Victory Lakes / Bristow

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Mover

Alexandria, VA

#1 Aug 8, 2006
My wife and I are considering moving to Bristow, specifically the Victory Lakes development. Can anyone fill me in on what it's like there and what concerns we should have?
Also, I have to commute to D.C. each day, what's the drive like early in morning commute (say, leaving at 5-5:30am)?
sumner

Hyattsville, MD

#2 Aug 9, 2006
Victory Lakes is nice, but really expensive. Bristow's got serious traffic problems sometimes -- too much development too quickly.

Anyone know when they'll finally address the traffic problems on local roads? When will 66 be done?
haymarket resident

Fairfax, VA

#3 Aug 10, 2006
66 is getting close to being complete, pretty much just needs to be paved, and should help traffic up until you get to fairfax/rt. 50. folks say it won't help, but previously once you got to manassas, where the road is already 4 lanes, you were home free until around the fairfax county pkwy or rt 50 (i drive to chantilly and can sometimes see it backed up ahead when I get off at 28). I don't drive into DC at all, but I would still think that the commute would suck to be blunt. I don't go in that early, but know many people wake up early to beat the traffic, which pretty much creates traffic. not postive what it's like at that hour though, I'd suggest looking at the traffic cams a few mornings at that hour (they only go as far out as manassas though) and see what the traffic is all the way in ( trafficland.com ). also realize that traffic gets worse for some reason in the fall and winter. isn't 66 hov inside the beltway as well?- another thought to consider. Area is nice, great for families/kids, lots of stuff is popping up. Close to the mountains if you're into that. not sure what your looking for, there's no crazy night life or anything out that way, but it is more laid back. half the local road problems were due to lots of construction traffic, which has dropped of considerably with the housing downturn. that's my 2 cents.
Gainesville Resident

Washington, DC

#4 Aug 11, 2006
I take the VRE (train) to DC because the traffic on 66 IS A NIGHTMARE. Getting to DC at that time in the morning isn't horrible but getting back home can take 2 hours on any day of the week.
Mover

Alexandria, VA

#5 Aug 13, 2006
Not good news. Are there viable alternate routes to 66 to get to/from D.C.?

We really like the Bristow area, but many people are saying the drive to D.C. will kill us.
Bristow Resident

United States

#6 Aug 15, 2006
I live in Bristow and commute into Arlington each day. I leave the house around 5:10 a.m. and am usually at work by 5:50 a.m. I get off work around 2:15 or so and it generally takes me about an hour to get home.
Bristow Commuter

Fairfax, VA

#7 Aug 16, 2006
If you are on 66 from 4-6 during the week, just expect to hit heavy traffic. The expanded 4 lanes on 66 from Manassas to Gainesville was originally scheduled to open in October. Not sure if that is still on target. It will also be interesting to see just how much of an impact it has on traffic. I leave work around 5pm in Fairfax and it commonly takes me over an hour to commute home. The days when Nissan Pavillion is hosting summer concerts can be particularly tough. And Fridays during the summer, you can bank on especially heavy traffic in the afternoon.

Before I moved to Bristow, I was living 5 minutes from where I worked, so originally the drive made me crazy. But over time you just get used to the longer commute.
Gainesville Commuter

Hyattsville, MD

#8 Aug 29, 2006
The Omniride bus comes right down Linton Hall Road from VA Gateway Shopping Center, making a left turn on Devlin Rd. I commute to Rosslyn daily, and do so for a mere $8.30 ROUND TRIP - cheaper than gas, let alone wear and tear on my car. The bus is comfortable, and I can get about 40-50 minutes of shut-eye and arrive home relaxed!
Check out Omniride...
Alternate Routes

Virginia Beach, VA

#9 Sep 1, 2006
Any thoughts on trying to take 95 south and cut over to 234 to get to Bristow? What is the traffic like on 234 or Bristow Road? Can you take 28 out to Bristow?
I'm trying to think of ways to avoid 66. Is that possible?
PW Commuter Lady

Arlington, VA

#10 Sep 1, 2006
Mover wrote:
My wife and I are considering moving to Bristow, specifically the Victory Lakes development. Can anyone fill me in on what it's like there and what concerns we should have?
Also, I have to commute to D.C. each day, what's the drive like early in morning commute (say, leaving at 5-5:30am)?
Actually Sudley Manor Road is scheduled to open in September of this year. That will make the comute to Manassas much easier.
Victory Resident

Temple Hills, MD

#11 Sep 12, 2006
There are various routes to avoid 66. The roads contructions are everywhere around the community. I like the community and for the commute time depends on the time you leave your house. There is a remodelation effort right at Sudley Manor and Linton Hall. Sudley Manor should join with 234 and all the way to Manassas. For now, If I leave passed 6:30am Devlin rd (two lane rd) is really heavy, then I pass 234 and continue into Bulls Ford Rd, in less than a mile I take Groveton Rd (left turn). This road connects me with Lee Hwy(29) at the battlefield park area. If Lee is heavy, I croos it and the road is named now Featherbed Rd. This road is a dirt road but it will get you at Sudley Rd (left turn) just a minute to Gum Spring Rd that can take me all the way to Herndon. From Gum Sprint, I can take Braddock Rd that will get me at 28 & 66 (Centerville) or route 50 to 606 if I want Dulles or the begining of 267 toll road. Sudley Rd joins to route 15. If you continue at 29 there are options if you want to get on 66 or 28 (Centerville/ Chantilly). Just my 2 cents on various instead of Linton Hall to 29 then 66 that most people do or Devlin to 234 then 66.
Dirk Diggler

