3 Virginia 55+ Communities with Easy Commutes to D.C.

Whether by car or train, these Virginia communities provide an easy commute to D.C.

Washington, D.C. is often thought of as a young person’s city, and in fact, most of the population growth in recent years has been among those under 30. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good place to retire, especially considering its entertainment, dining, and cultural options. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise for people living in the Mid-Atlantic since the city has so much to offer.

Active adults can take advantage of the free Smithsonian museums and zoo, easy-to-use public transportation, biking on both city streets and rail trails, and access to green space. D.C. is experiencing a housing boom, but the suburbs offer easy access to many of the amenities in the city without living in the city. In Virginia, the Metro system, highways, and the VRE commuter rail all provide a way for residents in the suburbs to get into the D.C. area easily.

These 55+ communities have the easiest commutes into Washington, D.C.

Saintsbury Plaza – Fairfax

Low $400s – Mid $400s

Located in the Northern Virginia suburb of Fairfax, the Saintsbury Plaza community is made up of 111 condominium homes. This is by far the community in the area with the easiest commute into Washington, D.C., but also a great option for active adults who don’t want to drive everywhere. The Vienna/Fairfax metro station is just a five-minute walk, while a shopping center with a grocery store, restaurants, and a coffee shop is a short drive away.

And although the condos are close to amenities, the community borders East Blake Lane Park, giving residents a scenic wooded area to walk or bike. Within the active adult community, residents can enjoy the exercise room, catering kitchen, and social spaces.

Walhaven at Kingstowne – Alexandria

Low $600s – High $600s

Walhaven at Kingstowne is an intimate community of just 32 attached homes near Springfield. Located near the intersection of Interstates 495, 395, and 95, residents can be in the heart of D.C. within a 30-minute drive, and in Old Town Alexandria in just 15 minutes. For residents who don’t want to drive, the Franconia/Springfield Metro stop is less than two miles away. Active adults who like to bike can also commute on the nearby scenic Mount Vernon Trail, which extends from the Arlington National Cemetery across the bridge from the National Mall to George Washington’s former estate.

While residents can enjoy parks, green spaces, shopping, and golf courses near Walhaven at Kingstowne, the community also includes two pools, two fitness centers, and tennis courts.

Spring Hill – Lorton

Low $400s – Mid $600s

Spring Hill provides homes for active adults looking for a larger age-restricted community close to D.C. Del Webb built just under 300 single-family, attached, and condominium-style homes between 2006 and 2014, which are now offered for resale. While not quite as close to the city as Saintsbury Plaza or Walhaven at Kingstown, Spring Hall is just off I-95 in Lorton.

The community is about a 40-minute drive from D.C. and about 15 minutes south of I-495. For residents who wouldn’t want to drive into the city, the Springfield/Franconia Metro station is only about 15 minutes away by car. Just three miles from Spring Hill, the Lorton Amtrak/VRE station offers train and commuter rail service to Union Station and connections to Metro lines.

Within the community, residents can enjoy getting to know neighbors in the clubhouse community spaces or exercising in the indoor pool, on the tennis courts, or in the green space around the homes.

 

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting [email protected] Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

The entrance sign at the Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake, a 55+ community in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Best Small Active Adult Communities in Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina is a top retirement destination for adults 55+. With 72 active adult communities in the area, there’s a lot to choose from and think about. If you’re considering a move to Charlotte and already know you’re looking for a small community in size but big on options, then we’ve got you covered.

Cresswind Charlotte is a 55+ community near Charlotte, North Carolina

The Best Communities for Downsizing in Charlotte, North Carolina

A smaller home has less space to clean and maintain–inside and out. They also typically come with a smaller, more affordable price tag. Fortunately for the 55+ crowd looking to downsize in the Charlotte area, there are several active adult communities that offer smaller floor plans at affordable price points.

A sunny day at Lake Walk Freedom Homes in Mooresville, North Carolina

55+ Communities Near Lakes in the Charlotte Area

Dreaming of spending your retirement on the water, boating, fishing, swimming, or just relaxing, soaking up the sun every day? Then, Charlotte, North Carolina should be on your radar.

The clubhouse at Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton, Georgia

The Best Active Adult Communities in the Atlanta Area

The state of Georgia is a popular destination for 55+ active adults, and the Atlanta area is one of its hottest places to relocate. The city offers fine restaurants, diverse shopping opportunities, and impressive cultural attractions, as well as its own rich history and distinctive southern charm. If you are considering living near Atlanta, you’ll want to take a look at six of the area’s most popular active adult communities.

A happy group of elderly people living in a 55+ community meet the age requirements.

What Are the Age Requirements for a 55+ Community?

For many, the answer to “What are the age requirements for a 55+ community?” may seem obvious. You have to be 55 or older, right? No, that’s not always the case. In fact, there are many scenarios where there’s only one resident who is 55 or older. Also, there are rare cases when no residents is 55 or older. 

An older adult takes a continuing education course offered in his 55+ community.

Never Stop Learning: Continuing Education Programs in 55+ Communities

Many people look forward to retirement because they can finally stop focusing on work and start focusing on doing more of what they enjoy. Do you want to learn a new language, play an instrument, or try making a new craft? There are many benefits that learning something new can provide.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top