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Hi ladies,<br><br>
The time is going fast and it looks like we will be moving to that area in about two months..... were still going back and forth about where to live, we have started looking in Falls Church city/Mclean area then moved further to Reston and now were looking in Ashburn. Were looking in Ashburn for a few reasons, one it is sooooooooo much less $$$ for houses, you get so much more, we'll be away from traffic (WE HATE TRAFFIC) and they still have half day kindergarten which is big for me. My hubby will be going into Mclean once or twice a week and were not worried about that commute at all..... but we are worried about the 3-4 times a week he'll be going into DC... he won't be getting a parking spot so he'll have to either find someone to carpool with or what were looking at now is take a van shuttle, it looks like it'll be an hour on the van schedule.....right now we pay a LOT of rent so we can be close to his work (here in the bay area) we have lunch with him 2-3 times a week, he goes in EARLY so he's home by 5:30-6:00..... if we move to ashburn no lunch's together and the earliest he'll be home is 6:30-7:00........ but were so broke here and the house is tiny oh and we're expecting #3 in June so we would really like a bigger house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br>
So were really back and forth on where to live, any one have any suggestions, and is there anyone in Ashburn that really loves it? Were looking into the neighborhoods, Broadlands, Loudon County Estates and Waxpool, there all supposedly close to the toll road, thus less commute. Is there a LLL in Ashburn? Does anyone do the commute into DC? If so is it really bad? Thank you!<br><br>
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So you are moving to the D.C. area?!?!?!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We moved here a year ago from FL. We chose Leesburg over the other suburbs of D.C. because of the diversity and also the homes are a bit cheaper. Plus it is an old colonial town as opposed to a master planned community. Lots of charm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I will pm you later tonight with the specifics of our move and of my husband's commute, or as he likes to call it, %#^@&%$. My dh works in Chantilly/Mclean/D.C. and he commutes often to Los Angeles.
 

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Ohhhhh, honey, Ashburn to DC is a really, really crappy commute <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. I would try to think smaller house-wise vs. commuting from Ashburn to DC most days. Your poor DH will be miserable. It is an hour on a GOOD day, 1-2 hours on a bad traffic day, depending on where downtown he is going to work. Also, its nice to be by the Toll Road but to get downtown you need to get on I-66, which is HOV only.<br><br>
If you hate traffic, the outer burbs are the WORST place to be. You have to drive to get anywhere and there are way too many people and not nearly enough roads. The farther out you go, the worse the traffic is.<br><br>
We are in Arlington and love but it is pricey. Falls Church City and Arlington are the best schools, also most of Fairfax County Schools are very good.<br><br>
Are you going to be renting for awhile? I wouldn't buy right away until you get a feel for the different areas. House prices are going down in the outer 'burbs (including Ashburn).<br><br>
If you really want to be in the far flung burbs, check out the Virginia Railway Express schedule. An old work friend lived way out in Gainesville and commuted to DC on the VRE. If the VRE stations aren't convenient to where you end up, look into the Loudoun County buses that go directly into DC on a regular schedule. Try the dc commuter connections website or dc slug lines website for route info.<br><br>
Here are some less-expensive areas in VA that are near transit (VRE or metro) into DC if you want to hunt around the realty websites: Burke, Reston, Springfield, Vienna, Broad Run, Gainesville, Lorton.<br><br>
I would avoid Manassas and Manassas Park areas.<br><br>
Good luck-feel free to post back if you have any questions, we're lifelong natives <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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I keep hearing how housing prices are dropping, but I don't see it dropping close to DC, it does seem to be dropping further out. There's no way we can rent were renting here and it has been so horrible that my Dh has refused to even consider renting, plus its too much for us to rent unpack have a baby then just pack back up and move again, not too mention $$$. We lived in Falls Church for a short time about 7 years ago and then moved down to stafford (off of 95) and my Dh commuted for about a year and it was HORRIBLE! 95, was a nightmare and he's able to use HOV, (he'll also be able to use it in Ashburn too). My understanding-please correct me if I'm wrong- that the toll road/66 is no where near as bad as 95.<br><br>
We spent two months this summer in downtown Alexandria, where we thought we wanted to move, and the traffic there was BAD ALL THE TIME. Going to the grocery store I had traffic, and we were right near the metro and it still took DH over 45 minutes with the metro. That's when we though if its 45 minutes on the metro lets look further out like Reston, now the houses were looking at in Ashburn are only 10 miles from the houses were looking at in Reston and we get so much more house in Ashburn and the realtor said that 10 miles won't be more then 15 minutes.... is that not true?<br><br>
We also looked at Burke for the VRE train, but the train hours suck and it would take him an hour on the train and because of the hours he'd be home even later then in ashburn... the loudoun county bus schedule said it was only an 1 hour on the commuter bus from Ashburn, don't the commuter vans get to take the airport road and HOV...... two hour commutes are not okay.... we'll coming out for a two week housing hunt trip and I guess we can try it then, but I'm worried now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:.... thanks for the help
 

