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Wessynton is located nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and but a few hundred yards from Mount Vernon, the home of our nation’s first president. Wessynton's 156 residences were built in the 1960's and the contemporary stylings of Wessynton stand apart from the colonial homes that are more typical in the Mount Vernon area.

The land at Wessynton is steeped in American history and tradition. The land originally served as hunting grounds for the Doeg Indians, an Algonquin tribe. When England arrived in America, Lord Culpeper granted the land jointly with Nicholas Spencer, whose offspring belonged to a family known as de Wessynton, Wessynton, Wassington and eventually Washington.

Yes, the same Washington family you’re thinking about: George Washington.

Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate on the Potomac

Augustine Washington built Mt. Vernon on the Wessynton land and George Washington later inherited it from his half-brother, Lawrence.

Before leading the United States as the first president, George Washington developed Mt. Vernon’s 500 acres into Mansion House Farm, often noting that the area was heavily wooded — something that still rings true today.

George died in 1799 and Anne Maria Washington Tucker inherited the Wessynton portion of Mt. Vernon. This land remained within the Tucker family until 1952.

Shortly before the Civil War, wealthy South Carolinian Miss. Ann Pamela Cunningham came across the Mansion House Farm in utter disrepair and she decided to help restore and preserve the building where the nation’s first leader once lived.

In Miss. Cunningham's honor, Cunningham Drive exists. The location honors other historical groups as well. The Doeg Indian Court honors those very first “Americans” and Edward Gibbs Court recognizes a member of the small Quaker community that once existed in the area.

Sources: 1968 sales brochure and Wessynton Homeowners Association

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Renting is a good way to get some firsthand experience with a neighborhood. Renting can let you sign a 1 year lease, say in a Shirlington 2 bedroom condo for example, with the option to continue, if you like the neighborhood. An advantage of this is you can test the waters, to see if you really love the features of this neighborhood or not. If you don’t like where you’re at, say for example, if the 4 bedroom, 2 story home in Lorton is not your style, you can always relocate to another place.

Pay as You Go

Many Americans live pay check to pay check. Upfront, you will have a security deposit, with a rate that depends on your credit score. If you have a good credit score, your property manager might only charge 1 months’ rent, for a security deposit. On the other hand, if you have a poor credit score, your property manager might charge 2 months’ rent, for a security deposit. After this initial fee (which can be refunded if you meet the requirements like passing the move out inspection), it’s nice to know that after a chunk of your paycheck is put into your monthly rent, there’s a good portion left for bills, necessities, and fun expenditures, like neighborhood nightlife or personal hobbies.

Short Term Commitment & Little Investment

Not sure if you want to stay in Northern Virginia, as a Washington DC commuting, GS-5? Do you have plans of living in California and seeing Napa Valley, Los Angeles, and San Francisco firsthand? Are you Active duty military, with upcoming orders for a new assignment, with no interest in the responsibility of becoming a homeowner? If so, these questions might make you lean towards renting, as opposed to buying. It’s nice to know that as a renter, you won’t have to worry about footing the bill for a repair on a roof that is falling apart, paying a monthly a condo fee (that could range anywhere from $150-$700), or paying the bill for a lawn service to pick up the leaves from your $1,000,000 Mount Vernon home, in fall. Overall, renting can be cheaper up front, but it isn’t for everyone. Also, who says you can’t just buy later?

Build Your Credit While You Sock Away Savings for a Down Payment

Paying your bills on time is an excellent way to build your credit score, and to show lenders that you know how to manage your money. If you are frugal, you can take a chip off each pay check, to build up a savings for buying a home in the future. The return on applying your savings to the purchase of the home of your dreams can be exponential. For those with an eye on the future, being a responsible tenant can prepare you financially and teach you the accountability necessary for home ownership.


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