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Old 09-12-2012, 12:32 AM
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Anyone with a large family or who has insight to the area? My family and I are relocating from Europe to NOVA. The family hasn't lived or visited the U.S in four years - we arrive December / January time frame.

I will be working in Crystal City - approximately 5 minute walk from the VRE.

Salary is about 100k and we come in with a car payment and student loan payment of $575.00 per month.

Comfortable with 2000k mortgage or rent per month - using VA loan to purchase home.

We have four kids ages 6, 8,12 and 15 - public schools are fine. We don't require Fairfax excellence, yet don't want as bad a district as Fairfax is good - so solid is fine.

I can tolerate 60 to 90 minutes one way if I can take public transportation. I don't want to purchase another vehicle only to sit for two or three hours in traffic.

We don't want the hustle and bustle of a large city, yet don't want a city so small that there's nothing but the occasional cow wandering by.

Community ammenities are not super important but a Costco, movie theater, history, some decent food and a nice welcoming feel seem adequate.

The bottom line is that we are simple people, require decent schools, a safe living environment and an opportunity to enjoy weekend and evening family time. My spouse will find work once the family is settled, we prefer to make it work on my salary alone. Neither my spouse nor I have ever been to Virginia or been east of the Mississippi - we are about as new as it gets.

Based upon exhuastive Google searches, we made our lists and it seems Manassas, Bristow, Gainesville, Fredericksburg and Stafford meet some to most of our critieria. Howerver, this is like shopping for jeans online without being able to try them on....any information would be amazing and much, much appreciated.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:33 AM
Location: Roanoke, VA
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I would recommend that you post this in the Northern Virginia forum.

Good luck.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:55 PM
Location: Germany
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We were in your exact situation! We moved from Germany to Manassas 3 years ago. We have four kids too. My husband originally worked at Ft. Belvoir (now he commutes to FT. Meade). We couldn't have been happier with where we chose to live. We have 3 acres, a great school district, privacy, and good neighbors. We have a quiet street with no through-traffic. We have no HOA fees. We live in what's considered "mid-county", that stretch of land off of rt. 234 that backs to Prince William Forest Park, between Manassas and Woodbridge. Love, love, love our area! Good luck finding a good home. Any more questions, ask away! A move from overseas is never easy.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:56 PM
Location: Germany
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Also, Costco is only 20 minutes away. Aldi is 10 minutes away. "Big" shopping (Potomac Mills Outlet Mall)) is only 20 minutes the opposite direction. Again, I love this area!
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