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pigget74
04-12-2010, 09:04 AM
DH is looking at finding a new job. He found something in his field in each of these places and is about to put in applications. Was just curious if anyone new of areas for us to look for houses and what places to avoid. I would like to look at these places just to get an idea of cost of living, housing and such. Thanks.

disneymomto5
04-12-2010, 09:19 AM
I've lived in Chantilly area for 30 years. Housing is very high, taxes also. However, the schools are some of the best in the country so it's all relative. As a coincidence, we are actually moving out of the area to southern Virginia. I don't know what kind of house you're looking at, but townhouses run 300,000 and up and single families 400,000 and more.

BridgetBordeaux
04-12-2010, 09:20 AM
Chantilly is VERY expensive.

Housing in northern VA is still quite high compared to the rest of the country.

You might only be able to afford a townhouse as opposed to a single family home.

Please go to a real estate site and look at houses Chantilly, Centreville, and Manassas.

Those prices are for small houses, not large ones.

Schools are good. Wash DC is a great area as far as weekend activities for the family.

Traffic is terrible.

We lived there for 2 years.

princessmorgan
04-12-2010, 09:21 AM
I can't speak for NC, but Chantilly, VA is a beautiful place to live, but pretty costly. There is a neighborhood called South Riding, VA. We used to live there a couple of years ago and the neighborhood itself (it's big) is beautiful. Lots of trails, parks, nature, etc. It's a nice break from the fast paced Northern VA area. Schools are great, they are in Loudoun County. They are a bit crowded though. They're trying to build new schools to accomodate.

A mile or 2 down the road is another development called Stone Ridge or Kirkpatrick Farms. It's also nice, but not quite as expensive as South Riding. There is a lot of traffic, but it's Northern VA. If I didn't have any family in the area, I would maybe consider NC more, because I am assuming the cost of living is a lot less, but I could be wrong. If you have any questions, let me know :) Good luck!

PlutoPony
04-12-2010, 09:49 AM
Housing will be more expensive in Chantilly than Greensboro but suspect schools are better so definite trade off. If the office is actually in the Chantilly area that's much better than having to commute in towards DC as traffic + housing prices get worse as you go in towards the city. Lots and lots to do here, but there's a big difference in pace of life.... Chantilly is part of a big metro area while Greensboro is not as much. Doesn't make Greensboro a worse place to live at all, the two areas are just much different in character (this is from someone who lived 15 years in RDU before moving here and loved it).

You may find the salary offered in Chantilly is higher than Greensboro, and will at least somewhat offset the cost of living.

Good luck

mrsklamc
04-12-2010, 11:01 AM
If the job is on the east side of Greensboro, consider the west side of Burlington/Elon. They have good schools and a lovely new mall.

LadySiren
04-12-2010, 11:28 AM
Yup, that we do!

I'm in the B'ton area, which is next door to Greensboro. We're in Alamance County, rather than Guilford county - I like this because our taxes here are a bit lower, depending on where you live in the county. I'm a transplant myself but now that I'm here, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

The western part of Alamance county as Mrsklamc mentioned, is a great option. The schools there benefit from the higher tax base (W. Burlington / Elon has newer, larger homes) and you'd be close to Alamance Crossing, the lovely new mall. The commute to Greensboro wouldn't be too bad - maybe 30 minutes in really bad traffic?

There are other areas of Alamance county that are very nice as well, depending on what type of environment you're looking for. If you want suburban neighborhoods with big lawns, we've got it. If you want good ol' boy rural (which is where I live), we've got that, too.

I haven't been to Chantilly, but I'm guessing we might be a tad more laid back over here. We've only got two movie theaters in our county, and one of those is a second-run theater where seats are $3. I think we might have one or two nightclubs. I know we only have one girlie bar (the Paradise Club, also known as the Parasite Club). We're in the midst of building a new children's museum. We do have a minor league baseball team - the Royals. We've got a fair number of golf courses and country clubs. We have an outlet mall, a roller rink, batting cages, a number of decent youth sports leagues, and lots of parks. Yes, I sound like a member of the chamber of commerce. :laughing:

I just happen to really like where I live; it's a great area in terms of cost of living, IMO. PM me if you want additional, more specific info.

If the job is on the east side of Greensboro, consider the west side of Burlington/Elon. They have good schools and a lovely new mall.

pigget74
04-12-2010, 11:58 AM
Right now we live in a 2400 sq. ft home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths on almost an acre of land. Our kids go to the best school in the area-I teach there as well--I am not biased--our school was a blue ribbon school last year.

