Living in Spotsylvania
Spotsylvania County is located about 65 miles south of Washington D.C. and 55 miles north of Richmond along Interstate 95. It is a mix of urban and rural landscapes, and is one of Virginia’s fastest growing areas. With a developing economy, central location, and 400 square miles of natural beauty, Spotsylvania just might be the place to find your new home. To help you with your decision, we’re here to provide more information about what it is like living in Spotsylvania County. V Star Real Estate is the go-to team for finding the perfect home in Northern Virginia.
Employment and Commuting
Spotsylvania County is part of the Greater Fredericksburg Region and located midway between Richmond and D.C. Most residents travel between thirty minutes and one hour to work. In fact, approximately 48% of the region’s available workforce commute to jobs outside of the region. Many residents find the commute time worth Spotsylvania’s natural beauty as well as the privacy, lower cost of living, and lifestyle available to those who live there.
Because Spotsylvania residents can easily access Interstate 95, government employees, federal contractors, and other professionals live in Spotsylvania and commute outside of the region to work. Many members of the armed forces also call this city home. The heart of Spotsylvania is approximately 40 miles to both Dahlgren and Quantico, 55 miles to Fort Belvoir, and about 28 miles from Fort A.P. Hill. While most Spotsylvania residents commute by car, there is access to the VRE commuter rail service at Spotsylvania Station Zone 9. There is also an Amtrak Station and several park & ride lots in nearby Fredericksburg.
Because of its location as a crossroads for highway and rail, Spotsylvania is an industrial center that has become a desirable location for many businesses. Opportunities in industries such as management, sales, education and healthcare are available. With its wealth of outdoor activities and historical attractions, Spotsylvania also has a flourishing tourism industry. Due to such growth, retail businesses have expanded into the region.
Cost of Living and Housing
With a median home value of $498,000, buying a home in Spotsylvania, VA is more expensive than the national average. However, the homes are often less expensive than those in other areas of Northern Va, and the key is that you will definitely get more home and acreage for your money. Most residents own their homes, and you’ll find a good variety of properties for any budget.
If a single-family home is what you’re looking for, there are so many fantastic neighborhoods to take a look at. Saw Hill, Holleybrooke, Lake Wilderness, Lake Acres, and Stoneybrooke neighborhoods consist mostly of three- to five-bedroom two-story homes priced competitively in the $300-400’s. Neighborhoods like Lake Anna have custom-built brick or siding homes starting in the $700’s. And, there is a lot of new-construction to choose from in the Spotsylvania Courthouse area. Expansive townhomes and two-story homes with up to 4,500 sq. feet of living space are valued between $400,000 and $600,000. Homes in Spotsylvania Village are incorporated into a Town Center filled with restaurants, a gym, a professional center, and a variety of businesses and shops.
You may also want to check out the community of Fawn Lake. These custom-built homes vary in style, age, and in size - some larger than 6,000 sq. feet. Three- to four-bedroom homes are priced starting in the mid-$500’s, and larger homes, waterfront homes, and those on more than an acre of land can cost upwards of $1.5 million. Without a doubt, Fawn Lake is the most amenity-packed community in Spotsylvania County. There is a golf course, beach, boat ramp, fitness center, baseball field, dog park, a country club, and tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts. HOA fees are $2,890 annually, so residents need to factor that into their budget.
Many of Spotsylvania’s homes don’t belong to a particular community and are instead spread out throughout the region on large lots. Ranch-style homes are available starting in the $300’s and two-story new-construction homes on multiple acres are priced in the $500’s. You can also find very large homes on 10+ acres of land for $900,000 or more.
Things to Do
Spotsylvania County offers an abundance of nature-based recreation. It boasts 13 parks including the beautiful Lake Anna, where visitors can fish, water-ski, swim, and sail. Visitors also have opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, and camping. There are popular golf courses in the area which are worth checking out - Lee’s Hill Golf Club and Fawn Lake Country Club. Additionally, families can enjoy time at Belvedere Plantation and all of the community gatherings and events that take place at both Patriot Park and Loriella Park. Residents of Spotsylvania are also able to enjoy professional sports, as Baltimore, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. are in close proximity.
You can’t live in Spotsylvania and not think about the area’s rich history. The county is home to numerous historic sites and is known as the “Crossroads of the Civil War.” In addition to several battlefields, the Spotsylvania Courthouse area offers visitors access to a museum and historic church, jail, and courthouse.
Living in Spotsylvania County provides the sense of community homeowners appreciate. We love the area’s small-town feel, rich history, and wealth of outdoor activities. If you’re interested in moving to Spotsylvania County or the surrounding areas, contact V Star Real Estate today - we’re happy to help you find the perfect home.the right home for your needs. Be sure to check out our website to search for all of the latest listings in the area!