(Closed) New to NoVa– HELPPP!!!

posted 7 years ago in Virginia – Northern Virginia
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Under 1k a month is tough.  Are you working in DC?  How close do you need to be to Metro?

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I grew up and lived in NoVA my whole life until I moved to NC three years ago. I miss it! Gainesville is a nice area but I don’t know how much there is to rent- lots of wealthy people live there, tons of country clubs/golf clubs, etc. Try Warrenton, or parts of Manassas. It may be up to a half hour commute but worth it. Even Manassas, though not relatively “close” to DC may be hard to find in your price range that isn’t a crap neighborhood, though. Although I only ever rented one apartment, in Alexandria, so no huge frame of reference. 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Unfortunately, housing is expensive throughout Northern Virginia. You may find that rents might get a little cheaper south on Route 29 (Warrenton was a solid suggestion). Culpeper is a large town south of there might be another option. Sperryville to the West might work.  Madison is going to be less expensive, but his commute will be longer.

I hate to say it, but a map and Craigslist are probably the best resources. I don’t know of a rental website for that are. Parts have been heavily developed and you may find people looking to rent homes they can’t sell. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OMG!!! My BFF lives in Haymarket which is really close to Gainesville.  You can look anywhere around there for apartments and all.  Not all of Manassas is bad, some is.  It depends on where you were looking at.

I live in Stafford, and drive thru Manassas (my church is there) and my fiance and I will be living in Reston.  TRUST me due to traffic issues stay in Gainesville.  Or you can try Warrenton, but he’ll be dealing w/the traffic.  As the other girl mentioned Culpepper, that’s too far to drive. 

Are you looking for Apartments, Townhouses, Homes or what??  I know of plenty of options.  Also, When are you moving here.

I’d love to meet you sometime when you move in the area!  Hit me up when you move here!  Congrats!  I can even get you hooked up with a couple of great churches in the area!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi! I just saw this. I live in Falls Church but I work in Manassas. Not all of Manassas is bad. Haymarket/Gainesville is a good area. Have you been looking on craiglist for places to rent? If you want cheaper rent it’s better to rent from a private landlord. You could find a 1 bedroom in that area for under $1000. Let me know if you need anymore help!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Stay as close to Haymarket/Gainesville as possible… the closer you get to the city, the more your rent will skyrocket!  Plus, commuting can be a nightmare depending on where and when you are driving.  I both live and work in Arlington (3 miles apart) and my commute often takes me 30-45 minutes each way…  blah. 

Welcome to NOVA!  It’s such a great area!  Let me know if you have other questions about the area, although I don’t spend much time as far west as you’re moving to. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@blondie_bride:  Warrenton may work but your Fiance will probably have to take highway 66 or 29 to get from Gainsville to Warrenton – both of which are a NIGHTMARE during rush hours.  A better bet would be living somewhere slightly east of Gainsville, like Manassas/Chantilly/South Riding/Centerville, since that would give you a reverse commute.

Also, I know you’re looking at apartments, but I would *highly* reccomend expanding your search to look at rental townhouses.  With the housing market as it is, a lot of people are renting out their houses for cheaper than apartments.  My Fiance and I rent a 2 bedroom, 2 story townhouse in Reston for $1450 (which is way less than an apartment of the same size!)  Plus working with a realtor may make your long-distance search easier. 

I reccomend checking out Realtor.com for rental properties, and HotPad.com for apartments and rentals.

Good luck and welcome to the area!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@blondie_bride:  Unfortunately, you really can assume that any and all major roads and highways heading away from DC will be stop-and-go traffic from 4pm – 6:30pm.  The traffic around this area is the worst I’ve ever lived in.  To get a better idea you may want to try looking at Google Traffic for the areas you’re considering right around rush hour on a weekday.

Feel free to ask away, I’ve lived in NoVA for 3 years, both in Ashburn and Reston.  My Fiance has lived here his whole life.  And if I can’t answer your questions, hopefully another bee will chime in!

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