Northern Virginia has a little of everything

Loudoun County (Leesburg, et al) and Prince William County (Manassas, et al) are two of the fastest-growing counties in Virginia for retirement. And, there’s no wonder.

Want to live in Wine Country? In less than 25 years, Loudoun County’s wineries have emerged as leading Virginia producers of vinifera and New World grape wines. Loudoun’s most popular varieties are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Norton, and Merlot.

The two counties are also home to a dozen outstanding golf courses, many equestrian opportunities, nature trails, parks, farmer’s markets, galleries and concerts and symphony events. The area is full of great shopping, Civil War history and battlefields and quaint towns. The Washington Redskins are headquartered in Loudoun County. There is never a shortage of things to do in Northern Virginia. Preferred towns/cities in this region are:

Ashburn (pop. 50,000)
Manassas (pop. 130,000)
Woodbridge (pop. 180,000)
Dumfries (pop. 30,000)
Lake Ridge (pop. 60,000)
Dale City (pop. 75,000)
Clifton (pop. 15,000)
Herndon (pop. 80,000)
Vienna (pop. 62,000)

If you ever feel the urge for big city shopping, dining or entertainment, Washington, D.C. (and larger VA and MD suburbs) is just a hop, skip and jump away.

Further South, Retirees can also discover the charm and history of Fredericksburg (pop. 140,000), Richmond (pop. 500,000) and Charlottesville (pop. 100,000). Fredericksburg is one of the fastest growing cities in Virginia.

Fredericksburg is an area where suburban meets rural living and where history meets our modern lifestyles. Here, there are numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural opportunities amid historic Civil War battlefields.

Homes range from urban townhomes and condos to gorgeous waterfront properties along the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers outside of town. Compared to many locations in Northern Virginia, the Fredericksburg area has affordable home prices and property taxes. The Fredericksburg area has one of the largest state lakes - Lake Anna - and a renowned state park.

Richmond, the state capital, offers lots of recreation, entertainment and community events. Many people prefer to live in suburbs such as Midlothian or Glen Allan and commute into the city to access city services and amenities.

Charlottesville is the home to the University of Virginia and the town offers all the cultural, educational, arts and sporting events you would expect of a very popular college town.