A Guide to Real Estate in Northern Virginia
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.
Here are some of the communities we feature on this website:
- Alexandria --- Old Town, Del Ray, West End, Seminary Hill, etc.
- Arlington --- Ballston, Clarendon, Rosslyn, Crystal City and more
- Fairfax County
- Falls Church --- Downtown, East Falls Church and West Falls Church
- Prince William County --- Woodbridge, Manassas and all of Prince William
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.
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 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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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
This section focuses on homes just outside the Beltway or in neighborhoods with primarily single-family detached homes.
- 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.
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.
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- Northern Fairfax County (that part of Fairfax County north of I-66);
- Southern Fairfax County (Fairfax County south of I-95) and;
- Central Fairfax County (Fairfax County between I-66 and I-95).
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Popular with Families
- Centreville -- Well-served by parks for youth league sports
- Chantilly -- Single-family homes and townhouses not far from Dulles Airport
- Fairfax Station -- Large lots with plenty of privacy
- Fort Hunt -- Clean streets and strong community spirit
- Franconia -- Kingstowne is one of the areas largest planned communities
- Lorton -- Easy access to Fort Belvoir
- Mount Vernon -- A historic location with river access
- Waynewood -- A pleasant community
- Woodbridge -- A little more commute but a lot more home
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 ]
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
There is a certain charm to a historic neighborhood that you cannot find elsewhere. Many of these neighborhoods date to the colonial era.
- City of Fairfax -- Old Town Fairfax has some of the oldest buildings in Northern Virginia
- Downtown Falls Church -- One of the oldest settlements in Northern Virginia
- Fort Hunt -- Fort Hunt Park is at the center of this community
- Lyon Village -- One of the areas first real estate developments
- Manassas -- Only the site of two major battles in the US Civil War
- Occoquan -- Overlooking the Potomac River
- Old Town Alexandria -- Colonial architecture is standard fare
- Mount Vernon -- George Washington's hometown
- Woodlawn -- Home to several historic structures
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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