The Ana and Melissa Team - Ana Rivas Beck and Melissa Schultz
Weichert Realtors

Northern Virginia: Where You Want to Live

Relocating and house hunting can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. But, as many are aware, it can bring a tremendous amount of anxiety. Deciding where you will make one of the largest expenses of life and raise your family is not something anyone takes lightly.

When making the decision, experts will advise home buyers to create a list of must haves. These must haves are things that cannot be changed about a home through a remodel/renovation. Things like floor plan, square footage, and most importantly the neighborhood.

There are many factors to consider as you prioritize expenses, opportunities, time management as you create the quality of life you deserve.

Northern Virginia is one of the most desirable locations in the Unites States. The cities and towns boast some of the highest employment rates, lowest crime rates, and best education opportunities. Many of the wealthiest Americans call Northern Virginia home, which is evident by the high prices properties selling in the region command.

Living inside the Beltway

The “Beltway,” or highway 495, encircles Washington D.C., parts of Maryland, and Virginia that lie within the confines of the highway system. The Beltway is the economic center of the area as it houses the government institutions and large corporations employing many of the professionals living in the region.

Historically, most properties within the Beltway have easier access to the city which makes the travel time and length much shorter, depending on the part of DC you are trying to reach. The urban setting is close to public transportation, entertainment, and employment. With that convenience, comes higher property prices.

Life outside the Beltway

Properties outside the Beltway are often less expensive, but by no means are they cheap. You will find that the properties in the cities and towns outside the Beltway offer more square footage and more expansive yards when compared to home for sale inside the beltway that are in a similar price range.

While life outside the Beltway is more suburban, there are some neighborhoods/towns that offer a downtown center (Mclean, Reston, Town Center, and Vienna). Many of the towns are near the Metro, but a bus service or parking fees may be applicable. Due to the extended distance from the urban center, commute into Washington, D.C., may exceed 45 minutes.

Choices, choices, and more choices

When making the decision on which towns/neighborhoods are most conducive to giving you the lifestyle you want, there are numerous amenities each locale has to offer. The choices are abundant when it comes to the communities making up Northern Virginia. The neighborhoods offer first class entertainment and dining options from around the world, making the cities and towns popular tourist destinations as well as perfect places to call home.

There are pros and cons of any location. But there are plenty of options, Northern Virginia has something for everyone.

Communities inside the Beltway

  • Rosslyn (Arlington County - 1.0 mile from D.C.)
  • Courthouse (Arlington County - 2.0 miles from D.C.)
  • Clarendon (Arlington County - 2.5 miles from D.C.)
  • Ballston (Arlington County - 3.5 miles from D.C.)
  • Shirlington (Arlington County - 4.7 miles from D.C.)
  • North Arlington (Arlington County - 6 miles from D.C.)
  • Falls Church City (Falls Church City - 7 to 8 miles from D.C.) 
  • Old Town Alexandria (Alexandria City - 7 miles from D.C.)
  • Potomac Yards - North Old Town (Alexandria City -  5 miles from D.C.)
  • South Old Town (Alexandria City - 9 miles from D.C.)
  • Van Dorn/Eisenhower (Alexandria City - 9 miles from D.C.)
  • Del Ray (Alexandria City - 6 miles from D.C.)
  • King Street (Alexandria City - 6 miles from D.C.)

Communities outside the Beltway

  • Montebello - Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County - 10 miles from D.C.)
  • Belle Haven - Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County - 10 miles from D.C.)
  • Huntington - Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County - 11 miles from D.C.)
  • Fort Hunt and Mount Vernon - Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County - 9 to 13 miles from D.C.)
  • Lorton and Fairfax Station (Fairfax County - 19 miles from D.C.)
  • Springfield (Fairfax County - 15 miles from D.C.)
  • Burke (Fairfax County - 19 miles from D.C.)
  • Annandale (Fairfax County - 13 miles from D.C.)
  • Falls Church (Fairfax County - 10 miles from D.C.)
  • Fairfax City (Fairfax County - 19 miles from D.C.)
  • Mosaic District - Fairfax, VA (Fairfax County - 11 miles from D.C.)
  • Mclean (Fairfax County - 9 to 12 miles from D.C.)
  • Vienna/Oakton (Fairfax County - 11 to 15 miles from D.C.)
  • Reston (Fairfax County - 20 miles from D.C.)