Real estate agents aren't supposed to answer broad questions like that. The response is: Please do your own research on the schools and the community. And, in fact, there's a lot of information online. But, without being specific, there are a lot of good features to both. If you work in Alexandria or D.C. (or even do a reverse commute out a ways), they're convenient. There's some nice shopping and restaurants in Old Town. And when I've driven past the area (I work in Alexandria, but on the end near National Airport) I've enjoyed the view, the neighborhood feel of part of those areas. But, again, there's a lot of information online. The other thing to do is to "walk the area." Talk to some neighbors. Or visit the neighborhoods at different times--say, for instance, 10 pm on a Friday or Saturday night. I'm a Realtor in Northern Virginia; please contact me if you need further assistance.