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Old 08-05-2006, 07:19 AM
 
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There is a chance we will be moving to Northern Virginia as DH might land a job in DC. We are considering Ashburn as a possibility and had the following questions:

What kind of public transportation is available from Ashburn to DC? Is it bus, rail or a combo?

How are home prices in Ashburn?

How is the traffic compared to other towns in Fairfax County?

How are the schools in the area?

Any help from you guys is greatly appreciated as we will have to move in 2 weeks if this goes thro'.

Thanks in advance.

Anu.
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:48 PM
 
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I've lived in Ashburn for the past nine months, and as such, I don't have extremely extensive information about the area, particularly some characteristics that aren't relevant to my daily life (i.e. schools, bus service, etc.) but I can provide a bit of information.

1) There is no rail station in Ashburn. Metrorail will be extending it's service to Ashburn via Dulles Airport and Tysons Corner eventually but this is not expected to be completed until 2015 at the absolute earliest. There is bus service. I'm not experienced with the bus system here but the routes can be found at the Loudoun County government site at http://www.loudoun.gov/bus/schedules.htm (broken link). It shows that apparently there is bus service to the West Falls Church Metro station which will connect you to the Metro to most parts of DC; as well as offering routes that go all the way into DC, departing from the Dulles North Transit Center. I can't speak for it's comfort or accuracy because I've never seen or riden on one of these buses and didn't even know they existed until googling it just now (although I assumed there had to be some sort of bus service to at the very least Reston, Herndon or Dulles from which you could get to DC via bus).

2) Ashburn used to be a bargain compared to the rest of the DC area. This has changed in the past five years as prices have shot through the roof and are now comparable with parts of Fairfax County. In my brother's condo community, which seems to be typical of those throughout Ashburn, the condos are selling for around $300,000. I would say most condos are somewhere in the 250-350K range, townhomes in the 350-450K range and single family homes 500K and up. Of course, there may be some good deals here and there but that's a rough approximation. Prices are starting to go down however due to a downturn in the market, and condos and townhomes in particular are dropping in price somewhat quickly.

3) Traffic here is pretty bad, but not as bad as elsewhere in the DC area but that's very relative considering how horrific traffic is elsewhere in the region. Traffic is also getting much worse. I've seen a remarkable increase in traffic in just the nine months that I've been here. Route 7 and 28, two of the main roads to/through/out of Ashburn are nightmares during rush hour although Route 28 is taking a good step in seemingly removing a good number of it's traffic lights. Traffic here isn't as bad as most places in Fairfax County....yet. There is also the Dulles Greenway which is a Toll Road nearby and as such isn't as crowded as the other roads.

4) Schools in Ashburn are good. They don't have the same cache as schools in neighboring Fairfax County but from what I hear, the quality of education is pretty good. I can't offer any test score or national award statistics off the top of my head, but as a whole, schools here are good. While some may have higher test scores or programs than others, I can say that there are certainly no BAD schools in Ashburn whose boundaries you'd have to avoid.

As a whole, Ashburn is straight-up generic suburbia with the strip malls, manicured lawns, artificial lakes, soccer fields, biking paths and the like. If you're already in the DC area, I recommend coming out for a few hours one day and taking a drive around to see what you think.

I hope I could be of some help.
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Old 08-09-2006, 01:14 PM
 
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Thank you so much dullnboring, you gave a lot of good information. We have decied to move to Ashburn, so this helps a lot.

Take care

Anu.
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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Default Ashburn-DC Commute

The area is nice but if you work in DC, it will take you atleast 1-hr (one way) sometime hour and a half, so you need to spare 2-3 hrs every day for your commute.
I did that for 2 years then moved to Fairfax
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