Northern Virginia’s homes and condos for walkers

The area outside the Springfield station
There is plenty of parking at the Franconia Springfield Metro Station.

Are you seeking a condo or home that is friendly to a car-free or car-lite lifestyle?

If so, you might want to check out our property search by Walkscore.  Walkscore is a numeric rating of how near sites, restaurants and transit are for a given address.  A Walkscore more than 70 is very walkable, while a Walkscore under 40 pretty much requires that a resident here own a car.  What follows are the “most walkable” homes and condos on sale today in Northern VA.

Properties in Metro Franconia Springfield

MUST SEE TO BELIEVE**2800 SQ FEET JUST ON UPPER 2 FLOORS PLUS BASEMENT. 3 CAR GARAGE UNIQUE CUSTOM BUILT HOME ON .6 ACRE TREED LOT**MASTER SUITE ON MAIN LVL FEATURES W/I CLOSET, PRIVATE BA W/JACUZZI TUB W/JETS & SKYLIGH**FORMAL DR W/HARDWOOD FLOORS & BAY WINDOW**FR OFFERS BRICK FRPL W/RAISED HEARTH & DOUBLE SKYLIGHTS**LL BOASTS, LARGE WORKROOM, REC ROOM W/STAIRS TO GARAGE**ALL THIS & TREES GALORE [6507 Walter Dr, Alexandria, VA]

Location, Location, Location, Charming home close to all major landmarks. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath with jacuzzi tub & jets, new cook-top with backsplash, new double wall oven, well lit and spacious living room, huge fenced leveled backyard, great for entertaining. Minutes to Springfield-Franconia Metro, Springfield Town Center, Ft. Belvoir. [6815 Jerome St, Springfield, VA]

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING top level 2 br condo with cathedral ceilings, skylights, balcony facing to wooded parkland, FRESHLY PAINTED AND SPOTLESS, new carpet - modern decor, walk in master closet with storage system, sep shower/tub in master bath, washer/dryer, wood burning fireplace, near Springfield Metro/bus and ALL THE KINGSTOWNE AMENITIES incl pool, fitness center, tot lots, bball, tennis, trails. [7503 Ashby Ln #N, Alexandria, VA]

Beautiful 3 lvl town home w/2 car garage & 3BRs,3.5BAs.Updated kitchen w/new cabinets, granite, stainless appliances, tile backsplash, recessed lighting & built in breakfast bar. New hardwood floors on main lvl & new carpet on lower & upper lvl. BRs have vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans/lights & closet shelving.Large deck off kitchen & RR walks out to lovely fenced patio. New roof & much more. [6252 Harbin Dr, Alexandria, VA]

IMMACULATE 4BR, 3.5BA BRICK, END-UNIT TOWNHOME IN KINGSTOWNE.. EAT-IN KIT W/ SS APPL & SILESTONE..SEP DIN RM..LIV RM W/ WALKOUT TO SUNDECK..HUGE MBR SUITE W/ VAULTED CEILINGS & LUXURY BATH..REC RM + 4TH BR & FULL BATH..NEWER AC/HTR, PIPING, ROOF, WINDOWS, PAINT/CARPET..UPDATED LIGHTING & FIXTURES, .WONDERFUL HILLSIDE VIEW..WALK TO METRO BUS, EASY ACCESS TO METRO STN...ALL K'TOWNE AMENITIES...HURRY [7512 Cadbury Row, Alexandria, VA]

Light & bright 2-lvl contemporary condo w/1-car garage offers an open floorplan w/ wood floors on main lvl, kitchen w/quartz counters, ss appliances & breakfast bar, updated BAs, MBR w/attached BA, roomy 2nd bdrm, living-dining rm combo w/SGD to balcony w/lake view, family rm loft w/cathedral ceiling, fireplace & storage rm. Walk to shops, close to Metro, Ft Belvoir & Town Center! [6001 Curtier Dr #C, Alexandria, VA]

California Contemporary, Premium Location! Sunny Chalet End Unit w/Soaring Loft, Marble Hearth Fireplace, & Garage! Upgrade Kitch w/Granite & Marble Tops, SS Appliances & Maple Cabinets. Main Lvl Laminate Flrs. Master Suite w/Walk-In Closet, Up Grade Bath w/Jetted Tub & Ceramic Surround. Pool & Tennis Community, Walk to All Kingstowne, 1 Mile to I-95, Springfield Town Ctr & METRO, Near Wegman's! [6029e Curtier Dr #E, Alexandria, VA]

