My Dh got a job offer in DC and we are considering moving to NOVA. My parents and sister live in NOVA but it's not where I grew up. My family is very mainstream and my parents live in a pretty affluent part of NOVA.
I realize the area is very diverse and I'm sure there are lots of sub-communities, but my overall experience of the area has been negative in that the people I've met have very different values than we have.
My impression of the area is that it's fast-paced, high stress, too much traffic, lots of wealth, crazy high cost of living, status-conscious, and materialistic. I realize that's a huge generalization and there are pockets that don't fit this description at all.
Are there areas of NOVA that are known for being more "crunchy"? Are there areas where it would be possible to live simply and comfortably on one modest income?
We live simply, parent AP style, try to avoid consumerism, eat healthy, live "green", etc. The area where we are now (Harrisonburg) is a good fit for us and I honestly am not excited about possibly moving to DC, but it would be a good opportunity for DH.