What a timely article in today's Washington Post that directly contradicts the old argument two posts below that "Northern VA is different . . . jobs, everyone wants to live here, thousands moving here every day, etc. ad nauseum."
The galloping growth of Washington's outer Virginia suburbs is slowing at last, according to Census Bureau estimates to be released today, with high housing costs beginning to dull the appeal of counties that have long been a magnet for newcomers.
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Mike Gorman, owner of Oakridge Communities, which builds homes in Loudoun and Prince William, blames high housing prices, which in Loudoun have reached about $694,000 for a detached house and $426,000 for a townhouse.
"It's just expensive to live in Loudoun. The cost of a single-family home is expensive. The cost of a townhouse is expensive," Gorman said.
By contrast, Lang said, "you could move to Nashville or Atlanta or Columbia, South Carolina, and pay $300,000 for a right fine house. . . . So a lot of the people who are leaving Fairfax may just be bypassing Loudoun and heading straight for those places."