One Level Living at It's Best! Beautiful Garden Condo w/Fenced Yard/Patio, Hardwood Flrs, LR w/Wood Burning Fpl w/Built-in Shelves & Elegant Mantle. Two Massive Master Suites w/Walk-In Closets & Full Bath. UpGrade Kitchen w/ New Cabinets & Custom Lighting. Community Pool, Tennis, Exercise Rm & More! 1 Mile to Metro, I-95, 12 Miles to DC, Walk to All Kingstowne, Near Springfield Town Ctr & Wegman's [6096a Essex House Sq, Alexandria, VA]

Charming Contemporary with spacious two car garage in sought after Nottingham community of Kingstowne. Two story living room features wood fireplace, 2 BR 2.5 BA with MBR walk in closet. MBA features separate soaking tub and shower. Separate Dining Room with SGD to fenced back yard. Convenient to shopping. Walk to community pool and clubhouse! New siding. [6008 Good Lion Ct, Alexandria, VA]

Updated & Spacious Top Floor Condo in the Heart of Kingstowne! Bright (lots of natural light) Vaulted Ceilings, Granite Counters in Kitchen & Bath! Updated Appliances, Newer Carpet, Shows Well & Move-In Ready! Private Deck. Close to Everything! Kingstowne Metro, Pools, Fitness Centers, Wegmans. Easy Access to Route 1 & 495. Abundance of Kingstowne Amenities! [6111 Wigmore Ln #K, Alexandria, VA]

We also provide links to homes near the metro.

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Alexandria’s DASH — riding tips and information about the public bus system

DASH (Driving Alexandrians Safely Home) buses are seen around, across and near the city of Alexandria, Virginia. The City of Alexandria wholly owns the DASH bus system and operates the system as a non-profit public service cooperation. But day to day management of the system is provided by Alexandria Transit Company.

DASH bus in the Winter

If you’re new to the area, you’ll soon find out what others already know.  The DASH buses are a clean, safe and effective way to get about the city.  Boarding the bus is simple and easy. When the bus arrives, just step into the bus and then deposit the exact fare or use your WMATA SmarTrip card.If you have any questions about routes or transfers ask the driver and then take a seat. On some of the most popular routes or during rush hours, there might not be any available seats. In that case just move as far to the rear of the bus as possible. This makes it easier for others to board easily.

Be aware that the bus driver doesn’t always stop at all bus stops! To signal to the driver that your stop is approaching, press the yellow signal strip or pull the bell cord. It’s best to do this about a block from your destination so the driver has timely notice to stop at the next bus stop. When exiting the bus the rear door is easiest because others may be waiting to board through the front door.

DASH has great service because it has great employees but also because area passengers observe a few simple rules of safety and courtesy:

  • There is no smoking, eating, or drinking allowed on the bus.
  • Radios, I-pods and other devices may only be used if they cannot be heard by others
  • There are a limited number of priority seats that are reserved for senior citizens and disable persons. You may sit in these seats, but riders are expected to volunteer that seat if the seat is needed by a senior citizen or disabled person. If the bus is full, riders are expected to volunteer seats as needed.
  • All passengers keep feet off passengers’ seats.

To maintain the high level of quality offered by DASH, drivers may refuse service to anyone who does not observe these rules or to anyone whose behavior is disruptive or hazardous to vehicle or passenger safety.

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

Properties in Alexandria

Transportation Costs Hurt Housing Affordability

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A new study contends that only 39 percent of U.S. communities are affordable for typical households when the cost of transportation is included in the calculation of housing costs.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology analyzed the Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, which examined 161,000 neighborhoods housing 80 percent of the U.S. population, and concluded that for most families, transportation is the second-largest household expense.

It is also a fairly unmanageable one, the study concluded, because it is difficult for families to estimate the full cost of a location before they move there. Gas prices and employment demands aren’t very predictable for many.

Factors that can help people control transportation costs include walkable neighborhood streets, access to public transit, and nearby retail.

Source: Center for Neighborhood Technology (03/23/2010)