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Old 01-30-2007, 11:37 PM
 
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My husband has seen some affordable single-family homes in Sterling. What can you tell me about the community there? Would it be a good place for a family with small children? What about commuting into DC during rush hour?

Thanks in advance,

Maggie
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:05 PM
 
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Sterling is a nice enough community. It's your typical suburb, however it's a bit older and uglier than the rest of sparkling new Loudoun County and as such, is regarded by some as an undesirable place to live. It's light on the new McMansions (although those exist) and heavy on the post-war ramblers. There's lots of different sections of Sterling, each with a bit of a different character; places like Cascades, Sugarland Run, Countryside and Sterling Park. It has a lot of apartments and a higher diversity in both people and income than other portions of Loudoun County. There's plenty of shopping, with all the large chain stores (Target, Wal-Mart, Borders, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc.) close by, as well as Dulles Town Center, a large indoor shopping mall). It's a perfectly nice community, but a lot of people seem not to think so. I recommend using the Search function (or the Advanced Search function and highlighting the Virginia forum) to perform a search to see what people have said about Sterling on this board in the past.

As far as a commute into DC, during non-rush hour times it will run 40 minutes. During rush hour, at least an hour. Some days it may even be as long as an hour and a half, but I'd say a bit over an hour would be the norm, assuming you're going to downtown D.C. (i.e. the area around the White House) as opposed to further into the city in Capitol Hill or elsewhere.
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Richmond
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Hi, I grew up in Sterling. Im not trying to dissmiss the area, but frankly its a mix of things. Sterling Park actually has gotten rougher over the years and has experienced gang violence. The area I lived was actualy west of Sterling and Old Town Sterling. Old town Sterling really isnt much than a few old churches and a railroad crossing and a post office. They have a lot of housing developments, and new shopping malls though that are nice if you like that sort of thing. Plus, you're only about 10 min from Leesburg- which is a super neat town. Sterling is not that close to D.C. due to its awkward location. You would have to take Old Rt 28 to get to Rt 50. As there is really no other direct way, unless you go down Rt 7 towards the old Georgetown Pike- which although beautiful and scenic, is right windy and takes a long time.
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:13 AM
 
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Default Thank you for your input...

It really helps to get this perspective.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:58 AM
 
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Sugarland Run was rated by a publication recently (sorry, the name escapes me at the moment) as one of the best places in the US to buy a home. We live in Cascades which is probably the "newest" part of Sterling. I'm biased, since I own a home there, but I love the Cascades area.

I know people who live in Countryside, Sugarland Run, and Sterling Park - most are satisified with their choices. However, the increase in some form of "gang presence" has many people concerned in Sterling Park. I'm hopeful that continuing influx of population in Loudoun County will displace the undesirable criminal element in Sterling Park with decent, hardworking families. I haven't read a definitive study on projections for Sterling in the future.

Anyway, the other three areas of Sterling are solid choices.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:01 PM
 
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Sugarland Run was rated by a publication recently (sorry, the name escapes me at the moment) as one of the best places in the US to buy a home. We live in Cascades which is probably the "newest" part of Sterling. I'm biased, since I own a home there, but I love the Cascades area.

I know people who live in Countryside, Sugarland Run, and Sterling Park - most are satisified with their choices. However, the increase in some form of "gang presence" has many people concerned in Sterling Park. I'm hopeful that continuing influx of population in Loudoun County will displace the undesirable criminal element in Sterling Park with decent, hardworking families. I haven't read a definitive study on projections for Sterling in the future.

Anyway, the other three areas of Sterling are solid choices.
I lived in Countryside from 1987- 1994. The people are bit conventional and pedestrian, but it is fairly clean and neat and safe.
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:39 AM
 
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I seem to be in the minority here regarding the Sterling Park area, but I found it a great place to live. My home is on the Rt 28 side of the park (Broyhill's Addition) and yes, the houses were older and yes, they were built by a steel company. It's a solid house on over 1/3 of an acre on a cul-de-sac. I bought it as a single woman in my mid-30s and it was a good-sized, decently priced house. My neighbors have all been great, most of them having lived there long enough to see their young children grow up and move on. They are friendly, helpful and when I used to travel for my job, they would look after my house.

I have since married and had to move to the west coast temporarily but I keep the house as a rental until we are able to move back east again. It is one of the few neighborhoods I've lived in in Virginia where I feel the "home" and neighborly atmosphere I used to feel growing up in NY state.

I agree, there are not-so-desireable areas of Sterling Park, yet I am not aware of the "gang activity" I see posted about out here. Maybe it's there, but I never experienced it in my part of the woods. I have been away for some years, but I continue to visit the neighborhood every year and it still feels homey to me. I love the mature foliage, trees and yards.

Yes, Cascades is shinier and newer and the price tag reflects that. I would LOVE to have a McMansion but for the buck, Sterling Park offers some very decent housing and neighborhoods. I'm sure part of the "ghetto" feel that some are referring to is nothing more than some people's preference for newer, bigger and more contemporary. I tend to like the "character" of some older housing. You know... "they just don't build them like they used to!"

As for Sugarland Run... I looked over there when I was shopping for housing and it just didn't appeal to me. Sorry. It just seemed "dark".

Anyway... just wanted to put my 2 cents in about Sterling Park. It has it's own value.

Oh... and 2 more cents... I believe that Leesburg and Herndon both have additional town taxes which one should take into consideration when moving there. It might only be the center of the towns that are affected by that, but it is an additional tax.
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