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Old 05-22-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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I would recommend visiting schools and picking the area from there if schools are really important. I would especially recommend this if you are dealing with a 504 or an IEP. There is huge variability in the culture of the schools and particularly in the special ed area. Around special ed the schools are very good in the early years if it is an issue they see a lot of, in middle school and high school they are a lot more problematic.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:50 AM
 
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Subscribe toModerator cut: link removed for a month and you'll be able to quickly sort out where you want to go. The site is awesome. I used it recently and was incredibly impressed as it is the only site I've found that allows comparison of schools across state lines (fortunately, I'm not moving after all...I like NoVa). You can also input an area in CA that you are familiar with and like and it will find comparables for you near your new job.

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Old 05-24-2010, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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I also recommend the Ashburn area for families with young children and SAHMs. You can find some nice 4 bedroom houses in the $500-600,000 range. The area is safe and great for families but individual neighborhoods will vary in terms of age of children and neighbors knowing neighbors. Remember that you're not just buying a house but buying into a street/neighborhood/community as well so try to find a place that is a good fit for your family. Don't be shy about asking neighbors of houses for sale what they think of the neighborhood; drive around at different days and times of day to see if you see kids close in age to yours playing or moms and dads outside. I would imagine you want a place where your kids can have friends on their street and you can too!

Most of the large communities in Ashburn have homeowners associations and amenities like swimming pools, walking trails, tot lots, etc. Some of the smaller ones do not so if those types of things are important to you keep that in mind.

Good luck!
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