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Old 04-09-2018, 07:27 AM
 
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Hello! I recently got a job in the Gainesville area and will be relocating soon. I would like to live in an area where there is a younger population (I'm a recent college grad, single, female) and there is easy access to things to do such as farmers markets, restaurants, breweries, etc. I have heard that the Arlington/Alexandria areas are the best for millennials but I'm not sure I'm willing to do that commute/pay that much for rent. I am willing to drive a little bit to get to work but I would like to keep it well under one hour. Any suggestions appreciated!

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Old 04-09-2018, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Hello! I recently got a job in the Gainesville area and will be relocating soon. I would like to live in an area where there is a younger population (I'm a recent college grad, single, female) and there is easy access to things to do such as farmers markets, restaurants, breweries, etc. I have heard that the Arlington/Alexandria areas are the best for millennials but I'm not sure I'm willing to do that commute/pay that much for rent. I am willing to drive a little bit to get to work but I would like to keep it well under one hour. Any suggestions appreciated!
If I were you I'd look at Old Town Manassas area. It's not equal to something like Old Town Alexandria but it's got a farmers market, numerous restaurants, ice skating rink and is close to pretty much everything you'd need.

You'll likely get more responses if you post this in the NOVA section.
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Old 04-09-2018, 01:11 PM
 
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If I were you I'd look at Old Town Manassas area. It's not equal to something like Old Town Alexandria but it's got a farmers market, numerous restaurants, ice skating rink and is close to pretty much everything you'd need.

You'll likely get more responses if you post this in the NOVA section.
agreed across the board
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:06 PM
 
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If I were you I'd look at Old Town Manassas area. It's not equal to something like Old Town Alexandria but it's got a farmers market, numerous restaurants, ice skating rink and is close to pretty much everything you'd need.

You'll likely get more responses if you post this in the NOVA section.
Agreed x2.

Gainesville is the ideal work location, it's pretty much easiest to get to from most places in NoVa.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Hello! I recently got a job in the Gainesville area and will be relocating soon. I would like to live in an area where there is a younger population (I'm a recent college grad, single, female) and there is easy access to things to do such as farmers markets, restaurants, breweries, etc. I have heard that the Arlington/Alexandria areas are the best for millennials but I'm not sure I'm willing to do that commute/pay that much for rent. I am willing to drive a little bit to get to work but I would like to keep it well under one hour. Any suggestions appreciated!
Gainesville is a very nice suburban area but as you've probably discovered it is not a mecca for young/single twenty somethings. I live in North Arlington but a commute to Gainesville is not something I would want to do on a daily basis- I am sure people do it but be advised that 'reverse' commutes often offer little advantage in the DC area. I am not very familiar with Old Town Manassas as a place to live but have stopped there several times to grab dinner on my back into town after doing some tourist stuff farther south and it seemed like a nice place. There's also great brewery out that way called 2 Silo's that you should checkout - Again not being familiar with the area I am unsure if that is in City of Manassas or PWC but I know it's fairly close.

The Reston/Herndon area is also an option- Reston in particular has really been building up with the Silver Line extension and there numerous apartment complexes and plenty of bars/ restaurants for young people in their 20s/30s. If you ever did get bored in Reston, you are a relatively easy Metro or Uber ride away from larger nightlife locations such as Arlington's Clarendon neighborhood or others in DC proper. I'd say most areas of Reston would be about 10 miles closer than North Arlington - a distance that can really add up during commuting hours.

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Old 04-10-2018, 07:38 AM
 
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I live in the Gainesville area and the furthest I would go is the Fair Lakes area off 66 (Fairfax County Parkway/66) Close to Reston and not horrible to go to Arlington, etc.


There are a number of breweries in Manassas, farmers market, skads of wineries around, and I would seriously consider Old Town Manassas, but it does skew older.
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