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Old 02-10-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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Default Anyone move from NoVA to SA?

Considering making the move from Northern VA (Ashburn) to SA and am interested in hearing about the experiences of others that have made the same move. Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:52 AM
 
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Considering making the move from Northern VA (Ashburn) to SA and am interested in hearing about the experiences of others that have made the same move. Thanks!
We have several posters that have moved from that area...I'm sure someone will chime in shortly.
Are you near Church Road?
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:00 AM
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For all you transplants from VA/DC
From MD to San Antonio
anyone move to San Antonio from NOVA?
Relocating to San Antonio From Virginia
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:44 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I did the move from Arlington VA to SA back in April of 2006. Of course I'm oringally from here so it wasn't that difficult. I messed the Metro a bit when I was here, and just all that there was to do in the DC area. But once I got used to EVERYTHING being cheaper, I forgot about that stuff. Oh and watching the snow in DC right now makes it even better. People are also noticeably more courteous IMO.
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:30 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We moved from Ashburn (the Village) to SA a couple of years ago. What kind of insight are you looking for?

--Dim
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Considering making the move from Northern VA (Ashburn) to SA and am interested in hearing about the experiences of others that have made the same move. Thanks!
I lived in Reston prior to coming back to San Antonio. I was raised here and chose to come back. Things I miss since coming down from Fairfax County: the four seasons, although I do not miss super-blizzards like the one the city just experienced, better paying jobs, the variety of ethnic foods available and going to FedEx to see the Redskins. Outside of those if you have an open mind you should adjust well to living down here.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:34 PM
 
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I moved to SA from Annandale and lived in Delaplane for a short while in 1995. Transferred with job and have enjoyed San Antonio very much. Yes, there are some cultural drawbacks, but overall a good place to live. Great neighborhoods -- but do your research well.

Let us know what information you're looking for and I'm sure you'll get many responses.

You say you are considering a move --- are you looking at other places in Texas or another State and when?

As for me, I'm planning a move out -- don't know where yet -- upon retirement in 1 1/2 years.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:34 PM
 
Location: SA
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I came down from Woodbridge. Many hear complain about the rush hour traffic and I do not find it nearly as bad as up 95 toward DC. Life here is at a little different pace, but still enjoyable. Let me know of any specific concerns and I will be sure to try and answer them. And just to be the first one to ask do you speak spanish? It is not needed but I find it funny how many people think it is.
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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We just moved here from Arlington two months and like it quite a bit so far. We're pretty new so still have a ton to learn about the area, but what we've seen we like. The pace is definitely slower (which I consider I good thing) and I would imagine you'll like the lower cost of living. It's amazing to me how much less things cost here - gas, housing, even some grocery items. We are still living in a temp apartment so haven't really experienced living in a neighborhood yet. We're looking forward to finding a house and establishing ourselves a little more. The people here are very nice and courteous - people actually let you in the lane in traffic - amazing!

I was born and raised in DC so I'm still getting used to the change, but as I said - I like it here so far. Good luck with your move. And if you're planning on driving from VA here, be prepared - the drive is a killer and seems to take forever!
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for your thoughts and links!

firstclassflyer:
Just a few miles from Church -- near Belmont Ridge and RT 7.

the_dimwit:
I guess we were just mainly curious about what people miss ... prefer about SA, etc.

getgoing2010
We also talk about San Diego ... but would like to improve the traffic / cost of living if we make a move ... and don't think that would accomplish either. As far as timing ... we are kind of open ... but interested in exploring our options.

FutureBrennanDad
No Hable Espanol (yet)

So, we are considering SA because we've heard good things about the area - weather, housing prices, pace, etc but keep wondering whether we would miss certain things about the DC area - food, convenience, job market (tech/education), etc.

We really noticed how beautiful many of the houses are down there ... and how much more you can get for the $ ... although, I know our salaries might be a bit lower - especially on the education side. But I'd be willing to give up some $ if meant better quality of life.
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