Northern Virginia’s homes and condos for walkers

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

Amazing Home In The Heart Of Kingstowne! So Private and So Pretty! Updated Kitchen! All Bathrooms Have Major Upgrades! 2 Fireplaces -Large Private Deck & Fully Fenced Backyard! Absolutely Gorgeous Master Suite! Fully Finished Walkout Basement With Beautiful Unique Fireplace. Extra Storage Space in Oversized Garage. Beautiful Floors Throughout! Hurry This Gem Will Not Last! OPEN 1/21/18 1-4pm [6232 Littlethorpe Ln, Alexandria, VA]

Immaculate 3-lvl home boasting over 4,000 sq. ft in desirable Kingstowne boasts a newer roof (2012), remodeled eat-in KIT w/hrdwds, granite, 42 in. cabinetry, soft close drawers & ctr island, open floor plan on the main lvl filled w/sunlight, upgraded BAs, incl. the MBA w/heated floors, dual granite-top vanity, soaking tub & modern glass shower, plus an entertainers lower lvl w/a media rm! [6366 Alderman Dr, Alexandria, VA]

Gorgeous 2-sides brick 30" wide end-unit TH abt 3000 sqft w/ office in ML features New remodeled kit w/granite counters, SS appliances, glass backsplash, 42" cabinets, exquisite moldings, gleaming 4 " HWD floors through out main lvl and 5 " in the Lower LVL with a BR and Full upd BA, MBR w/vaulted ceiling, MBA w/jetted tub & sep shower, large fenced backyard, Brand New insulated Garage Doors, [6850 Alicia Ct, Alexandria, VA]

Spacious, recently renovated unit with a fireplace - 3 bed, 2.5.5 bath townhouse, near a metro stop in the popular Kingstowne area! Hardwood floors on the main and upper levels. Granite counters and SS appliances in the kitchen.Vaulted ceilings in all the bedrooms, master bedroom with a huge closet and a recently renovated master bath with a separate shower. Walk to nearby shops and restaurants! [6821 Signature Cir, Alexandria, VA]

Renovated Kingstowne condo in prime location. Spacious, 2 bedroom/2 bathroom unit on second floor. Kitchen & baths all updated in last two years. Hardwood floors throughout. New HVAC. Bedrooms overlook courtyard. Large balcony w/ storage closet. Walk to Kingstowne Center. One reserved parking spot & plenty of guest parking. $330/month fee. Tot lot, exercise room, pool & grill area. OH Sun 2-4pm. [6927 Mary Caroline Cir #E, Alexandria, VA]

Gorgeous 2BR/2BA condo w/ huge 17x13 Loft w/ fireplace & access to walk-in storage area. New carpet! Cathedral ceiling & skylights in living room & loft. Custom tile floors in foyer & in granite kitchen. MBR w/ full wall of closets w/ Closet Maid storage system. Balcony overlooking pond. 5 min. from: 395 & 495, Franconia-Springfield Metro/bus/rail, Springfield Mall. 20 min. from D.C! [6003g Ellesmere Ct #19, Alexandria, VA]

Stunning 2-car garage SFH on a corner lot near the Metro & 495 w/nearly 5,000 sq. ft. of living space has hardwoods & high ceilings on the main lvl, formal living & dining rms, a gourmet KIT w/stainless, granite, a ctr island, 42 in. cabinets & a brkfst area w/a door to the deck, a huge MBR w/a sitting rm & a luxury MBA, plus a lower lvl w/a media rm, storage & a door to the fenced backyard! [6361 Victor Gray Ct, Alexandria, VA]

Great location and updates galore define this move-in ready Kingstowne townhouse! 3 spacious levels. Chef's kitchen includes beautiful granite and tiled backsplash, a big window, and newer appliances. Charming wood-burning fireplace in living room. Sliding glass door lead to new deck and to yard with new fence! New roof, paint & flooring. One mile to metro and close to Springfield Town Center! [6976 Old Brentford Rd, Alexandria, VA]

Beautiful 3BD/ 2FB + 2HB. LIKE NEW Immaculate three level town home in desirable commuting location. Open Concept TH w/ SS appliances, white shaker cabinets w/ soft-close doors and custom island in kitchen, sunfilled LR. Hand-sawn HW floors on main, upper hallway and MBR. En suite MBR with WI closet & custom bath w/ sep shower/ tub. 2-car garage. Spacious deck overlooking woods. [6291 Alforth Ave, Alexandria, VA]

CONTEMPORARY STYLE CHALET AT TIERS OF MANCHESTER LAKE SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM WITH FIRE PLACE, GORGEOUS WOOD FLOORS-THROUGHOUT, GRANITE COUNTER TOOPS, BRAND NEW WATER HEATER, AC UNIT FAIRLY NEW. ABUNDANT NATURAL LIGHTS, VERY CONVENIENT TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND SHOPPING. [6024 Curtier Dr #A, Alexandria, VA]

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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

Huntington Metro

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)