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My FIL takes the bus into DC - He commutes from Ashburn and doesn't complain, bc he doesn't have to drive. Have you looked at it for commuting options? It might make sense if it connects to where he's working.<br><br><a href="http://inter4.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=969" target="_blank">http://inter4.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=969</a>
 

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I live off of the MARC train and lots of people commute to Washington from here, I think the drive to Tysons would be very annoying from the country tho.<br><br><a href="http://www.mtamaryland.com/services/marc/schedulesSystemMaps/marcTrainSystemMap.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.mtamaryland.com/services/...nSystemMap.cfm</a>
 

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Katy,<br><br>
We moved out here from the Bay Area set on buying a few years ago - didn't trust another landlord to be as wonderful as the one we had in Oakland about a dog, 3 cats, kids, dog sitting & fostering, etc.<br><br>
In retrospect I really wish we had considered renting for a while so we could have lived the pros and cons of living close vs far away from DHs work. Maybe lived close in for the first year with a newborn and then bought further out to have more space.<br><br>
We chose Leesburg, because my DH works in Ashburn. Don't recall where in the Bay Area you are coming from, but after living in Berkeley/Oakland we were definitely bowled over by the transition to suburb and east coast. We gave up a lot to stay close to DH's work, but we really enjoy the comfort of being so close - knowing we can go down to one car if we have to, meeting up for lunch or dinner by the office, not losing much family time to a commute. Those can be HUGE quality of life issues.<br><br>
Loudoun County is an easy place to live with kids - always parking at the grocery store and playground (the playgrounds & libraries are GREAT around here). Most chain stores are nearby unless you are west of Leesburg.<br><br>
Our old childcare provider was in Broadlands, and I dropped off the kids on my way to McLean 1-2 days per week. Access to the toll road is very easy, and the community is very friendly. The commute was super breezy during off hours and tolerable during heavy commute hours.<br><br>
Amy mentioned the MARC train. My friend took the MARC train from DC to come see us and said that there was a really friendly energy among the commuters. You might consider Point of Rocks MD, Brunswick MD, Frederick MD and Lovettsville VA if you are open to train commute. We looked up there and prices were much better than in Ashburn (at least they were a few years ago). It might make the commute to Mclean a PITA though... things slow way down at the end of the toll road in the evening.<br><br>
Good luck & feel free to PM me if I can be of any help!
 

