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Old 10-10-2011, 08:14 PM
 
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I now live in an apartment in Arlington, VA and work in Alexandria, VA. My family and I would like to purchase a home in the area but we want to get more house for our money than we can afford in Arlington or Alexandria. I know that the schools are great in Fairfax county but I have heard that they were pretty good in Montgomery county as well. I was thinking about moving to Montgomery county and commuting down to Alexandria since it would be against traffic once I get on the other side of DC. It may be easier than driving up from Woodbridge.

Is their anybody out there that lives in Montgomery county and commutes to VA? About how long will the commute take going against the traffic?

What would be the best locations to live at in Montgomery county...Rockville, Silver Spring? Remember I have to drive down to Alexandria VA.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I don't think it would be very easy. I'm pretty certain that the whole area of 495 between Tysons Corner and Bethesda is a hell hole both ways.

You might find it easier to get a place in Fairfax County.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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When we lived in Rockville, my dad worked in Fairfax, specifically Burke which for him was quite long. Getting there in the morning isn't bad...like 25-30min but returning... is a whole other story (1 hr).

It's best that you live near where you work and since you commute to Alexandria and the beltway either way just sucks.

I live in Bethesda but it is expensive but very safe and has real good schools. Rockville isn't THAT expensive and the crime isn't like a huge issue but different than Bethesda since Rockville is really diverse. Though it's a modest place to live with good schools and many stores no very far by walking.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Is their anybody out there that lives in Montgomery county and commutes to VA?
I used to travel from Silver Spring to Falls Church, and I would advise you not to try to commute from Montgomery County to Alexandria. It just isn't worth it for any difference in housing prices.

I suggest looking in Falls Church, Fairfax, Annandale or Springfield for a starter home.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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If you left before 6:30 am the commute would be okay. If much later than that, forget about it. I commute 6:30 am Gaithersburg to Courthouse area in Arlington, and it takes about 40-45 minutes. That's using HOV on 270. If you drive alone, it would take over an hour. Alexandria is further down the toad than Arlington, so would need to factor in the extra time. If you lived close to the American Legion bridge than your commute would be bearable. Anywhere further away could be rough. If near the Red Line then taking that could work.
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I used to commute from Silver Spring to Alexandria and back. You need to give yourself up to 1 and half hours during the p.m. rush hour, because the traffic can get really bad. And when the weather is bad on top of that, well you know what happens.
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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If you left before 6:30 am the commute would be okay. If much later than that, forget about it. I commute 6:30 am Gaithersburg to Courthouse area in Arlington, and it takes about 40-45 minutes. That's using HOV on 270. If you drive alone, it would take over an hour. Alexandria is further down the toad than Arlington, so would need to factor in the extra time. If you lived close to the American Legion bridge than your commute would be bearable. Anywhere further away could be rough. If near the Red Line then taking that could work.

This poster is right...the earlier you leave the better it is. My husband commutes from Frederick, MD to Tyson's Corner VA every day and it takes him an average of 1 hr and 20 min. Sometimes 2 hours. Even the "back" way down Rt. 7 is bad, so he just sticks with 495 to 270 and goes back roads in MoCo if it gets beyond ridiculous. If you can stomach leaving at 5am, and maybe coming home a bit early then it should be doable. Good luck!!!
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the insight. on second thought, I will stay in VA
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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Sounds like you made up your mind anyway, but just to put that nail in the coffin for ya: my wife does this commute to Alexandria from basically Chevy Chase - which is about as close as you could be, and its 40 - 60 minutes each yea.
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