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Old 11-27-2007, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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Don't come buy an Anchorage home expecting to have your child in Anchorage School without getting an official confirmation that your new home actually is in the Anchorage School district.
Excellent advice. It's my understanding that some homes could "opt out" of paying the higher Anchorage school taxes, but they could never opt back in. So neither you nor a buyer of your home could send children to the solid Anchorage school system. (Can anyone confirm that is correct or not?)

Anyway, even if you don't have children you should confirm this before you buy a house in Anchorage, since it could effect your resale value.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Goldenmom: What a small world! I've driven past the USGS - Sunrise Valley Drive.

The zip code, 20194, is both for Reston and Herndon. Rte. 7 and Bishopsgate (Ascot Walk?) butts right up against Reston, but it is considered Herndon.

OT: Are you thinking of Anchorage as a subdivision because it doesn't have retail the way a regular city does? Is it because when an Anchorage resident is looking to buy an antler hat or jingle bell earrings (necessary staples at Christmas time ), toner, fax machines, cars, power tools, flash drives, patio furniture, etc., they need to come out of Anchorage to go shopping? Because it's more residential (like a housing development) and less like a city like Louisville, which has housing, manufacturing, offices, retail, an airport, etc.? Is that what makes you think of the word "subdivision" in connection with Anchorage? Thanks.
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Old 11-29-2007, 05:14 AM
 
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Goldenmom: What a small world! I've driven past the USGS - Sunrise Valley Drive.

The zip code, 20194, is both for Reston and Herndon. Rte. 7 and Bishopsgate (Ascot Walk?) butts right up against Reston, but it is considered Herndon.

OT: Are you thinking of Anchorage as a subdivision because it doesn't have retail the way a regular city does? Is it because when an Anchorage resident is looking to buy an antler hat or jingle bell earrings (necessary staples at Christmas time ), toner, fax machines, cars, power tools, flash drives, patio furniture, etc., they need to come out of Anchorage to go shopping? Because it's more residential (like a housing development) and less like a city like Louisville, which has housing, manufacturing, offices, retail, an airport, etc.? Is that what makes you think of the word "subdivision" in connection with Anchorage? Thanks.

Hi, this is going to kill me, but I have to run out the door right now! I'll write later (also I have book group tonight, etc.).

Did I call Anchorage a subdivision? I might have, not sure. To me, it feels very separate like a "Middleburg". So, it feels like a very separate town, even though in reality you are quite close to all city conveniences.

My Aunt sold her house to buy a mansion in McLean (in addition to her horse farm, etc.) and in the official real estate records, her 20194 is now listed in Herndon, but it was definitely Reston previously.
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Hi, this is going to kill me, but I have to run out the door right now! I'll write later (also I have book group tonight, etc.).

Did I call Anchorage a subdivision? I might have, not sure. To me, it feels very separate like a "Middleburg". So, it feels like a very separate town, even though in reality you are quite close to all city conveniences.

My Aunt sold her house to buy a mansion in McLean (in addition to her horse farm, etc.) and in the official real estate records, her 20194 is now listed in Herndon, but it was definitely Reston previously.
Oopsy doodle! Sorry for the confusion, goldenmom. The subdivision thing was for "OT (Off Topic)," not you. Off Topic was talking about Anchorage seeming more like a subdivision. I should have written my comments this way:

To Goldenmom:
To OT:

I was trying to kill two birds with one stone by responding in one post.

I can find what stx is talking about in terms of a city classification/historical classification for Anchorage, but I can't get a hit on retail in Anchorage when I google "retail Anchorage, KY." So, I thought maybe that's why OT (Off Topic) thinks of Anchorage as more of a subdivision, and I was hoping he could clarify.

I thought it was something funky with Yahoo. Example: Everytime I plug in an address for a house located on overlook ridge road, I get Wasbury, CT. Guess the area is too new. So, I thought Yahoo just hadn't updated their maps for Anchorage retail yet. Again, sorry for the confusion.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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To OT:

I was trying to kill two birds with one stone by responding in one post.

I can find what stx is talking about in terms of a city classification/historical classification for Anchorage, but I can't get a hit on retail in Anchorage when I google "retail Anchorage, KY." So, I thought maybe that's why OT (Off Topic) thinks of Anchorage as more of a subdivision, and I was hoping he could clarify.
That's a lot of it. It just looks more like a (very nice) subdivision than a city, at least, in the way I think of a city. No real retail to speak of, a few government buildings that look more like houses, no strip malls, etc. Comparing the look of nearby Middletown and Anchorage is like comparing apples and oranges, to say the least. And Middletown is a nice little town.

Lots of subdivision incorporate for a variety of reasons, so again, this is not meant as a slam of any sort. It's a compliment, if anything.
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:44 PM
 
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Oopsy doodle! Sorry for the confusion, goldenmom. The subdivision thing was for "OT (Off Topic)," not you. Off Topic was talking about Anchorage seeming more like a subdivision. I should have written my comments this way:

To Goldenmom:
To OT:

I was trying to kill two birds with one stone by responding in one post.

I can find what stx is talking about in terms of a city classification/historical classification for Anchorage, but I can't get a hit on retail in Anchorage when I google "retail Anchorage, KY." So, I thought maybe that's why OT (Off Topic) thinks of Anchorage as more of a subdivision, and I was hoping he could clarify.

I thought it was something funky with Yahoo. Example: Everytime I plug in an address for a house located on overlook ridge road, I get Wasbury, CT. Guess the area is too new. So, I thought Yahoo just hadn't updated their maps for Anchorage retail yet. Again, sorry for the confusion.

Saw offtopics's post [in response] as well... yes, no retail, but it's close enough to retail that I don't think it's an issue. I mean, there might be nights when you might want to run to the corner for some milk (and can't) but retain opportunities are close enough. It's unusually hard to explain. It's like being in The Plains, but having Gainesville's new shopping plaza replete with Target, Panera, and all of the other essentials within ~2 miles.

PS - Just for the record, we haven't found any 7-11's in Lexington! There might be some in Louisville, but I doubt it. I'd love to be corrected.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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Saw offtopics's post [in response] as well... yes, no retail, but it's close enough to retail that I don't think it's an issue.
Absolutely. It butts up against Middletown, where there is a ton of retail. Also Westport Road on the other end, with another ton of retail. It's all right outside of their city limits. So you're talking a 5 minute drive to a super-Kroger, WalMart, gas stations, pizza, etc.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Eureka! Mystery solved - Anchorage has a kind of dual nature. Many thanks!
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:09 PM
 
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To a lesser degree, I found a lot of Louisville's neighborhoods on the east side to be like this. One second you're on a huge freeway and then a second later you are tucked away in a beautiful, sedate neighborhood. Then the big road again! (But again, I didn't get the "big road" impression in Anchorage).
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