What I Love About Living in Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia has always been my home. I was born and raised in Fairfax, VA. When I bought my first condo, I thought Centreville was the boonies and chose a smaller place in Fairfax City so I wouldn't have to deal with a longer commute to Arlington where I worked at the time. Eventually I moved out to Centreville, and then ventured into Bristow, the place my husband and I found what I believe will be our forever home. Homes are more affordable the further away from Washington, DC you get, and that is appealing when you want space.
Being a reasonable drive to Washington, DC and all it has to offer, is great. Having access to top notch doctors, hospitals and shopping malls that are even closer is key. There is rarely an unemployment problem in our area since we have the Federal government fueling our local economy, and the public schools are great. Enjoying all four seasons every year is a treat. We aren't overloaded with snow or heat. We get a little bit of everything. Spring and Fall are my favorites.
It wasn't until I took a weekend drive up to Atlantic City that I truly appreciated something I take for granted every day of my life in Northern Virginia. OUR ROADS. Northern Virginia highways and byways are so smooth. Three and a half hours on the road, starting in New Jersey, working my way through Pennsylvania, Delaware then Maryland, it hit me how well maintained our roads are when I crossed the state line into Virginia. I went from being a driver in a noisy, vibrating car, to a driver in a quiet, smooth sailing car. The difference was profound.
The pace of life in Northern Virginia is faster than many other places in the country. The reality is that Northern Virginia has got the pace of a major city. Things move fast here. We even talk fast in Northern Virginia. I have to remember that when I meet clients from out of town.
I wouldn't trade living in Northern Virginia for anything.