Is it expensive to live in Northern Virginia? Well, it is and it isn’t. The public schools are excellent, property and state income taxes are relatively low and there is more public transportation than in many other suburban areas. But yes, housing is a bit pricier than many newcomers to Fairfax are used to.
That’s not to say there aren’t a lot of good buys out there. This is a fairly transient region; government employees and contractors, military personnel and those in the political world all tend to come and go. When it’s time to go, their houses go on the market, creating a buying opportunity for those moving in or moving up.
We decided to search the FairfaxNews Real Estate section to see what’s available in the $300,000 – $400,000 range. We found a lot, everything from townhouses and condos to single-family homes. Here are just a few attractive opportunities that will be open for viewing this Sunday, Sept. 16.
Townhouses are the preferred type of housing for many Northern Virginians, especially those with demanding jobs and child-care obligations. Townhouses require less exterior maintenance, limited yard work and are usually located near major shopping and commuter routes.
We found this one listed for $317,500 in Centreville, a Central Fairfax area that boasts good schools, lots of shopping and proximity to major highways including I-66, U-S 50 and the Dulles Corridor. It’s a short hop to the Vienna Metro by either car or bus.
Less than 20 years old, this townhouse has three bedrooms and three baths, a deck overlooking a wooded area and a garage.
Those who haven’t tried townhouse living are often surprised at the privacy and convenience it offers.
This and others like it are perfect for a young family looking to maximize their leisure time or empty-nesters seeking to escape yard work.
Looking for something more urban? Here’s a one-bedroom high-rise condo in Reston for $309,900. Grab the elevator to the lobby and you’re in walking distance of some of Northern Virginia’s best shopping, entertainment and dining.
Reston is Fairfax County’s largest locality and one of the largest planned communities in the nation. It offers miles of hiking trails, community pools and tennis courts, golf courses and many other amenities. The Silver Line will soon be complete and will provide direct Metrorail service to Tyson’s Corner, Merrifield, Arlington, D.C. and beyond.
Manassas Single Family
Heart stuck on a single-family home? They’re certainly available but they tend to be a bit farther out. Here’s a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Manassas on a large lot with plenty of grass and trees. And though it’s on the fringe of the metro area, there’s plenty of transportation, including Virginia Railway Express trains and quick access to major highways.
For sportsmen, bird-watchers and hikers, being on the edge of Manassas means you’re that much closer to the Blue Ridge Mountains and all the outdoor attractions Virginia offers.
This home has stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, ceiling fans, ice maker and other essentials.
These are just a few of the listings we found. There are plenty more — in all price ranges and all neighborhoods — in our Real Estate section.