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Old 08-11-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: East Village, NYC
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Moving there soon. I'm really excited. Question: what Metro line to take to DC?
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Thornrose
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Moving there soon. I'm really excited. Question: what Metro line to take to DC?
Sorry, no metro or VRE to DC from Winchester. Your best bet is to drive to Manassas to catch the VRE, or Vienna to catch the metro. Winchester may be in DC's CSA now, but it's still pretty far out. The orange line is the one that runs along i66 from Vienna into the city.
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:54 AM
 
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That's the info I was looking for, thanks!
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:33 AM
 
Location: The South
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You're going to commute into DC? Downtown? Daily? Wow.

Don't get me wrong; Winchester's a great little town but that commutes gonna be rough.

You can also take I-81 south to I-66 into the city or you could take Route 7 (probably the slowest)to the Greenway and then if you have a hybrid car, you can use the HOV once you get to the Dulles toll road.

Best of luck and stock up on anti-acids; you'll be needing them.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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Parking spaces at the Metro and VRE commuter lots fill up completely VERY early, Mon through Fri mornings. Be forewarned. Also be warned that the Washington area overall, has the nation's second-worst traffic congestion, according to annual Amer. Auto. Association rankings for the last several years. DO NOT commit to buying a home anywhere, until you have test-driven your commuting route during a normal rush-hour and seen how truly clogged the roads are. And be aware also that traffic is lighter than usual in the summer months due to commuters being on vacation, so allow for that too.
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Thornrose
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I'm sure you already know, but if you want real specific NoVa answers, including Winchester, you should post in the NoVa forum. I think they have a regular poster who lives in Winchester.

And to Lynchburg Lover, it's unreal, but many people are commuting to DC from Winchester these days. Hence it being in the CSA. It's the same story for the town I grew up in, Culpeper.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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You're going to commute into DC? Downtown? Daily? Wow.

Don't get me wrong; Winchester's a great little town but that commutes gonna be rough.

You can also take I-81 south to I-66 into the city or you could take Route 7 (probably the slowest)to the Greenway and then if you have a hybrid car, you can use the HOV once you get to the Dulles toll road.

Best of luck and stock up on anti-acids; you'll be needing them.
More and more people are commuting from Winchester to DC and its more immediate suburbs annually. I know of several who commute from Winchester to Fairfax County, and I am hedging myself between purchasing a starter home in Winchester next year or getting an apartment in Arlington County. The stretch of Route 7 between Winchester and Leesburg is very scenic, and then the Toll Road (albeit expensive) is a quick option to get to major employment centers in NoVA. There's something to be said about the amazing quality-of-life in Winchester; it is the type of place where people know their neighbors, don't judge you for your past, and where you feel like you can make a strong impact to better the community. Whenever the crazy lifestyle of Fairfax County drives me to my breaking point I "retreat" to Winchester just to sit and people-watch at the pedestrian mall.

As Leesburg continues to explode in growth (it already has 42,000 residents), you'll see more major employers set up shop there, and a commute from Winchester to Leesburg is much less painful. If I were an elected official in Frederick County or Clarke County I'd be looking NOW for how to best prepare for if and when Leesburg becomes a concentrated employment center with people beginning to flood into these two counties in pursuit of affordable housing options.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I'm sure you already know, but if you want real specific NoVa answers, including Winchester, you should post in the NoVa forum. I think they have a regular poster who lives in Winchester.

And to Lynchburg Lover, it's unreal, but many people are commuting to DC from Winchester these days. Hence it being in the CSA. It's the same story for the town I grew up in, Culpeper.
rhett_butler and South Jersey Styx are the NoVA sub-forum's two Winchester residents that I'm aware of (although their ranks may be growing).

Perhaps if "starter homes" in Fairfax County weren't $400,000+ then middle-class families wouldn't have to look all the way out to Warrenton, Culpeper, Berryville, and Winchester to purchase a home. Salaries have NOT kept pace with the cost-of-living in the immediate DC suburbs. Speaking from experience as someone who is single and who can not legally wed in Virginia I don't foresee how I would ever be able to comfortably afford housing on my own in Fairfax County. In Winchester? TONS of dirt cheap ($200,000 or less) homes that have lots of character in scenic walkable neighborhoods.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:09 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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I'm sure you already know, but if you want real specific NoVa answers, including Winchester, you should post in the NoVa forum. I think they have a regular poster who lives in Winchester.
Fine suggestion for the OP to post in to "NOVA" Forum. As RestonR mentioned, LynchburgLover and Rhett Butler know alot about the area with myself and Bigfoot as newbies. however, alot of NOVAns have visited Winchester or have family/close friends here so can offer perspectives from a visitor's point of view.

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And to Lynchburg Lover, it's unreal, but many people are commuting to DC from Winchester these days.
Sorry, have to side with LynchburgLover on this one. Although I am new to Winchester, nearly everyone I've encountered commute from Winchester to areas up and down Rte 81 (i.e., Martinsburg - Front Royal and points outward), Leesburg/Ashburn area, Dulles, or the Gainesville/Haymarket/Manassas area. One person I know currently commutes to Herndon which is bearable but looking for a job closer in.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:16 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Moving there soon. I'm really excited. Question: what Metro line to take to DC?
Currently there is no metro out here. Best bet is to carpool if you can. Or drive east to Purcellville-Leesburg and catch the Loudon Transit Commuter Bus. There are stops in Loudoun Co but then it expresses into D.C. Not sure what you're expecting but this is a helluva commute.

We are originally from the NJ-NYC city area too. We lived in DC, then NOVA, and recently moved to Winchester. We love it! We've already had so many friends from NY, DC, Arlington, NOVA and family from NJ come to visit us. Not sure what your lifestyle is like, but it's a small-town, historic place over here and real estate is far more affordable than the NOVA area. Hope things work well for you and Welcome to VA!
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