Homer Simpson Doesn’t Live in This Springfield

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Homer in Springfield VALong before Homer Simpson made the TV town of Springfield famous, before the Springfield Mixing Bowl was created or Slug lines came to town their was a small ‘country” highway stop fifteen miles outside of DC that would come to be known as Springfield Virginia.

In 1946 the developer Edwin Carr realized that their was a huge piece of undeveloped land ,close enough to DC to be appealing to government workers who worked in town and that would provide space for larger homes than were currently available in Arlington or Alexandria.  My parents were one of those families who decided that Springfield provided a chance for them to buy their first home.  In 1955 they bought a brand new split level home in the Yates Village neighborhood of Springfield.

When we moved in to our new home there wasn’t much around us.  The only grocery store in the neighborhood was a small store called Bon Foods, there was a drug store with a soda fountain and Fischers Hardware had been open a couple of years.  Across the street from our house was an old farm house with huge cherry trees to climb and plenty of space to roam.  We could take off on a summer morning and not come back until evening without any worries.  Milk was delivered to the house; we bought eggs from the “egg man” who lived in a small house off of Keene Mill Road and vegetables from a farm at the corner of Backlick and Braddock Roads.


Yates Village Home

Over the years Springfield grew and spread. The farm house came down to make way for a shopping center, the empty field first became a Babe Ruth baseball field and then gave way to an office building.  New neighborhoods appeared in North and West Springfield.   My parents thought about a bigger house in one of the new  West Springfield neighborhoods but in the end they stayed in their original home for 45 years.  When I bought my first house in Kings Park my mother said “who would want to live all they way out there?”  Over the years my children and I have lived in Huntsman Estates, Springfield Oaks, Charlestown and I inherited the Yates Village house in 1999.  My kids laugh about the fact that we have lived in every zip code in Springfield!

The days of soda fountains, farms and wide open spaces are long gone.  Springfield now is a bustling area with a wide variety of neighborhoods, dining choices and commuting options.  Driving through Springfield neighborhoods you will still find some of the unique areas that gave the community it’s start and find original owners still loving maintain their homes over 50 years later.

Original Springfield Home Brochure

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Cindy Jones


As an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Allegiance in Northern Virginia and native of the area I can assist you whether you are buying, selling or renting a home anywhere in Northern Virginia. For more information about the area or my services you can check VaRealEstateTalk or my Northern Virginia website.

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  1. Pat Fenn 09/20/2008 01:40 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Cindy, once I went out with a guy who lived in Springfield.  He had a townhouse backing up to the golf course.  Good house.  The guy?  Not as good as the house. 
Dec 31, 2007 12:10 AM #1
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
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Ah, the split level homes. We have plenty of those here in Florida. We lived in one in the late 70s and early 80s. Now that I'm in real estate, it's weird to sell the same houses I played in, where my friends lived, when I was a child =)
Jan 03, 2008 08:50 AM #2
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Lisa-I think split level homes have a lot going for them.  Not as many steep stairs as colonials!
Jan 03, 2008 09:28 AM #3
Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

Hahahaha, I had to click on this when i read Homer Simpson.  Nice work, Cindy!  All you need is a nuclear power plant and I might not know the difference between the two. ;-)

Jan 03, 2008 05:42 PM #4
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Tchaka-some folks might think a nuclear power plant would be a better deal than the mixing bowl!
Jan 03, 2008 10:39 PM #5
Kristen Senn
Keller Williams Hope Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Military Relocation
Cindy, we moved here from Springfield off of Hooes and Faifax County Parkway and we found it to be a hidden gem when commuting into DC. We could live south of DC and get the benefits of that but get to DC without touching I-95 by taking the Parkway to the metro. If (or I should probably say when) we move back to the area, we will live in the same area. Sure, its an older area, but newer isnt always better.
Jan 04, 2008 05:18 AM #6
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