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Buying Guide to Northern Virginia Real Estate

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Our Guide to Northern Virginia Real Estate is designed to help you learn about the many communities and neighborhoods that make up this area.

Use the Guide to understand more about Northern VA or to discover communities and homes that you never knew existed. If you need any help with a specific search please don’t hesitate to call us at (703)765-3000.

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    Guide to Northern Virginia Homes and Condos for Sale

    Northern Virginia has neighborhoods and homes to suit and any budget and to fill any need. But finding a home in a bustling area of over 2 million homes can be a bit overwhelming. Nesbitt Realty provides this Guide to help you find real estate, fine home or condominium that most suits your tastes and budget.

    Every home and condo for sale in Northern Virginia is found somewhere here in this Guide to Northern Virginia real estate. But newcomers and long-term residents alike can find the sheer numbers of choices available a bit overwhelming at first. To make your home search a little less daunting, we've taken the time to group homes in logical places and communities to help you find what you're looking for.

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    Here are some of the communities we feature on this website:

    If you need help using the Guide, or if you have questions, our real estate professionals are standing by at 703 765 0300 to help you.

Not every square inch of Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church or Mclean is "city." In fact, there are great swaths of these areas that feel very suburban. For our purposes what we're calling "city" is mostly just inside the Beltway. Homes inside the Beltway are closer to DC, have access to public transportation and are close to employment and cultural centers of the National Capital Region.

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    Arlington is home to some of the priciest real estate in Northern Virginia. The prices are driven by the desire to be near the Metro; near culture and activities; and a generally pleasant atmosphere. Alexandria is generally more affordable than Arlington and a little further from Washington DC. Alexandria has no shortage of culture or attractions. Alexandria's waterfront community at Old Town and the neighborhood of Del Ray are two of the most sought-after communities in Northern Virginia.

    Like Alexandria, Falls Church is a historic settlement dating to the colonial days. Falls Church is like Alexandria and Arlington in that these communities pockets of upscale residential single-family suburban style homes as well as high-rise communities. Some high-rise condos are luxurious with matching price tages. Others are more pedestrian offering affordable housing close to the city center. In general, high-rises are found near metro stations or transportation hubs. West End Alexandria also has many high-rises between I-395 and I-495.

    Inside the Beltway, Mclean is largely stately homes on good lots. The public schools throughout Fairfax County are excellent, but they are especially so in Mclean.

Alexandria VA is a great place to live.

Alexandria is a great place to live.

Alexandria is located on the banks of the Potomac River close to Washington DC and Suburban Maryland. The City of Alexandria dates back to the colonial era and many of the neighborhoods of Alexandria reflect that heritage.

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    Both Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon have historic links to George Washington and other prominent historical figures. Beyond Old Town, Alexandria is also home for newer and relatively new neighborhoods like the Carlyle District and Cameron Station or Kingstowne.

    Alexandria is home to numerous non-profits and trade associations as well as the Mark Center. Many Alexandrians work in nearby Washington DC, the Pentagon, Andrews AFB or Fort Belvoir. Commuters from Alexandria are served by the Yellow and Blue Metro Lines. Alexandrians have easy access to the Beltway, I-395 and both Rt. 1 and the GW Parkway.

    Homes in Alexandria range from shiny new condos, to historic homes and waterfront mansions. From urban to suburban from luxury homes to budget homes, you can find it here in Alexandria VA.

    [ Read more about the neighborhoods of Alexandria VA ]

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    Alexandria VA is on the banks of the Potomac River.

Pentagon City

Pentagon City is one of many urban villages in Arlington County.

Arlington is an urban county of about 26 square miles located directly across the Potomac River from Washington DC. Arlington is nationally known for the serenity of Arlington National Cemetery, but is locally known as a center of urban living in Northern Virginia.

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    Arlington's central location in the Washington DC metropolitan area, its ease of access by car and public transportation, and its highly skilled labor force have attracted an increasingly varied residential and commercial mix. Arlington's planners have focused on a smart design which focuses neighborhoods with the highest density along the Orange Line of the Metro. Some of Arlington's most upscale high-rises and sought after addresses are within a block or two of a Metro station.

    But as you work away from the metro, high-rises give way to townhomes and then older neighborhoods like Lyon Park feature stately older single family residences on tree-lined streets.

    Arlington has a number of prominent urban villages such as Rosslyn and Crystal City on the metro and Shirlington just off I-395. Arlington County is home to the Pentagon, Fort Myer and lies in very close proximity to numerous employment centers.

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    Arlington is at the center of the Washington DC Metro Region.

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Falls Church is one of the oldest settlements in Northern Virginia. Falls Church was incorporated as a Fairfax County town in 1875. In 1948, Falls Church became an independent city outside of Fairfax County.

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    The city's corporate boundaries do not include all of the area historically known as Falls Church; these areas include portions of Seven Corners, the Skyline area and other portions of the current Falls Church postal districts of Fairfax County, as well as the area of Arlington County known as East Falls Church. To differentiate that part of Falls Church which is independent from Fairfax County, Falls Church is sometimes called Falls Church City or the City of Falls Church. There are an interesting mixture of homes in and around Falls Church with both some of the areas most prestigious neighborhoods and most affordable homes and condos.

    Falls Church has easy access to both the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro stations. It's location at the heart of the region means that residents can find employment in Tysons Corner, Bethesda Maryland, Arlington, Washington or Alexandria. In addition to homes in the City of Falls Church our Guide features homes and condos with a Falls Church postal address that are not actually the City of Falls Church.

    [ Read more about the neighborhoods of Falls Church VA ]
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    Falls Church straddles I-66.

