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Best Places to Live in Northern Virginia

April 1, 2020 / /

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Best Places to Live in Northern VirginiaNarrowing down the location for your next home just may be the hardest part of moving. Luckily, Northern Virginia offers plenty of towns and neighborhoods that just may be perfect for you, including these four spots.


With its convenient location just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington offers a short commute to the nation’s capital and other areas in Virginia. A thriving commercial district, low crime rate, and abundance of shops and restaurants make Arlington an excellent place to call home. Arlington offers a mix of homes, ranging from condos and small fixer uppers to large, stately residences.

The proximity to the Pentagon, Department of Defense, George Mason University, the soon-to-open Amazon HQ2 and other area employers is a key selling point for many residents. If you don’t want to spend a minute more than necessary on the train or in the car during rush hour, you’ll want to add Arlington to your house hunting list.


If you’re looking for larger lots and a more suburban feel, Reston may be the ideal spot to buy a home. Green space was a priority when architect Robert E. Simon designed Reston in the 1960s. Today, a series of parks and lakes offer abundant recreational opportunities for both children and adults.

Although the town has expanded significantly since the 1960s, the residential areas still maintain the small town atmosphere that made Reston unique. A thriving shopping area offers nearly anything residents may need, from a gallon of milk to a pair of jeans to a quick meal at the end of a long day. Several major corporations have headquarters or offices in Reston, including Science Applications International, Oracle, Verisign, Sprint, Comscore, Fannie May, Bechtel and Leidos.


McLean is best known as the home of the Central Intelligence Agency, but the town is much more than the headquarters for the world’s premiere intelligence operation. Just north of Arlington on the Potomac River, McLean offers tree-lined streets with sprawling homes perfect for entertaining. Unlike some of the more built-out areas of NoVA, you can still find a few generously sized parcels of undeveloped land in McLean if you prefer to build rather than buy.

Upscale shopping, fine dining and a variety of parks provide plenty of things to do on the weekends. Capital One, Freddie Mac, Hilton Worldwide and Gannet Company are among the employers located in McLean.


Like many towns, Vienna’s population rapidly increased after World War II. The once sleepy small town soon became the place to live in NoVa, as thousands of new residents rushed to build homes. Today, you’ll find a mix of new, mid-century modern and classic homes throughout Vienna. A walkable downtown business district is the perfect place to get a cup of coffee, buy the latest bestseller or check out the produce at the farmers’ market. Local employers include Iridium Communications, MHM Services, ActioNet, Navy Federal Credit Union, Public Relay and Mars, Incorporated.

Most houses need a few tweaks to make them truly feel like home. If you need a little help personalizing your home, let us know. Our design/build team can turn your visions into reality no matter where you live in Northern Virginia.


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