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Old 02-18-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Tell me about Fairfax, Va. Please

I might be moving from TX to the Fairfax area for work.
Don't really know much about the area other than visiting a friend in Alexandria a few years ago.
Looking at apartments in the $1200.00/month range online, but don't know the area.
Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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Congestion, traffic, congestion, traffic, shopping center after shopping center, town houses, condos, McMansions, great riding to the south and the west if you can get out of town....

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Old 02-18-2013, 10:49 AM   #4
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
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I see how expensive it is around there. I'm used to a bit more open space.
I'll have to adjust.
How long would it really take to get from say, Rockville to Fairfax during rush hour?
I wouldn't HAVE to live in Fairfax, but would like to be close.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:53 PM   #6
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depends on what part of fairfax. the county itself is like 300 square miles. it streches from mclean to lorton north/south and alexandria to centrville east/west.your commute could easily be 2 hours in the evening if you go out to centreville or chantilly.same with lorton. if you live in the City of Fairfax it wont be quite as bad. you should try to stay inside the beltway, but i dont know if you can find a decent place in your price range. assuming you work regular hours: the later you leave it gets exponentially worse. if you can work early hours you are better off. i live in arlington and leave at 5:50 am and get to bethesda in 30 min. at least your making something of a reverse commute. when i go home in the evening its much worse for the people going into maryland. a lot sucks about the area, but it isn't as bad as some of the earlier replies. otherwise there wouldn't be so many damn people living/working/communitng here. good luck.
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I used to live in fairfax. I now live in strasburg. It takes me less time to travel to manassas than my friend does travelling from Burke. It really all depends on where you work. Stay out of rockville. Manassas or Gainesville or haymarket is where id look. Manassas is a little sketchy.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:48 PM   #8
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I used to live in fairfax. I now live in strasburg. It takes me less time to travel to manassas than my friend does travelling from Burke. It really all depends on where you work. Stay out of rockville. Manassas or Gainesville or haymarket is where id look. Manassas is a little sketchy.
I'll check those places out.
I don't mind a half hour commute, just don't want to be sitting in traffic.
I grew up in Chicago and due to my job I've lived in some major metropolitan areas, so I know it's gonna suck to a certain extent.
I've conceded the fact that a decent place is going to cost me $1500.00 a month. That's OK. I need a garage and a pool would be nice. Google maps is helping me get a feel for the general layout.
How is Manassas sketchy? I kinda like sketchy.
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depends on what part of fairfax. the county itself is like 300 square miles. it streches from mclean to lorton north/south and alexandria to centrville east/west.your commute could easily be 2 hours in the evening if you go out to centreville or chantilly.same with lorton. if you live in the City of Fairfax it wont be quite as bad. you should try to stay inside the beltway, but i dont know if you can find a decent place in your price range. assuming you work regular hours: the later you leave it gets exponentially worse. if you can work early hours you are better off. i live in arlington and leave at 5:50 am and get to bethesda in 30 min. at least your making something of a reverse commute. when i go home in the evening its much worse for the people going into maryland. a lot sucks about the area, but it isn't as bad as some of the earlier replies. otherwise there wouldn't be so many damn people living/working/communitng here. good luck.
Good point. 10 million people lve in the Chicago area and many people say it sucks.
Death Valley probably does suck, but I'm sure you could find some people that would love it there.
I'm starting to get the whole "inside the beltway" thing.
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depends on what part of fairfax. the county itself is like 300 square miles. it streches from mclean to lorton north/south and alexandria to centrville east/west.your commute could easily be 2 hours in the evening if you go out to centreville or chantilly.same with lorton. if you live in the City of Fairfax it wont be quite as bad. you should try to stay inside the beltway, but i dont know if you can find a decent place in your price range. assuming you work regular hours: the later you leave it gets exponentially worse. if you can work early hours you are better off. i live in arlington and leave at 5:50 am and get to bethesda in 30 min. at least your making something of a reverse commute. when i go home in the evening its much worse for the people going into maryland. a lot sucks about the area, but it isn't as bad as some of the earlier replies. otherwise there wouldn't be so many damn people living/working/communitng here. good luck.
Commuting by motorcycle in Northern Virginia saves much time and money. . ..

HOV lanes are open to motorcycles, and the new fast lanes are free. ... For Fairfax, you can look on the Route 95 or Route 66 corridors. 95 corridor runs south, and has route 1 as a bailout. 66 corridor runs west, and has multiple secondary roads as a bailout. The entire 66 corridor is hov inside the Beltway for am and pm commutes. 95 has an interior lane for am and pm hov'rs. Some prefer the 95 corridor, others prefer path 66. Either is made immeasurably easier by motorcycle commuting.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:58 PM   #11
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I've conceded the fact that a decent place is going to cost me $1500.00 a month. That's OK. I need a garage and a pool would be nice.
Uh, . . . well, now . . . oh, never mind!

Seriously, best wishes facing the real estate challenge of northern Virginia.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:03 PM   #12
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Uh, . . . well, now . . . oh, never mind!

Seriously, best wishes facing the real estate challenge of northern Virginia.
It's most likely going to be closer to $1800.00/mo.
Still cheaper than downtown Chicago and Dallas.
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I moved here from Charleston SC about 7 years ago, lived in Herndon and worked in Arlington and the District for about 2 years. After that I bought a house out on Bull Run Mountain. Herndon was pricey 2 bedroom Condo with a double garage was costing me $2100/mo.
I've had a couple of opportunities to move back to SC (with my DC paycheck) and I've turned them all down, this is a much nicer place to live.
If you are working in Fairfax, look around Haymarket and BR Mtn you might find a deal. You'll learn to deal with the commute, at least the pro commuters know how to drive, not like in SC.
One nice thing about living on the Mtn is that I can ride a couple miles down Mtn Rd hang a right and from there I believe I could just about ride across Virginia and West Virginia on dirt roads and on a good day I'm only 50 minutes to the District.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:33 PM   #14
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like i said, i moved out of Centreville about 6 years ago. bought a new 2 br, 2 bath, 2 car garage house for cheaper than my one bedroom apt.

but then again, i spend good money on fuel as well. but i also live in the land of the best roads in VA, so i don't care. hahaa.

Manassas.. sketchy.. lots if illegals. crime is higher in some areas than others, but you'll be able to find 1200 for one br/garage.
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