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Where is Northern Virginia Exactly?

It seemed like a crazy question and then I laughed.  The buyer was headed to Fort Belvoir from Arizona they had checked and they couldn't find Northern Virginia anywhere on the map.  It just wasn't there.

 Oh well actually there isn't a Northern Virginia like there is a North or South Carolina it is just a local term.  Where is Northern Virginia

Why do you make the distinction?

 Ahhhh we just do.  It is more about a difference in economics and politics than anything. 

So where are the boundaries?

 Hmmm, good question.  Before housing developments pushed west to the Shenandoah Valley and south through Fredericksburg we would have said it was a much smaller area.  Now with the expanded highways, the commuter options and employment centers are further and further outside of the beltway extending the area we consider Northern Virginia.

Okay well it seems to be clear as mud and I'm looking forward to the move.  I think I'll just tell everyone I'm moving to the State of Virginia.

Ummm,  just one more little point.

What is it?

Virginia isn't actually a state.  It is a Commonwealth.

Oh come on you have got to be kidding me?

No honestly it is

Can you vote?

Oh absolutely and Northern Virginian's go to the polls in record numbers. 

Alright I'll bite what about Southern Virginian's?

Oh there aren't any Southern Virginian's just Virginian's.

Can I ask you one more question? 

Sure what is it?

I'm flying into Washington Dulles Airport.  That is in the city isn't it?

Sigh.  How much time do you have for this explanation?

So if you are relocating to Northern Virginia and have orders to Fort Belvoir rest assured you won't find it on the map anywhere but it is a great place to live with wonderful neighborhoods, loads of commuting options and some slightly confused people trying to figure out where it really is.

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Comment balloon 27 commentsCindy Jones • April 14 2008 08:20AM

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That is too funny!  Now you have me thinking about the boundaries of Northern Virginia.  I guess there's also Central Virginia (like Charlottesville and Richmond). And what about the abbreviation, NOVA, which is also a TV science show on PBS.

But, I'm a MD guy and I have a hard enough time trying to tell people about the Eastern Shore vs the DC 'burbs. 

Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I once was assigned to a Navy Base in Virginia. 

Name was "NorthWest".

Never understood why it was in the extreme SouthEastern corner of the state.

Your blog lends some insight!

JimG

Posted by Cape Coral Florida Golf Course and Waterfront Homes (Gulf Coast Realty Network, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Cindy, this is a very entertaining post and extremely well written. I am familiar with Northern Virginia. I have done work there and my son has lived there. By the way, there are technically 4 commonwealths in the US. Besides Virginia, can you name the other 3?

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 10 years ago
Cindy, good question!  I tend to use the NVAR definition of Northern Virginia -- Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church.  Sometimes parts of Prince William County and even Loudoun County can get thrown into the mix.  Is Fauquier County still Northern Virginia?  What about Stafford County?  It can become a confusing muddle sometimes.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 10 years ago

I was going to visit my sister in Centreville VG and ended up coming in from the northwest (I forgot which road)...anyway, it was amazing how you went from quaint old...I mean really old homes to suburbia in a flash!  I don't know the town, but I made a right turn and BAM!  I was in DC! ;-)

 

Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

Posted by R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286) (Bank of England (NMLS#418481)) over 10 years ago

 

Cindy... Your post points out that Real Estate is a local business and the services of a local Real Estate Agent are important

Ken

I grew up in the Md suburbs of DC and spent most of my adult life on the Western Shore and commuted to work inside the beltway. I  moved to South West Florida when the DC Suburbs extended to Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, the Western Panhandle of West Virginia  and the Eastern Shore,

Posted by Ron Parise (LocateHomes.com) over 10 years ago
Ken-MD is just as confusing.   I love the fact that Baltimore is part of the DC Metropolitian area!
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Jim-I'm sure Virginia isn' t the only "state" that the residents have divided up into areas that aren't on any map.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Steve-having been born in DC and lived in the Commonwealth of VA I know about those odd little "states"  that aren't really states.  If I remember correctly it should be PA, MA & KY!  My son who was born in Okinawa used to love the little game in elementary school when the teacher would point to the US Map and ask where were you born?  He loved to stand up and say I wasn't born in a state and neither was my mom!
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Brian-My ADC map says that it should only be Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Alexandria and Arlington.  Now I think you almost have to include Stafford and Fauquier even though they have a different map book :-)
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
LOL!!  Thanks for the good laugh, Cindy.
Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) over 10 years ago
Tchaka-Thanks for stopping by. Glad if the post gave you a NOVA chuckle!
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Northern Virginia is absolutely one of the prettiest areas in the entire United States!
Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) over 10 years ago
Cindy- My ADC map book has Fauquier, but not Stafford....hmmm... however, I include both in the Northern VA area.  Great topic and so true with people relocating to this area.
Posted by Chelle Gassan, NOVA Realtor and Stager (RE/MAX Regency and Staged Homes VA) over 10 years ago

Now I'm a generous guy and all, but I think it's a stretch...or should I say streeeeeeeetch to add Fauquier County as part of Northern VA.  You're getting close to Warrenton by then.  

