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Old 11-28-2007, 08:04 PM
 
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Hello all! I'm debating renting a house in Chantilly, and had a few questions about the area.

1. A lot of the houses I've found for rent are on Shenandoah, which I drove down and thought was absolutely adorable. I noticed, though, that the street dead ends into a weird shopping-center sort of thing? It looked like there were a few little repair shops and a makeshift church? I really couldn't figure it out, but it looked deserted and creepy. Any insight on what this is?

2. Considering that the neighborhood is sandwiched between Independence Blvd. and a railway, what is the noise level like? Anything to be worried about?

3. I noticed there is a little neighborhood park near the front - is this a place people use?

3. What's the overall feel of the neighborhood like? I went to Chantilly Elementary way back in the day when it was an arts magnet school, and I remember the neighborhoods around it being generally not-so-nice. I'd like a place where I can run and walk the dog without being wary of my safety. Do people know their neighbors? I'd really like a place where it's possible to meet some other young people. Is that feasible here?

Thanks so much!
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Old 11-29-2007, 05:57 AM
 
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The only reason that the end of Shenandoah is "weird" is because about 10 years ago when that section of Independence was converted to a limited access freeway the street was kind of rearranged. The little shopping center used to have a driveway right on Independence. Now that it doesn't anymore I think they opened up the end of Shenandoah to give people going to it another way in. It is rundown looking but the one or two businesses in it have been there for years. There is nothing happening there to be worried about that I know of. If you can find an affordable place to rent on Shenandoah I'd say go for it - the area is safe (compared to other uptown neighborhoods) and very convenient. The train noise and freeway noise has not been a problem for anyone I know and I have never heard of any complaints of it in the news either. Many young people are now living in Chantilly among the senior citizens who have been there 50+ years - people do look out for each other. If you want to live in a more urban setting Chantilly is tops in my book


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Hello all! I'm debating renting a house in Chantilly, and had a few questions about the area.

1. A lot of the houses I've found for rent are on Shenandoah, which I drove down and thought was absolutely adorable. I noticed, though, that the street dead ends into a weird shopping-center sort of thing? It looked like there were a few little repair shops and a makeshift church? I really couldn't figure it out, but it looked deserted and creepy. Any insight on what this is?

2. Considering that the neighborhood is sandwiched between Independence Blvd. and a railway, what is the noise level like? Anything to be worried about?

3. I noticed there is a little neighborhood park near the front - is this a place people use?

3. What's the overall feel of the neighborhood like? I went to Chantilly Elementary way back in the day when it was an arts magnet school, and I remember the neighborhoods around it being generally not-so-nice. I'd like a place where I can run and walk the dog without being wary of my safety. Do people know their neighbors? I'd really like a place where it's possible to meet some other young people. Is that feasible here?

Thanks so much!
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