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Old 02-01-2010, 09:56 PM
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Hi. One of my "kids" has landed a great job based at Tyson's Corner (& the whole family is over-the-moon with happiness.) But NoVA is a whole 'nother housing market compared to FL/NC/AL/LA (the rest of the family's home turfs.) The couple's second income is somewhat uncertain, so they're hoping to find something for no more than $1,500/mo. They also want to be within 20 mins. of Tyson's Corner. Ideally, the apt. or rental condo/TH would have 2 bds. or 1 bd. + den and either 1.5 or 2 ba. The rest of the wish-list includes parking (preferably covered/underground), updated interior, safe, clean, reasonably sound-proof, & pest-free. They have no pets or children (or any plans for the same.) Is this dream rental totally out of the question? If they stretch the drive time to 25-30 mins., would that make a difference? Can anyone suggest places to check out?
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:11 PM
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A decent 2 brd goes for about 1800-2300$ around tysons corner. Check out some condos for rent on craigslist, you can find deals.

On one hand, it's easier to just live in Tysons Corner, 0 commute time.
Or go for cheaper housing and have a 30-60min drive just for a couple miles of bumper to bumper traffic.

Depends what's important to you.

Lots of rental places in TC offer "preferred employee" discounts. Where's he working, Freddie Mac?
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:59 PM
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well I think you can have part of your wish list if you prioritize. If you really want to be W/I 20 mins to Tysons, then you will have to give up something else. I do think that you can find a 2BR apt. thats safe for $1500. The parking wish might be too much to ask for. I would suggest looking in Annandale or the fringes of Falls Church. Tysons, Vienna, Mclean are too expensive.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:12 AM
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Thanks, y'all. Will hope for a good condo deal and check out Annandale & Falls Church. I don't feel comfortable disclosing employer info; if we were discussing my husband or me that would be different but I try to be careful about other people's privacy. I'll suggest they look for those discounts, just in case they qualify.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:33 AM
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You might even be able to make 30 minute commute from some parts of Arlington to Tyson's Corner . Rt 50 to Rt 7 (somewhat of a reverse commute). Also, more and more construction around Tysons(hot lanes..possible subway)...more of a traffic effect if coming from the east into Tyson's. Just try to avoid 66 (which is HOV in AM and PM..depending on which way your headed) and the beltway.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:51 AM
Location: Reston, VA
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20 minutes is possible from some parts of Reston to some parts of Tysons - if you use the toll road. I did it for about 6 months and averaged 20 minutes.

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Old 02-02-2010, 09:47 AM
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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They should also look at Oakton for a condo rental, off Blake Lane. And, parts of Fairfax are possible to Tysons in under 30 minutes, depending upon where in Fairfax and where in Tysons. Closer to the City of Fairfax, not Fair Oaks or Fair Lakes, it's a possibility. Also, in the City of Fairfax, they can likely find a 2BR in a nice apartment complex for around the preferred budget. They may find something in Merrifield, too, though newer buildings would be more expensive for a 2BR.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:43 PM
Location: Ashburn, VA
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If he doesn't HAVE to be within 20 minutes of Tysons, his $1500 would go much, much farther. Is his schedule flexible? My husband commutes from Ashburn to DC every day (leaves the house by 5:30am) and it takes between 45-55 minutes. In the rush, it could take upwards of 1.5 hours. If your sons hours were flexible, 20 minutes could mean well outside of the immediate area (Reston, Herndon, etc).
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:54 PM
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Check out Idylwood Towers in Falls Church (it's near Tysons). They may be able to find a 2-bedroom condo for rent there for around $1600. It's very conveniently located.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:01 PM
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I routinely commute about 22 minutes door-to-door from Reston to Tyson's Corner. The catch? I leave at 5:30 AM. Route 7 is free-flowing at that time. By 7 AM it is bumper-to-bumper. If his work hours are flexible you can find a nice 2-BR place further out.
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