I agree, ditch the notion of living in Northern VA and live, work and play in Frederick area - Frederick has been named one of the best places to live by several sources (google, i cant’ think of sources off top of head). It’s a delightful town/city with some great shopping and excellent restaurants including 2 owned by Top Chef Brian Voltaggio (sp?) And it’s dog friendly! Don’t get me wrong, I love Virginia but relocated to MD for work and horse (yes, it is easier to ride in MD than VA if you live/work inside or near Beltway)
There are plenty of top level H/J show barns, eventing barns, dressage barns -if you fox hunt - there’s Middletown/Newmarket, Potomac, Goshen and Howard County Hunts, and western or pleasure barns.
Frederick is not as expensive as neighboring Montgomery County. You could happily rent a house and board horse while looking for property to rent or purchase or you might just be happy boarding and buy house.
There is absolutely no way I would ever commute from Chantilly to Frederick unless i owned Chitty Chitty Bang Bang[/QUOTE]
:lol: :lol: Or a jump jet :winkgrin:
OP, you are getting lots of good advice here; I would carefully heed it! I live in the heart of Chantilly :mad:, and the misery and frustration of my daily existence (having to drive out to horse country from here) is something I wouldn’t WISH on my most hated foe. Unfortunately, my husband and I are kind of “stuck” here (though we don’t own), and since we’ve lived here the growth around our immediate area (especially within the past 5 years or so) has been nothing short of obscene. I’ve lived in the general area for 50 years, and it’s no longer recognizable.
Apparently the wantonly greedy developers have no qualms about lining their pockets at the expense of sanity and logic, and have no discernible conscience.
Everywhere is gridlock, all the time. Unless you are on the road early Sunday morning (or in the middle of the night, when they sometimes do construction–at which point you are “effed”), you will encounter traffic, traffic, and more traffic. And construction, and lane closures, without warning. Think LA! Only without freeways; the infrastructure around here was designed for farmland access decades ago, many roads are two lanes (including 15 to Frederick), hence all the ceaseless and ongoing construction in a mostly fruitless attempt to keep up with the increased (and increasing!) congestion. And yet they continue to build, and build.
STAY FAR AWAY if you possibly can, and there is no reason not to choose beautiful Frederick (still somewhat rural, yet with nice amenities) to live and work and keep your horse! With luck, you will get 5-10 more years out of it before it turns into “everywhere else around here.”