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Old 05-11-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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Default apartment opinions for Sterling, Reston, Herndon

Hi

looking for opinions on some apartments in the Sterling, Reston, and Herndon area. I would consider the Dulles area as well....

I went to apartmentratings.com but I just wanted to seek out opinions here for anyone who rented in these towns. My place of work is in Sterling and have hung out in Sterling (Sterling Park and Cascades) so I am fairly familiar with the area but not with the apartments.

My budget would be about $1100 max, per month. Assigned parkign space would be nice. Prefer 1 bedroom, 1 bath type of deal. Looking for a place that is quiet and fairly new (e.g. not wanting to deal with an old apartment complex with constant calls to fix things).

Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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When selling our home out of state we lived in Archstone Stonebridge apartments in Ashburn. (Really more like Sterling. Right off 7 by George Washington school) Two and a half years ago we paid $1400 for a 2 bed, 2 bath 1 car garage. It was nice. It is gated and I didn't mind living there.

Good luck!
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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Thank you, I will look into the Archstone. I work right off of 28/Sterling Blvd so that commute is not bad.

Anyone have personal experience with Village at Potomac Falls apartments in Sterling? That is the best apartment in Sterling that has decent enough positive ratings online but wanted to get some other opinions as well.

Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Just be aware that Archstone is also notorious (not only my current complex but others) of enticing people in with relatively low pricing only to jack the rents up $200/month (or more) the next year, causing a mass outflux that is replaced by newcomers once again lured in by the low pricing. If you're considering Archstone I might ask if they can give you a ball-park figure as to how much (percentage-wise) they anticipate raising your rent the following year.

As someone who has lived alone in a 1-BR apartment in the area I can safely say that finding something at a maximum of $1,100/month that is NOT older and in constant need of maintenance will be tough. My current Archstone complex now rents for $1,325/month for a 1-BR, has chronic maintenance issues (built in the 1970s), and has no amenities. The Sycamores across the street, from what I've heard anyways, is a much better deal and is in much better condition, so that may be an option to consider. Look into Parc Reston as well. I'm moving to Colvin Woods in Reston, and while the place seems nice enough I can already tell by the age and "feel" of the apartment I might have my fair share of maintenance issues over the course of the next year.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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Colvin Woods? Oh no. They used to be called Charter Oaks. Check them out on apartmentratings.com.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Colvin Woods? Oh no. They used to be called Charter Oaks. Check them out on apartmentratings.com.
Actually, I live in Charter Oak now. Colvin Woods used to be Carter Lake. Nearly every complex in Reston has terrible ratings on that site, and my current complex is amongst the worst (and deservedly so).
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:01 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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Ahh...thanks for the clarification! Carter Lake is the one I'm thinking of. All the best on the move.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:37 PM
 
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My son has lived at Sycamore apartments in Reston for the last few years. They are very nice, lots of closets, and washer and dryer in the apartment. The kitchen has room for a table and there's a dining room area. They are also updated, nice kitchens with dishwasher. He's had no problems with service, they've been very prompt. It's also walking distance to the bike trail, grocery stores, and the Town Center. Reston Area Apartments for Rent - The Sycamores You can have a pet too! Lots of parking too.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:40 PM
 
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Colvin Woods is not in a good neighborhood. It's also one of the older apartments. I'd be very hesitant to move there.
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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There's an ad for Muirfield Woods in Sterling. I've passed by there before. I believe it's next to the bike trail so it's near the business/industrial district to the west of downtown Sterling Park if my memory is correct.

GREAT SPECIAL FOR A LIMITED TIME!!!! (http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/apa/1738583270.html - broken link)
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