Are You Relocating to Washington D.C.?
Are you wondering which neighborhoods would be best for building that dream home you’ve always wanted?
You’ve come to the right place. We design and build custom homes in the Washington D.C. Area. As someone who grew up overseas – my family hails from Southern Spain – I know firsthand how it feels to move to this unique city, a place where I’ve raised my family and built a life and business.
But… before taking the plunge, you’ll want to get the lay of the land. If researching neighborhoods has left you feeling overwhelmed and confused, let me offer some simple and carefully chosen recommendations.
For most of our clients, finding a good school district is critical, and so is a reasonable commute to Washington D.C.. Equally important criteria are safety, beauty, convenience, and proximity to cultural amenities. Moreover, we suggest you focus on these three areas: McLean, Great Falls and Arlington.
Why McLean, Great Falls and Arlington?
1. Reasonable Commute
According to the Census Bureau, people in the Washington D.C. Area have the second longest commutes in the COUNTRY! Don’t be fooled into thinking your commute won’t be too bad if your home is only 12 miles from work. We’ve chosen areas that have relatively attractive commutes – Great Falls is a little longer than Arlington and McLean – but keep in mind they can vary even within each area, so be sure to do your research.
Some of the public schools in McLean, Great Falls and Arlington consistently rank among the best in the nation. For many, this is something you just can’t put a price tag on. If you are leaning toward private schools – rest assured, you have a lot of excellent options. Click here for more information, and edit your search as needed.
Safety is obviously a big priority. According to areavibes.com, the overall crime rates in Arlington, McLean and Great Falls are between 60%-70% lower than the national average.
Just about everyone who visits McLean, Great Falls and Arlington has the same initial thought: “I had no idea such a beautiful, relaxed, leafy neighborhood could be so close to D.C.!” If quiet streets, stunning homes, large parcels of land, and nearby parks and walking trails are on your wish list, these areas check those boxes nicely.
5. Convenience and Proximity to Cultural Amenities
This is the icing on the cake. Everything Washington D.C. has to offer (museums, restaurants, culture, neighborhoods, etc.) is truly within your grasp from our 3 areas. Understand if you live further out, it’s more difficult to make the D.C. experience part of your regular life. What’s more, McLean is 10 minutes to Tyson’s Corner, a booming little city that boasts excellent restaurants, luxury shopping, and a surprising number of large corporate headquarters. It’s a destination unto itself.
Of course, there are other great areas you could consider. I would be happy to offer some objective advice on another neighborhood you are considering. We’ve been building custom homes in Northern Virginia for over 18 years. We’d love to help you understand how exciting and painless the whole process really is.
In conclusion, it’s never too early to reach out to Francisca to start a conversation about your dream home. Connect with her today! Cell: 703-927-9184 or by email at [email protected].