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Unread 03-09-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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Coming from the Bay Area, you'll probably experience little to no sticker shock at our own relatively exorbitant real estate prices. While it's true that the concept of "reverse commuting" is relative in NOVA, housing is generally less the further west and south you go from DC/Arlington/Alexandria. Since the commute will be to Sterling, I'd recommend looking into the Leesburg/Ashburn/Sterling area. Vienna/Oakton would be more expensive.

You may have heard that Fairfax County schools (which would include Vienna and Oakton) are among the "best" in the country. However, Loudoun County schools (including Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling) are no slouches and your kids would receive a fine education there.

You're more likely to find newer homes in Loudoun than Fairfax. You're also more likely to find more stay-at-home-mothers as well.

As far as politics go, if you look at things in "red" and "blue", then Arlington and Alexandria are almost as blue as DC, Fairfax County is generally purple, and Loudoun has a reddish tint, albeit not as strong as Prince William County and most other counties due south and west.

I happen to be a moderator of the Northern Virginia forum. If you like, I can move this thread over there for your convenience.


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Super. We are scheduled to leave here after this school year, but have no idea where we are going to live yet, only that it be within commute distance to Sterling. I have been so concerned about not being able to get my son into school next fall somewhere near wherever we decide to live. Here in Oakland, the local school can be great, in a nice area, but be full by the preceeding January and the next school within 5 miles is really bad and not a place to send your child. I
If I don't have to contend with that element then I am relieved.
Any towns surrounding Sterling that you reccomend? My husband is used to a commute, so he can do it in Virginia too..........Thank you!
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Unread 03-10-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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Here are some photos of the areas right next to Sterling. Traffic is bad, so I recommend one of these towns to make your commute as short as possible.

Lowes Island (part of Cascades, which is the northern section of Sterling)
Reston-South Lakes
Reston-Town Center and Lake Anne
Herndon
Brambleton (a part of Ashburn)
Vienna
Sterling Park

I personally like Lowes Island. You'll definitely find green and trees, good neighbors and a community to be part of there. However, it's only about 20 years old (in the oldest areas, some sections were built in the last decade). If you want a place that's a little bit older, and slightly more urban, Reston is my second favorite. "Old" is a relative term. Nova has mostly new communities. These particular communities range from built in the 1960's to built in the last decade.

The best thing to do is check out the northern virginia forum. It's very active and has all sorts of information and photos.

BTW we moved here from California (Redondo Beach/Santa Barbara) and so have about half the mmebers of our forum. You'll find plenty of Californians in Nova these days.
Again - thank you so much for these photos. I am feeling better each day about moving to NoVA. It looks gorgeous. Your pictures gave me some great ideas about where to start looking. Thanks again!!
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Unread 03-10-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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It's somewhat the same, but just so you know not everyone from SF likes it here. For one thing, we don't have the "California vibe." Nova is not glamorous, nor is it a tourist destination. While we have a lot of things to do here we don't have quite as much of a variety as you'll find in SF (although if you like touristy things, you can find plenty of those sorts of things in DC). Nova does not have the foodie culture of SF. Also, our population is extremely diverse... in all ways. SF has a diversity of races, but a predominance of one political pov (liberal) and a predominance of one cultural pov (being politically correct). Some people from SF experience a little culture shock when they move here and experience the diversity here.
The funny part is that I married a man from North Carolina/Texas....politically correct has been a challenge!! We laugh about how peoople just don't speak their minds...ever, to be seen as PC and then try to run you over with their shopping carts or in their cars in front of the grammar school in the morning....all that pent up PC rage! It is silly sometimes, the divisions are here, just not mentioned out loud. Me I just try to get along with the school mom's, my staff and neighbors and move on!
I will miss Cali food, we have eveything good to eat close by; but other than that the CA vibe is becoming a murmur and I am too old to care about it anymore!
A cute coffee shop, great breakfast place and the rest will work itself out, right!
Your info has given me good research tools. Thanks for your honesty and input.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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Coming from the Bay Area, you'll probably experience little to no sticker shock at our own relatively exorbitant real estate prices. While it's true that the concept of "reverse commuting" is relative in NOVA, housing is generally less the further west and south you go from DC/Arlington/Alexandria. Since the commute will be to Sterling, I'd recommend looking into the Leesburg/Ashburn/Sterling area. Vienna/Oakton would be more expensive.

