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Old 12-13-2007, 12:17 PM
 
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My husband, myself, and our kids are moving to NoVa in the next few months, and we have been having a hard time finding a house that we like in our range (under 330). We keep seeing these nice houses in Sterling Park, but we hear such mixed things about the area we are not sure what to do. How bad is the area? What are the problems? How are the schools (at least the elementary, we aren't sure how long we will be in the area)?
We have also heard that there are 'certain areas' that are good, some that are bad. Where are these areas?
Why is it the houses in the community are so inexpensive?
What sort of ammenties, if any, are in the community?
Any help is appreciated!
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:34 PM
 
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I would avoid Sterling Park. Everyone I know who has bought a house there regrets it, and they have an incredibly hard time selling it once they decide to move.

I'm not sure if the problems there are really all that bad--there are certainly worse neighborhoods in Virginia and D.C. But it's the worst area in Loudoun County, and people perceive it as "going downhill."

The problems there are crime related. Some bad crimes, but I think it's mostly of the car thefts/vandalism/minor assault variety. I've heard rumors there are gang issues there, I don't know if that is true. You could probably search through the archives of the local papers to get better information. Or maybe the police department has a community information specialist who can give you statistics.
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:51 PM
 
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Well "bad" is relative in many ways I think. Normie is correct in that things have been going downhill in Sterling Park for the past few years. I have lived in Cascades, on the other side of Sterling, for 5 years and have been keeping an eye on what is happening.

First, I will tell you that I know many, many nice families that live there. In mom's groups, people that I work with, from the gym....I can not tell you whether they regret living their because we have never had that conversation, but what I can tell you is that they bought there because it was what they could afford.

Secondly, the crime situation got a bad rap from a shooting incident that was gang related, I believe it happened about 2 years ago. It freaked everyone out. It might be my imagination, but I get the Loudoun crime alerts and read the paper weekly and I don't see a lot happening over there in the past year or so that is very troubling. Some of the things that I have read about that is happening in PWC like Dumfries, Triangle and Manassas make Sterling Park look very very tame.

The county supervisor in that area has been very active about his opposition to illegal immigration and wants to cut county services. Eugene Delguadio, you can search on it. Old timers in Sterling Park are putting their foot down and want their neighborhood cleaned up. There has been talk of putting together zoning enforcements similar to HOA rules on things like getting rid of old cars parked on lawns, how many people can live in a house, and basic home maintainance. I also heard there was some discussion of forming an HOA.

It is definately a community in transition. It is also surrounded by a lot of wealth and high growth, brough by the Dulles corridor. I would not write it off completely but I'd do your research on the individual elementary schools. My guess is that some areas are better than others.

Hope this is helpful.
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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As others have stated, "bad" is relative term. Relative to the rest of upper middle class, newly constructed, sparkling new Loudoun County, Sterling Park is "bad", but that's not saying much. I think most people from other parts of the country would crack up if they were to actually see Sterling Park in person, amazed that "this" is what is considered a rough neighborhood in Northern Virginia. Personally, while it might be an outdated term, I consider Sterling Park to be "working class" rather than a bad neighborhood. That's to say that it's a little dirtier, the homes are older, smaller and in outdated styles, the shopping centers are drab, etc. It's nothing horrific. There is not much in the way of violent crime, and the "high" crime rates are still low when comparing it to national averages and what crime there is tends to be of the petty sort. The schools are middling, especially at the elementary level.
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Old 12-13-2007, 03:04 PM
 
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The county supervisor in that area has been very active about his opposition to illegal immigration and wants to cut county services. Eugene Delguadio, you can search on it. Old timers in Sterling Park are putting their foot down and want their neighborhood cleaned up. There has been talk of putting together zoning enforcements similar to HOA rules on things like getting rid of old cars parked on lawns, how many people can live in a house, and basic home maintainance. I also heard there was some discussion of forming an HOA.
You're right! I read that in the paper last week. If that happens, it might turn things around. I would sure love to see that happen. It's a pretty neighborhood, in a 70's sort of way. Winding roads, mature trees, split level homes. If you happen to be in the area before Christmas, be sure to drive down Juniper Street to see the lights.
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Old 12-13-2007, 03:09 PM
 
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What city are you moving from? I've lived in quite a few places, I might be able to give you an example of a town where you live that's similar to Sterling Park.
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Old 12-13-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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dullnboring - you took the words right out of my mouth, I agree, I was going to call Sterling Park a "working class" neighborhood. Based on the rest of the country, this would be pretty solidly middle class.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:26 PM
 
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What city are you moving from? I've lived in quite a few places, I might be able to give you an example of a town where you live that's similar to Sterling Park.
We are moving from Waldorf, MD in Charles county.

Thank all of you for this input, this is giving us alot of insight! I've heard there are bad 'pockets', like certain streets. Anyone know where?
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:29 PM
 
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I don't exactly, but I believe that you should be able to distinguish this by driving around the area and looking at the general upkeep. That and the elementary school reviews.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:35 PM
 
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Also - my guess, coming from Waldorf, is that it would be similar to the older parts of that town. I believe that Sterling is a better location and would offer a lot more in terms of convenience, amenities, airport proximity, you name it. Really Sterling is the bulls eye of the Dulles Corridor. It is only going to continue to grow. If I had to guess, I believe that Loudoun county and the residents of Sterling Park are going to turn the area around. The location and the land is too valuable.

I used to be very concerned about gangs. Then I spent some time with the Loudoun county officers and gang task rep to ask some questions and I liked what I heard. I think they are all over it.
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