I make no secret of my love of Southern Fairfax County. It’s definitely one of my favorite areas of Northern VA. From upscale and luxurious homes to budget-saving cheapos, you can find it here in a community that is close to town, easy on traffic and loaded with activities and amenities.
To make things a little more confusing, Fairfax County surrounds the City of Fairfax. Locals generally refer to the county as “Fairfax County” and the city as “Fairfax”, but Alexandria uses the opposite nomenclature. “Alexandria” generally refers to greater/postal Alexandria, while “City of Alexandria” refers to the jurisdiction of the City of Alexandria. So if you’re a newcomer here it can be a little tricky to find the right home at the right price in the South County area. Contact us if you’re looking for a local expert and we’ll put you on the path to finding the home that you really want. Some highlights of the Mount Vernon / Alexandria area include:
Farrington Condominium Community is a small housing group located in Alexandria. The complex is made up of four separate buildings containing a variety of one, two, and three bedroom units. This condominium community is great for first time buyers and is one of the few places that property can be purchased in Northern Virginia for under $200k. Farrington Condominiums offer all the conveniences of living in Alexandria while avoiding some of those high prices you may find in other developments in Alexandria. This community is located less then a mile away from major high way access and is walking distance to the Huntington Metro. making Farrington Condominiums a commuters dream location.
Midtown Alexandria currently has properties listed for under 300k. These condos are walking distance to Huntington Metro and have a a array of modern amenities. The ground level showcases a well kept cyber cafe offering free wi-fi and a quite space to work/study.
The fitness center has a number of treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights. A gym membership is not needed if you live here! The outdoor pool is directly outside, perfect for the fitness enthusiast. The party room is spacious and can be rented for a small fee. Pool tables, a bar and big screen tv make this a great place to hang out with friends.
This week I had the opportunity to ride the DC Metro for the first time. After recently moving to the area and previously experiencing other mass transit systems, I was curious. I rode the Metro from Huntington to Ballston, transferring from the Yellow to the Blue rail at Pentagon and then from the Blue to Silver at Rosslyn.
Keeping in mind the numerous trips I have taken on the L in Chicago, the subway in New York and the Metro in St. Louis, I reached a couple of conclusions:
First of all, the rail cars themselves are pretty much the same on all four, New York being more used and St. Louis Metro being the newest. The ease of purchasing a card here on the DC Metro and transferring from one rail car to the other seemed to be easy enough for even me to figure out.
The next thing that I did notice was that the amount of time I spent waiting for the next rail car to come was longer than I expected. One thing that slowed things down that day was the shutting down of an area of the rail due to a fire response team reacting to some non-disclosed issue. Other than that, the waiting was not horrible and the rail cars were not over-crowded.
The last thing worth mentioning is the price that was paid to travel there and back. I paid $2.00 for the card and it cost me $7.15 for the round trip. After returning to the origination of my trip I realized that this price was a good deal, because I didn’t have to pay to park my car.
The DC Metro seemed to be safe and without a doubt was a good deal for the wallet.
The homes around the Huntington Metro offer some of the best values on real estate in Northern Virginia. Huntington residents enjoy easy access to the Capital Beltway, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Old Town Alexandria, the Mark Center, Andrews Joint Base and even Fort Belvoir. Many residents of Huntington have walk to metro convenience.
And there is a surprising range of options here. Are you looking for a three-level townhouse with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, hardwood floors and a large family room with a fireplace? You can find that at the Pavilions at Huntington. Maybe you are seeking a sturdy brick, duplex townhouse with a simple design that has top-to-bottom renovations that preserve the beauty of a 60 year old structure, while at the same time making the place thoroughly modern. Then you might be interested in Jefferson Manor or Huntington. Perhaps you prefer a condo? Condos at Huntington range from vintage to newly-built. Condos here can be found that suit every budget and style.
Featured neighborhood and condos at Huntington in Fairfax County VA
Mount Eagle was the home of Lord Bryan Fairfax, eighth Baron of Cameron, and son of Colonel William and Deborah Clark Fairfax of Belvoir. During the Revolutionary War the Fairfax family remained loyal to the crown. Bryan Fairfax used all influence to dissuade his friend and neighbor George Washington from taking any part against the mother country, but in spite of their difference of opinion, they always remained close friends.