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Old 02-19-2008, 07:08 PM
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Moving to NOVA and will be working in Crystal City. Looking for suggestions of where to move. I have two children, 4 and 6 so Elementary School is most important factor. My wife (stay at home) and I would like to live in a safe, pedestrian friendly, urban area among other young families.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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don't know where crystal city is, but I love Ashburn. Very SAHM friendly and lots of kids with great schools. We looked in several different places like Sterling and Chantilly, but Ashburn just felt like home to us.
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Vienna
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Don't even consider Ashburn- that is SO far away from Crystal City.

If you're going public schools- don't live in Alexandria- the schools are horrible- just read hte state of VA reviews.

I;d consider Arlington given where you are- great schools- not huge houses or lots but not sure what you are looking for- the commute would be doable. Avoid south arlington though..
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:22 PM
 
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what price range? SFH or townhouse? how big does the yard need to be? how long of a commute can you tolerate? etc.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Ashburn will be around 90 minutes from Crystal City during the peak rush, I wouldn't even consider it.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:48 PM
 
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North Arlington seems like it would fit the bill if you can afford it.
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:42 AM
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I want a short commute and understand that the house/townhouse will be small. Where in North Arlington should I look?
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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Also look at Falls Church although be weary of any schools that feed into Jeb Stuart High School.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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What zip codes are Ashburn? Where do I find it on a Map? Thanks



Nevermind, I got it

Last edited by leighland; 02-20-2008 at 01:31 PM.. Reason: found the info
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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All the North Arlington Elementary schools are great. I would avoid the High View Park neighborhood though (the few blocks surrounding Arlington Hospital) which is a little shady. There are a few nice neighborhoods in South Arlington, Arlington Heights and Barcroft just to name a couple, but if you look at the test scores for the South Arlington schools they are significantly lower that those for the Northern schools. This is more a reflection of demographics though than the quality of education provided by the schools. For North Arlington you're looking at 500K minimum for a SFH and you would be getting a fixer-upper at best for that.
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