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Old 10-29-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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Any advice on what areas to look in for a canonical American family (mom, dad, 13-year-old son, 11-year-old daughter, dog)?

We'll be renting for a year or two, and Maryland seems to an option.

Thanks,
Richard
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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Big factor will be where will your job(s) be, then we can suggest some places to live. The commute is pretty bad here, so it's best to live close to work or near mass transit options.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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Unless there's a good reason to live in MD, I usually tell people to live in the same state the job is in. Traffic is very bad here, so I'd live as close to Reston as possible. If you can walk to work, that's the best commute of all.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:05 AM
 
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Agreed. If the jobs are in Reston, live near Reston.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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yes, live near reston - the commute to reston from MD is nasty.

how funny - my husband's boss keeps trying to convince us to make the opposite move. I have no interest whatsoever in it - I'd rather stay in overpriced and congested NoVA than move to FL. No offense to FL, but that still doesn't solve our biggest problem, which is having no family support around us. At least either one of us could have a decent job here.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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Thanks for the quick response!

The job is near the intersection of 267 (the Dulles access road) and State Route 828 (Wiehle Road):

1925 Isaac Newton Square East, Reston, VA 20190

Not sure if mass transit is an option, but that would be great.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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Newton Square! Boy, I'd snag a place near there now while you can. In another year or so the metro line will be completed and the stop is walking distance from your job. You're also right long the W&OD bike path. That area will be in such high demand.

Also within walking distance is the Reston Town Center. That would be a fun place to live.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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well, not YET, but the Metro system is coming to that area shortly. There are currently busses (Fairfax Connector) that run close to there. Commuting to that area during construction could be a bit hairy, but if you live Reston, Herndon or further West, you should have options to avoid the worst of it.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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Here are some photos of Reston, by the way.

Reston-Town Center and Lake Anne

Reston-South Lakes

One other thing to consider: because Newton Square is somewhat close to the metro stop, construction could become a traffic problem for you while they build the station. Yet another reason to live as close as possible.

Reston's a great town to live in, IMO.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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how funny - my husband's boss keeps trying to convince us to make the opposite move. I have no interest whatsoever in it - I'd rather stay in overpriced and congested NoVA than move to FL. No offense to FL, but that still doesn't solve our biggest problem, which is having no family support around us. At least either one of us could have a decent job here.
Yup I know a few people who have moved here from FL because they couldn't find well paying jobs there. Other than missing the beaches and nice weather, they're happy to be here.
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