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How to Pick the Right Neighborhood for You and Your Family

How to Pick the Right Neighborhood for You and Your Family


When you’re considering buying a new home, it’s important that you find just the right neighborhood for you and your family. Maybe you’re a newlywed looking for a starter home with room to grow, or perhaps you’re a retiree looking for some peace and quiet (with a side of golf). Western Prince William County has great neighborhoods to suit any size family, no matter where you are in your journey. Here are some tips for picking the right neighborhood.

  • Choose the type of home you’re looking for. If you’re single and purchasing your first home, you may want to check out a spacious condominium or townhome. If you’re newly married and want to start a family in the next few years, perhaps a townhome, duplex or smaller single family home is right for you. If you’ve got children already, you might be looking for a larger single family home in a community with tot lots. And if you’re 55 or over, you may want to consider one-level living in one of the county’s active adult communities. Consider your family’s needs now and over the next few years to decide what kind of home is right for you. Then talk to your agent about communities where you can find this type of home.
  • Consider your commute. Think about how far you will realistically like to commute to work. You can create a radius from your office and only search for homes within that radius. Also, consider what public transportation options are available. Many communities in Western Prince William County are just a hop away from the beltway and other major highways, and you always have the option to slug, take a car or van pool or try the bus. There is also a great train system, the VRE, with stops in Manassas. You can easily commute to the station from many of the surrounding communities and then kick back and relax with a good book (or a nap) on your way to work.
  • Do your research. If you have children, look up information on area schools. Prince William County schools are some of the highest rated in the state. Also, look at crime statistics. You’ll want to ensure the area is safe for you and your family. (Western Prince William County has low crime rates.) You’ll also want to make sure you’re conveniently located to shopping, dining and recreational activities. Prince William offers tons of outdoor activities, with the neighboring Bull Run Mountains, Civil War battlefields, award-winning golf courses and more.
  • Make a wish list. What do you like and dislike about your current neighborhood? What would you like to change? Sit down with your family and make a list of must-haves, nice-to-haves and deal-breakers for your new neighborhood. This is where it pays to have a real estate agent familiar with the local neighborhoods. You can review your list with your agent and he or she can make suggestions on great neighborhoods based off your wish list.


The Chris Colgan Real Estate Teamis accustomed to working with all types of families. Whether you’re retired and looking for a permanent place to live out your golden years or a military family needing something shorter term, we’ve got the experience and know how to get you into the home you’re looking for. Contact us today.


Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.


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