Side question:  Is Clark Brothers still on 29?

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) over 10 years ago
Cindy, like DC, Virginia isn't a state.  Unlike DC, Virginia has representation in Congress!  You are a Commonwealth, we are a Colony! 
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

My favorite license plate slogan by far is:  Taxation Without Representation

There really isn't anything close to that, so perfect!  Was it Eleanor Norton Holmes who came up with that idea?  BTW, I love the picture on your AR page Patricia - a little waterfront action.  I even see the road i've zipped on from Key Bridge to downtown many times.....K Street if I recall correctly. 

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) over 10 years ago

Eric-NOVA is a great area.  Lots of history, parks and friendly people too :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Chelle-just as many areas of the country have their strange quirks about how they name their areas so do we.  I love the fact that Northern Virginia is getting bigger and bigger though the land mass is still the same!
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Tchaka-Warrenton is NOW commuting distance to DC.  I've been involved in two real estate transactions in Warrenton so go figure.  If you are asking about the Clark Brothers Gun store in Warrenton yes it is still there.  So is the tack store in town too.  Some things stand the test of time.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Patricia-you have me on that one.  Having been born in DC I used to chide my parents about my status as a citizen.  When you fill out most forms they say what state were you born in?  Hmmm I wasn't born in one and I don't live in one :-)
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
these stories scare me....we don't know our way around our own country??? I think everyone had to learn the 50 states in middle school, didn't they????
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago
Bill and Barbara Jo-there are plenty of folks who geography isn't there strong suit.  When my daughter was very young she used to be able to name all 50 states in alphabetical order in under a minute.  I'll have to test her now that she is in her twenties and see if she can still do it.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Nice post. Just to expand (?) on it a bit:

Oh there aren't any Southern Virginian's just Virginians.

Well, almost all Virginians would call themselves Southerners, even those in Northern Virginia (even if there isn't a Northern Virginia). And what about West Virginia--part of Virginia before the Civil War (or War Between the States or, perhaps as Virginians who consider themselves Southerners would call it, "The War of Northern Aggression." And if you take a look at a map, West Virginia is actually North of Northern Virginia, so maybe there is no real Northern Virginia any more--just West Virginia (which is the true North). Huh?

District of Columbia

As for flying into regional airports, what about National Airport? (Or Reagan National, if you prefer.) That must be in the city, right? It's so much closer in. But, no. National Airport is in Arlington . . . Northern Virginia (if you accept the dubious premise that there is a Northern Virginia). Except, of course, that that area of Virginia used to be part (for awhile) of the District of Columbia. If you look at a map of the District, it looks as if someone took a bite out of its southwestern region . . . which is pretty much what happened.

And we haven't even touched on the subject of Southern Maryland which, thankfully, is not where that couple was moving! But to drive from Virginia into Maryland (which no one in their right mind really wants to do--traffic problems, nothing wrong with Maryland, hon!), you cross over a bridge named for a Virginia (Woodrow Wilson) who made his name by serving as governor of New Jersey (definitely North) before being elected President.

Somehow, I think I just added to the confusion!

Posted by Donald Tepper, DC area investor helping heirs of inherited homes (Long and Foster) about 8 years ago

Well no, very few Northern Virginians of the past few decades consider themselves Southerners.  Old timers and those not really in the area might.

Arlington County was actually part of Virginia before being taken by DC, then returned some years later.

Speaking of National Airport, I was there a few weeks ago and had time to kill so I walked through the former 'waiting area' and looked at all the pictures from way back (I believe the 40s) through now.  My memories only span 30 years, but the change in that time has been significant.

 

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) about 8 years ago

Donald-you forgot the fact that for some reason people also think the Pentagon is in DC when it is in Arlington.  Thanks for adding to the confusion.  Now we will never get anyone to move here :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

Tchaka-my memory span is a bit longer :-)  I CAN remember when the street cars were running in DC and Shirley Highway was a four lane road.  We used to sit on the grassy bank at Ridge Rd to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July.  My mother considered it a days drive to get to Centreville on a 2 lane winding Braddock rd.  Not sure all of the changes are positive but the area has changed.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

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