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VinnyC

Chino, CA

#1 Oct 16, 2008
My wife and I are planning to build in New Bristow village. Some of the comments on the chat boards haven't been too positive. Can anyone offer any insight about the neighborhood? In addition, the Elem. school is Ellis in Manassas. We've heard the same comments about the school. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Kacz

Palo Alto, CA

#2 Oct 21, 2008
VinnyC,
Welcome to the neighborhood. My wife and I have lived here for 2.5 years. Overall we are very pleased with the neighborhood and the residents. The down turn in real estate has forced many of the dead beat home owners, investors and renters to move. I believe alot fo the comments that you found online were applicable to these individuals, at least the comments I found online were. It's nice to see the new residents come in and take pride in their homes.

As you might be aware, Centex is finally turning over the HOA Board to the residents. While there were several complaints of the maintenance of the common areas several home owners are working with CMC and the soon to be elected Board to address these.

As for Ellis, I know this is a concern for several parents. I don't know how old your children are, ours is approx 9 months, but we have been told from many county officials that the schools will be redistricted in the next year. I believe part of this process will be the new school that they are building on Nokesville. Also, I know several parents in our neighborhood have received waivers to enroll their children in other public schools rather than Ellis.

I hope this info helps. Rest assured that our development is going through some growing pains, as any new development will, but we are trully turning the corner on all the things you have read online.
Carrie

Pleasanton, CA

#3 Oct 28, 2008
Hi, Do you know if you can pay your HOA fees upfront for the entire year?
moving soon

Sterling, VA

#4 Nov 4, 2008
Hello Vinny,
We are currently building in New Bristow Village and we are truly looking forward to living there when our home is ready in a few months. We had similar concerns, particularly regarding the schools. Our children are 5 and 3 and so this is a very immediate concern for us. I was crushed when I found out about Ellis. I am considering applying for a waiver so that they can go to Cedar Point. I am not at all hopeful that it will be granted, however. On a happier note, prior to signing our contract, we spent a considerable time driving around the community and asking residents questions about it. Everyone had great things to say both about Centex, about their homes, and the neighborhood in general. I do agree that most of the deadbeats have been foreclosed and what is left is a higher-quality homeowner--more concerned about keeping up their property and maintaining property values. Our home construction has been coming along so well and we have been really pleased with Centex as well. We love our home -the layout is great and the interior is gorgeous. Good luck to you-
Dwight

Temple Hills, MD

#5 Nov 7, 2008
My wife and I and our two children just moved into New Bristow Village one month ago. Everyone in the neighborhood is very friendly - many people will stop and talk with you. Halloween night was a blast! We probably had about 150 kids come by our house.
Centex has done very well for us - they took care of any issues promptly. Very positive home buying experience with Centex.
Our 5-year old is attending Ellis Elementary. Prior to moving we had heard some complaints, but our experience with Ellis has been very positive. The teachers are in contact with us weekly and have been very attentive to our son's special needs.
All the utilities got hooked up quickly, with the exception of Comcast. They lost our order once, and the date for service changed three times (from 1 week to 2-3 weeks to 45 more days, ugh!). They have yet to actually ever call us for anything - it's all one-way communication.
See you in NBV soon!
Kacz

Palo Alto, CA

#6 Nov 7, 2008
Carrie, I believe you can pay your HOAs up front. I see no reason why you couldn't.
JeffH

Manassas, VA

#7 Dec 19, 2008
Hi Vinny, I am moving into NBV at the end of the month and like most parents I am concerned about sending my 6 yr old to Ellis. You had mentioned a “new school that they are building on Nokesville”. Are you talking about Kettle Run Elementary which opens 2011?

Since: Dec 08

AOL

#8 Dec 25, 2008
Kacz, my wife and I are excited about moving in. Nice to hear the news regarding the neighborhood. We are looking forward to being active members of the neighborhood! The changes sound real positive. Our house will be finished in March, but we will not officially move in til June.

Moving Soon, let me know how that waiver turns out. It looks like a new elementary won't be ready till 2011 (Kettle Run). It also looks like it will be right up the road. I prefer to keep my children in Bristow as well.

Dwight, sounds like Halloween was a blast. That sounds awesome. Our neighborhood now turns off the lights and doesn't come to the door (during Halloween), so it will be a welcome change!! It also sounds not too bad regarding Ellis. As you can see from my previous comments, it looks as though we might be moving to a new elementary/high school in 2011 alot closer.

JeffH, see my comments above regarding the elementary school and let me know if you hear anything else.

