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Northern Virginia's Best Value Neighborhoods

Northern Virginia’s Best Value Neighborhoods

It is peak home buying season and homes are moving quickly in Northern Virginia. Finding the perfect home at the right price can be a challenge. Finding the perfect home in a great neighborhood can be a challenge as well. Luckily, it just became a lot easier thanks to Trulia. Using data from its site, Trulia, assessed all neighborhoods in the Washington DC metropolitan area for their overall value* considering the affordability of homes, number of restaurants, quality of schools, crime rates, and commute times.

Northern Virginia's Best Value Neighborhoods

City

Neighborhood

$$ Score

Restaurant Score

Commute Score

School Score

Crime Score

Median Home Value

Arlington

Fairlington-Shirlington

7

5

6

8

6

$408,376

Fort Belvoir

Fort Belvoir

7

1

6

6

10

$403,821

North Springfield

North Springfield

6

2

5

7

9

$462,533

Alexandria

Groveton

6

2

4

10

10

$443,506

Pimmit

Pimmit Hills

5

4

6

2

9

$523,434

Broadlands

Broadlands

4

3

5

2

10

$604,847

Topping the list is Fairlington-Shirlington in Arlington. The median home value in this Arlington Countyneighborhood is $408,376. Great schools, low crime, and a moderate commute are features making this neighborhood the best value in Northern Virginia neighborhoods outside the Capital. Originally owned by a friend of George Washington, John Carlyle, the neighborhood is steeped in history. The multitude of housing options from older apartments converted into condos, brick colonials, and many modern homes make it an attractive option for a diversity of homebuyers.

Nabbing the second spot is a Fairfax County city, Fort Belvoir. This tight-knit military community is the largest employer in the county given that it is home to many US Military Organizations. The city has the lowest median home value of $403,821. Fort Belvoir is a very safe city with a wide selection of single-family homes and townhomes.

Rounding out the top three spots is North Springfield, another Fairfax County city. Its median home value is $463,533, and is a very safe neighborhood with great schools. Straddling the southeast corner of the Capital Beltway, it also offers a reasonable commute.

Tying for fourth best are Groveton in Alexandria & Pimmit Hills in Fairfax County. Groveton is just three miles away from Old Town Alexandria, boasting safe streets and great schools. Dog owners might choose to invest in some of this Alexandria real estate given it closeness the Lenclair dog park. The median home value in Groveton is $443,506.

Pimmit Hills was farmland until the 1950s. Developers continue to add new housing options making Pimmit Hills one of the regions high-growth neighborhoods. It is located next to Tysons Corner and offers moderately priced homes in a low crime area. The housing options range from small homes built for soldiers returning from WWII to modern Craftsman style homes with open floor plans. The median home price is $523,434.

A notable sixth best in the greater metro is Broadlands, located north of DC in Loudon County. Broadlands is a safe community offering a moderate commute. Outdoorsy homebuyers may want to consider this community’s closeness to the Blue Ridge Mountains offering a multitude of activities including hiking, white water rafting, and wine tasting.

To move into one of these top-rated neighborhoods contact the Amanda Davidson Real Estate Grouptoday. Stay abreast of the changing interest rates and make sure to know home much home is affordable with tools like this mortgage rate calculator.

*Value does not mean cheapest home but general affordability combined with access to desirable neighborhood features such as good schools, ease of commute, dining options, and safety.

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