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VANITY: Moving to Virginia and need some help/advice
Myself | 12/30/03 | KC_Conspirator

Posted on 12/30/2003 3:52:34 PM PST by KC_Conspirator

My wife is serious about taking a job in the DC area and we are planning on moving there soon. However, we are not getting much help and we are on a budget. I figured a network of people in the area might be able to help me out the answers to my questions.

First is finding a place to live. We are a little strapped for cash and I am looking for the most economical, but cleanest, and safest place to live. From what I gather, that means living the VA suburbs. Does anyone know of an apartment service that is available?

I am also looking to stay close to the DC area - about 45 minutes to an hour within driving distance and I am looking for what towns/cities to live in. Hopefully Republican leaning places. I understand that Northern VA is a breeding ground for government workers so that probably means being lorded over by democrats like I am now. We dont have kids yet, but plan starting that soon.

As far as the community I am looking for, I just want a place that has cable, malls, metro access, and a nearby sportsbar.

I have been looking at online job sites for some months now in anticipation of this, but have had little results. I just found a place in KC that has the Sunday ComPost so I am now perusing though it, but if anyone knows of better jobs boards, let me know. If your curious, I have been a mainframe programmer for about 6 years and in the past year been doing software sales due to an lousy job market. My job is awful, so finding a new opportunity sounds rally good.


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If anyone can help me with some advice, that would be greatly appreciated.
1 posted on 12/30/2003 3:52:35 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator
I just bought a townhouse in Burke this fall. It's a mix of Repubs and Dems, but a very nice area. There is a VRE (Virginia Railway Express) stop here and they just started a free subscription bus service to it. It takes me about an hour to get to work in Crystal City (Arlington) from here, driving.
2 posted on 12/30/2003 4:02:25 PM PST by MindyW
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To: KC_Conspirator
That hour driving is during the heavy traffic hours. Today it took me 30 minutes.
3 posted on 12/30/2003 4:03:33 PM PST by MindyW
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To: KC_Conspirator
By an XM satellite radio system - you'll be spending hours in traffic.
4 posted on 12/30/2003 4:05:43 PM PST by StatesEnemy
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To: KC_Conspirator
Don't assume that your answer is in Virginia. There are communities along the train corridor from D.C. to Baltimore. You can find some excellent housing at reasonable rates, and the commuter trains run so frequently that you can eliminate one car from your household.

A bonus is you will be a short hop from the Inner Harbor, which is a terrific place to visit. I lived there for two years on a houseboat in the center of the City. It was a terrific life.

Congressman Billybob

Click here to stick a thumb in the eye of CFR, "Hugh & Series, Critical & Pulled by JimRob."

5 posted on 12/30/2003 4:07:15 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com Visit. Join. Help. Please.)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Welcome to the "belly of the beast"!

Some suggestions for you:

1. D.C./MD/VA housing is very expensive so I suggest that you rent rather than buy. Apartments are running higher vacancy rates than usual due to the hyperactive home market so you will be in good shape there. Most apartments are wired for cable and many have amenity packages, i.e. gym, tennis court, pool etc., so look around.

2. I suggest that you locate in an apartment complex that is within 1 -3 blocks of a METRO station. Traffic has become a nightmare so if you have an opportunity to take the subway you should.

3. As to employment, IT took a big hit here with Worldcom and some dot com meltdowns here, but IT jobs in private industry are recovering. LAN/WAN managers are in demand due to data security issues etc. etc. so you may find something you like there.

4. You may want to research MONSTER.COM which lists jobs by state etc. for some available opportunities.

5. In terms of living, pick Virginia or Maryland, but I suggest you eschew the District of Columbia. It has recently been published that Baghdad's murder rate is lower than the District's in addition to all of the other crimes that can be visited upon you (and your wife).

Lastly and most importantly monitor this board for meetings of the D.C. Chapter of Free Republic. This is one very active (and friendly!) bunch and I will always say that standing with my fellow Freepers in front of the Vice President's Mansion in 2000, processing Al Goron's eviction, was some of the finest experiences of my life.

Good luck!

Ping me on Freepmail if I can give you any more information.

