Learn About Virginia’s Best Communities
Love the city? Live for the peace and serenity of nature? Virginia is the best of both your worlds. The mountains offer a natural oasis, while the nation’s capital city sits nearby within reach. With a unique combination like this, there are so many great reasons why people love living in Virginia.
Why move to Virginia?
Virginia is a diverse state with great weather, low taxes, and close proximity to big city life. You can relax amongst nature and explore museums the next day. The pace of living in Virginia allows anyone to get a piece of the life they love—if you’re with your family, there’s plenty for kids to do as they grow, while if you’re retiring, you can slow down and enjoy a pace that’s easy and peaceful.
What are the benefits of living in Virginia?
There are ample benefits of Virginia living. Nature nerd? You got it—head to the national parks. City slicker? Spend a day in D.C. History buff? Explore forts and monuments that tell the tale of our country’s past. Read on to learn why people enjoy Virginia life.
- City life nearby: You can live in Reston or Arlington, Virginia and get all the benefits of a city without having to be in the bustle day after day. Pop on a train into D.C. to experience shopping, fine dining, diverse culture, museums, and much more. Then retreat back to a calm life where you can relax.
- The perfect assortment of seasons: If you like a brisk winter morning and a warm summer day, Virginia is perfect for you. You get to experience the best of all seasons without overly-freezing cold weather or sizzling-hot summer afternoons.
- Low taxes: Virginia is known for affordable living, real estate prices within reach, and low taxes that make it an easy choice for retirement.
- Activities: No matter what you love to do, you can find it in Virginia. You’ll find many here live an active and healthy lifestyle—with universities peppered across the state and national parks from Shenandoah to Great Falls, you’re never strapped for a weekend adventure with breathtaking views that make you want to get up and explore.
Ready to move to Virginia?
Does Virginia suit you? Let’s take a look at the communities you could call home. Take your time exploring the options for Virginia communities below. The options are ready, and all you need to do is choose your favorites.
When you see some Virginia communities that stand out to you, use the information request form to contact a local representative from each. You can ask questions about the community, chat with a local Virginian, and get a feel for the lifestyle in the state. You can even get into the specifics like health care options, the best food nearby, and the general atmosphere of the destination.
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Research and Explore the Best Communities in Virginia
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Bay Creek – Your Perfect Day
This is an unprecedented waterfront living experience on Virginia’s Cape. With its ideal location on Virginia’s sought-after Eastern Shore, one of the most environmentally stunning areas in the United States with more than 78,000 acres of preserved parks, Bay Creek is natural sanctuary for premier coastal living.
Boating, birding, crabbing, fishing and paddling along the Chesapeake Bay are a way of life here. There is truly something for everyone on these 1,720 pristine acres: from those passionate about golf and outdoor activities year-round, to those looking to trade city life for the perfect beach town in Cape Charles – recently voted “Prettiest Little Beach Town in Virginia” by Coastal Living. A host of new and updated amenities has been re-imagined with the goal of making Bay Creek the premier coastal community on the East Coast.
– Private two-mile beach on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay
– Premier, award-winning golf from Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus
– Coach House Tavern
– 10,000 square-foot Bay Creek Life Center featuring weight and cardio areas, exercise studios, a kid’s club and two outdoor pools
– Watersports: sailing, kayaking, canoeing, yachting, windsurfing, water skiing, sport fishing, crabbing and more.
– 350 acre Nature Preserve with scenic trails for walking, jogging, and biking
– Base Camp, a family-focused outdoor adventure area featuring a kayak launch, camping areas, and lifelong learning
– Private gated entrance, staffed 24 hours a day
– New Lighthouse Beach Club (coming soon), to include a Beachside Restaurant, boardwalk and outdoor pool
– Town Harbor Marina (Cape Charles)-with a deepwater channel, within walking distance for homeowners
– Kings Bay Marina – adjacent to Bay Creek, offering a deepwater channel
Located in award-winning Brambleton, in the heart of Loudoun County, Virginia and just 30 miles from Washington, DC, Birchwood has become the best-selling active adult community around. Buyers have fallen in love with this new walkable community where everything you want is right at your fingertips including an amazing 20,000 square foot clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, open spaces, trails, shopping and dining. And Birchwood is within easy access to the new Metro rail extension, Dulles International Airport and dozens of wineries, breweries and historic sites. Another reason to love Birchwood is that Virginia is ranked 3rd for lowest real estate taxes of all east coast states. Plan your visit today, move in this year! ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH?
