Qualified Bu…, Home Buyer in Ashburn, VA

how can we use Trulia to find a town with great schools & a great quality of life/ good homes, etc?

Asked by Qualified Buyer ( Loudoun County, VA), Ashburn, VA Tue Oct 9, 2007

we live in MA, northwest of Boston and want to move to a town that has great schools, AND a great quality of life, good homes, etc...how can we research both communities & schools together? not sure how to do this on your site

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Hi Dgreene,

I'm guessing that you are familiar with the home search process on Trulia but that you don't know about our Real Estate Guides. Below is the guide for Boston and it shows school information as well as other community info.

Trulia Voices is also a great place to ask questions about the quality of life in the area you are interested in.

I hope this is helpful.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Customer Service Representative
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The real estate professionals here volunteer to provide information that they think might help you in your research and the vehicle to do so is provided by Trulia, so to that end you might want to try to use the following links that we have found are great searching tools for information on new unknown areas:
To locate sites for specific areas
Search for cities & Counties in the US: http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Data_and_Demographi…

As to health issues in different areas
EPA: Finding out about your local drinking water quality: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/index.html
EPA: Drinking water in Schools and Child Care Facilities: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/schools/index.html
Drinking water standards for Children
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/kidshealth/
EPA: Environmental Information about your community http://www.epa.gov/epahome/whereyoulive.htm

As to known hazards in homes in any given area:
DEA Website on methamphetamine homes all states http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/seizures/index.html

To look at the type of weather that you might encounter in a new area
National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

General information on specific areas and schools
Information on any city in the USA: http://www.bestplaces.net/
Information on any school: http://www.greatschools.net/
Researching for School information
http://www.schoolmatters.com/

As to crime and safety
Locating Sex offenders and other felons living in your area http://www.familywatchdog.us/Default.asp
FBI: Crime reports for each State: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/05cius/data/table_08.html

Many times the cost of a commute is not addressed and can harm your budget, to know what it is going to cost you to travel to and fro check these guys out.
Gasoline prices in the US (By Counties) & Canada only
http://www.gasbuddy.com/

Lots of research but when you're finished most likely you'll know more about the areas than some of the fine folks that live there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2007
What area are you considering? Generally a town will have it's own websites for schools, community ect. If you send me what towns you are interested in I would be more then happy to get you some information.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2007
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