A Few Top Tips on Relocating to Northern Virginia

People are rediscovering Virginia as a great place to relocate, especially for regular people with regular jobs such as housewife, writer, butcher, baker, tailor or plumber. Manassas, Fredericksburg, Alexandria and the other areas in Northern Virginia, in particular, are becoming favorite choices for relocation, whether for people who intend to work there, or those working in the region, such as in DC.

Virginia, Rich In Opportunities

Unknown to many, Virginia is indeed a good place to live. Proof? Visitors spend billions of dollars each year to enjoy the offerings of this great state. Visited by many for its historic significance, tourism has actually posted $19.2 billion in revenue for Virginia and supports more than 210,000 jobs in the industry. And what’s more, it isn’t the only industry in the state. Virginia is home to 160 wineries, 16 wine trails and was recently named one of the top five up-and-coming wine destinations in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. It’s also home to some 220 golf courses located throughout the state. With Virginia being rich in history, good opportunities (especially in tourism) and a low cost of living, it’s possible to live in comfort here – whether you are a writer, an actor, a painter, a restaurateur, a coffee and sandwich shop owner, a factory worker or a plumber. Manassas, for instance, the site of the Battle of Bull Run, is a particularly good place for those who can see the opportunities.

Where In Northern Virginia?

This historic town has many good neighborhoods where housing is quite affordable, if you know where to look. In the Centreville and Green Trails/Manorgate communities, for instance, townhouses are available for roughly $350,000 for a 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom configuration, perfect for a small family. Some older homes are available at even more affordable prices- and, unlike other houses in that range, the only (if any at all) drawbacks may be a few problems easily fixable by a good carpet-layer, painter, contractor or plumber. Manassas and other nearby towns have very good workspeople, so finding those won’t be a problem.

Areas east of Route 28 such as Coverstone Drive are also good value for their prices, as well as those near the GMU Prince William, off 234-Business near Sudley Manor Drive and Ashton Avenue to name a few. In fact, there are even condos in the Liberia Avenue area (east of Route 28) available for around $250,000. The trick is to make sure you know what you’re buying- always make sure the places you are considering have been inspected by trustworthy experts such as a builder, electrician or plumber – Manassas residents (and residents of Northern Virginia in general) are very friendly and community-minded, so don’t be shy to ask around for recommendations.