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Jul. 11th, 2005 @ 05:25 pm Why I put up with the crazy housing situation around here
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4. Vienna, Virginia
Mark Namdar has thought about moving his family a few times in the 14 years they've lived in Vienna, figuring he could buy more house and more land elsewhere.

"Every time we looked around," he says, "we weren't impressed." So the Namdars recently decided to renovate and stay put.

Vienna, says Namdar, a hotel manager in Washington, offers character lacking in other D.C. suburbs. Much of bustling Fairfax County feels like it was built last week. Not Vienna, a much prized piece of ground in the Civil War. An active historical society is run out of the antebellum Freeman House, which served as a makeshift Civil War hospital and later as a post office, a general store and a train depot. Kids can even attend a summer history camp.

Today, Vienna is valued for its jobs and schools. Median income is more than $110,000, and IBM, Capital One and AOL are among dozens of big-name companies with large operations in the area. And D.C. and federal employment are just 12 miles away.

Unfortunately, jobs outnumber houses. Result: Over the past five years, the median home price in Vienna has nearly doubled. Older homes can be had for $500,000, but new construction goes for north of $700,000. On the plus side, property taxes aren't bad and the local high school consistently ranks among the country's best.

Music, dance and opera run year round in both indoor and outdoor theaters at Wolf Trap, the nation's only national park for performing arts.

Everyone shares one complaint: traffic on Maple Street. Driving the two-mile main drag can take up to 25 minutes during rush hour. But families like the Namdars swear the hassles are worth it. "We like the sense of neighborhood," says Mark. "And it's safe. The kids can be independent without our having to worry."

Out of all of the places in the US to live, I'm in one of the top 5. Now I just need to figure out some clever way to join the ranks of the property owners so that I can make money off of it being an awesome place to be.
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Date:July 11th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)


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Start with a condo :)
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Date:July 14th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)

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Too bad that condos around here cost about as much as houses not that far away.
Date:July 12th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
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Wow, I'm surprised that Vienna is in the top 5. I knew it was a nice place, but I would have thought the west coast would take up more of that list, but they are no where to be found.
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Date:July 12th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
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Who would want to live on the West Coast? Honestly.

Date:July 13th, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)
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Why would you think the West Coast would be on the list?