Featured Neighborhoods in Southern Fairfax County

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:

Properties in Southern Fairfax County

What does Franklin Farm offer home buyers in Centreville?

Franklin Farm

Franklin Farms offers, swimming pools, tennis courts, hiking trails, basketball courts and even tot lots for the little ones.  These recreational choices encompass 182 acres of land in Franklin Farms. Come join the community and call Franklin Farms your home.

Located in western Fairfax County lies the Franklin Farms community. This massive community sits on approximately 850 acres with 1,777 homes. Only 20 miles from Washington, D. C. and about 4 miles from Dulles International Airport. The neighborhoods located in Franklin Farms sit between West Ox Road (East) and Centreville Road (West) entrances. Fairfax and Reston are convenient from the Fairfax County Parkway which goes straight through the center of Franklin Farms in the north and south directions.

 

Amenities of the Torpedo Factory Condominiums

Life at the Torpedo Factory does not center around a swimming pool. The Torpedo Factory is about life in one of Northern Virginia’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

Most units at the Torpedo Factory are situated around a private formal and well-tended courtyard.

crepe myrtles at the Torpedo Factory

Units come with garage parking in Old Town. If you know the colonial streets of Old Town, you know what a luxury this is.

Union and King in Old Town

The single biggest amenity at the Torpedo Factory is the neighborhood.

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Properties in Torpedo Factory

About Contemporary styled homes

You know them by their odd-sized and often tall windows, their lack of ornamentation, and their unusual mixtures of wall materials–stone, brick, and wood, for instance.

Single-family house at Bellevue Forest is in Arlington 22207

Architects designed Contemporary-style homes (in the Modern family) between 1950 and 1970, and created two versions: the flat-roof and gabled types. The latter is often characterized by exposed beams. Both breeds tend to be one-story tall and were designed to incorporate the surrounding landscape into their overall look.

In Northern Virginia, one of my favorite contemporary neighborhoods is Hollin Hills, located just off Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria’s Mount Vernon District. The homes here feature contemporary lines and floor to ceiling windows in an “urban forest”.  That is to say Hollin Halls feels like deep woods despite being just a mile or so from the City of Alexandria.

  • Pope-Leighey House

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  • Contemporary-Style Ranch in 22308

    Here’s a few tidbits to consider if you’re considering a purchase in 22308. Will Nesbitt is an expert on Alexandria real estate, especially houses found in 22308. Our typical rebate on a property that costs $634,900 is $3,605. Talk to Will Nesbitt to learn more about how we can save you money. There are several…

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  • Photos And Prices Of Houses In Fairfax County At Riverside Gardens

    Featured From Riverside Gardens $699,900 at Riverside Gardens See more Featured From Riverside Gardens Check out Riverside Gardens to see everything for sale at Riverside Gardens.

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  • This Property At Fox Mill Acres Wellborns Caught My Eye

    Just Listed at 20171 houses at Fox Mill Acres Wellborns is in Herndon 20171 Sweet Dog may be in Garage. Updates include; Culligan Whole House Filter/Neutralizer, Newer Roof & Gutters, Major Remodeling of Kitchen & FR with a mud rm and laundry rm ADDITION & pantry and second prep sink in Kitchen. NEWER MARVIN Solid…

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  • Victorian architecture

    Victorian architecture dates from the second half of the 19th century, when America was exploring new approaches to building and design. Advancements in machine technology meant that Victorian-era builders could easily incorporate mass-produced ornamentation such as brackets, spindles, and patterned shingles. The last true Victorians were constructed in the early 1900s, but contemporary builders often…

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French Provincial style

Kingstowne is in Alexandria VA

Balance and symmetry are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Homes are often brick with detailing in copper or slate. Windows and chimneys are symmetrical and perfectly balanced, at least in original versions of the style. Defining features include a steep, high, hip roof; balcony and porch balustrades; rectangle doors set in arched openings; and double French windows with shutters. Second-story windows usually have a curved head that breaks through the cornice.

The design had its origins in the style of rural manor homes, or chateaus, built by the French nobles during the reign of Louis XIV in the mid-1600s. The French Provincial design was a popular Revival style in the 1920s and again in the 1960s.

