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Old 08-30-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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Hi--

We are relocating to the DC area and have no clue where to look for a place to live.

Where would you recommend a town where we can find internationals, liberal/environmentalist type folks, with green spaces around? And most importantly, a community and family oriented area. MD or VA is just fine.

A commute of 30 max by car would be ideal and have very flexible work schedule; 3 bed townhome or apartment if need be; ideal budget $1,700.00 per month.

If you have any recommendations, it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Head on out to Reston for "internationals, liberal/environmentalist type folks, with green spaces around? And most importantly, a community and family oriented area." You should be able to make if from the South Lakes area of Reston to Tysons via the toll road in 30 minutes or less.

Here are some great photos of the South Lakes area of Reston.
//www.city-data.com/forum/north...uth-lakes.html

Example townhouse in your ideal budget
2228 CARTWRIGHT PL, RESTON, VA 20191 | Listing Information | HomesDatabase.com
Up your budget to 1800 - 2000 and there will be lots more options.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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$1700 for three BR's will be more or less the bottom of the market. Median would be closer to $2100. It is easier to get to Tysons Corner from the east than from the west, but if hours are flexible enough, that won't matter so much. In general it is cheaper to live to the west than to the east. McLean itself is much like what you describe, but to one degree or another, so is almost everything else along Route-123 as you go west from the Potomac River to Fairfax City and beyond. Places like Falls Church, Reston, Burke, and Fair Lakes aren't on 123, but they would have to count as well.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Everybody wants a "less than 30 min. commute" but also to pay less than what is realistic around here. Read all the previous threads, you don't find green spaces, lower cost of living, etc. unless you are willing to do a long commute to the heavily populated areas where you will be working.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:37 PM
 
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Thanks, Everyone!
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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Everybody wants a "less than 30 min. commute" but also to pay less than what is realistic around here. Read all the previous threads, you don't find green spaces, lower cost of living, etc. unless you are willing to do a long commute to the heavily populated areas where you will be working.
I guess it's hard to imagine when you're not from the area. Big adjustment when you're used to 10 minutes commute, cheap housing, in really nice neighborhoods. It takes some getting used to understanding DC unless you're from a big city already.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Everybody wants a "less than 30 min. commute" but also to pay less than what is realistic around here. Read all the previous threads, you don't find green spaces, lower cost of living, etc. unless you are willing to do a long commute to the heavily populated areas where you will be working.
I disagree - I presented a link to a property that met all his criteria - 30 minute commute; under $1700/month; 4 bedroom townhome (one more bedroom that asked for); lots of green space (the unit backs to Reston's trails); liberal/environmentalists (Reston is known for its tree huggers); and family friendly.

2228 CARTWRIGHT PL, RESTON, VA 20191 | Listing Information | HomesDatabase.com
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:45 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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I guess it's hard to imagine when you're not from the area. Big adjustment when you're used to 10 minutes commute, cheap housing, in really nice neighborhoods. It takes some getting used to understanding DC unless you're from a big city already.
And even if you are (from a big city), DC (including the surrounding suburban area[s]) is a *weird* big city with its own unique cultural-geographic quirks that can take, oh, at least five years to get even the shakiest handle on. I'm going on my sixth year and am not quite there yet - getting close, though. I finally feel comfortable choosing a neighborhood where I'd like to buy a home, at least.
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