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Old 03-24-2017, 08:46 AM
 
Location: 78250
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Single mom of 2 girls (aged 5 and 2) moving to VA in the summer.

Need help locating homes to buy within at least 30mins drive to zip 22315. preferably a one story house, which areas should I look out for?
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:10 PM
 
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Had to look it up. That zip code is Kingstown, part of Alexandria. You will do better posting this under the Northern Virginia subgroup as that is where it is. Are you looking to buy or rent? Be ready to say what your price point is as NoVa is NOT cheap at all. Also, very few single story homes in the area. Traffic is bad so thirty minutes from there may not be that far in miles. Good luck!

Added: Here's the demographics for 22315 from CD, to give you an idea if you haven't looked at it. http://www.city-data.com/zips/22315.html
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:31 AM
 
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You have got to name your preferred house size and your price point is the most critical information of all. Before you do that, I recommend you take a look through www.zillow.com to get a feel for realistic pricing. I'd say the majority of people in the 22315 and nearby zip codes live in townhouses but there is a lot of older (50s and 60s) small single story housing available too. Most of these tend to be rentals rather than for sale. See https://www.google.com/maps/@38.7858...7i13312!8i6656 for a typical street view.

Listings are scarcer in the winter but the March - June timeframe is a peak sales time with the most amount of listings.

Prices will drop as you head south from the 22315 zip code. They will really drop if you pop over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland and head south on Rt 210. Please keep in mind that the further away you go, the longer the commute will be. It's not so much the distance travelled as the traffic volume and accident potential. The WW Bridge is a choke point as is I-95 where it splits off into the 495 beltway.
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