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Old 01-22-2007, 07:39 AM
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My family and I are thinking of moving to Virginia. We are thinking of maybe Culpepper or Warrenton. How would the commute to Reston or Fairfax be? Are they good areas to raise a family?
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Old 01-22-2007, 07:52 AM
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Default Brutal Commute

That commute to Reston would be about 1 & 1/2 - 2 hours. Getting through Manassas takes a lot of time, and I-66 is horrible. There is a reason homes are so much cheaper out there- you pay with your time.
It's only 30-40 miles, so one wouldn't think it would be that bad. However, the roads out there are very inadequate to support the number of cars and people. Rtes. 17, 29, 28, 50, I-66...pretty much any way you went would be jam-packed. This is what happens when localities give developers carte blanche but require no infrastructure improvement like wider roads.
That said, it's a beautiful area, still very rural, and would be a fine place to raise a family.
If the cost is driving you out there, consider West Virginia- Charles Town or Harpers Ferry. Distance-wise it's the same to Reston, time-wise it's closer, and price-wise it's slightly cheaper. The mountains out there are beautiful as well.
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:18 AM
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Yeah, I would agree that the average commute from there would take about 1 1/2 -2 hours. However, if you lived in the eastern most part of Warrenton and could work some sort of flex hours, where you weren't leaving for work during rush hour, you could probably make it in 45 minutes. The commute on 66 has gotten better recently with the widening of 66 and the opening of Sudley Manor Dr., but that is still pretty far away to work in Reston or Fairfax. I do think it would be a nice place to raise a family though. The people in that area are generally much nicer than they are in the rest of NOVA and the towns there have a lot more character....IMO
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Old 01-23-2007, 04:15 AM
Location: northern Virginia
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Commuting from Culpepper to either Fairfax or Reston could take closer to 2 hrs. Warrenton would be closer and is a great town. Charming downtown and lots of beautiful land surrounding it. But it is also getting developed quickly and the commute is getting longer because of that.

I live in Bristow and have seen several people relocate to Berryville (close to Winchester). They are able to commute to Reston via rt 7 and then the Dulles Greenway, claiming the commute is much shorter than here. Several new housing develpments cropping up in Berryville with more land and better prices than closer in.
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