Living in Springfield Virginia Things to Do and Places to See

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executives VA0225060364, MD638478

I have lived in Springfield, Virginia for 23 years. Since I have had my license, I have never featured my little burg in a blog or video. It's high time. This video starts with a brief history of Springfield, talks about transportation, notable landmarks, shopping, office spaces, high schools and fun things to do. Then I cover the real estate market as of September 12, 2021. It's 13 minutes long, and if you want to skip ahead to the real estate market, that starts at timestamp 8:58.

Video Transcript

Introduction

I know you’ve probably heard that theres’ a Springfield in every state of the country. While that’s not quite true, there are 34 of them, and today we’re gonna be talking about Springfield, VA. 

Hi I’m Cathy Baumbusch with RE/MAX Executives and my team is the Red Dress Realty Group. 

I’m happy to be with you here today to talk about my town, Springfield, VA. 

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Vamanos!

Springfield History

Springfield was founded around this train station in 1847. Originally called Daingerfield Station, it was named after Henry Daingerfield. Henry was a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Henry Daingerfield ownedand near here that he called Springfield Farm, and that’s how Springfield got its name.

That scared me. I felt danger.

We’re standing near the site of Keene’s Mill, an old saw and grist mill built in the 1700s by a man named James Keene. There’s an interesting story about that mill, involving murder and intrigue. Old Keene Mill Road was named after the Keene Mill.

There was a real estate developer named Edward Carr and he saw the potential of development for this area because of the newly built Shirley Highway. Now that is known as I-95 and 395. Or what we affectionately call The Mixing Bowl. 

Transportation

The Mixing Springfield bowl is the intersection of I-95, 395 and 495, the Capital Beltway and Virginia Route 644 which is Old Keene Mill Road. 

I’m here on the Commerce Street Bridge in Springfield, just above the Springfield Interchange. 430,000 cars pass through here every single day.

The Springfield Interchange was redesigned, reconstructed, and reopened in 2007 - over 7 years of construction. And only the people that live here can tell you whether or not it was an improvement. 

Who’s idea was this. (Grunt. Oof.)

The Franconia-Springfield Metro station is the last stop on the Blue Line of DC Metro that serves Alexandria and Washington, DC. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get to Washington DC from the Franconia-Springfield station. 

Metro bus, and the Fairfax Connector, and Best Bus, which is a service to New York City, all have stops here at the Franconia-Springfield Station. There’s also a Greenhound bus station in the terminal. 

Lastly there’s a Virginia Railway Express stop here that’s adjacent and you just go over the tracks to reach the VRE from here. Several neighbourhoods have paved trails and lighted sidewalks with access to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. 

More About the Area

The area, it really grew quickly and they built the first high school in 1957, followed by followed by West Springfield High School ten years later. And I’ll talk a little bit more about the schools later on in the video.

Today the population of Springfield is 100,000 people and there are four zip codes from 22150 to 22153.

Workspaces

This is an office complex called Metro Park, it’s whiting walking distance of the F-S Metro. It houses government contractors, medical offices, and a few restaurants. 

In 2011, Springfield became home to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
The campus is located in Fort Belvoir North, the old proving grounds, and when full, before COVID days, it hosted 8500 employees. It is the third largest federal facility in the Washington DC area. 

Shopping and Restaurants

Another notable landmark in Springfield is the Springfield Town Center. It’s the second shopping mall that was built in Northern Virginia. Springfield Mall was opened in 1974 and enjoyed a rebirth as the Springfield Town Center in 2014. 

It has 250 stores and three anchor stores, Target, Macy’s and JCPenney’s.  Other shopping centres in the area include Springfield Plaza, Commerce Plaza and Brookfield Plaza. Brookfield is known for its many ethnic restaurants, including Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, African, and of course American food.

Fun Things to Do

There’s lots of things to do in Springfield. There is Lake Accotink Park which is a 493 acre park that’s located in North Springfield. There is a55-acre reservoir, lake Accotink which features pedal boats kayaking and fishing. The park also has a carousel, mini golf, mini golf, bike rentals, and you can rent pavilions for picnics, parties and special events. On any given summer day you will find an ice cream truck. 

This ice cream machine guy, has been playing the same song over and over again, and again, and again, and again. All day. 

There’s a 3.9 multi-surface trail loop that surrounds the lake and it’s accessible by many points in the surrounding neighbourhoods. A section of this trail loop is part of the Gerry Connolly 
Cross-County Trail. (Be sure to watch my video on the Cross-County Trail!)

