
FYI: Most people at the Pentagon (active duty) dont leave until well after 5 PM...
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:38 AM
 
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I LOVED living in the area. I lived in the Encore Apartments (Seminary/Van Dorn area) for 2 years, and it was so darn convenient. I could run all my errands in an hour on the weekend, because all the stores are right there. (Go to the Giant on Route 7 across from Target. BEST GIANT EVER). It's a wonderful commuter location with a reverse commute to just about everywhere. Pentagon will be going with traffic, but it's really short. Easy drive to Arlington, Old Town, or Kingstowne areas from there as well (the most common places I ever went).

Unfortunately, I can't comment on the neighborhoodiness (lol) of the area, since I was in an apartment, but I used to walk my dog through the neighborhoods between Seminary and Duke (bordered by Jordan and Van Dorn) all the time, and it's very nice. Same for the area between Seminary and King.

Awww, now I miss it
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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We lived in that area for about two years prior to buying our house in Bristow, and we really liked it a lot. We were renting a SFH, and our neighborhood was very friendly. We were also within walking distance of two supermarkets and loads of restaurants (although I've noticed that my definition of walking distance is sometimes a bit far for others).

We seriously discussed staying in the area, but ultimately decided we didn't have enough cash to be able to afford buying a home of that vintage (1950s) at that price point (nearly $600K). Those homes suck a lot of money in upkeep. For renting, though, I think you could do a lot worse.

FWIW, I commuted to Capitol Hill, and my commute by car averaged 20 minutes.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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There is no "Bailey's Crossroads area of Alexandria"...

Bailey's Crossroads is in Falls Church (the unincorporated part)....named for the intersection (crossroads) of Leesburg and Columbia Pikes, where the Barnum & Bailey circus once wintered.

It sounds like the OP is talking about the "Seminary West" portion of Alexandria's West End neighborhood.
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