Wherever we move to I would also have to find a job. Out of the two places Chantilly is what he is most interested in, but I just do not see how we could afford to live there. We have 4 kids and the age ranges keeps them from sharing a room--well the younger 2 do, but that will only last for so long.

Who knows--these are just the first 2 that he saw. Hopefully he will find something near here--but we are looking at the reality that we might have to move.

Thanks for the replies.

PrincessBelle09
04-12-2010, 12:06 PM
I live in Raleigh, not Greensboro, but my best friend went to college there, so I've made many trips over the past few years. Greensboro is probably my least favorite city in NC. It's not an attractive city and whoever planned the roadways must have been a wee bit crazy because driving there is a nightmare. From a visitors perspective, it seems to be fairly dominated by the colleges (UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro College, and Guildford College). Outside of the colleges, there is a major lack of the arts for a city of its size.

I've never been to Chantilly, but the descriptions definitely sound a lot better than my opinion of Greensboro. :confused3

tluvstink
04-12-2010, 12:58 PM
We moved from N. VA to the Greensboro area 14 years ago and have never regretted it. We live in Kernersville, nc because when we first moved here I was working in Greensboro and my DH worked in Winston-Salem. It was an easy commute for both of us.

Another plus is the climate. The summers aren't as hot and the winters are milder. Now when we do have snow or ice it's a mess:eek: They just don't have the equipment to clear the roads like they have in the DC area.

Good luck with what ever you decide:goodvibes

Terri

LadySiren
04-12-2010, 02:08 PM
Ooooh, dissin' the 'boro! I'd say them's fightin' words but then again, I'd actually kind of agree (well, except the lack of the arts thing). :rotfl:

I like G'boro for shopping and the better nightlife. I prefer Alamance county for the more down-home community feeling I get. Funny, I used to be a city gal (lived in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Vegas) and now, I wouldn't be caught dead in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, or Cary. I guess I'm a bubba-ette at heart.

Also, as tluvstink pointed out, Tarheels absolutely LOSE THEIR MINDS when the white stuff falls from the sky. We're just not used to it. However, as long as you have your bread, milk, toilet paper, and Coke, all is fine. ;)

I live in Raleigh, not Greensboro, but my best friend went to college there, so I've made many trips over the past few years. Greensboro is probably my least favorite city in NC. It's not an attractive city and whoever planned the roadways must have been a wee bit crazy because driving there is a nightmare. From a visitors perspective, it seems to be fairly dominated by the colleges (UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro College, and Guildford College). Outside of the colleges, there is a major lack of the arts for a city of its size.

I've never been to Chantilly, but the descriptions definitely sound a lot better than my opinion of Greensboro. :confused3

The Moonk's Mom
04-12-2010, 02:18 PM
It's not that we lose our minds...it's simply the state doesn't put the money into trucks to clean the roads (which I am fine with for our 1-2 snows a year) so you have to get your bread and Cheerwine (Salisbury livin') and be prepared to stay home.


I agree, if G'boro is in your plans, I would recommend being in Alamance for the cheaper taxes. We moved from there 3 years ago and I really miss the area.

Don't forget, Mebane is getting the new Tanger outlets...I drool everytime we drive by there on the way to my parents.

I like that area because it really doesn't take you long to get anywhere in the state. You are at the intersection of I-40 and I-85.

Climate is great in NC. Only 1 or 2 snows per year if we are lucky and it goes away in a few days. I love that we have both the mountains and the beach for such easy access.


Good luck on what ever you decide to do and hope your move is a happy one!:goodvibes

LadySiren
04-12-2010, 02:28 PM
I meant it in jest; I love my adopted home state. I do think that the rest of the nation does think we lose our minds though. I get a lot of ribbing from friends who live in snowier climes. :rolleyes:

EDIT: I forgot to mention I'm also drooling over the new Tanger outlets. Coach outlet ftw!

It's not that we lose our minds...it's simply the state doesn't put the money into trucks to clean the roads (which I am fine with for our 1-2 snows a year) so you have to get your bread and Cheerwine (Salisbury livin') and be prepared to stay home.

The Moonk's Mom
04-12-2010, 02:33 PM
I meant it in jest; I love my adopted home state. I do think that the rest of the nation does think we lose our minds though. I get a lot of ribbing from friends who live in snowier climes. :rolleyes:

EDIT: I forgot to mention I'm also drooling over the new Tanger outlets. Coach outlet ftw!

Oh...I didn't take offense to it. I agree, they all think we are crazy!

Before we moved, we lived right behind where they are buiding the outlets. I cursed DH for moving me! I could have walked to the outlets!!!!!:rotfl2:

mrsklamc
04-12-2010, 03:41 PM
Right now we live in a 2400 sq. ft home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths on almost an acre of land.

