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Job in McLean, Virginia, and travel to Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Silver Spring, Maryland, need closer residence like Herndon, Ashburn, Chantilly, Fairfax, South Riding

Old 05-01-2007, 01:35 PM
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My husband and I moved to VA 3 years ago to a condo in the Seven Corners area of Falls Church. We want to move out this year but we're not sure where to look.. I currently work in McLean, but my job could potentially take me anywhere in the DC Metro area (DC, parts of Northern VA, or even Silver Spring, MD) in the next few weeks. Regardless, it seems pointless to decide where we are moving based on where I could end up since it will change every couple of months anyway (I'm a consultant). My husband works from home so location for him isn't an issue.

We are currently looking at Herndon, Ashburn, Chantilly, South Riding and Fairfax.

We fell in love with Ashburn and heard that the commute to McLean (Tysons) isn't so bad. But if I end up working in MD it could be a headache. Then again, I feel in some ways it's worth the trip if I can come home to a nice big single family. We really want to get a single family vs. a TH because it's in our price range and we can definitely afford it in those areas.

When we looked in Fairfax we found that the TH's were too pricy for the space. Ashburn, Herndon, or even Chantilly seem like affordable options, but I have heard bad things about Herndon.

Any advice on where we should move? I will appreciate any help you all can offer me since you are a lot more experienced with this area than I am (I'm an ex-Marylander).

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Old 05-01-2007, 02:48 PM
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That's a toughie (not knowing exactly where you will based)
Ashburn to Tysons in rush hour...45 best to 60+. using the toll would help and parts of Ashburn are right there by the on ramp.
It is nice and you will definatley get more house for your money than in Fairfax (and now is the time to buy!)
As far as South Riding goes the commute to McLean will be a bit longer since you have to go N then E to get there.

Both areas are very similar good schools clean low crime etc... They are doing a a ton of new building in near Southriding along route 659 so new build is an option.

Since you live here my suggestion is get out and drive both areas... The commute to both into DC is a haul during rush hour (90min)

Future plans for the metro make Ashburn more attractive if you are here for the long haul.

As for Herdon as you said parts of it a skechey. It's got some real nice areas and hten turn the corner and it has a rougher element hanging out etc... housing will more more expensive by 25-50k as compared to ashburn.

Do you have kids??
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:20 PM
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Default thanks for the advise!

Thanks for the advice.. it is very helpful

We do not have kids yet, but we are planning on it. Within 1-2 years most likely. That's another reason Ashburn seems attractive, because we know we can raise a family there.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:11 PM
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Ashburn would be a great place to raise a family, unless you were commuting every day to a Maryland location. That would be my concern -- unless your husband, working from home, can take the lead oar in getting your child to day care and handling the logistics at home. Or unless you can work part-time or negotiate a flexible schedule. Or change jobs entirely. Long commutes can wreak havoc with new parenthood responsibilities. And, for that matter, with "who is going to get the kids to piano lessons and soccer practice?" responsibilities. Ashburn is less expensive for a reason -- it is not as convenient to many centers of employment.

Trying out the commute to McLean/DC/Silver Spring BEFORE you buy is an excellent idea.
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