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Husband and I have been asked to come visit for an in person job interview in Herndon that I posted about a few weeks ago. A few more questions we have...<br><br>
1. What's the rental market like? Apartments seem really expensive... the same price for a 2BR apartment as we're currently paying to rent a 3BR townhouse. We'd also be interested in renting an older house, instead of a shiny new apartment.<br><br>
2. What's the cost of gas there right now?<br><br>
3. I'm assuming that Herndon (or the surrounding area) has all the normal stuff... Target, grocery stores, etc. True? Are there any Whole Foods or Trader Joes close by?<br><br>
4. Weather? Not that it'll influence our decision, but how much does it snow in the winter? How hot is it in the summer? We're in Chicago now. It would be GREAT to get away from winter, winter, winter.<br><br>
5. Husband wants to know how close Herndon is to the National's stadium. This is a major life decision here, people!<br><br>
We're coming to visit in August. This is a very exciting time for us, and we're really looking forward to the prospects and adventure of a new job, new place to live, etc. Plus, if this works out we'll be changing our lifestyle (my job, my hours worked) and that just might open us to baby-making a bit earlier than 2010. That would be the best part!<br><br>
Thanks in advance!<br>
V<br><br>
ETA- Should I be posting this in the Wash DC group? Please let me know if I'm spamming the wrong tribe!! Thanks!
 

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Answering what I know, on the Reston/Herndon border.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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2. What's the cost of gas there right now? <b>Last I saw was $4.07 about a week ago, DH says $4.11 now</b><br><br>
3. I'm assuming that Herndon (or the surrounding area) has all the normal stuff... Target, grocery stores, etc. True? Are there any Whole Foods or Trader Joes close by?<br><br><b>Yes, Target, Safeway, Harris Teeter, CVS Drugstore, Giant, Bloom... Whole Foods in Reston in Plaza America, pretty close to Herndon. Trader Joe's in Reston, on the border with Herndon, off of Baron Cameron/Eldon.</b><br><br>
4. Weather? Not that it'll influence our decision, but how much does it snow in the winter? How hot is it in the summer? We're in Chicago now. It would be GREAT to get away from winter, winter, winter.<br><br><b>It is cold in the winter, and sometimes it snows a lot, sometimes not. It's pretty humid (to me) year round, so it makes it feel colder in the winter, and of course, hotter in the summer. Spring and fall are GORGEOUS, but too short. Summer can be unbearable at times due to the humidity.</b><br><br><br>
We're coming to visit in August. This is a very exciting time for us, and we're really looking forward to the prospects and adventure of a new job, new place to live, etc. Plus, if this works out we'll be changing our lifestyle (my job, my hours worked) and that just might open us to baby-making a bit earlier than 2010. That would be the best part!<br><br><b>Good luck!</b><br><br>
Thanks in advance!<br>
V<br><br>
ETA- Should I be posting this in the Wash DC group? Please let me know if I'm spamming the wrong tribe!! Thanks!<br><br><b>You should probably post on both, but it varies, I find more responses here than the Metro DC area, if specifically asking about VA.</b><br></div>
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Welcome, the DC area is awesome!<br><br>
We are VA burb natives and personally, I wouldn't choose to live in Herndon if I had other options. There are some shady neighborhoods, gang problems etc and it is not cheap enough to compensate. And the main street through downtown Herndon is a traffic nightmare.<br><br>
Reston is *very* nice and right near Herndon, I would look there first for a rental if I was moving here for a job in Herndon. We rent in Arlington and found our rental on Craigs List-you can also use a realtor to show you MLS rental listings-they are hungry for business nowadays and will probably bend over backwards to help you out (especially if you make vague noises about buying in a year or so).<br><br>
From the Reston/Herndon area to points downtown, you are talking around 30 minutes with no traffic. If you were headed down to a ball game, it would likely be at rush hour or in weekend traffic so I would give yourselves 45-60 minutes, or drive to a metro station and park.<br><br>
ETA: The Long and Foster website had a lot of rental houses on it when we were looking:<br><a href="http://homes.longandfoster.com/Rentals.aspx" target="_blank">http://homes.longandfoster.com/Rentals.aspx</a><br><br>
Other good sites to poke around:<br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com" target="_blank">www.washingtonpost.com</a><br><a href="http://www.washingtonian.com" target="_blank">www.washingtonian.com</a>
 

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I would second the suggestion to look at Reston first. There seem to be some much nicer neighborhoods there. If they still look too expensive, I would suggest Chantilly or Centerville, in that order. They're south of Herndon and alittle further away than Reston, but should be cheaper while still having some nice neighborhoods. Don't get the impression that Herndon is all crime though ... it does have some neighborhoods I wouldn't necessarily want to live in (though, being originally from Fresno, CA, I wouldn't call them all that bad) and it does have some good neighborhoods. A good realtor should be able to guide you pretty well.<br><br>
FWIW, I work in Herndon and live in the Gainesville/Haymarket area (about 45 minutes drive away).
 

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Thanks so much for the advice, ladies. I'm sure we'll be checking out housing and such while we're visiting, but it's nice to have some info from those who know and live in the area.
 

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1) This (all of Northern Virginia) is a really expensive area. I don't know about apartment prices but I know that there are a lot of houses and townhouses for rent. Especially since the housing market is in a bit of a slump many people who wanted to sell are choosing to rent their houses instead and hope that sale prices go up in a few years. You might be able to find a great rental house!<br><br>
There are nice areas in Herndon. Reston is also nice. The Centreville/Chantilly area is nice and a decent commute to Herndon. Try Fairfax or Vienna too if you're looking to rent an older house in a nice neighborhood.<br><br>
3) You'll find all of the "normal" stores. We have Trader Joe's and Whole foods in the area but I don't know if they have any locations in Herndon.<br><br>
4) Winter is nothing like Chicago. It gets cold but it will only snow a few times at most. The city pretty much shuts down and the snow will all melt in a day or two.<br><br>
5) The best way to get to the Nationals stadium is on Metro (subway). There is very little parking around the stadium. You can drive to the Metro station (probably the Vienna station), park, and take the train. It will let you out just a block or two from the stadium. I've only done it once but it was very easy. The new stadium is SUPER nice!<br><br>
This is probably the most "correct" tribe to post to but you can also cross-post in the Maryland/DC area tribe. I tend to check both since Northern Virginia is more related to the DC area than to the rest of Virginia.
 

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You have been very helpful! I can't wait to visit and have a frame of reference for all of this.<br><br>
Craigslist was almost too helpful... there is a lot out there! Thanks!
 
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