The Northern Virginia stretch along the Orange Line of the D.C. Metro system, especially within Arlington County, is one of the most resilient and fastest growing real estate markets in the nation. While most of Northern Virginia remains a residential area, the past fifteen years have seen a boom in both commercial and retail growth. Close proximity to Washington D.C. has fostered an urbanization of the city’s traditional suburbs. Fairfax and Arlington Counties have both urban and suburban qualities that bring the quiet residential life and busy city life together into one region. Hubs along the Orange Line make up a “green” corridor that promote a more mixed-used style of living that is attractive to both young professionals and families. Community attractions like weekly farmer’s markets and quality local shopping and dining experiences are reasons to visit the Orange Line corridor, while the high ranking school districts and a diverse selection of homes are a reason to stay.
Stops in Fairfax County include: West Falls Church, Dunn Loring/Merrifield, and Vienna/Fairfax. Arlington County, which is directly next to the District, consists of the East Falls Church, Ballston, Virginia Square, Clarendon, Courthouse and Rosslyn stops. While many who live in Northern Virginia struggle with their morning commute, there are some ways to alleviate the stress. The DMV metro system, though not perfect, is a great way to shorten one’s commute, and takes away the stress of driving.