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Old 04-07-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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Currently I live in Chicago but am traveling 100% of the time - mostly to DC as my office is in Herndon and most of my clients in the DC metro area. I'm thinking of relocating to DC - specifically NoVa as it seems the best area.

So same as everyone else I'm wondering where the best place is to buy.
I'm looking for a single family house in the $400k-$450k range with 5 bedrooms and big enough property for kids to play outside. Also needs to be good school district

Fairfax county doesn't seem to offer me many options in the price range, but Prince William county have many options.
Am I out of luck meeting the above requirements and not spending ALL my time commuting?
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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If your office is in Herndon, I'd look in Loudoun County, rather than Prince William.
It's closer to Herndon, and the schools are better. You also have more commuting options for traveling to other parts of the metro area, including DC and Maryland.
You are correct that Fairfax County won't have much to offer in your price range. Anything under $500K with 5 BR in a good school district is going to be a tear-down.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I was going to suggest Loudoun County too though your 5 bedroom requirement is going to be tough. I was looking closer to $500K in the area just recently and all the 5 bedroom homes were closer to $550-600K min. You may be able to find a 4 bedroom with a finished basement in the mid to upper 400s which might work for you. To find more land, look west of Leesburg. My husband commutes to Herndon from western Loudoun and it takes him 35-40 mins
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:32 PM
 
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I was going to suggest Loudoun County too though your 5 bedroom requirement is going to be tough. I was looking closer to $500K in the area just recently and all the 5 bedroom homes were closer to $550-600K min. You may be able to find a 4 bedroom with a finished basement in the mid to upper 400s which might work for you. To find more land, look west of Leesburg. My husband commutes to Herndon from western Loudoun and it takes him 35-40 mins
Yeah, you may need to read between the lines in 4-BR listings. We have a large guest room and full bath in our finished basement that we cannot legally call a bedroom because the windows cannot be used to escape in case of emergency. But there are doors to a basement walkout right outside the bathroom, so we feel safe in having people sleep there.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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You're going to hate life if you're living west of Leesburg and you have to travel to DC frequently. You're also a better husband/father than i would be, cause if it came between my kids sharing a room and knocking an hour+ off of my commute to work...hope you like bunk beds!
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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oh yeah I didn't see that, Herndon is fine, but I wouldn't commute farther in from western loudoun...you may be out of luck there.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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Wow - lots of responses real quick!
One thing I should note is that I don't often need to go to Herndon. It is very much the exception.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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so where DO you have to go regularly? do you work from a home office and only visit offices in the DC area, or do you have to report into DC every day...?
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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so where DO you have to go regularly? do you work from a home office and only visit offices in the DC area, or do you have to report into DC every day...?
Can realistically be anywhere. Mostly downtown DC.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Hi Swazi
I live in Ashburn and bet you could find what you are looking for here BUT you would be looking at a commute that's over an hour long. Sterling is nice and family friendly and closer in to DC-but only slightly. Other areas such as Burke and Springfield may work for you. Moderator Cut
One thing you have to decide is what is more important to you: home or commute. For us, we wanted a larger home so we ended up in Ashburn. My husband commutes to Tyson's and his commute is about 45 minutes on a good day. Bad day closer to an hour.

good luck!

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