Listen To The Train Whistle In These Prince William County Communities

We have all read the stories of how the railroad opened up development throughout the United States and changed the face of our young nation. When transportation officials and developers began planning the Virginia Rail Express (VRE) along the I-95 corridor in 1992 there were concerns as to whether the lack of housing near the train stations would derail the long term plans for a commuter trail. Just like the Wild West the train brought a new supply of "whistle stop" towns close to the eastern run of the tracks including Belmont Bay, Rippon Landing and Quantico.

The Woodbridge Station sits just at the edge of Belmont Bay and is within a mile of the marina that is the jewel of the community. Still growing Belmont Bay offers buyers the chance to live in a community that includes a marina, the public Osprey Golf Course and waterfront walking paths. Neighboring a 400 acre nature reserve residents have a chance to not only enjoy the community but watch Osprey's soar and fox run. With waterfront condos, townhouses, golf villas and detached homes residents enjoy a resort style lifestyle all year long.

Only a few miles south of Belmont Bay you hit the Rippon Landing station. When you get off the train you can look up the hill and see the new Potomac Pointe condos. What you don't notice until you top the hill is that the condos enjoy a stunning view of the Potomac River. The lot is general full with commuters who come in from Port Potomac or Eagles Pointe. The station is also within walking distance to townhouse owners at Riverside Station or the detached homes in Dawson's Landing.

The last station in Prince William County is the Quantico Station. Located within the gates of Quantico Marine Base commuters must drive in to the base in order to get to the station. However that doesn't seem to stop anyone who wants to grab a cup of coffee at the Whistlestop Coffee Shop before boarding the train. New developments including Cramer's Ridge, Lionsfield Valley and the Reserve at Potomac Crest have increased the popularity of the Quantico Station and it is a great chance for active duty military who need to make a morning run to the Pentagon a chance to grab the train and transfer to the metro in Springfield.

The development of the new whistle stop communities on the eastern portion of the VRE are part of the master plans for the Northern Virginia Counties of Stafford, Prince William and Fairfax. With ridership continuing to grow the plans to create more walkable communities on the right side of the tracks in has become a reality. The western stops on the VRE have also spanned huge developements as well.

If you are interested in finding a home within walking distance of a VRE station give the Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213. Let us give you you the whistle stop tour of Prince William County.

Prince William County VRE Stations

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If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Virginia Real Estate market including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties give Cindy Jones and Integrity Real Estate Group a call at 703-346-2213.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsCindy Jones • April 11 2011 08:52PM


Cindy ~  What a great presentation and history lesson; nice job!!!  I lived in Quantico as a very young child . . . so many changes, and I believe for the better.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 7 years ago

Great info Cindy for your relocation clients that want to consider newer communities and see their commuting options.

Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) over 7 years ago


Thanks for sharing the information, have a great day.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 7 years ago

Tish-Quantico MCB has grown considerably with the post 9/11 changes.  The area around the base has also grown and the VRE did help play a part in it.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Steve-during the week when I need to get into DC for a meeting I can walk to the VRE station.  Wish we had more walkable communities so we could unclog our roads.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Thanks Lou.  Same to you.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Cindy, VRE will really make Belmont Bay work for Dick and I when we move there.  Well, for Dick anyway.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Cindy, I like how you combined the history with what is going on today.  Its intersting how different parts of the country feel comfortable getting around.  In College Station, Texas...commuting on a train or bus isn't done unless you are on the TAMU campus.  I'm glad the trains help you get around. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

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