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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: 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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