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Claraitaly, Home Buyer in Manassas, VA

Hi,I would like to move from NC to Va,I have a friend in Manassas City,but I really don't Know the area,I have a little girl 5 years old,thanks

Asked by Claraitaly, Manassas, VA Sun Aug 12, 2012

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That is great that you are thinking about moving to our area. I know the area very well and would love to help you in your home search. If would like to email your email address I can set you up on a search within the prince william county area.
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Try Paradise subdivision off Ashton Road -- nice little gem closer to main arteries then the aforementioned Bristow, Gainesville, and Haymarket.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2012
I have a house for rent in manassas city. check craigslist add 9515 grant ave. good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 7, 2012
My suggestion is to stay in NC. You don't want to come to this overcrowded, expensive area. You need to have a job lined up that pays very well. My son just moved to Greensboro, NC to attend college. That is a much better place to live. He and 2 roommates rent a 3 bed/2bath apartment for less than $800/month. Studio Apts in Fairfax start around $1400/ month. I have lived in the DC metro area, including MD and VA since 1967. Came here as a child. Good luck with what you decide to do.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 1, 2012
Its your lucky day.. I would be delighted to help you I have lived in manassas city since I was 7 years old... and am a southern girl originally.... I am a broker in VA, MD and DC...

Let me help you find your home here... in days instead of months if you did it yourself.. I would also be happy to help you get acclimated to the area... recently I went to the blue and grey ball... in our fine city of manassas to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 2nd battle of manassas

our area is rich in culture and diversity.... your daughter will have a bright future here ... we offer some wonderful extra curricular activities and school systems ... we are close to anything you can imagine .. great shopping... big city.... cultural centers.... being near the nations capitol is a big asset.... let me find your home in days instead of you looking for months.. and all you will need to do is sign the contract and plan a great holiday dinner in your new home....
look forward to hearing from you ...
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 6, 2012
Hope you had fun checking things out??? Schools, traffic, distance to work, etc?
Let me know if I can help you in any way....

Sony Kim
Associate Broker
Keller Williams
6820 Elm St
McLean, VA 22101
703 244 3997
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 6, 2012
Okay. I am not a Realtor, or a real estate agent. I actually live here.

My husband and I moved to Northern VA three years ago with our three small kids. The oldest started 3rd grade, and I stayed home with the other two. Here are the things you need to know:

-Traffic is horrid. Be prepared for at least an hour to get anywhere, unless you plan on going at 2am. Even then, the counties do road work/construction at night,

-Manassas is in Prince William county. VA requires annual safety inspections on your vehicle, and PW county requires emissions testing every two years.

-Home prices are HIGH. We're getting a pretty good deal on our townhouse because we moved in two years ago. We're paying almost $1500/mo. Other places (some communities and some homes) are slightly cheaper, but the neighborhoods are really hit and miss. The first place we moved to was the Regency, which is on the southern side of Manassas, bordering Bristow. If you can afford it, spend the extra $200/month and find somewhere not so busy.

-There are lots of things for small kids to do in Manassas. There are gymnastics gyms, dance training facilites, and lots of martial arts. Libraries are not bad, there's a water park that's open during the summer, lots of communities have pools (or you can get a membership to any one of several pools open to the public). The county Fair is a week long, and includes 4-H, rides, demo derbys, etc.

-Golf is popular, and there are several greens around. Or try one of the seventy billion mini golf courses in Manassas. (okay, more like nine). Oh, and the House of Bounce, which is full of bouncy houses/slides/etc. That's right by Old Town.

-Stay away from Georgetown South. (Manassas is broken up in to several neighborhoods, including Signal Hill, Old Town, Manassas City, etc. Avoid Georgetown South.)

-Kids must be 5 years old before Sep 1 to start kindergarten. PWCS isn't the worst school system, but they don't have the pressure on them that Fairfax County schools has. There are several advanced academics programs available, and bussing is provided, once kids start hitting middle school.

