If you are considering a move to Western Prince William County, VA, you are likely to include the areas of Bristow, Gainesville and Haymarket to your home search. There is one major road that splits the area in two: Route 29 going through Gainesville, VA. Do you want to live north of it? Or south of it?
This was a question I never considered when moving to Bristow, VA. I found the home I loved in the community of Braemar. So without a thought, I landed south of Route 29. I've never had a point of comparision. However, a client I recently represented sold a townhouse north or Route 29 in Gainesville's community of Crossroads Village, only to move south of Route 29 to Bristow's community of Kingsbrooke. When I caught up with after being in her Kingsbrooke home for two months, I asked how she liked life in Kingsbrooke. Her response surprised me.
She told me that she LOVED living in Kingsbrooke. More specifically, she loved living south of Route 29. She explained that she didn't have to worry about battling Route 29 traffic (which backs up regularly with rush hour traffic, or weekend concert traffic at Jiffy Lube Live) to go to the grocery store or most of the shops she frequented in Gainesville, which are south of the main road. As a young, stay-at-home Mom, she is the local errand runner and has noticed her time spent in the car locally has noticeably decreased since moving to Kingsbrooke, thus making her a happier camper.
This may be something for buyers looking to relocate to Western Prince William County, VA to consider. If ease of access to local shops and grocery stores is something important to you, living south of Route 29 might be the place to look. Don't worry. This leaves many wonderful communities like Kingsbrooke, Braemar, Morris Farm, Sheffield Manor, and Victory Lakes for you to search...just to name a few.