Mclean is an unincorporated area in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. McLean is home to many diplomats, members of Congress and high-ranking federal government officials, entrepreneurs and service businesses partially attributable to the close location to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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WMATAWe specialize in finding homes with easy access to the Orange, Yellow and Blue Lines in Virginia. Our specialized searches feature homes that are very close to metro stations. Our site also allows users to search by Walk Score. Walk Score rates a property's "walkability". [More about Walk Score]

The Hello Strangers live at the Rock and Roll Hotel

Singles often prefer to live near educational opportunities, shopping, night-life and public Transportation. These neighborhoods are popular with single people:

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    • Ballston -- Convenient condos near Ballston Common Mall

    • Carlyle -- The Carlyle community of Alexandria VA boasts proximity to Old Town Alexandria

    • Clarendon -- The center of many social activities

    • Fairfax -- Near the campus

    • Shirlington -- Sidewalk-café living

    • Tysons Corner -- Silver Line Metro is under construction

This section focuses on homes just outside the Beltway or in neighborhoods with primarily single-family detached homes.

  • Northern Suburbs

    Northern Fairfax County– Centerville, Chantilly, Fair Lakes, Oakton, Mclean, Tysons Corner are all located north of Interstate 66 Learn more about:
    • Centreville--- Suburban living near Dulles Airport

    • Chantilly--- Suburban living along the I-66 corridor

    • Mclean --- Great schools in a low density setting near the city

    • Oakton --- Close to I-66, shopping and more

    • Vienna --- Near Tysons Corner and the Vienna Metro
  • Central Suburbs

    Central Fairfax County– Between I-66 and I-95 in places like Fairfax, Falls Church, Burke, Clifton, Fairfax Station.
    • Annandale--- Centrally located inside the Beltway

    • Burke -- A quiet forested community near the Beltway

    • Fairfax Station --- Quiet estates and homes in central Fairfax Co.

    • >>Fairfax --- An independent city at the center of Fairfax Co.
  • Southern Suburbs

    Southern Fairfax County– From the Mixing Bowl (I-495 / I-95 exchange) around to the Potomac, you’ll find Alexandria, Springfield, Franconia, Mount Vernon and Fort Hunt. Check our guide to learn more about:

    • Mount Vernon --- Mount Vernon & Fort Hunt offer quiet homes along the Potomac

    • Springfield --- Reasonable commutes with reasonably prices homes

    • Fairfax --- An independent city at the center of Fairfax Co.

Belle Haven Georgian style

Belle Haven is one of many communities we feature in Fairfax County VA.

Fairfax County is one of the largest counties in Virginia and one of the most prosperous counties in the nation. Much of the Capital Beltway lies in Fairfax County, but most of Fairfax County is just outside the Beltway. Fairfax County ranges widely in price, density and accessibility.

The following neighborhoods are popular with those who have children.
  • Popular with Families

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Prince William County lies west of Fairfax County and is home to many folks who work in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. Manassas and Woodbridge are favored by those who prefer a suburban life-style, larger home and don't mind a little longer commute. Commuters in Northern Prince William County often use I-66, while commuters in Southern Prince William County often use I-95.

[ Read more about the neighborhoods of Prince William County VA ]
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Commuters in Prince William County often use I-66, I-495 and the Prince William Parkway.

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Popular neighborhoods are communities that are often searched and neighborhoods were we get a lot of requests. Often these neighborhoods have low inventories of homes and sales can occur very quickly.

  • Carlyle District -- Upscale, modern and close to the USPTO

  • Ballston -- A pedestrian-friendly high-rise community

  • Cameron Station -- A planned community of townhouses, condos and single-family homes

  • Clarendon -- Organically grown urban-development with a walkable lifestyle

  • Crystal City -- Convenient, centrally-located condominiums on quiet boulevards with metro access

  • Del Ray -- Where Main Street still exists.

  • Kingstowne -- The archetypical American suburb

  • McLean Hamlet -- An established neighborhood with gently rolling wooded terrain

  • Old Town Alexandria -- Historic, walkable, colonial-charm along the Potomac

  • Potomac Yard --The largest new construction project in Alexandria or Arlington

  • Rosslyn -- Perched at the center of the world on a bluff overlooking DC's most-famous landmarks

These neighborhoods have that special mixture of luxurious homes with a desirable location. Many of these neighborhoods are served by the area's best public schools.

  • Arcturus -- Along the Potomac River near George Washington Parkway

  • Arlington Ridge -- Overlooking the capital's river valley

  • Belle Haven -- An established neighborhood of distinctive homes

  • Chesterbrook -- Elegant homes on quiet streets in Mclean

  • Clifton -- A place to find your micro-mansion

  • Great Falls --- Impressive residences with large lots

  • Langley -- Great schools, quiet neigbhoods

  • Rivercrest -- Stately homes on the Arlingwood bluff

  • Seminary Hill -- Impressive homes on large lots close to town

  • Yacht Haven -- Boater's paradise on the Potomac

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There is a certain charm to a historic neighborhood that you cannot find elsewhere. Many of these neighborhoods date to the colonial era.

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It's fun to live close to shops and restaurants.

  • Aurora Hieghts --- Near the Pentagon at the center of the region

  • Ballston --- Ballston Common Mall is at the center of this community

  • Clarendon --- Market Common Clarendon has many shops and restaurants

  • Fair Lakes -- Home of the Fair Oaks Mall and many nearby restaurants

  • Old Town --Well-known for boutiques, shops and restaurants

  • Pentagon City -- The Fashion Center at Pentagon City is a multi-level indoor mall surrounded by shops and restaurtants

  • Springfield -- Springfield Mall is being renovated and replaced by a brand new shopping center

  • Reston -- Reston Town Center is one of many shopping attractions here.

  • Tysons Corner -- Home to Tysons Corner Mall and the upscale Tysons II Galleria

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