Best Places to Live - West Springfield, Virginia

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executives VA0225060364, MD638478

When someone asks me for my professional real estate opinion about where is the best place to live in the DC area, I never hesitate to tell them the unrefuted truth: It Depends.

Truthfully, "best" is subjective. I'll leave the rankings up to the professional statisticians who do that sort of thing. For my part, I can only report on what I know based on experience, or the experiences of those that I have worked with or who have been my clients.

I would be remiss if I did not mention my own neighborhood of West Springfield, Virginia as one of the best places to live in Northern Virginia.

West Springfield started to be developed in the late 1950s. Springfield, Virginia grew out of growing demand from Soldiers assigned to nearby Fort Belvoir, and "beltway bandits" wanting to get away from the city.

In 1854, the recently completed Orange and Alexandria rail station at Backlick Road was named Springfield. It was named as such because there were numerous natural springs around the station. The population started to grow slightly, but students in Springfield still went to school in Alexandria until about 1911, when the first school opened there.

Springfield was not developed until the 1950s and 1960s, when demand for housing from GIs and government workers began to grow after WWII.

In the early 1950s, Burke, just west of Springfield was earmarked to be the site of a new airport. However, citizens united and in the end, the airport was built in Chantilly (now Dulles airport.)

In 1947, Vernon Lynch created the subdivision of Springvale. That same year, Edward Carr built Lynbrook and Yates Village. Several builders came into the area in the 50s and 60s and built homes in these "bedroom communities" about 12 miles southwest of the District.

West Springfield was built up during the 1960s. The houses were somewhat larger than the original homes built in Springfield. These communities included pools and other family-related amenities.

Today, West Springfield is a bustling suburb. The schools are top-rated. There are a variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy like The Burger Joint, Austin Grill, and The Afghan. There is of course a Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, and Panera Bread.

We have Whole Foods, Giant, and a variety of fast food as well.

West Springfield has its own Government Center, located at 6140 Rolling Road. It houses the offices of the Springfield District Superviser as well as police, fire and rescue.

There are numerous parks to enjoy, including Hidden Pond Park, which has a small museum and activities for kids, Pohick Stream Valley Park, and Lake Accotink Park, which has miniature golf, paddle boats, and a carousel. Several miles of the Fairfax County Trail runs through a great portion of West Springfield.

The newest addition to West Springfield is the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency offices, built on the old Ft. Belvoir Engineering Proving Ground, now known as Ft. Belvoir North. This development has secured West Springfield as a premiere neighborhood in Northern Virginia and in the DC Metro region.

Homes in West Springfield range from one bedroom condos starting at $125,000 to townhomes in the $200-300,000 range, to a six bedroom new construction for $1.1 million. There is a home for any one with any budget.

If a move to Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, or NGA is in your future, please do not hesitate to give me a call!

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Cathy Valdiviez Baumbusch, REALTOR. Licensed in VA, MD, and DC. 

Red Dress Realty at RE/MAX Executives

DIRECT: 202-630-2MOV 

8442 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield, VA, 22152

2704 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22301

Cathy has lived in the DC Metro area since 1996. She currently lives in West Springfield, VA. Licensed since 2001 and serves clients in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Cathy's service area includes Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church in Virginia and Prince George's, and Montgomery County in Maryland., and of course. 

Cathy has an excellent track record getting short sales approved and closed. Cathy can also facilitate buying and selling real estate anywhere in the world. 

Cathy is a VHDA Certified Trainer and she has taught classes on buying short sales, HUD homes, and foreclosures and social media marketing classes through Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education Program. 

Cathy is a retired Army Reserve Major and an accomplished singer with a rock band. She resides in Springfield, VA with her dog and cat.

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Comments (4)

Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

Once a quarter we drive to Newport News and the drive through Washington becomes untenable as we cross into Northern Virginia.  Hopefully you have a commute that avoids the I95 corridor.

Oct 31, 2011 09:59 AM
Cathy Baumbusch
RE/MAX Executives - Alexandria, VA
If you want to stand out put on a red dress!

It is all but impossible to avoid 95 if you live and work in Northern Virginia. Long commute times are a fact of life here. That's why there are several commuting options besides driving that make this area so great. One is "slugging". Others include carpooling using HOV lanes, metro, and the bus. And don't forget the "Guaranteed Ride Home" program!

Oct 31, 2011 10:05 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Cathy-I grew up in Yates Village and have owned homes in Kings Park, Charlestown, Orange Hunt and Springfield Oaks :-)  My dad moved us to Springfield to move us to the "country".  Guess we know how that worked out.

Nov 03, 2011 04:31 AM
Cathy Baumbusch
RE/MAX Executives - Alexandria, VA
If you want to stand out put on a red dress!

That's funny Cindy. :-) I think it is so interesting that Dulles Airport was almost in Burke!

Nov 03, 2011 06:24 AM