There’s plenty to love about living in Northern Virginia, and that list seems to grow by the day. If you’re looking for a new home in the area and considering your options, you have plenty—but here are four great reasons to build new in Northern Virginia.
Every town has its own flavor
Northern Virginia is a beautiful area of the DMV with a range of residential options. Build in Falls Church to have quick and easy access to D.C. proper, or join more than a million residents in Fairfax County for a bounty of restaurants, great schools, and a commuter-friendly location.
If you love historic charm, build near Old Town Alexandria. Need a bit more space? Consider the scenic beauty as you head out toward Prince William and Loudoun counties. Each area of Northern Virginia offers its own feel and benefits, giving residents the opportunity to find their perfect fit. By building new, you can live in your preferred location while enjoying a home perfectly suited to your needs and tastes.
If you like wine, you’ll love it here
Though it doesn’t usually make the list of large wine areas like Napa or Willamette, Northern Virginia is home to nearly 100 wineries and vineyards. The state as a whole has a long history with grapes that dates back to Thomas Jefferson, and many of the Northern Virginia wineries have longstanding histories of their own.
Location, location, location
If you commute into Washington, D.C., or within the greater region, it’s hard to beat a Northern Virginia location. Closer in to the city, the metro system offers a variety of access points, while the VRE adds additional connectivity to both the city and other areas outside of Northern Virginia. Add in the endless list of restaurants to try, beautiful parks, museums, and historic sites, and it’s easy to fall in love. Building new ensures you can enjoy all the area has to offer for the long run.
The taxes aren’t half bad, either
While property tax rates in Northern Virginia are generally higher than the rest of the state, if you’re looking to build a new home in the DMV, Virginia tax rates are generally more appealing than the Maryland side of D.C.
While D.C. proper is the winner in terms of property tax alone, it’s more difficult to find new homes being built there, plus some of the other taxes make up that difference. The Virginia side of the line also has a lower sales tax and puts residents ahead on the estate tax rules. And while tax law is complex and forever changing, as far as building a new home goes, the property tax aspect is certainly a benefit.
Building new always comes with its own list of benefits, and by finding your perfect location within the DMV, you’ll be sure to love your home and life for years to come.