Birchwood is intentionally different, better, refreshed. at the center of it all is a magnificent 20,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, designed to inspire. party space, private space, cocktail sports and hard charging activities, it’s all here, yet unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The clubhouse includes indoor & outdoor pools, demonstration kitchen, indoor & outdoor bars, theatre & game rooms, health & wellness center, art studio, golf simulator, social gathering spaces, pickleball & bocce courts, fishing pier with catch and release fishing, and outdoor fitness stations. Add our beautiful outdoor spaces featuring biking/walking trails, picnic/lawn area, greenhouse & garden area and nature stations and you’ve got the makings of someplace very special.
At Cadence at Lansdowne, you’ll discover a new spacious and stylish villa home from a trusted builder and an amenity-rich 55+ lifestyle in the well-established Lansdowne area. Enjoy a close-knit community nestled within a bustling urban hub close to everything you want and need without leaving Northern Virginia. A low-maintenance lifestyle leaves plenty of time to enjoy all the attractions that make Lansdowne a golf, retail, and resort destination. And you’ll be close to family, friends and everything you know and love!
Brookfield Residential delivers the latest style trends and innovative home design elements you desire most. Floorplans have been designed to maximize your lifestyle, easy single-level living, and a low-maintenance lifestyle. Our experienced team will guide you through the personalization process that’s included in every Brookfield Residential home. Our Empower collection of innovative features will enhance each step of your new home experience.
Amenities at Candence at Lansdowne include a dog park, walking trails, picnic pavilion, pickleball and multi-sport court, and community amphitheater.
Belmont Bay is home to Beacon Park Towns, an age-55+ community for retirees and active adults on the Virginia waterfront.
Beacon Park Towns is a community of luxurious three-level townhomes overlooking the Occoquan River. Every residence comes with its own private elevator, providing easy access to the living, entertainment, and storage space in each townhome. The Commodore includes up to four bedrooms and 3.5 baths in a spacious floor plan of nearly 3,000 square feet, and the Galleon model comes with three or four bedrooms with up to five full baths. Both low-maintenance townhome designs feature two-car garages.
Belmont Bay residents have access to social and recreational amenities that are designed for active adults. The Belmont Bay Harbor Marina offers complete boating services that includes convenient anchorage for watercraft of all sizes, plus kayak and paddleboard launches. The surrounding Marina District features neighborhood shops and restaurants, a waterfront boardwalk, and a village green for live music performances and special events.
Developed by regional experts Miller & Smith and located in Virginia’s Prince Georges County, Belmont Bay is just a short drive from the Quantico Marine Corps Base and the growing town of Woodbridge. Also nearby are great hiking trails in several state parks and the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Request more information below and discover your new Virginia destination at Belmont Bay and Beacon Park Towns.
Located in the rolling countryside of northern Virginia, Spring Creek offers exceptional home choices and amenities for retirees, families, and those working from home.
The lifestyle amenities truly set this 960-acre community apart. The Spring Creek Golf Club is home to an award-winning championship course and Tavern on the Green restaurant and pub. In addition, the 9,500-square-foot Sports Club & Fitness Center at Spring Creek features cardio and aerobic workout equipment, tennis/pickleball courts, and a 25-meter pool, as well as a wading pool and playground for the kids. There’s also a catering kitchen, plus meeting space and banquet rooms for up to 150 guests. Walking trails meander throughout the property and a year-round calendar of social activities keeps everyone involved in community life.
A variety of Spring Creek homesites are available that include pond, woodland, and fairway views. Three of Virginia’s top builders—Stanley Martin Homes, Evergreen Home Builders, and Greenwood Homes—offer innovative designs in spacious townhouses and custom single-family homes with main-level master suites.
