What I Love About Living in Northern Virginia

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

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.  

Welcome to VirginiaBeing 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.

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Belinda Spillman
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Chris Ann.  Sounds like a great palce to live.  I'm glad they take such great care of the roads.  That is huge.

Nov 12, 2013 06:09 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Belinda:  And you don't realize it until you drive on neighboring states' roads.  We complain about road construction, but that's what is keeping our roads in outstanding condition.

Nov 12, 2013 06:11 AM #2
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Patricia Kennedy
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OK, Chris Ann, are you sure that the car didn't calm down when you became a passenger?  Just kidding!  Virginia does have great roads.  Actually, they've gotten a lot better in DC - you guys set a good example.

Nov 12, 2013 06:50 AM #3
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Pat:  Ooops.  Type-o.  I was driving the whole time.  The only one in the car.  

Nov 12, 2013 07:06 AM #4
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Misstie Pollard
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Chris Ann, so nostalgic.  I feel the same way when I drive to New York.  We are very fortunate to have well maintained roads.

Nov 12, 2013 07:09 AM #5
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Misstie:  We use them every day and never think twice until we go somewhere else.

Nov 12, 2013 07:10 AM #6
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Judith Parker
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Hi Chris Ann, I am originally from Pennsylvania.  I know and have survived pot holes.  Love your post and I can see why you love Virginia.

Nov 12, 2013 08:49 AM #7
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Donna Foerster
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Chris Ann~ Just getting back in town late last night, I got a late start to today. Didn't have to go out until lunch time. But I'll tell you what, after spending 6 days away from home, I was struck by how much I appreciate where we live. Just like in the Wizard of Oz...there's NO PLACE LIKE HOME...wherever that is!

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Judith:  I have family in Pennsylvania, and recently drove up to see Active Rain's Erica Ramus.  The roads have something to be desired for sure.

Donna:  That's right!  Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Nov 12, 2013 09:08 AM #9
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Marcie Purcell
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Pennsylvania has horrible roads :( It is like an obstacle course especially when you memorized your drive. Then all of a sudden there is a new pothole your car gets eaten by.  I travel to Maryland often and I alway let my friends know how lucky they are to have nice roads. Penndot sucks.

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Chris Ann it sounds like a wonderful place to live. It does sound similar to here as life does go by at a quicker pace. I hear you on the roads as here in Nh we have great roads and crossing the broker into MA will shake you to the core not to mention the loads of junk in the side of the road you do not see here. Have a good day

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Marcie:  It amazed me that the states with the most in tolls had the worst highways.  Clearly, the tolls need to go up or money needs to be reallocated.

Scott:  We have a very clean area as well.  Even our shopping areas are landscaped.  It's the little things you don't notice every day that you notice when you go away and come back.

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DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
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Northern Virginia, Eastern Virginia, even here in Southwest Virginia; isn't OUR state beautiful ?   I travel all over the state to get documents signed and close mortgage loans.   You are so right.   We take our environment for granted sometimes.   We just assume everyone elses' community is as nice or they'd be living here.

Nov 14, 2013 05:19 PM #13
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Deanna:  I can't imagine living anywhere else.  Especially when I've been out west, flying back to our lush, green area makes me so happy.

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What a great post Chris Ann , We like seeing all of the seasons and enjoying all the fun and interesting places to visit-where the people are always friendly.

Sep 07, 2014 05:24 AM #15
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Bill:  Nice to hear you think of us in Virginia as friendly.  I've always known we were.

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