Regards,

6 posted on 12/30/2003 4:08:42 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Where is your wife planning on working? We just moved to DC last year and live in the District. The traffic from the suburbs is hideous. Snow removal is a joke. It is better to live in the District if you can. There are nice neighborhoods with apartments that are not expensive. Plus, you don't really need a car here and there is lots going on. Email me if you want to discuss it more. I have lots of info...
7 posted on 12/30/2003 4:09:27 PM PST by Pinetop
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To: KC_Conspirator
about 45 minutes to an hour within driving distance

*chuckle* that'd put you about 5 miles away from the jobsite. Only kidding a little. Study up on the public transit system- that will open up some more housing options. I hear tell that West Virginia is DC's new bedroom community. Transit runs out there and living is cheap.

8 posted on 12/30/2003 4:10:06 PM PST by Lil'freeper (By all that we hold dear on this Earth I bid you stand, men of the West!)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Try to avoid much of NW DC, especially Dupont Circle area.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. (Seinfeld voice)
9 posted on 12/30/2003 4:10:44 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: Corin Stormhands
Ping!
10 posted on 12/30/2003 4:11:31 PM PST by Lil'freeper (By all that we hold dear on this Earth I bid you stand, men of the West!)
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To: KC_Conspirator
We dont have kids yet, but plan starting that soon.

Think about Chesterfield or Henrico County!

11 posted on 12/30/2003 4:12:43 PM PST by JOE6PAK ("The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Stay up north. They hate Yankees down here!
12 posted on 12/30/2003 4:13:05 PM PST by duckman
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To: KC_Conspirator
You will care about the quality of your local schools sooner than you might think. Even if you are not going to Publikally Edjukate your own children, you will want neighbors whose children aren't going to slash your tires and steal from you. It's nice if the local teens are potential babysitters rather than potential felons.

The best way to guarantee that is to find school districts with a low turnover rate of students and a low dropout rate. There may be other criteria--those just happen to be the ones that would have kept our family out of this bad area we're in now. It wasn't so bad eight years ago--but those signs were there to tell us that it was coming.

Then when it comes to decisions about school you'll have choices. I think that will matter more than the sports bar, in the long run. (You can always become a businessowner and open your own sportsbar...!)
13 posted on 12/30/2003 4:14:03 PM PST by Triple Word Score
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To: kristinn; Angelwood; Jimmy Valentine's brother; GunsareOK; tgslTakoma
Heads up! Incoming DC FReeper!

JV, I see you're already on the thread.
14 posted on 12/30/2003 4:14:28 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: KC_Conspirator
Try Woodbridge or Stafford. I lived there for three years, and it's a decent place. Home prices are shooting up, though... I have a townhouse there that I bought twelve years ago, and the price stayed flat for ten years... now it's nearly doubled.

The further you go down 95 the cheaper, but the worse the commute. There is the VRE (Virginia Rail), and the Metro goes as far as Springfield, but other than that it's carpool time.
15 posted on 12/30/2003 4:16:15 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Okay, I admit it... I work for Homeland Security!)
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To: Coop
You handle this one. I don't have the heart.
16 posted on 12/30/2003 4:16:44 PM PST by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: KC_Conspirator
My pick up got a oil leak. cant help you. good luck
18 posted on 12/30/2003 4:22:49 PM PST by al baby (Ice cream does not have bones)
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To: KC_Conspirator
If you like suburbs you might like Springfield. There is a Metro -- takes about 30 minutes to DC. There is a mall. I'm not sure about sportsbars but it has linedancing and crime is less than in DC.
19 posted on 12/30/2003 4:23:46 PM PST by Dante3
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To: KC_Conspirator; Truelove; Teacup; IGOTMINE; nina0113; Steve0113; Taxman
I've been in VA since 1986 and like it here. Mostly between Quantico, Prince Wililam County and Spotsylvania. Lots of jobs and the schools south of Quantico are better than the schools north of Quantico.

Check www.realtor.com or
http://www.springstreet.com/apartments/home.jhtml?lnksrc=ts5

Currently in Spotsylvania / Fredericksburg and traffic sucks but there's lots of shopping here :)

Yell it we can help.
20 posted on 12/30/2003 4:25:13 PM PST by MudPuppy (Semper Fi!)
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To: KC_Conspirator
I just moved to Arlington, Virginia from the Bay Area. I instinctively followed some of the advice given here: (1) Forget about a car for commuting - the traffic in tbe DC area is an order of magnitude worse than even the Bay Area, (2) Rent, don't buy - my apartment is one block from the Metro. As far as politics, in Virginia you get more Republican as you go west and south. Arlington and Alexandria are very, very liberal towns but are close to the District. Maryland is more liberal than Virginia, so I've been told. I don't have kids, so I can't comment on schools.
21 posted on 12/30/2003 4:26:05 PM PST by ZeitgeistSurfer
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To: SandyInSeattle; KC_Conspirator
The Maryland side is pretty heavily Democratic. (& DC, of course).

