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#1 of 5 Old 09-03-2008, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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As I type this dh is interviewing at a company in Alexandria that has flown him up there. If he gets this job we're going to have to find a house to rent up there quickly. I really don't know much about that area at all (we currently live in Orlando) The company is a block away from a metro stop and dh is hoping to commute that way. Our biggest priorities are...

A really safe area (biggest priority)
really good public schools (2nd biggest priority)
ease of commute


We don't mind paying more to have these things cause they are so important. Ive been searching craigslist like crazy and cross referencing with greatschools.net It seems like the public schools in Alexandria aren't very good, so we'd probably have to live somewhere else. Ive been looking at Vienna, which some nice, but Im not sure about the commute. DH doesn't mind a long train ride cause he can work on the train.

Can anyone help me?? Thanks!

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I lived in Fairfax for a bit when I was high school age and loved that area. My dad commuted to the Pentagon using the bus and then the commuter rail system in Burke (adjacent to Fairfax).

Fairfax, Burke, Springfield--all have great school systems and boast safe, suburban living. They are longer commutes for your DH for sure.

My stepsister lived in Shirlington/Fairlington area until recently and loved it there. It's spendy but literally minutes from the monuments and the DC Mall. Good community there, too, although I don't know anything about the schools.

Vienna does have great schools, too, and a metro is easily accessible.

Best of luck and let me know if you have other questions

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Hi - I understand the concern with moving to a new area - I moved to Alexandria 2 years ago. I had the luxury of having family already in the area who were able to help me out.

I currently rent a condo in Belle View - great quiet neighborhood off of the GW Parkway, walking distance to Old Town and a wonderful little shopping center up the street. I like this neighborhood for it's small town feel. Belle View Elementary is in the neighborhood as well. I have heard good things about it.

My son goes to Stratford Landing Elementary - this school was rated higher than the others in Alexandria and I have been very happy with it. My family lives not far from Stratford Landing behind INOVA hospital - River Farms - another great neighborhood - lots of children.

I would avoid anywhere located directly off of Route 1 - they are "revitalizing" but there are some sketchy areas. Try craigslist and a realtor for rental houses - this is how I found my condo. Generally, anywhere off of the GW Parkway is nice. Hope this helps.

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How about Arlington or Falls Church? Arlington has great schools, so they say, and is also on the metro.
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We decided to stay put for now.. thanksfor all t he advice!

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