French Provincial revivals can be found in upscale neighborhoods throughout Northern Virginia.

 

  • Engleside and Woodlawn in the winter

    Engleside Plaza is a great reasource for Southern Fairfax County residents especially around Woodlawn and Engleside. This is is close proximity to the park at George Washington’s Grist Mill.

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  • George Washington’s Grist Mill

    A gristmill is a mill for the grinding of grain, specifically a customer’s own grain. Grist mills were a common site in colonial America, but there are few such mills still in operation today. Pierce Mill a Rock Creek Park in DC is open to the public but is non-operational. The mill needs repairs. But…

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Homes for sale near Dunn Loring Park

Dunn Loring Park is operated by Fairfax County Parks & Recreation. The Park is located at 2540 Gallows Road, Vienna 22027. Dunn Loring Park has a shelter that can be reserved through Fairfax County.  There are three tables and three grills at the shelter. The park is surrounded by quiet residential neighborhoods and it’s not far from Dunn Loring / Merrifield Metro.

Dunn Loring Park has the following amenities:

Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in 22027.
  • Basketball Court
  • Tennis Court
  • Playground
  • Porta John

Here are some nearby homes for sale in the 22027 zip code.

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  • Enjoying Winkler Botanical Preserve

    We had a great time walking the trails. 

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  • REDUCED: 7202 Churchill Rd, McLean

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Home buying starter kit!

Where to start the home buying process?

For a first-time home buyer, one of the most difficult things to do is to just start the process? What does one actually do to buy a home? We’ve prepared this short list of links to help you begin your home buying quest.

Stuart Nesbitt is a real estate agent serving Northern Virginia.
  • Affordability Calculator — How much home can you afford? The affordability will help you determine what your price range.
  • Buyers Tips — Simple and effective tips for shopping homes.
  • Closing Cost Estimator — What are closing costs? How much do you have to pay?
  • Guide to Northern Virginia — All about the neighborhoods and communities of Northern VA
  • Map Search — Our map-based search is one of the best in the business.
  • Mortgage Calculator — Once you’ve identified a property plug the price into the calculator to see how much the purchase will cost on a monthly basis.

Call us anytime with questions or to learn more.

 

Recent Listings

Remember when King Street Metro closed for the snow?

King Street Metro buried in snow.

During the great snowstorm of December 2009, WMATA closed all outdoor metro stations for fear that the snow was higher than the electrified third rail of the track.

Here’s a few properties currently for sale at the King Street Metro in Alexandria VA.

Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in 22314

Tips for picking the right neighborhood

Old growth neighborhood

When considering a potential new residence it’s important to think about the neighborhood and surrounding amenities that are close by. Make a list of all of the amenities or services that are nearby or close to the neighborhood and track how long it takes as well as what routes you might use to get to each. You can also check the Walk Score of a neighborhood for a short-hand look at convenience.

Next, decide what the best characteristics of the neighborhoods are and determine what you like about them. Making a list of each neighborhood you are considering can be particularly helpful later when comparing different localities. Some things to ask yourself include:

  • Do the people in the surrounding neighborhood seem friendly?
  • Are the neighboring residences clean or well-kept? (e.g. yards and streets nearby)
  • Are there parks or other recreational facilities close by or within minimal driving distance?
  • Is the area scenic and/or visually appealing?
  • Are there trees and similar foliage lining the streets and in neighboring yards?
  • Are the streets well lit and do the sidewalks provide easy access?
  • Do you feel safe in the neighborhood and would you feel safe walking after dark?
  • Are there other houses for sale nearby?
  • What is the history about the community and how it developed?

    Husband and wife walk in Del Ray
  • Do you see families and children in the surrounding residences?
  • What is the proximity to schools and your place of work?
  • Does the community and neighborhood seem active and/or engaged?
  • What is the median age-range of those who live in the neighborhood?

Finally, really spend some time walking around and observing the neighborhood you’re considering. When trying to determine the safety, cleanliness and personality of a specific neighborhood, simply spending some honest time getting to know the area and meeting or talking to some of its residents is your best bet!

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.