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This is a good place to start getting settled in Northern Virginia whether you are making a cross country move or just moving around the corner, here are some details for you to check out!
Washington Gas 703-750-1000
Columbia Gas (Parts Loudoun Co)
Water and waste water- will vary by your municipality; i.e. Arlington water is run by Arlington County and Falls Church by Fairfax County, etc..
City of Alexandria 703-549-7080
Arlington County 703-228-6570
Fairfax County 703-698-5800
City of Fairfax Water 703-385-7915
City of Falls Church 703-248-5071
Town of Vienna Water 703-255-6385
Loudoun County 571-291-7880
Prince William County 703-335-7950
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Verizon - People love their Verizon Fios. You will have to check to see what is available in your area, as not all locations in Northern Virginia are serviced.
Comcast - Another communications option for Northern Virginia; remember, you'll always want to call to check availability.
Cox - They make their site very easy to navigate for people looking to find communications services when relocating to NOVA.
Giant- General groceries, many locations.
Harris Teeter- higher end products and many locations.
Whole Foods- the same that says it all. There are fewer locations in Northern Virginia, but you can find Whole Foods stores in Clarendon, McLean, Fairfax, and Springfield.
Trader Joe's- a lower priced counterpart to Whole Foods, Trader Joe's offers more in the realm of whole and organic food products at reasonable prices. There are just a few locations, but they make up for it in size.
Safeway- this is a national chain, that many people are familiar with. You do still need your Safeway card for the good pricing!
Wegmans- a fun and exciting way to go shopping, Wegmans, only a handful of locations is an epicurean market kicked into high gear. It reminds me of the Central Market platform with a wonderful produce and dairy section and gourmet options for deli, and pastry. You can even grab a meal at the Wegmans while you're there. The closest Wegmans to NOVA is in Fairfax, VA. Another location is slated for 2012 in Arlington.
The Metro- This trip planner will become your best friend when you are relocating to Northern Virginia. Look at the different colors of the lines and learn your way around your community!
ART Buses- The Arlington Transit page will help you navigate the non-metro waters of Arlington and beyond. Bookmark this page for sure!
Share the Road- Commute via bike or other alternative commuter options. Arlington's Car Free Diet has some wonderful ideas on how you can share the road from safety to general tips.
VDOT- The Virginia Department of Transportation can give you some great insight as to what is going on in and around your community when you are trying to navigate NoVa and the DMV.
VRE- the Virginia Railway Express is a high-functioning railway system that feeds into the metro from some of the suburban areas. This makes a wonderful option of those who want to have more home and space for the money, but don't want to drive themselves in.
Learning is Fundamental...
Elementary-High School- My broker recently pulled some great information about public and private schools in Northern Virginia. Plus you can view Virginia school report cards here!
Universities in and around Northern Virginia- there are aplenty! From George Mason to Georgetown and everything in between, Northern Virginia and the District of Colombia have wonderful university systems for both under-graduate and post-graduate work. If you're thinking about furthering your education while you're near the District, take a look at the amazing opportunities for personal growth!
Arlington County Public Schools
Prince William County Public Schools
US Postal Service- don't forget to get your mail changed to your new address in Northern Virginia. You can do it online for the service charge, or walk into the USPS and pick up a form to change your address.
DMV- make sure you take everything along that they require when you're going to get your out of state license switched! Also, some counties and municipalities require parking tags for your community so you'll want to check with your HOA or condo association as well as specific county! Make sure you look into this as well.
Register to Vote- You know the drill. Get registered to have your voice heard.
Arlington County-Here is everything you need to know about Arlington County. Sign up for their newsletters and green initiative details when you move to Arlington County.
Alexandria City- Here you will find all of the governing information for Alexandria City.
Falls Church City- Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the "Little City" of Falls Church.
Fairfax City - Here is the consolidated information for the City of Fairfax, which is aplenty. From water to schools to county government.
Fairfax County- Here is the information for the County of Fairfax, not to be confused with the City of Fairfax. I know... fun stuff!
Know your neighbors! Check this out for yourself. I can't discuss it with you, but I sure can point you in the right direction.
Colombia Pike Revitalization- There is so much going on in the Colombia Pike Corridor. Learn what is going on to make this community more walkable, and enriching for the residents of Arlington into Bailey's Cross Roads and Falls Church.
Medical- Ask your new friends for references, and totally check out Yelp! for information on good doctors in your area of NOVA or you can always look up the goods on a doctor on the American Medical Association's Site.
Dental- There are tons of dentists in Northern Virginia- get a reference from Yelp! or ask me.
Pharmacy- Local and national chains are available for your health care and pharmaceutical needs.
Sports Clubs- Yep, the gym. From Washington Sports Clubs to Golds and X Sports, there are a lot of options for sports clubs in Northern Virginia. There are also a lot of recreational facilities in specific counties, such as the many in Arlington County.
Veterinarians- Our animal family members need health care, too! I have two senior dogs whom I'm taken to a number of vets, and I can share with you whom I've had the best experiences with. As always, there is Yelp! to get the community vote on good vets and other pet oriented services.