Welcome to South Run! 

South Run Rec Center is located on south part of Springfield. One of the largest facilities in Fairfax County, South Run has activities year round.  There’s soccer, basketball, racquetball, tennis, 

They also have year round camps for kids with sports, crafts, cooking, music, they even have chess camps. I mean come on are you kidding? That’s amazing. ,

Prices range from a 25-visit pass stating at $175 to $1062 for an annual family pass. 

Membership includes cardio machines, weight machines and Cybex, virtual and drop-in fitness classes, pools, spas, saunas, diving, track, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a field house and ice skating.
South Run is also the place for the GoApe Zipline and Adventure Park.

For you Fancy Folks

We’re at the Springfield Golf and Country Club. I don’t play golf, but these fancy guys come out here every morning. I hear is a 71-par course, and it’s pretty good. The restaurant food is nice. I’ve been to special events here, cuz that’s the only way they let me in.

There’s a pool, a fitness facility, a spa, everything that you’d expect at a fancy golf club. Every year they sponsor a July 4th fireworks show that is always on July 3rd. It is exclusively for members at the present time, but these fireworks can be seen from many points in the West Springfield neighbourhood.

They’re our next door neighbours. And you can actually see the fireworks from some homes here in West Springfield. 

Education

Springfield has two high schools, West Springfield and John R. Lewis High School. Both schools have Advance Placement programs, peer tutoring and a myriad of activities including sports, performing arts and science and math clubs. Who can forget West Springfield’s famous dance team?

Check out some resources about schools in the description of this video and be sure to check out my videos specifically about the West Springfield neighbourhood.

The Real Estate Market

Springfield has a good mix of single family homes, apartments, condos and townhomes. 

The lowest priced home right now in Springfield is priced at $189,900. It’s a one-bedroom one bath condo in the Tivoli neighbourhood on the northwest part of town. Let’s go inside and take a look. 

This 663 square foot, condo is for sale for $189,900. It’s the lowest priced home in Springfield Check it out. It even has outdoor space.

Two bedroom condos start around $230,000 and are closer to 800 sf and up.

Townhomes start in the mid-300s and around 950sf and larger. One thing to note about Northern Virginia is that there are a few townhomes that are in condo communities. Be sure to watch my video about the difference between condo ownership and owning in a community with an HOA. They are similar, but there are differences.

Single family homes in Springfield start around $425,000-450,000, and that’s going to be on the lower end in terms of updates. Anything in the $400s is likely to be As-Is and little to no upgrades at all.

Any single family home here that’s in the 400s is gonna be As-Is and it’s gonna have very little or no upgrades at all. There’s one single family home that is a fixer-upper that is listed for $450,000.

Smells old.

So as you can see, this home probably needs a complete gut and totally redone, or you can just knock it down and build your dream home. 

Ooh it’s hot up here.

Something like this is what you can get for the bargain price of $450,000.
Whew, made it outta there.

If you’re looking for a turnkey, move in ready home, then you’re talking in the $500,000 price range and up.

This 3 bedroom one and a half bath ranch home is typical of what you typically find in Springfield. This house is priced at $519,000.

This is the childhood home of Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters!

Within that range of $400,000-6000,000, you’re gonna see a mix of single family homes and typically newer townhomes.

Over $600,000, you’re gonna find mostly single family detached homes, but there are some larger townhomes like this three bedroom 3 bathroom townhome coming in at just under 2400 square feet priced at $638,000.

This 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is typical of what you’ll find in West Springfield. It’s priced at $689,000.

After about $630-640,000, you’re gonna see nothing but single family homes and they go up to the $900,000s. Those homes in the higher price range are the larger homes over 3000-4000 sf.

There’s not a whole lot of new construction in Springfield. This is a new development that has popped in the last couple of years. These homes are going to be priced between $1.1 - 1.5 million.

If you’re looking for that special luxury property, that is above $2 million you’ll have to buy a lot, and have a builder custom build it for you. Be sure to contact us if you’re interested in building in Springfield.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of Springfield Virginia with me. I’m here at one of my favourite spots. But before I leave you, please make sure and, subscribe to may channel, like this video and share with someone who might like it too. Right now it’s taco time!

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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 (1)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cathy, many are looking for things to do, so great post for Springfield VA.

Sep 16, 2021 03:25 PM