Arlington and Alexandria tend to be also.

Farther south, Prince William and Stafford Counties are Republican.

And you can also raise a family there. More affordable houses. Little League, great schools. (train commute to DC or Arlington).
22 posted on 12/30/2003 4:31:32 PM PST by edwin hubble
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To: leadpenny
HEY! Don't you want him to live in "silly central"?

Silly goose!

Regards, and how you be?

23 posted on 12/30/2003 4:35:27 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Virginia Employment Commission.
24 posted on 12/30/2003 4:41:43 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: KC_Conspirator
McLean/Langley - Lived here half my life. Lots of government types, very expensive area, Dem-dominated, next to the CIA. But it does have some of the best public schools in the country and it's next to the Tysons Corner mall.

Arlington - Affordable. I lived here a year or so. Not recommended. Rather "diverse" area (I'll let you figure out what I mean by that.) Not particularly great school system.

Alexandria - Also "diverse", but somewhat less undesirable than Arlington.

Falls Church - Probably your best bet. Decent schools (depending on the area, your kids might go to the McLean/Langley schools). Good metro access (two stations). More affordable than McLean/Langley. Less chaotic than Arlington.

Suburbs farther from DC (Herndon, Reston, Fairfax City, Fair Lakes, Fair Oaks etc.) - Good schools, clean suburban feel, lots of new housing going up. Plenty of shopping places. Not quite as convenient or close to DC.
25 posted on 12/30/2003 4:43:30 PM PST by Ex-Dem (>>>--------------->)
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To: jamesnwu
Never heard of Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology, have you?
26 posted on 12/30/2003 4:45:00 PM PST by Ex-Dem (>>>--------------->)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Welcome to DC! The commie-infested Capital Beltway area needs every good conservative we can get.

Definitely stay out of Alexandria and Arlington if you can. Things start getting a lot better once you get out into the west Annandale/Falls Church area.

27 posted on 12/30/2003 4:49:11 PM PST by jpl
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To: KC_Conspirator
We live in Fairfax County near the end of the orange line metro. It takes about 40-50 minutes commute during rush hour on I-66 for 2 people to drive in(you have to have at least 2 people in the car to drive on I-66 AT ALL prior to 9 am going toward the city inside the beltway) and about the same amount of time on the metro to downtown (capitol hill area). During non-rush hour (this is about 4 days a year) about 20 minutes.

Our congressman is Tom Davis. Most of my neighbors in the townhouse community where I live are immigrants and speak English as a second language. We don't have kids, wouldn't even consider living here if we did. There is not enough space and the kids around us are incredibly ill-mannered.

There are nice areas further west (Centreville, Chantilly, Manassas) or south (Springfield) or north (Reston and Burke) but I think the commute will be well over one hour each direction from any of these places, depending of course on where EXACTLY in the DC area you or your wife are working.

Two years ago we helped my sister look for an apartment to rent in this area, for a studio the cheapest we found was about $1200/month. For something in a 30 year old, sorta run down building about 50 minutes commute on the metro we found a studio for $950/month. Single family homes in the areas I have mentioned are going to be close to $400K. Townhouses, about $275 or $300K depending on where. The real estate market is absolutely nuts. If we had the patience to do the hour-plus commute each way every day and if my schedule had more flexiblity I would live in Gainesville or Leesburg VA (both about 30 miles west of DC), Fredericksburg, VA (about 45 miles south of DC) or Waldorf, MD (about 30 miles south in MD. But in a more liberal area, Steny Hoyer is the rep!)

Keep in mind that the sales tax in VA is only 4.5% vs. 5% in MD and 5.75% in DC. DC also has a 10% tax on restaurants.

All said, DC is a great place to start a career or jumpstart a new career, personally I feel the population is quite mobile and transient and not what I am looking for in a place to raise kids. That said, I wouldn't live anywhere else right now!

