We are relocating to the area. My husband is going to be working in Manssas. He does not want his commute to be to long and we are trying to decide

Asked by Victoria, 08055 Mon Feb 8, 2010

on the right town. We have kids and want a newer house with a decent yard and good schools. We like homes in Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, and Aldie but are not sure about the traffic. Any suggestions?

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Chrissi Chap…, Agent, Gainesville, VA
Tue Feb 9, 2010
Good evening!

Everyone here has given great suggestions! There are many newer homes on the market in the Bristow/Gainesville/Haymarket area which is a short commute to Manassas. There are some great neighborhoods that offer amenities your family may enjoy such as pools, walking trails, and dog parks, newer schools, and proximity to shopping and restaurants.

Good luck on your relocation and enjoy the area! I am a Bristow resident and love where I live!
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Amy Stanley, Agent, Manassas, VA
Tue Feb 9, 2010
Hello Victoria,
The Manassas area adjoins several counties within a 30 to 45 minute commuting distance. Manassas is located in Prince William County, which also includes Manassas City and Manassas Park City. To the West, is Fauquier County. To the North, is Loudoun County. To the East, is Fairfax County. Depending on the price range you are considering, this is an efficient way to compare what you can get for your money within each of those counties. New Construction in the Manassas area with 1 acre starts at $385,000 in Haymarket up to $850,000 in Manassas on 2 acres. New Construction in Fauquier area with at almost 1 acre starts at $279,000 in Warrenton up to $1,000,000 on 10 acres. New Construction in Loudoun area starting at $389,990 on 1/2 acre in Leesburg, in Aldie on 1/3 acre starting at $480k and in Ashburn on 1/3 acre starting at $617k. New Construction in Fairfax county, starts around $799k in Chantilly to $1.1 million in Clifton. I hope this information has been helpful.
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Vicky Chrisn…, Agent, Purcellvile, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010
Those are lovely areas. Where will he work in Manassas? If he's on the "66" side, you might want to consider the Gainesville/Haymarket areas - although those are Prince William County. As for the Ashburn/Leesburg/Aldie/Chantilly, that's a rather large area, and depending on where you're going in Manassas I would make different recommendations. In general,you want to avoid West to East commuting during rush hour, if you can. So, if you are near the Lo Co or Ffx Co Pkways or Rt 28, it will be an easy south commute to the '28' side of Manassas. Does this help? Feel free to contact me. It's a bit crazy here - we are having the snowiest winter EVER, having gotten about 44 inches of snow in the last week or so, and expecting another 10-20 tomorrow night. (ahh)....

Vicky Chrisner 703-669-3142 vchrisner@kw.com
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Jackie Hagen…, Agent, Ashburn, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010
Hello Victoria,

One site my relocating clients have often told me they found helpful is http://www.city-data.com/forum/. Other than talking with others online, the best thing to do is to simply get in the car and drive neighborhoods (with or without a realtor). You may find your commute tolerance is higher for a neighborhood you fall in love with, so ruling out areas thinking they may be a little too far before driving around, may be detrimental in the long run. All of the areas you mention offer a similar lifestyle and home product...Chantilly, Aldie, South Riding are going to be the closest to Manassas. Leesburg is the farthest, leaving you likely heading down 15 (which can be slow as a 2 lane road), or taking the Greenway (tolls daily may not be to his liking?) to 28 and over to Manassas. Yard sizes vary in each community, with each of those areas offering postage stamp sized lots to 1/3 acre depending on your price point.

If comparing schools, try http://www.schoolmatters.com for stats...

Best of luck! I am a certified Long and Foster relocation agent--if you haven't already been assigned a relo agent, feel free to email if you'd like assistance.
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Danilo Bogda…, Agent, Reston, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010

Your question is one asked often by relocating buyers and one I've answered many times. I can tell you that the answer could be a small book if typed out - it's much better answered over the phone or in person. Give me a call on my cell when you have some time to chat and I'd be happy to answer your question in detail including nuances in drive time based on time of day, rush hour, etc., offer suggestions on locations based on commute times and more.

Danilo Bogdanovic
703.582.6900 (cell)
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Nancy Pav, Agent, Ashburn, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010
Hi Victoria,
The first question you want to ask yourself is how much of a commute does your husband want and what time of day does he need to be at work. Once you determine that, we can figure out what locations would work. Generally speaking, you'll be travelling against traffic depending on the area you choose.

Please feel free to contact me for further information. I have lots of experience dealing with relocation clients. And please be advised that there are some differences between selling real estate in New Jersey and Virginia. I'd be happy to share what those are!
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Anja Howard, , Virginia Beach, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010
Hi Victoria,

I lived in Lakeridge, Virginia when my children were younger and it was a very nice family community. There are playgrounds, a bike path, and a community pool within the neighborhood. The mall is about five minutes away and the traffic is not as bad as it is in some places. It is about 20 minutes from downtown D.C. so it is a straight shot to all that the city life has to offer. Hope that helps and good luck on your move!

Anja Howard
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The Mulhern…, Agent, Fairfax, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010
Those areas are very nice and have somewhat held their value during the downturn. Areas like Woodbridge and Dale City receive high marks from some publications like U.S. News for places to live, but have been hammered by the housing slump. While they do offer good values, areas like Gainesville, Haymarket, and Bristow offer an alternative with newer homes and new schools with a much shorter commute. Three of the hardest hit zipcodes for foreclosures in Virginia are in Woodbridge, Centreville, and Sterling which some believe means there are more to come. Leesburg will be about a 40 minute commute, even traveling in the opposite direction. There are some beautiful areas around Manassas that offer exactly what you are interested in. Make sure you find an agent that works all those areas, not one that specializes in a certain location.

Jimmy Mulhern
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Glenda Cherry, Agent, Herndon, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010
Hi Victoria,

For the most part, commuting from Ashburn, Leesburg, Centreville & Aldie would be a reverse commute. In other words, you would be going against the rush hour traffic for at least part of the trip (but not all of it). However, there are some newer communities in Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, and Lorton that might be closer and have the type of home you're looking for. If I can provide you with additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Glenda Cherry
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Tish Thompson, Agent, Manassas, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010
Hi! Tish Thompson with Keller Williams Realty. I live and work in the Manassas area and would ove the opportunity to help you and your husband. You can reach me at 7036564178 or 7037325554.
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Youssef Bouc…, , Fairfax County, VA
Mon Feb 8, 2010
Even Manassas itself should be a good option. Feel free to visit my website at http://www.findDhome.com and run some free searches in all these cities you have selected, you ll have the ability to filter homes according to when they were built. You can also make a search with your husband's job location in the center and do a radius search and see the properties available withing X number of miles from his job...
You can contact me if you have any questions.
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