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Forum topic by ajosephg posted 11-24-2014 08:38 PM 645 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2014 08:38 PM

My son in law and family are moving to Alexandria in early January, where he will be working out of Ft. Belvoir.

If there are any LJ’s in the area, he would be interested in suggestions as what areas of the city would provide a combination of an easy commute, safe neighborhood, non exorbitant rent prices, etc. They have no school age children, so schools are not of concern.

Please let me know asap as time is running short.


-- Joe

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 09:23 PM

Well my best advice is to stay out of Maryland, but the commute up 95 to belvoir is a real PITA. Is he getting a differential to work at the base or is he civillian? IF no kids and no need for a yard, detatched house, than it’s almost worth the mony to look at condos in the alexandria area, there are some older neighborhoods with small houses which can be very nice too. Right now the tax issues and the 2nd ammnendment, “may issue” bs has me looking to move to the other side of the potomac, Check out springfield woodbridge manassas, etc south of dc along 95.

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 09:33 PM

Thanks, he’s a civilian, and is tired of yards, but likes a house. His organization may be moving to Georgia in several years, so buying is not an option.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 11-25-2014 03:12 AM

Easy commutes don’t exist in Northern Virginia, especially around Ft Belvoir. If he’s at Ft Belvoir, my guess is that he may also additional commutes to other facilities in the region to the north.

Rent prices will be high, so be prepared to redefine what “non-exorbitant” is. If he’s looking for a house but no lawn, he’s in luck because Northern Virginia has many townhouses. A few suggestions:

  • Springfield/Lorton (up to 30mins in normal traffic) will have a mix of both old and newer houses
  • Annandale (up to 45mins in normal traffic) has a mix of single family homes (with lawns and plenty of older growth trees) and townhouses. If he’s a fan of Korean food he’ll love Annandale.
  • Burke (up to 45mins in normal traffic) also has a mix of single family homes and townhouses.
  • Alexandria (up to 45mins in normal traffic) is big and there are both good and not so good neighborhoods. What ChefHDAN suggested is good IF he goes closer to Old Town Alexandria or Huntington. Both will carry more of a premium (compared to others) for the perks the neighborhood offers.
  • Stick with the northern part of Woodbridge (up to 45mins in normal traffic) if he’s looking to
  • The commute from Manassas would be LONG (1-1.5+ hours). Tread lightly on this one.

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#4 posted 11-26-2014 06:48 AM

Appreciate the info.

-- Joe

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