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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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.
More about Alexandria VABoth 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.
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.
More about Arlington VAArlington'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.
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.
More about Falls Church VAThe 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.
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.
We 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]
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
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Buying a home in Northern VA
A Nesbitt Realty agent can guide you through every step of the buying process. We are a family-run operation but we have every capability of larger organizations. We're small enough to care but big enough to get the job done.
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Over the last few years, lower interest rates have come along, making it more affordable than ever to buy a home in Northern Virginia. In order to buy a house, you’ll need to start saving your money and have enough for the closing costs and a down payment. Check out our Closing Cost Estimator and talk to an agent to get an idea of what you need to have on hand to make your home purchase.
In most cases, the closing costs will run you around 5% of the property price. Before you purchase the home, you should always get an estimate. An estimate won’t be the exact price, although it will be really close. You should always plan to save up a bit more money than you need, just to be on the safe side. It’s always best to have more than enough than not enough.
You’ll know your ready to buy a home when you know exactly how much you can afford, and you’re willing to stick with your plan. When you buy a home and get your monthly mortgage payment, it shouldn’t be any more than 25% of your total monthly income. Although there are lenders out there who will say that you can afford to pay more, you should never let them talk you into doing so – but stick to your budget instead.