Living on the Right Side of the Tracks-Communities the VRE Built

When the Virginia Rail Express (VRE) first began operations along the I-95 corridor in 1992 there were questions as to whether the lack of housing near the train stations would derail the long term plans for the commuter rail. Since that time a new supply of "whistle stop" towns has sprung up close to 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, Osprey Restaurant 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 Whistle Stop 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 the chance to grab the train and then transfer to the Metro.

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. 

If you are interested in finding a home within walking distance of a VRE station give me a call.  I'd be glad to give you a 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 4 commentsCindy Jones • January 15 2009 10:49PM


Cindy, you wrote the book on GREAT localism posts.  I want one of these posts for rail transportation in Maryland, but I cannot imagine how much time it took to create this map and post.  GREAT job!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Maraget-thanks.  Map not so hard once you get the hang of it.  Templates created and artwork added as needed.  Training sessions are provided at no charge!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

A well woven story and great graphics. 

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 10 years ago

Pat-thanks for your comment.   It isn't to weave a story when you live, work and play in an area every day.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

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