Northern Virginia Real Estate and Community Information

Northern Virginia Real Estate and Community Information

Come visit one of Virginia’s best kept secrets – a rolling rural oasis only one hour away from Washington D.C.! This region is comprised of four counties, Clarke County, Frederick County, Shenandoah County and Loudoun County, together totaling 1,628 square miles of beautiful countryside. With unbeatable wild vistas and a long tradition of history-making, northern Virginia is a scenic escape from the bustle of the city. The countryside is dotted with vineyards and destination restaurants, historic byways, farms and sleepy rural towns.

Living

Although the area is only an hour away from Washington D.C., it feels like a world away. Living in northern Virginia means year-round recreational activities, family-friendly riverside concerts, wine tours, good schools and quiet evenings. Between the beautiful natural features, community events and true neighborly spirit, residents of northern Virginia enjoy a high standard of living.

Northern Virginia is an area defined by its role in American history. You can tour the very buildings where George Washington, Stonewall Jackson, Daniel Morgan and many other key historic figures lived, and walk the famous battlefields where they fought for their ideals.

Residents of northern Virginia take pride in history of their community and enjoy passing it on through annual reenactments (such as the Cedar Creek Reenactment), mobile museums, and by restoring and preserving historic buildings for future generations. You can experience both the art and lifestyle of America’s past at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. There’s also “Abram’s Delight” a manor completed in 1754, completely restored with period furnishings. Or tour the Belle Grove Plantation, an immaculately preserved manor built in 1797 that was the home of President Madison’s sister, Nelly Madison Hite. In nearby Stephens City, you can learn about wagon-making and the beginnings of the Oregon Trail at the Newton History Center. Even if it’s just a walk down a quiet, tree lined gravel road, residents enjoy the same unspoiled landscape traversed by our forefathers in days gone by.

Recreation

One of the greatest benefits of owning a home in northern Virginia is the landscape. Whether you’re on the trail or in the car, you’ll love experiencing the drama of the seasons in northern Virginia: the trees bursting with vivid reds and golds in summer, or orchards blushing pink with fruit blossoms in the spring. The area has long been known for its apple orchards, and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival draws over 200,000 spectators per year!

Bounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians to the west, the Shenandoah Valley provides a lush backdrop for hunting, horseback riding, hiking, camping, rafting and canoeing, cycling and much more! Since the area attracts the outdoorsy type, it’s easy to find friends for a day trip, or someone to loan you some gear. Local cyclists enjoy many tours and trips throughout the year with the Winchester Wheelmen. Golfers enjoy two full courses of eighteen holes at Rock Harbor Golf Course. When the weather heats up, grab your friends, rent some gear from Watermelon Park and float down the Shenandoah River.

Residents love browsing the many unique local shops in the area and they savor the scenery on the drive between shopping hubs. The city of Winchester features a large selection of retail shops surrounded by beautiful historic architecture. Aside from the attractions of the great outdoors, there are plenty of cultural attractions in the northern Virginia area. The Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre is busy all summer long, presenting fantastic musical productions for all ages. You can listen to live bluegrass and country music practically all summer long, with all of the concerts and music festivals happening nearby. Museums and galleries also abound in this culturally rich region.

Education and Transportation

Residents of northern Virginia are not limited by their rural environment. In fact, the local area boasts a wide array of educational opportunities. Perhaps the spirit of learning is brought on by the history of the area, or maybe by the combination of cultural attractions and natural wonders. Whatever impulse moves you, you’ll find learning abounds in northern Virginia. There are a couple different options for college bound freshmen in Winchester alone. Shenandoah University is a small liberal arts university serving just over 4,000 undergraduates each year. Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) has three different campus locations and offers over 75 different associate degrees and certificate programs. Students at LFCC are also able to earn their bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees in select degree programs. Outside of secondary institutions there is much to learn from volunteers and community members who love to share their knowledge with others. Aside from the historic destinations mentioned earlier, you can join your friends and neighbors for a computer course, writing lab or summer book club at the Handley Regional Library located in Westminster. The Handley Regional Library offers a full schedule of free and affordable events for everyone.

If you’re new to Virginia, you’ll be pleased to learn that Virginia’s K-12 education system was ranked among the top ten in the nation by the U.S Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress. You can find out more about the schools near your home in northern Virginia by browsing the school district’s website. Students living in Clarke County are served by the Clarke County Public Schools. There are twenty one schools governed by the Frederick County Public Schools District and eleven schools in the Shenandoah County Public School District.

Getting around the northern Virginia region is made easier by public transportation in the Winchester area, and several highways such as Interstate 81 and 66 that lead commuters to the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The Washington Dulles International Airport is only forty miles away in Washington D.C., however there are several smaller regional airfields in the area, such as White Post Airport in Clarke County, the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, and the High View Farm Airport in Berryville.



If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (304) 596-5500 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

 

Jeanne Kozak, Broker. Each office independently owned and operated.