Fairfax, VA

#12 Sep 13, 2006
Gum Spring to Braddock is back to its usual nightmarhish conditions with summer over. Braddock east of Gum Spring 90% paved now and the backup at Pleasant Valley was past the South Riding Entrance (as it has been all this week and last), took about 20 minutes just to get through the stop sign. Left Haymarket this morning at 8, got to the NRO area at 9, 20 miles, 1 hour. Took a .5 second look at 66 and turned around, it was backed up as far as I could see past the Haymarket exit. Not sure if most of the backups (Catharpin and 234, took about 10 minutes to turn right, 234 and Gum Spring, took about 10 minutes to turn left) were do to an accident on 66 or something, but it blew. I say take the 300 million they are pretending they are going to use for a 29 replacement, and turn 29 into a 4 lane road through the park.
Young Broker

Stafford, VA

#13 Oct 27, 2006
Well the 66 project looks close to completion. Maybe within acouple weeks or possibly a little bit longer. Traffic already seems to flow a bit better now that there are 3 lanes open, so im sure once it is fully completed traffic should move a bit quicker.
I think the question should be are you willing to make that drive for that nice home out in the woods. Its a gamble, but i like to take risks, with all the development out there and continued growth equity will be good in the long term, look at places like Chantilly and Centreville, and look them today. Plan on a commute.
Ppp

Redwood City, CA

#14 Nov 7, 2006
Prepare to leave very early in the "am".
Mover wrote:
My wife and I are considering moving to Bristow, specifically the Victory Lakes development. Can anyone fill me in on what it's like there and what concerns we should have?
Also, I have to commute to D.C. each day, what's the drive like early in morning commute (say, leaving at 5-5:30am)?
Winkie-d

Jessup, MD

#15 Nov 7, 2006
People do it. I wouldn't want to. Bristow seems sweet, but that commute is a killer. Even if you leave at 5:00am it's going to be bad. Especially coming home.
Doerkus

United States

#16 Nov 15, 2006
Well, all the lanes on 66 are now open, as is the Sudley Manor extension from 234 Bypass to Linton Hall Road. I live in Victory Lakes and I work in Fairfax.

I must say, I am VERY pleased with the change in traffic. Prior to this change I typically left my home at 6:30, and wouldn't get into my office until at least 7:45(and many times even later). At least 30 minutes of my commute were spent just trying to get to 66 by using the Devlin Road to Balls Ford to 234 bypass or Business, depending on how backed up 66 was to Manassas.

Now, however, with Sudley Manor opened to 234 bypass, and the 66 lanes all open, my commute is 30-40 minutes each way. A DRAMATIC improvement! I leave now at 5:30am and am on 66 in less than 10 minutes, and I am in my office in Fairfax between 6:00 and 6:15 each day (depending on if I stop for coffee or not).

My commute home is very nice too. What used to be a backup from 28 Centreville all the way to 234 business (about 5 miles - and 30-45 minutes if there were no accidents) is now a measly 5 minute shot. I left last night at the peak drive time of 5:30pm, and was in my home at 6:15. AMAZING. This drive would have taken me at least an hour and a half if the lanes weren't open.

Sooo, what I'm saying here is Bristow is open. C'mon out. The drive is not nearly as bad as people are saying.
Dirk Diggler

Fairfax, VA

#17 Nov 15, 2006
I agree, the 66 opening is money, even the back roads are light now, virtually no traffic. I'm hesitant to believe I'm not dreaming. My hour trip to Chantilly is now 25-30 minutes.
Bristow Commuter

Fairfax, VA

#18 Nov 15, 2006
I live in Bristow and commute to Fairfax, and between 66 and Sudley, I would say at least an hour a day has been shaved off my commute. What a relief. Traffic backs up to the Manassas exit (where I get off) of 66 instead of Centreville or Fair Lakes, so if you are planning on moving out past Bristow, you're still going to face a long wait getting past the new 4-2 merge in Gainesville.
Lisa

United States

#19 Dec 10, 2006
We are also thinking of moving to Victory Lakes. What can anyone tell me about that nighborhood specifically. I have two small children and an interested in finding out more about the schools, activities, etc.

Thank you.
Cara Wjonowski

Washington, DC

#20 Dec 19, 2006
I love the Victory Lakes area. It's very upscale, clean, and safe. All of Bristow is great. The elemntary school is supposedly very good - Vistory Lakes Elementary. We are leaving our son in private school until we make sure the public schools aren't going to become overcrowded, and that the demographic for the schools stays balanced out with people from the Victory Lakes area. If they start pulling people from Manassas, an entire set of problems willl ensue - ESL classes, gang fights (yes - even in elemntary school)....so we're waiting to see. Hopefully the couty realizes that people are sick of paying high prices for homes that are supposedly in good school districts, only to see them ruined when they start letting in the rif raf. My point of view - but I know I am not alone.

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