Darn! I was hoping I could interest you in 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths on a cul-de-sac. :lmao: My sis is accidentally pregnant with #5 :scared1:

BridgetBordeaux
04-12-2010, 05:22 PM
We left that area a few years ago.

1700 sq ft, 3 BR 2.5 bath with a very rare 2 car garage in Centreville goes for about 375k-400 in an older neighborhood.

2400 sq ft homes are really expensive.

Lot sizes are also smaller in that area because of the price of land.

LadySiren
04-12-2010, 07:45 PM
Here's an example of one that I believe is in W. Burlington. If it's the area I think it is, it's near a large park where my kids often have their soccer games. Current price is $188,500:

http://www.homes.com/listing/107373394/7511_Ethans_Way_BURLINGTON_NC_27215

The description is as follows: "Better Than New" - This well-cared for 4 or 5 bedroom home has much space to offer and many upgrades for the money! Well-appointed kitchen with stainless steel appliances, upgraded cabinetry, and wood flooring! Master bedroom on the main level and spacious rooms on the second level! New neighborhood located very near the fun Springwood Park and central to new shopping areas! Centrally located between Raleigh and Greensboro makes this a sought after location for many commuters!

That's in the W. Burlington / Elon area, so it's a little more like your typical suburban neighborhood. If you're looking for acreage to custom-build on, you're better looking out of town, closer to where I'm at or on the edge of the county.

PlutoPony
04-12-2010, 08:10 PM
1700 sq ft, 3 BR 2.5 bath with a very rare 2 car garage in Centreville goes for about 375k-400 in an older neighborhood.

You can do 4 BR, 2.5 bath w/ 2 car garage for low to mid 300's in the next county west, Prince William. Decent schools, 30-40 minute commute, fairly new house. Acres lots are very hard to find however.

Most houses have a basement, you're talking 3000+ square feet

2Kds2K9
04-12-2010, 10:18 PM
I'm about as native to Chantilly as they come. My parents moved here when I was three and I'm 40+ now. The area is wonderful, but expensive. It is a trade off. You can't beat the schools. Fairfax County is always in the top 100 if not top 50 in the nation. Housing is expensive and so are the taxes. BUT, we have great parks, schools, libraries etc.

Loudoun County is up and coming. New schools are being built to accommodate the influx of people moving west. Housing is more reasonable in Loudoun as well.

I love this area because we are so close to everything. DC is close, so you have all the wonderful museums and monuments. The mountains are a mere hour away. Luray Caverns are awesome! And you can reach the beach in about 3 hours.

Yes, the traffic is horrible and getting worse. That is the trade off and one huge downfall. But, if you can work out a reverse commute, then you have it made.

Good luck on the job search and your decision.

sorul82?
04-12-2010, 10:54 PM
and now, I wouldn't be caught dead in Raleigh,

Hey! :mad: Just kidding! We don't live in Raleigh, just have a Raleigh address. :snooty:


Also, as tluvstink pointed out, Tarheels absolutely LOSE THEIR MINDS when the white stuff falls from the sky. We're just not used to it. However, as long as you have your bread, milk, toilet paper, and Coke, all is fine. ;)

and vanilla and condensed milk for the snow cream. ;)

clutter
04-13-2010, 07:33 AM
I'm about as native to Chantilly as they come. My parents moved here when I was three and I'm 40+ now. The area is wonderful, but expensive. It is a trade off. You can't beat the schools. Fairfax County is always in the top 100 if not top 50 in the nation. Housing is expensive and so are the taxes. BUT, we have great parks, schools, libraries etc.

Loudoun County is up and coming. New schools are being built to accommodate the influx of people moving west. Housing is more reasonable in Loudoun as well.

I love this area because we are so close to everything. DC is close, so you have all the wonderful museums and monuments. The mountains are a mere hour away. Luray Caverns are awesome! And you can reach the beach in about 3 hours.

Yes, the traffic is horrible and getting worse. That is the trade off and one huge downfall. But, if you can work out a reverse commute, then you have it made.

Good luck on the job search and your decision.

I'm a right-next-door to Chantilly person.

You really have to decide what you can afford price-wise. To me, our housing prices aren't that bad, but I've lived here for years!!!! Compared to Mississippi, I imagine you'll go :scared1:!

There are some pockets of decent price houses. It's just what you're looking for and how much you're willing to spend.