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Thank you so much ladies, all this talk got me and dh really serious this morning and we looked at real commuting times and options. In Ashburn there is the loudoun vans, in the morning (he goes in real early) it'll take him 40 minutes, I called the van lines and they said there times listed are 95% accurate, which was awesome. They said not only do they get HOV but they get the airport road and can use the sides on the HOV roads so it really cuts down on their traffic. With that said the commute home is an hour.... which stinks. The commuter lot is 5 miles from ashburn, so that won't be too long. the 40 minutes was fine but the hour seemed too long... so we looked into reston- there is not a bus that goes directly from reston to dc, u have to drive north to get on the loudoun county bus, but there is a bus to west falls church metro, but it takes 25-30 minutes to get there and then I checked it will take 30 minutes to get to work from the falls church metro, so in reston its LONGER in the morning and the same in the evening, but really a bigger pain, and my dh said at least in ashburn its one van no changes and he could either work or sleep on the bus......so we have decided to only look in two areas, ashburn just because the commute doesn't seem that bad after all and it seems to be so family friendly and its still close to Tysons where he'll probably be one or two days. We are also going to focus on Falls Church city, that 30 minutes on the metro would be awesome, its not much of a difference in the morning but it's half in the evenings, and if he could walk to the metro it would be worth it. The question now is can we find a house that is also worth it. We have a realtor in Ashburn, but would like to talk to one in falls church city, any recommendations?<br>
The other thing I'm bummed about is now we have lunch a few times a week, and today he came home when I had my midwife app., btw, I heard the heartbeat today it was sooo wonderful! I'm really sad to let that go, but he reminded me even in Falls Church he can't come home for lunch because the 30 minutes each way would be his lunch... so family lunch are over as long as were in the DC area<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br>
Leesburg sounds really nice too but since we can find something in ashburn in our price limit and its closer I think we'll stick with it..... I do worry about the diversity a little...... but besides that I haven't really heard anything negative. thank you guys again so much, I feel so much better. I think we just needed to come to the realization that things are going to change and we are going to have to commute no matter what <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
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I hate to burst your bubble but you are still going to experience LOADS of traffic even in Ashburn. In fact, I would say that the 4-5 additional stop lights on Rt. 7 heading into Tyson's (if you don't take the Dulles Toll Rd) is going to buy you at least another 45 minutes in the car during heavy driving times. Rt. 28 runs right along there too and even with recent road expansions it is still discouragingly congested.<br><br>
Ashburn is a nice place to live. We were in Sterling for the last 7 years before moving to the Midwest (Sterling is about 5 miles east of Ashburn) and my husband did commute downtown daily. He was spending about 3 hours in the car just commuting each day which is a horrible way to spend your time. The metro via Vienna (the end of the line and the closest stop to you in Ashburn) is a good idea but to get parking you have to get there early and you have to go down 28 and hop onto 66, both brutal in the a.m. rush hour.<br><br>
You might want to look even a little outside of Ashburn into Leesburg if you want a more rural feel to your surroundings. Best wishes and I hope you find the perfect house in the perfect community!
 

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I am in Broadlands, it has its good and bad points like all areas. I drive in to McLean once a week, my drive in is not during rush hour but the drive home is and its not too bad maybe 45min.<br>
If I can answer any questions let me know<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Wow, the more I have about the driving horror of traffic, the better the vanpool sounds. I guess not having a parking spot isn't all that horrible after all. We are focusing our search now in falls church and vienna- near the metro, but were really looking at ashburn mostly...... Once we figured the time driving to the metro, parking, waiting for a metro, its not that much difference then taking this van pool from ashburn. and at least in ashburn we not only get a nicer house but we get to spend less for that house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Now I just need to find a house and a midwife. Thanks again for everyone's help!<br><br>
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I recommend Loudoun Community Midwives! They only do hospital deliveries but they are really wonderful.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We're in Herndon and have to say we love love love it. The commute in a car to DC would stink (my DH works from home), but the metro will be out here in 2012 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. Too bad its not here now.<br><br>
If you're still looking for a realtor, Sepideh Farivar is amazing (<a href="http://www.sepideh.org" target="_blank">www.sepideh.org</a>). She probably showed us 30 homes in a ton of different areas, and really knows the metro area well. We looked in Arlington, Falls Church, Tyson's Corner, Reston, and Herndon.<br><br>
The Birthcare midwives are amazing (<a href="http://www.birthcare.org" target="_blank">www.birthcare.org</a>), wanted to give a recommendation for them, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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check out annandale - just down 495 from Falls Church, btw 66 and 395. 15 minutes to tysons in the AM by car. There is a bus that takes me to the pentagon during rush hour. And you can get on the HOV to 395.<br><br>
Annandale, Burke, Springfield are all great areas and the schools are good.<br><br>
Basically, commuting into the city sucks. Period. Doesn't really matter where you are, the best commute paths are the most expensive.<br><br>
For realtors, try Cary Vu. She is great! <a href="http://caryfvu.com/" target="_blank">http://caryfvu.com/</a>
 

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I'm in Springfield and very happy here. The schools are good, both public & private. The trees are big and old, the neighborhoods weren't clear cut like the newer suburbs. The commute is not bad b/c there are loads of riders (slugs) that line up on the way to the highway. We have lots of restaurants & every kind of store & lots of different midwife choices too, CNM to CPM.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now I just need to find a house and a midwife. Thanks again for everyone's help!<br><br>
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