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Virginia Real Estate
Real estate in Virginia reflects its storied past. Buildings in the Georgian or Federalist traditions still line many of the cobbled streets and tree-lined boulevards. These homes display a stately elegance in symmetrical, red brick facades, with prominent classical elements.
More recently, townhomes and row houses, and minimal traditional or Cape Cod homes have populated the real estate market. Adorned with quaint exterior shutters, clapboard, and dormer windows, these properties are top-of-the-list for cozy, old-world charm.
Middle-to-late 20th-century homes in Virginia are common throughout the well-established suburbs. Expect to find a number of garrison-houses, with split-level siding, and large yards built for growing families.
At the upper-end of Virginia's housing market, potential buyers can find a selection of American-Shingle, Colonial new-traditional, and contemporary modern homes. These units display the best in modern fittings and fixtures, with a careful eye for design and elegance as well.
Given the sheer variety of Virginian properties on offer, including detached, single-family homes, condominiums, and townhomes, you're sure to find a home that suits both your needs, and your tastes.
Notable Areas in Northern Virginia
Arlington County - This densely populated, high-income area sits directly across from Washington D.C. on the west bank of the Potomac River. Here you'll find many of the nations premier federal facilities and landmarks, including the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Due to the high level of federal employment, Arlington is highly downturn resistant.
Falls Church - West of Arlington, this affluent community boasts one of the highest standards of living in the country.
Alexandria - South of Arlington, the city of Alexandria is home to a historic Old Town district, widely known for its fantastic boutique shopping and charming character. The friendly, walkable atmosphere of this town makes it a big attraction for residents and visitors alike. Fairfax County lies to the west and south, and is often informally grouped with Alexandria.
Annandale - West of Alexandria along Highway 236, this town includes the largest campus in the Northern Virginia Community College system
Springfield - Near the intersection of the I-495, I-395, and the I-95, this town hosts the large Springfield Town Center for shopping and entertainment.
Fairfax - Further west from Alexandria, past Annandale, the city of Fairfax is still only 17 miles from Washington D.C.. The wider county area includes many attractions, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Great Falls National Park, and George Mason University. Fairfax County is also one of the top regions in the country for quality schools.
BROWSE VIRGINIA COMMUNITIES
Northern Virginia - Metro Washington Area
The area of Northern Virginia (also known as NOVA) is composed of a number of counties and cities radiating westward from Washington DC across the Potomac River. This area incorporates many famous landmarks and institutions, including Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, and The Pentagon.
Northern Virginia is a transport hub, often described as the doorway to both The South, and the nation's capital. As such, residents and visitors benefit from infrastructure and facilities like:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
- Washington Dulles International Airport
- The Washington Metro subway system
- Virginia's commuter rail system
The region's economy is dominated by the federal government departments and facilities operating within it. Tech is also a major sector, and the city even hosts some of the internet's original infrastructure.
Education is another major factor in the region's economy. Some notable campuses in northern Virginia are:
- George Mason University in Fairfax
- Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale
- University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg
- Patrick Henry College in Loudoun County
- Marymount University in Arlington
Many other tertiary institutions also maintain campuses in the area, including Virginia Tech, George Washington University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.