-There are a million and one daycares/after school programs in Manassas. Here is a breakdown of how they work in VA, and will also tell you which ones have been cited for safety issues:

-Car repairs also tend to cost more. Get your vehicle in prime condition before moving here.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 5, 2012
Have you found any/the answers to your questions?
Please check out Chantilly, Centreville, Gainesville and Haymarket and the schools in those areas.
Go visit the schools and talk to the counsellors after you have decided on which area is best...
Let me know if I can help. Mine - one went to law school and another to engineering.

703 244 3997
Sony Kim
Associate Broker
Keller Williams McLean, VA
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 23, 2012
As a mom, I think you made a good decision. This is a great place to live and raise a child. At five years you at least go straight to school. You might want to rent first, see what is here before you buy. I live at manassas meadows, and I think their rental rates are probably the best in the area for a safe child-friendly apartment. The city schools come in to pick up the children. Once you are here, you can decide on what to do, and which realtor you will work with.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 23, 2012
It's good to know you're re-locating. I would like to have more information before I
commit to where is a good place to live. It would depend on lots of factors.
Price you can afford, distance to your work place, the better schools, good, quiet
communities, etc. Let me know what questions you have in your mind and I'll
work with you on the phone or via email or in person when you get here. I would
look around before you decide on a place and move. Please let me know when
would be a good schedule to show you around.

Sony Kim
Associate Broker
Keller Willliams
6820 Elm St
McLean, VA 22101
703 244 3997 cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 13, 2012
Hello Claraitaly,
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 13, 2012
There is a big difference in performance scores between the Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park Public School Systems. Go to to see school rankings. For general background information and statistics:

City of Manassas:

City of Manassas Park:

Prince William County:

I was raised in Manassas and attended Osbourn Park Senior High School. It was a great school then and continues to have great scores and a great reputation in the community. If I were moving to Manassas I would also consider moving to Bristow, Gainesville, and Haymarket in Prince William County. These areas are close to Manassas, and they began to grow into sought after communities around 1995. These areas have quality schools, supporting businesses, and well maintained subdivisions.


Feel free to contact us if you need the services of a real estate agent.

Dwayne & Maryanne Moyers
Top 2% of Realtors Nationwide
Long & Foster Realtors
540-379-7359 (Maryanne)
540-446-6284 (Dwayne)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 12, 2012
Hello Claraitaly:

Welcome to Virginia ~ Prince William County has many great family friendly communities with beautiful parks, libraries, schools, tots playground, pools and more ~

You may want to ask your friend for help or use internet as a resource. Below are some links which can help you.


School Ratings/ Info:

Community Comparison:

Once you decide to hire a Realtor - your agent can help you with more questions that you may have (*please note: a lot of home buyers and renters think that they need to pay commission if they hire an agent ~ in VA commissions are paid by seller/owner).

If you need a list of homes, please let me know and I can set-up an auto search for you ~
Hope this information is helpful to you!!

Best Regards,
Faiza Alvi - Realtor®
Prince William Realty, Inc.
703-389-7973 (Direct)
703-580-9995 (Fax)

I believe:
Real Estate is about building relationships
& serving clients with honesty, integrity & passion.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 12, 2012
Hi, You can visit and click on the city reports section for in-depth crime stats and area demographics. They have a cool side-by-side zip code comparison feature.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 12, 2012
Where you will be working will most likely help you to decide which city you want to reside in. In Northern VA, you either sacrifice time or expense...Are you planning on renting or purchasing? Either way if you would like more information please contact me.

Cheryl Thomson
Buyers Advantage Real Estate Corp.
4004 Genesee Place, Suite 113
Woodbridge, VA 22192
cell: 703.216.5635
Cheryl’s Blog

Retired (U.S. Army)

Licensed in Commonwealth Virginia
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 12, 2012

I would love to help you in your home search in Manassas Va or surrounding communities. Please visit my website or email me with your requirements.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 12, 2012
Hi, where will you be working? Will you be renting or buying.
visit my website for more info on the area
Happy to help
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