28 posted on 12/30/2003 4:50:05 PM PST by xeno
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To: jpl
http://www.ci.fairfax.va.us/Residents/FAQs.htm
29 posted on 12/30/2003 4:51:56 PM PST by alrea (let's go back to when liberalism meant gaining more freedom from central authority)
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To: jpl
http://www.ci.fairfax.va.us/Residents/FAQs.htm
30 posted on 12/30/2003 4:51:59 PM PST by alrea (let's go back to when liberalism meant gaining more freedom from central authority)
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To: KC_Conspirator
You've set a tough target -- cheap, close to a metro stop, short commute.

I would take a look at neighborhoods around a VRE stop. VRE is the newish commuter rail that runs two lines, one from the west(Manassas) and one from the south (Fredricksburg) into DC. You can switch to the Metro system at a combined Metro/VRE stop in the District. VRE has a nice web page at http://www.vre.org.

The further you are from the District, the lower the price, generally speaking, so you'll have to evaluate the trade-off between distance and price. You'll see a 30-40% delta between prices in Ballston, near a Metro stop not far from the District, and Manassas where you can do VRE.

I've lived in Norther Virginia for almost 30 years now, and traffic is getting to the point where an automobile commute is increasingly unattractive. Luckily, I've been semi-retired for a few years now and able to work out of my house, so the commute for me is 5 seconds, from bedroom to office.

Virginia has many advantages, including somewhat lower taxes than Maryland and much lower taxes than the District. Plus, if you are a firearms type, MD is difficult and DC is close to impossible.

Jack
31 posted on 12/30/2003 4:58:50 PM PST by JackOfVA
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To: leadpenny
I understand. In fact our little own Dupont Circle neighborhood of KC has had an increase in crime. Why just the other day there was a drive-by slapping.
32 posted on 12/30/2003 4:59:14 PM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space for rent)
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To: KC_Conspirator
I've been here for 10 years and my husband's family for 40 years. I prefer Vienna/Oakton/Reston. I think they are beautiful suburbs. Abundant greenery and great schools and such. Many choices for private schools if you prefer. Also they are convenient to public transportation. I prefer to avoid I-95 at all costs but perhaps that is just a personal preference.

My favorite web sites for looking at housing are http://www.fairfaxrealty.com and http://www.erealty.com. A great source for available local jobs is http://www.washingtonjobs.com. Also http://www.dice.com and http://www.flipdog.com.

Many people here are saying rent and not buy but if you can do it I would buy a small townhouse. We have never regretted owning a house from the get-go. My husband's parents say that in their 40 years of living here that prices have always gone up. When they spent $80K on their house 26 years ago everyone thought things couldn't go higher. If you need to move out of the area you can hire a rental company to manage a property for you. Just a thought.

There is a small community of townhomes in Reston called 'Deepwood' that offers 3-bedroom, 2.5 -bath townhomes without having to pay Reston fees. There are also some comparably-priced but smaller townhomes in the 22043 area code of Falls Church. (Dominion Heights). They offer easy access to 66 east to DC.

Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William county all have tax information online so you can do research on any potential real estate buys.

If you need a good agent for Northern VA I can recommend a few.
33 posted on 12/30/2003 5:12:06 PM PST by agrarianlady
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To: KC_Conspirator
Geez, you're giving up the Chiefs, decent barbecue, Boulevard Beer, and NASCAR. The things we do for love.
34 posted on 12/30/2003 5:18:22 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: KC_Conspirator; Coop
You place a tall order. Not sure you're gonna get everything on your wish list. My family and I lived in a 2 bedroom walkup in Arlington for 8 years. It was cramped, but it was two blocks from the Metro. We were fortunate with our landlord. He was an older gentleman and a good Mormon. When we first moved in, our rent went up every 6 months. When our son came along and my wife quit work, our rent didn't change for the next 5 years.

DC can be a great place to live. You just have to adapt to the urban lifestyle. Prolly more than what you have in KC.

You won't have an easy time getting affordable GOP leaning neighborhoods that close in. But we were never close to our neighbors, we developed our own network of friends.

Check out the job banks here:

Townhall.com
The Heritage Foundation (I think it's heritage.org)
ASAEnet.org (American Society of Association Executives)

Then I would suggest you consider signing on with a temp agency. That way you're bringing in some income pretty much right away. That can often lead to something permanent.

Don't hesitate to contact your Congresscritter. Can't hurt.

Best of luck.
35 posted on 12/30/2003 5:18:28 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Can I exchange this tagline without a receipt?)
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To: KC_Conspirator
The longer the commute, the better off you are in terms of safety and expense. Some people live farther away but negotiate earlier hours. The commute time from 6-7AM is better than 7-8AM, especially if you are just commuting to a Metro station. That's what I would do.