With a job in Chantilly, much as I love living right around here (great schools, great public services), you can find better prices a bit further out. You could go west to Prince William or northwest to Loudoun. You'd get a commute, but that can be mitigated by timing (commute early) or by carpooling.

p.s. We're definately not going to be as easygoing as NC. Here, it's always on the run because there's so much to DO!

Tina
04-13-2010, 07:47 AM
For the Chantilly area, I would look at the western end of Prince William county in Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow. This area is very nice, good schools, and more affordable than Fairfax and Loudon counties. I would avoid Manassas. While it does have a few nice neighborhoods, the rest is pretty nasty.

anabelle
04-13-2010, 08:45 AM
Right now we live in a 2400 sq. ft home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths on almost an acre of land. Our kids go to the best school in the area-I teach there as well--I am not biased--our school was a blue ribbon school last year.

Wherever we move to I would also have to find a job. Out of the two places Chantilly is what he is most interested in, but I just do not see how we could afford to live there. We have 4 kids and the age ranges keeps them from sharing a room--well the younger 2 do, but that will only last for so long.

Who knows--these are just the first 2 that he saw. Hopefully he will find something near here--but we are looking at the reality that we might have to move.

Thanks for the replies.

You could probably get something decent in Manassas. That is about 30-45 minutes from Chantilly. The kind of house you have now (not the acre) in Manassas would run about $500K in Manassas and $800K and up in Chantilly. If you are patient you can find a foreclosure in Manassas, but be aware that the taxes are high.

sallysue66
04-13-2010, 09:07 AM
Also, as tluvstink pointed out, Tarheels absolutely LOSE THEIR MINDS when the white stuff falls from the sky. We're just not used to it. However, as long as you have your bread, milk, toilet paper, and Coke, all is fine. ;)

It's not that we lose our minds...it's simply the state doesn't put the money into trucks to clean the roads (which I am fine with for our 1-2 snows a year) so you have to get your bread and Cheerwine (Salisbury livin') and be prepared to stay home.

Here at the beach we gotta have our Sun-Drop or we get really cranky. Seriously, We got like 2" of snow this winter and it made national news!!! :lmao:

The Moonk's Mom
04-13-2010, 09:38 AM
Here at the beach we gotta have our Sun-Drop or we get really cranky. Seriously, We got like 2" of snow this winter and it made national news!!! :lmao:

Snow in Shallotte! That is cool! I grew up going there every summer. We had a house there and I loved going there! A few years ago we took a trip just taking 17 along the coast and I totally missed everything with what I can assume is now a bypass! I hated it when my parents sold the house, but after I went to college they found they were not going as much and decided to set sights on the mountains.

sallysue66
04-13-2010, 10:27 AM
Snow in Shallotte! That is cool! I grew up going there every summer. We had a house there and I loved going there! A few years ago we took a trip just taking 17 along the coast and I totally missed everything with what I can assume is now a bypass! I hated it when my parents sold the house, but after I went to college they found they were not going as much and decided to set sights on the mountains.

Yep, 17 bypasses Shallotte now, but just barely. 17 Business (old 17 that went smack thru town) connects directly to the bypass on the north & south ends of town. Next time you come this way from the south, first stop at Holden Bros. Farm Market for a good ole glass bottle Sundrop, then take the right at the light where Ashley Furniture & Naber Dodge are, (look for the big blue gorilla!!) Yell "Hey Ya'll" as you pass thru town! Just keep going straight till you end up back on the by-pass headed toward Wilmington.

BTW, if you are coming/going to Myrtle Beach there is a wonderful new bypass around it, Hwy 31. Several exits that make it easy and quick to get to where ever you want in Myrtle Beach. I can leave my house and be at the new mall, which is at the south end of MB, in 35 minutes.

Mic
04-13-2010, 11:57 AM
We live in Lexington, and my husband drives to Greensboro every day, about 40 minutes each way. My husband entertained the idea of moving closer to Greensboro once our youngest graduates from high school in two years, but I doubt we will actually do it. Property taxes here are a lot lower. Our main reason for buying a house so far away from his job 17 years ago was the difference in school systems. My husband grew up in Lexington and we liked the idea of sending our kids to the same elementary school 3 generations of his family had attended(And I do mean the SAME school...the building our two oldest started school in had housed grades 1-12 in past years). Of course, a newer school was built by the time our youngest two started Kindergarten, which was nice. All 4 of our kids have attended the same middle and high school my husband did, and some of their teachers graduated with my husband. We like the fact that your school assignment is based solely on your address and is no more than 20 minutes from your home. In some of the surrounding counties, a child could possibly have a 2-hour bus ride to a school across town in an effort to combat racial and economic imbalances. Our biggest obstacle so far has been getting our children to various other schools to tak an AP class our school does not offer (probably because we have lower property taxes). My oldest has an appartment in Greensboro close to school(UNCG) that is pretty expensive, so she has been looking in the Jamestown area for something a little less expensive, but about 15 minutes from campus for next year. She is young and wants to stay near the mall(our county does not have a mall). A lot of people that work in Greensboro do not live there. I would personally recommend the Trinity area(15 minutes away), or Jamestown/High Point. Anywhere near I-85 or I-40 will get you to Greensboro pretty quickly.

