Heritage Hill is a townhouse subdivision located in the well established community of Franconia (established in the 1870’s). The area will appeal to commuters owing to its close proximity to the Huntington Metro, Old Town Alexandria and I-495. Many homes here are situated close to the forested area of Heritage Hill Park which divides Heritage Hill and Telegraph Road.
Shirley Highway is another name for Interstate 395. The I-395 corridor doesn’t have Metro train service, but it carries a massive load of traffic nonetheless. In addition to its 8 to 10 lanes of traffic, 395 has an extra 3 lanes of HOV that switch direction depending on the hour of the day. It is THE major artery from Virginia into the District of Columbia.
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River Towers is served by a well developed road system near US Rt. 1, I-495, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and the George Washington Parkway.
Because most of the homes around the area were built more than 40 years ago and because there is minimal opportunity or cause for cut-through traffic, the surrounding area is relatively free from the congestion that is commonplace in the Washington Metro Region.
The Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center is located off of Telegraph Road in Alexandria, Virginia. Hayfield is located between Newington and Franconia, where downtown Hayfield is located near several gates of Fort BelvoirHayfield. For commuters who live in Hayfield but work elsewhere, the Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center off of Telegraph Road provides both variety and convenience in the same, easy location.
The Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center’s chief business and shopping mainstay is a Giant Food and Pharmacy grocery store; but other businesses include a Subway Restaurant, an H&R Block Income Tax Service, Hayfield Dental Care, Stone Hot Pizza, House of Dynasty Restaurant, the Hayfield Urgent Care Center and more.
Ronald Reagan airport is on the blue and yellow metro line. This airport is in Arlington. This airport is a transportation hub for commuters traveling to different parts of the country, and world. Reagan is located at 2401 Smith Boulevard, near the George Washington Parkway.
In an area crisscrossed with high volume commuter routes and heavily-trafficked Interstates, it’s inevitable that some folks are going to live in close proximity to a highway. It’s great to be near the Beltway or Route 66 because this can take a serious bite out of your commute. But the downside is that the highways can generate a lot of noise. In most areas, there are towering concrete walls to dampen sound in the neighborhoods in close proximity to the Beltway, I-66, I-395 and other highways.
In the picture above the wall has been taken down as work crews expand the road. Once the expansion is completed, they’ll reassemble the wall. There’s not much you can do about construction, but once the wall is back up, the neighborhood should be relatively quiet. In the homes and condos closest to the walls, I find that the noise sounds a bit like a waterfall—a wooshing white noise that is not particularly offensive. The noise is perhaps worst near an exit. Exit ramps create noise because every so often a trucker exiting the highway will use his “jakebrake”. That is to say, the truck will gear down and emit a loud, low growling noise not unlike a Harley Davidson’s loud pipes.
Here’s a thought to consider if you are purchasing a condominium near the highway. In my travels I’ve found that the condos at the ground floor are much quieter. This is because the condos on the top floor are often just above the sound-break and therefore get the full brunt of the highway noise. Some folks like the noise … it sounds like busy and they like being in the city. Some folks can’t stand the noise and find out the hard way … after they’ve purchased … that they could have gotten a first or second floor unit.
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Interstate 66 is an important commuter route in Northern Virginia. Together with Rt. 50 and Rt 29, I-66 feeds thousands of workers into jobs at the center of the National Capital Region. If you’re looking for a home along the I-66 corridor the following resources may prove useful:
Centreville — Suburban Sully District homes and townhomes near I-66
Chantilly — Also Sully District of Fairfax County with a similar feel to Centreville, Chantilly is along Rt 50 and between Rt. 50 and I-66
Fair Oaks — The Fair Oaks and Fair Lakes areas of Fairfax County offer easy access to I-66
Manassas — Manassas is a little further out in Prince William County but you’ll get more home for the money in Manassas
Vienna — Vienna is the end of the Orange Line and a great place to start your commute
Orange Line Metro — The Orange Line runs from Vienna to Rosslyn and most of the way the metro is close to (or inside the actual traffic lanes of) I-66.
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Old Town Commons is a series of town houses that cover 5 city blocks. Old Town Commons is located at the intersection of North Columbus Street and Madison Street. This is a great location with walkable features, and metro access. Old Town has several parks, a basketball court, volleyball court, and scenic waterfront views. The address is 735 N. Alfred Street Alexandria, VA 22314735.
Old Town Commons is conveniently close to shopping in Old Town. Old Town Commons is also close to the shopping area at Potomac Yard. These town homes feature rooftop terraces, garage parking, and professional landscaping. Old Town Commons is a short commute to Washington D.C.
Belmont Bay is located in Woodbridge, VA, in Prince William County. It’s situated right off of Old Bridge Road. There are only townhouses in this specific neighborhood, but they are all pretty good looking from the outside. The streets are wide making it nice and convenient for any guests who need a space to park. Their is a tiny playground in the middle of the community, so it might be a nice choice of homes if you have kids, Also, it looks to be a quiet area, which is always great. Its located extremely close to I-95, route 1, and route 123, making it very convenient if you have to commute to work. Overall, Belmont Bay seems like it would a very pleasant area to live in.
There can be a lot of things said about living in the Northern Virginia area, but one big thing would be the great access to jobs in the tri-city area. Deciding on which area to live can be based on the ability to get to and from your workplace. There is no denying that in an area like this that traffic can be a pain but it is great to know that there are options available if a car is not the most economical route for transportation.
Fairfax County, in particular, has developed a number of ways to meet the rising demand for public transportation and its great to know many city’s have bus systems already in place. There are plenty of park and ride lots in the area that allow for commuters to drive to a particular location, park their car, and finish the rest of route to work on the metro. This helps the commuter avoid long waits in traffic and lower the cost of paying for gas in your car.
The metro is slated to extend out to Loudoun County and has already reached areas in Fairfax and Reston. There are several housing options next to these locations and they all have condos, townhomes, or single family’s available for purchase. If you are a commuter looking for a great place to live that help your commuting costs, then you should check out Fairfax County. It’s a commuter’s dream.