While Northern Virginia might not be the first region one thinks of when considering active adult communities, the area really does have a lot going for it, making it something of a “sleeper” in the world of the active adult real estate market.
Lifestyle and Climate
It’s fairly mild, four-season climate coupled with its proximity to the Washington D.C. metro area makes it ideal for empty nesters still making the daily commute. Better still, the variety of 55+ communities ensure that whether you’re seeking a large, bustling community or a more compact and intimate setting, you’ll be able to find your place in the region.
The Northern Virginia region, known as NOVA to locals, is nestled between Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Potomac River and the city of Arlington to the east. The natural beauty of the area contributes in no small way to making this a desirable place to live. Great Falls, a unique National Park “off the beaten path”, is located centrally within the region.
The much larger Blue Mountain range is just a short drive away. "Virginia is for lovers", as the slogan goes, and lovers of the outdoors usually find the region has so much to offer.
Washington D.C. is a world-class city and has the world-class options for dining, entertainment, and the arts that one would expect. From the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the storied 9:30 Club and countless venues in between, there are ample options whether your tastes lead you to the classics or to the more adventurous.
For those fascinated with history and the visual arts, the enormous Smithsonian collection housed in 19 different museums and galleries is in a superlative of its own.
Sports fans are well served by NFL and MLB franchises as well as professional soccer and college basketball teams. The region’s moderate density offers great advantages in transportation that one might not always find while exploring 55+ communities.
There is a comprehensive network of highways making travel within the region straightforward along with a number of major interstates crossing the area for road trippers and R.V. enthusiasts. Prefer to leave the car in the garage now and again?
Public transportation in the D.C. metro area and into Northern Virginia is well developed and serves broad swaths of the region with commuter rail service. Both Ronald Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport are accessible and, given that they serve the nation’s capital, offer large numbers of daily flights to both international and domestic destinations.
Homeowners in Potomac Green in Ashburn, Virginia enjoy both the offerings of the metro area while being far enough away to escape the daily hassle and hustle of the city itself. The community is just off of the Dulles corridor in beautiful Louden county and features condos, attached villas, and single-family homes ranging from 890 to 2,900 square feet. A 29,000 square-foot community center serves as a hub for the community and houses wide-ranging amenities and meeting spaces.
Farther south in the region, near historic Manassas, lies the Heritage Hunt active adult community. Among the community’s three clubhouses is Marsh Mansion, a fully renovated 19th century-style mansion that nods to the substantial historical importance of the area. Situated near several state and national parks, the community has its own semi-private 18-hole golf course. Homes start in the low $300s with a wide variety of home styles and floor plans available in this 1800+ unit community.
Trilogy at Lake Frederick is in the western portion of NOVA near the Shenandoah Valley, approximately 75 miles away from the D.C. city center. This distance still allows for easy access to the city but provides a quiet respite from traffic and congestion. The 950 attached and single-family homes that comprise the community are located along Lake Frederick itself, which provides easy access for boaters and fishing enthusiasts alike. The clubhouse complex anchoring the community contains two distinct buildings and boasts some of the best resort-style amenities in the region.
While Northern Virginia might not traditionally sit among the major players in 55+ real estate like Florida and Arizona, its thoughtfully developed active adult communities coupled with its proximity to a world-class metro area make it a great area worth considering. Take a look around and explore some of the options. You’ll be surprised at what this region has to offer.