Northern Virginia Real Estate and Community Information

Northern Virginia Real Estate and Community Information

With a population of just over 2.6 million, Northern Virginia residents comprise nearly one-third of the state’s total population. The main communities of Northern Virginia include Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Great Falls, McLean and Fairfax. Northern Virginia residents are diverse, hailing from all parts of the country and the world.

A rich history, strong ties to Washington D.C. and the Pentagon, a robust economy, low unemployment rate, and quality public schools all contribute to the high demand for Northern Virginia real estate. However, there is so much more than facts and figures that make this region a great place to live.

Shopping and Dining

When you're in Northern Virginia, there is no shortage of shopping opportunities for bargain hunters and fashionistas alike. Visit Tysons Corner Mall and Tysons Galleria for a top notch shopping experience, complete with unique boutiques, restaurants, and a movie theater. The Fair Oaks Mall—one of the area’s largest shopping destinations—features over 200 stores, including JCPenney and Sears.

Fairfax has a number of excellent restaurants and bars, catering to all manner of tastes and occasions. You can find favorite national chains, such as Ruby Tuesday and Outback Steakhouse. If you're willing to take a short drive north to Reston, there is Reston Town Center, located in the downtown area. This is an outdoor shopping center that offers over 50 stores, 30 restaurants, a movie theater, and the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel. At the heart of of the Reston Center, known as the Pavilion, there are a plethora of community events, concerts and festivals all throughout the year.

There are many restaurants to choose from that are near Fairfax. Some notable dining spots include:

Parks and Recreation

Camping, hiking, biking and boating are all favorite pastimes for residents of Northern Virginia. With its scenic rivers and streams, rolling hills, peaceful woods and hundreds of acres of protected land, Northern Virginia lends itself to outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Golfers will enjoy swinging away at one of the many championship golf courses in Northern Virginia, including the five golf courses that make up the Arlington Golf Club. Join family and friends at one of Northern Virginia’s many state and city parks for a game of basketball or disc golf.

Things to Do and See

Northern Virginia has a little something for everyone, with numerous performing arts centers, galleries, theaters, museums and concert halls. Unearth a little knowledge about the region’s distant past at the Alexandria Archeology Museum. Peruse the open artist’s studios at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, where you can get a glimpse into the artistic process. Discover new talent at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, where folks like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, John Prine, and Linda Ronstadt played early in their careers. To visit each of the hundreds of historic sites and monuments throughout Northern Virginia would take you a while. A good start would be the nation’s most popular historic estate—George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, located just outside Old Town Alexandria. Make sure to save time to check out George Washington’s lesser known Distillery and Gristmill.

Economy

Key federal government operations—such as the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency—are located in Northern Virginia, providing a substantial number of jobs for skilled workers in the defense and technology sectors. Of course, with its abundance of historic sites, Northern Virginia has a robust tourism and service industry as well. The unemployment rate in Northern Virginia has remained substantially lower than the overall national average. This, combined with projected economic growth upwards of 30% in the next ten years, makes Northern Virginia real estate all the more desirable.

Education

Northern Virginia has twelve public school districts, including Fairfax County Public Schools, Alexandria City Schools, Arlington County Schools and Falls Church Public Schools. Northern Virginia Schools are consistently ranked among the best-performing in the nation, with test scores exceeding both state and national standards. Additionally, Northern Virginia is home to George Mason University, Virginia’s largest university. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has nine campuses throughout the region. President Obama has now made five trips to NOVA, recently stating, “The main reason I keep on coming back is I think this institution is an example of what’s best about America.”

Getting Around

Northern Virginia has three major airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport, Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport. Between the Washington Metro subway system, and the Virginia Railway and bus services, Northern Virginia residents have a multitude of public transportation options. Major highways, such as I-66 and I-95, allow Northern Virginia residents to easily travel to Washington DC, Baltimore, Richmond, and other urban centers.

If you are thinking about buying or selling Northern Virginia real estate, give us a call at (703) 739-4663 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

Contact Information

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Stone Wood Team
Keller Williams Realty
2165 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria VA 22314
Office: (703) 739-4663
Office: (703) 739-HOME
Fax: 703-683-9692