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The Plains, Va... Whatcha think?

Discussion in 'Glockers of the Old Dominion' started by edcrosbys, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. edcrosbys


    Aug 22, 2007
    We're looking at moving into the state. One of the places is The Plains, VA... I'll be working in Ashuburn, with slightly off hours (6-4).

    What are your thoughts and opinions on the area and the drive? I've looked it up online all I can. Google and MS say it'll be around 45 min, which I'm good with...

    Anyone know anything about the area? How's hunting around there? The soil decent for gardening? Is there a range in the area? etc..

    Love to hear your thoughts!
  2. myglockisa23


    May 6, 2002
    NE Georgia
    Beautful property..... Robert Duvall lives there......

  3. dmccorki


    Jan 12, 2007
    I have lived there. Nice country area, but not much going on in the town. You should be able to get to Ashburn in less than 45 minutes especially if you are starting at 6AM.
  4. Nubbins


    Dec 1, 2008
    Fairfax, VA
    I lived just west of the Plains in Marshall VA for 10 years and 6 years ago I almost bought a house in the Plains until my fiance realized her drive to work in Mclane VA could take up to 2 hours some days. I would still like to live out there and like the other post said it is Beautiful and you get more for your money. Your drive could take around 40min or longer,-77.630768&spn=0.310146,0.725098&z=11 these are mostly back roads and there are a lot of deer, I hit 3 when i lived out there.
  5. Glocktastic


    Sep 25, 2008
    The Plains is situated beautifully. This is wine and horse country. It's a very small town. One gas station, a wine shop, and a couple odds and ends. I don't think there's even a stop light in the town, if I recall.

    If you are commuting to Ashburn, I can't imagine your commute would be very bad, since you would be reverse commuting. The only thing is that all the "shortcuts" are all one-lane each way country roads that wind around. Beautiful for a Sunday drive, but not if you are in a hurry. You could take 66 to Rt. 15 North, but I don't know if that'd save you any time. Rt. 15 narrows to one lane and it's maddening.

    One nice thing about the Plains is that you are less than an hour's drive from D.C. and closer to the conveniences and amenities of Northern Virginia, but still remain solidly in the country.

    A lot of really rich people live in this part of Fauquier County and moreso further to the North, so you will likely encounter a certain ethos of snootiness or uppityness that often accompanies the very wealthy. I have nothing against people with money, but some things you can't help but notice. I mean, one of the closest local attractions is Great Meadow, a few miles south of The Plains, which has polo matches weekly during the summer.

    Marshall is your next closest town. A cute town. Much more pedestrian. Southern States is there as are grocery stores and other conveniences. There's plenty of deer around there for the taking, especially further west about 20 miles. A little further and you are in the Shenandoah Valley, which is stunning.

    Soil here should be quite good for gardening, as well as for fruit trees.

    The nearest range is either NRA headquarters in Fairfax or Clarks Brothers (Out Door only) in Warrenton. There's also Blue Ridge Arsenal is in Chantilly.

    I hope this helps. I know the area and Virginia fairly well. If you have any more specific questions, let us know.
  6. Hope this helps
  7. If you're into NFL, you WILL be a Redskins fan, it's the law in Plains. I think the trendy restaurant in The Plains is still owned by Robert Duvall.
  8. The Habit

    The Habit كافر

    Feb 18, 2005
    Definitely a beautiful area. My parents, like Vince, also live in Orlean, not far from The Plains. As others have noted, it's close enough to commute to the Reston/Herndon/Chantilly/Sterling/Ashburn area but yet out far enough that you aren't subjected to the urban sprawl.
  9. zeker2


    May 19, 2008
    Quaint, quiet and beautiful - but easy driving distance (non-rush hour of course) to a lot of stuff to do in the Northern Virginia area.

    If you are into history there's Civil War sites within easy driving distance: Bull Run (1st and 2nd Manassas if you're a Yankee), Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Harpers Ferry, New Market.

    There are a couple good gun shops just down the road in Mansassas.

    You might want to check into membership in the Isaac Walton League in Centreville - they have a really nice set up for archery, clays, pistol and rifle.
  10. Richville. Lots of uppity snobs in my experience. Beautiful area though.
  11. Nubbins


    Dec 1, 2008
    Fairfax, VA
    I lived in the area for 10 years and found the people down to earth and quite nice and with small towns everyone kind of knows everyone unlike here in suburbs of Fairfax people don't want to know there neighbors.
  12. 22collector


    Sep 11, 2005
    Salem, VA
    Man I grew up in The Plains and its great. I didn't live in town but had plenty of friends that did. The town has gotten much better in 15 years. Its perfectly placed for commuters. I wouldn't worry about buying there the schools were good when I went there and cant see them going that south the people care, a lot. As for the restaurant it was better before Robert Duvall bought it, but that's just me. It is most definitely the only place I would live in NOVA. Just close enough but far enough out with the hills and mini mountains, I miss it now just talking about it. Good luck with your choice.

  13. gtrcivic

    gtrcivic Hokie Glocker

    Mar 18, 2001
    Northern, VA, USA
    if your hrs are what you stated, you should be fine with commute tops of 1hr depending on weather. Seems like when it rains, people dont know how to drive around here.

    Closest to The Plains are the times i went to Gold Cup.....beautiful country out there and rural but still close enough to DC Metro area.
  14. Nubbins


    Dec 1, 2008
    Fairfax, VA
    I also agree about the restaurant ( The Rail Stop ) But the original owner Keven now runs another place at the livestock auction good down home food (just at a livestock auction):whistling:
  15. 22collector


    Sep 11, 2005
    Salem, VA
    yeah i lived right down the road from Kevin. Hes a great guy and I have eaten at the stockyard a few times since he started up there. I think Fauquier County was a great place to grow up.

  16. As much as I hate to say it, he's right. I hope you're very well to do financially.