Just outside the community’s gates is the Spring Creek Business Park, where you’ll find two medical centers with doctor’s offices, dental clinics, and physical therapy facilities. Also right in the neighborhood are grocery markets, retail stores, and restaurants. Historic downtown Charlottesville and the University of Virginia campus are just a 15-minute drive away in an inviting region filled with historic sites, state parks, gardens, and wineries.
Beautifully built on 1,400+ acres nestled between the majestic James and Chickahominy Rivers, The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers is a private, member-owned country club community of distinction where new neighbors become family and peace of mind is a priority. Discover an immediate sense of serenity in our pleasantly spacious, hidden gem of a neighborhood that embodies the charm of Williamsburg, Virginia and features first-class amenities, including our deep-water marina, private beach, and our top-rated Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers is a natural haven where our diverse community of families and retirees have discovered an undeniable allure and wish to preserve our place of beauty and tranquility. Easily access the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown and the College of William & Mary.
Schedule your Discovery Visit and experience our lively, welcoming, one-of-a-kind community in the “South’s Best Small Town” of 2020. After all, The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers is where you belong.
Introducing the Cascades at Embrey Mill in North Stafford. With a carefree, low-maintenance lifestyle and abundant amenities, this exclusive Active Adult section blossoms in the region’s most exciting community. Strolling on our miles of trails. Playing with Spot in the dog park. Swimming in one of our pools. Dining at our Bistro & Cafe. Picking fresh vegetables and herbs from our community garden. Enjoying how quickly neighbors turn into friends, and your community becomes the family outside your family. Our vibrant community spirit is really what makes living at Embrey Mill so special.
Additional Amenities Include:
• Exclusive 55+ clubhouse and amenities
• Embrey House clubhouse with pool, The Grounds Bistro & Cafe, and fitness center
• Knight Meeting House clubhouse with pool
• 285 acres of open spaces
• 15+ parks and playgrounds
• 10 miles of hiking/biking trails
• Dog parks
• Community garden
• Easy access to I-95, Quantico, and the entire Washington, D.C. metro area
Fawn Lake – Best Places to Live in Virginia
There are places to live in Virginia, and then there are the best places to live in Virginia. Fawn Lake is the latter. An idyllic lakeside living development nine miles west of historic Fredericksburg, VA, Fawn Lake spans 2,350 acres of lush, rolling hills. It features an Audubon Certified wildlife Sanctuary. And, Fawn Lake’s deepwater marina is available to all residents.
Best Lake Living Community in Virginia
In addition to the laid-back, nature-based lake lifestyle, Fawn Lake provides the security offered in a gated community. An Arnold Palmer designed golf course and a private country club are also perks. Fawn Lake is 288 acres deep with over seven miles of shoreline that runs alongside much of the course. Fawn Lake’s lush canopy of trees complement the distinctive homes and home sites within the gates. Lakefront retreats, golf cottages and wooded estate home sites alike add architectural diversity. There’s a uniqueness here that is unparalleled in surrounding Virgina communities. Fawn Lake’s proximity to culture and excitement found in large cities and small towns also adds substantial value.
More to Love at Fawn Lake
Boating, water-skiing, and fishing are among favorite pastimes in this ideal Virginia community. And, nature-lovers have found a piece of heaven here with more than ten miles of hiking and walking trails. Residents have been known to take a midsummer dip after a long hike at the lake beach. The community pool is also a great choice. Clubs, leagues and groups are abundant at Fawn Lake. So, if you’re the social type, you’re in luck. Additionally, schools, top area hospitals and shopping are all easily accessible. A fitness club is on site, and tennis, boating, kayaking, sailing, and a community clubhouse are available to all residents. Fawn Lake offers a wide variety of custom builders to suit your needs. Home prices range from the high $500s to $2.5 million.
It’s not hard to find the best fit at Fawn Lake.
Plan your Virginia visit
The best way to know if a place is right for you is to, well, go visit! When you’ve selected your Virginia communities, inquire about a tour. You can get to know the neighborhood, meet some locals, ask questions, and truly picture yourself living the lifestyle. It’ll be an easy choice—once you know, you know—and Virginia in real life won’t disappoint.