Re: Anyone from Fairfax, VA area?
I grew up in Prince William County and have lived in Fairfax County for the past five years. I'm also in the market to buy a house in the area (I've been renting until now). You could swing an apartment or townhouse on $40k, but you won't be able to afford much in the way of Jeep mods. Having a roommate, wife, or live-in girlfriend with another income definitely helps. If you don't mind a 30-45 minute commute, you could look into buying a home in Loudoun or P.W. County. You get more house for your money, and the places in those areas are appreciating like crazy, so it would be a good investment even if you were stretched thin for a year or two.
The nearest ORV trails (that I know of) are about 90 minutes away. We took a trip two weekends ago out to the George Washington Forest Park. It's kind of a hike, so I don't get out more than a couple of times a year. There are a couple of local 4wd clubs that seem to go every other month or so.
If you get the job and see a blue CJ7 out on the road, take it easy on me--I have to speed down the hills in order to make it up the other side. And I'm not drunk, it's just hard to drive that thing in a straight line.