09-13-2011 06:04 AM
We are thinking about living and working in Vienna, VA.
We don't have kids, but we'd like to live in a nice neighborhood with good school systems near a metro (if possible). We want to have a good shot at reselling the place in the future.
We are also concerned about how the neighborhoods looks. If the whole neighborhood is caught in a time warp, then we are not so interested. We have visited Vienna once and saw lots of powerlines, which are a concern as well.
Does anyone have any thoughts on where to live or where not to in Vienna? Your advice is very much appreciated. Thank you.
09-13-2011 07:07 AM
Vienna traffic = tyson's traffic = horrible.
some great restaurants
lots of development
1-2 nice county rec centers
66/495 very close
lots of development
very busy metro (good luck getting a seat during rush hour)
old housing stock in many areas
loud high school marching band
66 is HOV during commute
09-13-2011 07:33 AM
Oakton Cloisters is a nice, small, townhouse neighborhood. Its far enough away from 66 that you don't hear the traffic, but still easy to access in the morning and is close enough to walk to the Metro. There's an open house this Sunday for a house coming on the market in a couple days.
09-14-2011 01:16 PM
If you can afford Vienna, buy in Vienna. Those homes keep their value, schools are very well regrded. If you are working in Vienna/Tysons, commute is not an issue. It is one of the few places in NOVA that has a small town feel....sometimes.
09-15-2011 06:22 AM
If you work in Tysons Corner, Vienna is a small-town Oasis just 3 miles to the j-o-b. While the traffic can be horrid (Did I really just sit through three traffic light cycles to cross Rt. 7?), it's best to avoid prime time commutes. Tysons is a huge employment base with aspirations of growing to a GINORMOUS employment hub. I don't expect traffic to improve no matter how many traffic calming studies are produced. I just rest in the fact that it's only 3.2 miles door-to-door.
We've been in Vienna for 18 years and love it. Just a great community to raise a family. Our first house was a major fixer-upper. We built our current home 6 years ago. Finding a SFH in Vienna for under $500k is going to be tough. Builders are paying $450k - to $550k for the better Vienna Woods lots , tearing down the houses and then building homes at re-sales in the $1.2M - 1.6M range. Yes, $500k for dirt. You CAN find renovated Vienna Woods ramblers in the $525k and up range, the pricing varies widely based on specific location and the extent of the renovation. As you get further out from the town core, your pricing objective becomes more feasible -- take a look at Vienna Woods West and Dunn Loring Woods.
There is only a small stock of Townhomes in Vienna proper. The ones at Maple and Buehlah (or is it East St?) are above $500k. There are three very small T-home communities that I can think of in your range -- one on Center Street (South) by the fire station, one on Center Street (North) by the Elks Club, and one by James Madison High School. You may want to look in Oakton by Blake Lane for a larger inventory.
So, bottom-line -- the center of Vienna is transitioning from small ramblers on big lots to newly built custom homes. I continue to be amazed at the pace of new home construction in Vienna (what recession?). As you move in concentric rings outward from the core, affordability improves.
09-20-2011 05:52 PM
Also, be aware that if you live in the Town of Vienna proper, that there is property tax surcharge on top of the Fairfax County property tax. The combination of the two makes it one of the highest (if not the highest) property tax rates anywhere in Northern Virginia.