If you come through SW Virginia on I-81, let me know. You can stop in and visit.
36 posted on 12/30/2003 5:26:26 PM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: KC_Conspirator
I have residences in both Loudoun County and in DC. The traffic from Leesburg is hideous, even leaving at 6:30. There is also an area north of Leesburg, near Lucketts, that is near a commuter track that runs right into the center of DC. From Union Station, you can get a metro anywhere. Also, there is a bus service from Leesburg that goes right into DC, as well as into Rosslyn.

As you may know, Leesburg is at the end of the technology corrider that was so hot a few years back.

As for DC, I highly recommend it. There are affordable spots, and it sure is convenient, even if you do the reverse commute. But be forwarned, the affordable spots are not in the best areas, though that's changing.

There are a lot of pubbies in the Crofton, Maryland area, I'm told. That area is quite affordable, as are many spots in Maryland. There was a comment about moving up near Baltimore, and I think that's a good idea as well. The trains make all the difference, and there is less wear and tear in the long run if you aren't doing the driving. Yes, they are overrun with Democrats, but there are always a few closet Republicans anywhere you go.

Good luck, and let me know if I can be of any more help.
37 posted on 12/30/2003 5:31:03 PM PST by BlueCat
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To: KC_Conspirator
I've lived here all my life. But something as quick as you can, be it a condo, townhouse or even a older home. There are are many bargins to be had and the market has been steadly gon up since before I was born. There is a saying that if you ever sell your house in NOVA you'd better buy something quickly or you'll be looking at a smaller house.
38 posted on 12/30/2003 5:43:58 PM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: Non-Sequitur
Yes, I will miss all of that, especially the Boulevard Wheat with a lemon.
39 posted on 12/30/2003 5:46:12 PM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space for rent)
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To: Non-Sequitur; KC_Conspirator
Geez, you're giving up the Chiefs, decent barbecue, Boulevard Beer, and NASCAR.

The Chiefs, a loss. NASCAR is closeby here and plenty of good BBQ from Richmond south.

The Deadskins will come to life again one day too; Spurrier is gone, that's a good start.

40 posted on 12/30/2003 5:46:37 PM PST by putupon (-; Hey ArbustoBustezas, those rose colored glasses ain't what's making Jorge look Pinko! ;-)
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To: KC_Conspirator
As far as local IT contractors, I've always had success finding jobs with:

http://www.newboston.com (Vienna branch)
http://www.teksystems.com (any Northern VA branch)

You'll probably end up contracted to the DoD if you're going to be doing any technical work.
41 posted on 12/30/2003 5:48:49 PM PST by agrarianlady
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To: KC_Conspirator
You mentioned that your wife was looking at a job in the DC AREA. Could you clarify which town or city.

Unfortunately, the DC area is quite large as far as business and housing sprawl is concerned. There is also the Potomac River and its limited bridge crossings to contend with. A ten mile (as the crow flies) distance could result in a 45 minute commute in some areas. If you can provide us with the location of employment then we can get more detailed and provide better advice.

42 posted on 12/30/2003 5:49:38 PM PST by kaboom
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To: putupon
I thought I knew what BBQ was until I moved here 16 years ago. Nothing will replace Gates and Arthur Bryants.

I could easily become a Skins fan, especially now that Spurrier is gone. He is not an NFL coach. Rumors are that Nebraska is contacting him. However, that idiot owner may hinder the team for years to come.

43 posted on 12/30/2003 5:56:18 PM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space for rent)
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To: agrarianlady
Ditto Reston - - we've lived here for about 10 years - - but property has been spiraling upward. Once you can find something you afford, hang on to it. We bought a nice three bedroom townhome on a nice wooded street in Reston 10yrs ago for $160K - - now worth $330K.....and we're not near a metro stop (haven't moved out this far west..yet...) but we're about 1 1/2 miles from the Dulles Toll Road.

Gotta get ready for the commute - -if your wife works in DC, suggest taking the metro bus to Orange line metro stop (Nutley Street) and going in - - but plan on spending an hour to get in, and an hour to get home.....

Otherwise.....glad to have you neighbor!
44 posted on 12/30/2003 5:58:04 PM PST by duckbutt (God Bless America.......Again!)
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To: KC_Conspirator
I figured a network of people in the area might be able to help me out the answers to my questions.