You may have heard that Fairfax County schools (which would include Vienna and Oakton) are among the "best" in the country. However, Loudoun County schools (including Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling) are no slouches and your kids would receive a fine education there.

You're more likely to find newer homes in Loudoun than Fairfax. You're also more likely to find more stay-at-home-mothers as well.

As far as politics go, if you look at things in "red" and "blue", then Arlington and Alexandria are almost as blue as DC, Fairfax County is generally purple, and Loudoun has a reddish tint, albeit not as strong as Prince William County and most other counties due south and west.

I happen to be a moderator of the Northern Virginia forum. If you like, I can move this thread over there for your convenience.
Excellent school and housing info, thank you kindly. My nerves are relaxing with each bit of knowledge! Just having some starting points to research is great, before I was looking at everyplace and getting overwhelmed, Now I can map out a 'recon' trip for next month; we hope to move in June.
I would love if you could relocate my post to NoVA. I am getting some helpful responses and that will increase my exposure. Thanks much
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Unread 03-10-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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If your husband works in Sterling, and you're looking for a beautiful area with open space, I'd suggest western Loudoun County, Leesburg on west. I am in Round Hill, which is a beautiful town with a great sense of community and great schools. My husband commutes to Herndon, and it takes him about 35-40 mins during rush hour on the Dulles Greenway (toll road). The houses are less expensive out there and we love the beauty of this area so it's worth it for us to commute and pay for the tolls.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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Excellent school and housing info, thank you kindly. My nerves are relaxing with each bit of knowledge! Just having some starting points to research is great, before I was looking at everyplace and getting overwhelmed, Now I can map out a 'recon' trip for next month; we hope to move in June.
I would love if you could relocate my post to NoVA. I am getting some helpful responses and that will increase my exposure. Thanks much
You're welcome... and consider it done.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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I would not recommend Reston for good schools nor most of Herndon. Leesburg might work for you, or even further west, Hamilton or Purcellville.

How much are hoping to spend on a house?
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Unread 03-11-2010, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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Even though Ashburn is a newer community, it is great for kids and families. I have .69 acres, so there are a few lots with some land. There are walking trails, tot lots, basketball courts, tennis courts, ponds, swimming pools, etc in most of the Ashburn communities. I know all of my neighbors well and we often hang out on weekends and sometimes even vacation together.

If you are adamant about older homes and more space, you can't go wrong with Western Loudoun, which is absolutely gorgeous. The commute to Sterling will be a little longer but it may be well worth it, depending on what you're looking for.

Did you ever give us a price range? I may have missed it...
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Unread 03-11-2010, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Sterling
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I would like to suggest Purcellville and Hamilton, the drive will be about 45 minutes (non toll road) depending on where in Sterling you will be working. They are real towns with a small downtown and older homes within the town limits. Try homesdatabase.com to see what is available.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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If your husband works in Sterling, and you're looking for a beautiful area with open space, I'd suggest western Loudoun County, Leesburg on west. I am in Round Hill, which is a beautiful town with a great sense of community and great schools. My husband commutes to Herndon, and it takes him about 35-40 mins during rush hour on the Dulles Greenway (toll road). The houses are less expensive out there and we love the beauty of this area so it's worth it for us to commute and pay for the tolls.
Round Hill is very pretty. Here are some photos of the small towns in that area:

Photo-tour of Hamilton, Purcellville & Round Hill

Waterford
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