Thanks for all the posts! You are always a little apprehensive about a move, but the posts on this site assured my family and I that we have made a great decision! Can't wait to move and join the neighborhood.
Moving Soon

Newington, VA

#9 Dec 30, 2008
Vinny-
I will be looking into the waiver this week. I am only growing more concerned about Ellis. I just can't believe that they want to bus our kids all the way there when Cedar Point and Nokesville are so close. Cedar Point has a low mobility index and nuch higher scores. THis is so important to me.
As for Kettle Run, perhaps my little one will be in their first Kindergarten class. I sure hope so!
Our house is almost ready and we can't wait to move in! Except for the school issues, we are thrilled with everything. The school is however, a huge concern for me, and because we moved from out of state and had to rent while our home is under construction, I have the added worry that my 1st grader is undergoing too many school changes. I really would like to start at Cedar Point right away--as soon as we move- rather than have to wait until the next school year begins and have her change schools yet again.
Happy New Year to all.
Munich

Washington, DC

#10 Jan 3, 2009
We have lived in NBV for over a year. You will not be able to get in to Cedar point as they are so over crowded. Your only option is Nokesville. Also the new High School and Elementary school may be put on hold because of te down turn in the economy. They are talking about rezoning which means our High School would also be in Manassas.
Just wanted to give you a little more info.

Since: Dec 08

AOL

#11 Jan 3, 2009
Let me know what happens (Moving soon). I plan on calling regarding Nokesville Elem. and the 'rezoning' this week. I will see what I can find out.

Munich, not sure where the high school for NBV will be if they 'rezone'. I would think they would keep Brentville H.S. until they know what is going on with the new high school. I definitely think they would look at the elementary schools due to the fact there has been a significant increase in enrollment.

Let me know if you both hear anything.
Munich

Washington, DC

#12 Jan 3, 2009
Nothing would surprise me! I have been in contact with the school board member and he has said that if the vote on wednesday is not passed they will be rezoning high school boundaries. This developement was never slated to go to Cedar Point. If they do not build a new high school I doubt if they will build a new elementary school. My child goes to Nokesville and I have to drive here there and pick up. Cedar Point has 10 trailers and over a 1,000 students! So does Bristow Run!

Since: Dec 08

AOL

#13 Jan 3, 2009
Munich, just heard about Wednesday's board meeting on another post! I really don't want to have my children 'bussed' into some less desireable schools in the city of Manassas. Hopefully things will work out. Was it difficult have your child changed to Nokesville? I know our development used to attend Nokesville. Thanks for the replies.
Munich

Washington, DC

#14 Jan 4, 2009
No it wasn't that hard to get her in. The principle is very nice and knows each child by name. There are about 42 children from NBV that go to Nokesville. The only down side is that you have to drive them. I car pool with two other people. This is our last year there as we are off to Middle School next year. If you go on the PWCS website and go to the school board you can e-mail them and let them know that the new high school should be built!!! It affects all of us.

Since: Dec 08

AOL

#15 Jan 4, 2009
Munich, thanks for the updates and information. We will certainly be very supportive regarding the new schools. In addition, wish us luck regarding Nokesville.
Moving Soon

Newington, VA

#16 Jan 4, 2009
Hey guys-
I want t e-mail them as well and register my dismay at the school situation--from the elementary through high school. Who are you sending your e-mails to? Right to the Superintendant?
Munich

Washington, DC

#17 Jan 5, 2009
You go directly to the PWCS school board web site. Go to the school board section and you can send one e-mail to the whole board. They are voting on Wednesday to approve the new school-if not rezoning is an option we have been toid and it will affect the whole county.
Moving Soon

Newington, VA

#18 Jan 5, 2009
Thanks, Munich,
I just shot an e-mail to the board saying that they need to build the schools, and that the residents of NBV are upset with the way the boundaries have been drawn. Hopefully if they hear enough noise from us, maybe there will be some change eventually.

Since: Dec 08

AOL

#19 Jan 5, 2009
I am planning on sending an additional e-mail as well, tomorrow, regarding the same displeasure with the school boundaries and the need to build the schools.
Seabass

Manassas, VA

#20 Jan 8, 2009
I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere, but the school board voted unanimously last night to build the new high school. I know everyone was rooting for it to go thru, but I did come across a 2007 study from Prince William County that tentatively placed the new school's boundary at Hwy. 28 which would exclude NBV.
( http://www.pwcgov.org/planning/documents/PLN2... ) look at page 25.

Also, there was no mention of the proposed elementary school so I'm not sure if it is included in the plans.
On another note, my family and I will be moving into NBV in May and can't wait.

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