Ole D.C. ain't the place to be,

Crime and lefties swarm around like bees.

High rent and politico wannabees,

Sorry to tellya but the Carribbean's the place for me......

45 posted on 12/30/2003 6:06:13 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I've dealt with stupid people for over 32 years. Haven't I earned the right to just shoot them?)
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To: KC_Conspirator
I can't see any conservative choosing to live in DC or Maryland over Virginia. And even in Virginia, most areas close to Metro and/or inside the beltway tend to be liberal. Reston is also VERY liberal. The Congressional Districts were designed to keep Arlington, Alexandria, and Reston together - a SOLID democrat district that keeps electing Jim Moran.

Also as someone indicated above, if you are going the public school route in Northern Virginia, you do NOT want to live Arlington or Alexandria. Some pretty good private schools are available, but they can be very expensive and very hard to get in.

It is tricky to know which jurisdiction is which. In Virginia, cities (such as Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax City) are separate entities from counties (such as Arlington, Loudoun, and Fairfax County). Some parts of "Alexandria" are not in the city of Alexandria but rather in the county of Fairfax. All of these jurisdictions have their own local governments and school systems (except Fairfax City is pretty much part of the 164,000 student Fairfax County school system).

Someone mentioned Thomas Jefferson High School, a Fairfax County public high school which for years has had the most National Merit Scholars of any school in the world. Admission competition is open to almost all Northern Virginia eighth graders, but with only 430 per class it is VERY hard to get into. In any case high school is too far down the road to be much of a location factor now.

Following so far? Sometimes there are incorporated towns within counties, but there is very little difference between being in or out of one of these towns. For example, in Fairfax County are the towns of Vienna, Herndon, and Clifton but they are under the same Board of Supervisors and school system. Then there are areas with no separate government, such as very built-up Tysons Corner, the VERY liberal Reston, and some of the other areas named in other posts.

IT jobs are found in lots of different places. You might want to secure a job first and then find a place to live so you don't end up commuting from Baltimore to Reston. You can rent an apartment for a month or two while you check all this out. Freepers live all over the region and if you get down to choosing between three or four or five specific places, I suspect you can find some opinions from us.
46 posted on 12/30/2003 6:35:47 PM PST by StayAt HomeMother
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To: AppyPappy
If you come through SW Virginia on I-81, let me know. You can stop in and visit.

Where do you live along I- 81? We have always loved SW Virginia and have been considering the purchase of property anywhere from Blacksburg down to the TN line.

I spent a lot of great weekends in Blackburg when my brother played football at Va. Tech. I am 6-7 years from retirement and would love some property down in that area. Regards,

MoodyBlu

47 posted on 12/30/2003 6:45:10 PM PST by MoodyBlu
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To: KC_Conspirator
Familiar with DC area (lived here over 30 years. Prefer VA side. Communities close-in to DC (Arlington, Alexandria, McLean) good for commuting but not raising children. Yet moving further out means less time with the family and more time on the road. The area is over-populated and not necessarily family friendly. It's worth your move here to decide for yourself. It's good you are planning on renting -- that will give you time to explore the area and decide which area is best for you to purchase a home. There are lots of good jobs OUTSIDE the district now where people can work minutes from the house (Dulles corridor, Loudon county, etc.). Best of luck. We need good conservatives.
48 posted on 12/30/2003 7:08:55 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: KC_Conspirator
I sure can't help because I live way too far from the DC/NOVA area. And from what I've read here, probably wouldn't want to live there even if I was paid for it.

But to everyone else - holey moley.

I can't believe I actually saw suggestions to move to Montgomery County, MD as opposed to Virginia. Sheesh.

I've read both good and bad about the public school system, but the school district in Accomac County was the icing on the cake for us in choosing where we now live.

We've only been in VA for 7 months having moved from Delaware but find it to be far less expensive than the supposed "home of tax-free shopping." Granted I live on the forgotten Eastern Shore, but the school district is far superior to anything in Delaware, property taxes are only 1/3, the people are far more pleasant and welcoming, low crime rate.........I can't expound enough on how happy we are to be here.
49 posted on 12/30/2003 7:36:53 PM PST by Gabz (smoke gnatzies - small minds buzzing in your business -swat'em)
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To: MindyW
It takes me about an hour to get to work in Crystal City (Arlington) from here, driving.

An hour?!? Ugh. You need to slug, bus or train. :-)

50 posted on 12/31/2003 3:53:05 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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