Southerndisney
04-13-2010, 12:09 PM
The schools in Guilford County (Greensboro) are not good except maybe Northwest. That is also where the more expensive housing is. There are good private schools but they are not cheap unless you teach there and get a discount.

hentob
04-13-2010, 12:35 PM
The schools in Guilford County (Greensboro) are not good except maybe Northwest. That is also where the more expensive housing is. There are good private schools but they are not cheap unless you teach there and get a discount.

Actually, Early College at Guilford (advanced high school) is ranked #1 in the ENTIRE state of North Carolina:woohoo: Pretty impressive. If your child is highly intelligent, that is the most amazing thing to have in your city.

Joe in VA
04-13-2010, 04:43 PM
I live in Richmond, about 2 hours south of Chantilly and 3 hours north of Greensboro. If given the choice I'd go with Greensboro. Chantilly is overcrowded and overpriced. Greensboro is not my ideal place to live either, but it's more relaxed and easier to get around at a better price. In NC and VA overall; I'd prefer Charlotte, Richmond, VA Beach, and Charlottesville over either area.

disfan07
04-13-2010, 09:53 PM
We lived in Chantilly Highlands for 17 years and I want to Chantilly High School In Chantilly, VA (So obviously we lived right around chantilly)

The only downside I think of Chantilly is that it can be expensive.

We had to sell our house in summer of 2008 (so the height of the market slump) and it was a 3500 sq ft 4 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath assessed at $695,000
We sold it for $570,000.

Prices in my old neighborhood vary. Right now, on realtor.com, there is a 2200 sq ft 4 bdrm 2 1/2 bath for $525,000 and that is middle of the road. Townhomes begin in about the high 3's low 4s and house go up to mid 7s

But, Fairfax County (which is where Chantilly is) has amazing schools. The three schools I went to were Oak Hill Elementary, Franklin Middle and Chantilly High School. All top rated schools.

I think Chantilly is a great area for exposing your kids to diversity. Fairfax County is very diverse because we get so many government employees. We joke that where we live now in california its like white bread and butter, they think diversity is white and latinos. Living in fairfax county gave me a more complete picture of diversity.

I don't think anythign can be better than being a 20-30 minute metro ride to DC. You are far enough away from the city that you get the suburban feel but you are close enough to get the culture of DC and to be able to experience DC (I believe that everyone should go to DC at least once in their life)

The Chantilly area has a suburban feel without feeling too removed from anything. There is a lot to do within a reasonable drive from the area.

Traffic---it all depends on your husbands commute. I think he would have it bette rthan a lot of people who live there. A good number of the people work IN DC which means that their commute is a beast but if you work in chantilly and live in the chantilly area it wont be as bad.


My brother is at UNC Greensboro right now and he does not like it. He's been there for 3 years and he does not like the area. His biggest complaint is mainly it's not diverse enough. He can't really put his finger on another reason WHY he doesn't really like it but he doesn't

mama2girls
04-13-2010, 10:17 PM
I live in Centreville, VA now. thats about a half mile from Chantilly. It really is a beautiful place to live with tons to do and so close to DC! I agree with previous posters that it is expensive, but we make it work. Great place to raise kids for sure. Tons of diversity, the schools are top rated and beautiful parks and so much history around every corner. Let me know if I can send ya any information or a local paper or something! Good luck!

sorul82?
04-14-2010, 02:23 PM
Here at the beach we gotta have our Sun-Drop or we get really cranky. Seriously, We got like 2" of snow this winter and it made national news!!! :lmao:

I have kin folk who live in Shallotte.

Mmmmm Sun Drop....goes really good with certain 80 proof liquid.

The Moonk's Mom
04-14-2010, 02:39 PM
I have kin folk who live in Shallotte.

Mmmmm Sun Drop....goes really good with certain 80 proof liquid.

and a little fruit!;)

LadySiren
04-14-2010, 03:40 PM
Boone's Farm? :rotfl:

I have kin folk who live in Shallotte.

Mmmmm Sun Drop....goes really good with certain 80 proof liquid.