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Old 05-20-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Chandler, Arizona
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Greeting everyone. Figure I would contribute to the ever popular "relocation" threads

My family (wife and 2 young children) are planning to relocate to the NoVA area from Chandler AZ, (Phoenix metro), and we are trying to collect as much information as we possibly can.
I gew up in Franklin Farms in Herndon from 1980-93 before heading west to finish college so I am familiar with area. That being said, a lot has changed over the years and areas that we have looked at were way off my radar 17 years ago so I am approaching this very much as a newcomer.
We have focused on the Gainesville/Haymarket areas as they seem to be within our price range (350k-375k). I am looking for any input on that area with regard to proximity to shopping (nice Mall, costco, Target, everyday type things) as well as parks and recreation and general living with small kids. I saw that a Wegmans is nearby and that is a huge plus, and also took note that Lifetime Fitness seems to be about 20 minutes away.
We have looked at the schools and are happy with what we have seen though we welcome any additional comments.
My wife will be able work remotely and keep her current job, I will be looking for work (whether or not we relocate will be determined by what opportunities I can find). I am a systems support analyst and am hoping there will be plenty of opportunities in the area to find a good job. I have been told NoVA is a great place for that field. Again any input here would be very welcome, I have just begun the process of searching.
Bottom line, I've waited 17 years and long to return home and the family is on board!! We are doing what we can to make it happen and feel it is a great time to do it. Any input is appreciated!
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Not sure where in Haymarket but I think Villages of Piedmont are very nice. Plus it is only a mile or two from the "strip" in Haymarket. I used to go to Haymarket once a week for a old job.

Good luck with the move! Your realtor should be able to get you some information on what is around in Haymarket...or wherever you pick. (I work for a real estate agent and I know she often has this kind of info...If we weren't moving our office I would find you the print out, lol!)
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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Please search this thread for Bristow/Haymarket/Gainesville and you will find a wealth of information. These areas are generally grouped together.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
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Gainesville is a great place to buy. I always include for my Clients house hunting in Morris Farms, Morris et al., and or Glenkirk, Braemar, etc. Nice neighborhoods and great schools. Shopping at Limestone Road with economical big name stores. Some construction but great infrastructure in PW County and plenty of support and resources for families especially!
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Gainesville is a great place to buy. I always include for my Clients house hunting in Morris Farms, Morris et al., and or Glenkirk, Braemar, etc. Nice neighborhoods and great schools. Shopping at Limestone Road with economical big name stores. Some construction but great infrastructure in PW County and plenty of support and resources for families especially!
Thinking you mean Linton Hall Road not Limestone. There is nothing on Limestone but a middle school, a couple of churches and a pizza place. Also it's Morris Farm not Morris Farms.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
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I do! Think of how working 19 hours per day makes you picture a right on limestone to come around to the shoppes where Long & Foster is located or you can continue straight on Linden Hall and find the big plaza on your right. I hope you were not being mean spirited....
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:48 PM
 
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We are moving to Morris Farm in a couple months. It is about 5 minutes to a SuperTarget, and I've heard it's about 15 minutes to a SuperWalmart and a Costco, which I think is in Manassas. I'm looking forward to saving a lot of money on groceries!!

At the head of Linton Hall Road, where it meets Lee Hwy/ Route 29, there is a large shopping area with tons of restaurants and stores, including Lowe's, Hallmark, Papa John's pizza, Chick-Fil-A (yum!), Best Buy, Giant groceries, Walgreen's pharmacy, and lots more.
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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The Gainesville/Haymarket area has exploded over the last 10-15 years. Gainesville is nothing like it was just 5 years ago. With Atlas iron Works gone it changed the entire scenery. This really is a good area but beware of the traffic. Not a mess and the roads are improving but still heavy often. As far as crime I recently retired from PWC Police and I'd move to the G'sville, Haymarket area without reservation. Is it crime free? No, of course not. Even gated communities such as Piedmont have their issues but overall the quality of life there stands head and shoulders above much of Manassas. (And I live in Manassas)
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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We just moved from Surprise 6 months ago and are moving into our new house in Haymarket in the fall! I think you'll like it!!! It really has all of the amenities you will need within close proximity and with two small children, I think there is plenty to do and see.

Good luck!
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