The Best Neighborhoods in Lorton, VA
Lorton is a unique D.C. suburb in southern Fairfax County that offers an upscale small-town environment full of history, arts, culture, and recreation. It is a diverse modern-living community perfect for active families and young professionals. With access to great public transportation systems and highly rated schools, Lorton is a good place to consider purchasing a home. We help our clients find spectacular homes in Lorton and throughout the Northern Virginia area - here are our picks for the best neighborhoods in Lorton, VA. Some of them are townhome communities!
Laurel Crest Homes & Townhomes
Laurel Crest is a well-established community adjacent to Laurel Hill Park and Laurel Hill Golf Club. It is conveniently located one mile from I95 and the Lorton Commuter Rail Station, which allows for an easier commute into work.
The neighborhood features newer-construction midsized single-family homes and townhomes. The homes were built in the early 2000’s and are competitively priced. The single-family homes are colonial in style with a variety of layouts, from a three bedroom with 1,400 square feet to a four bedroom with over 2,300 square feet. Laurel Crest also contains sizable three-story townhomes with garages and are a great option for buyers looking for a lower price point.
The HOA fees in Laurel Crest are about $80 per month which covers trash, snow removal, and common area maintenance. The community does not include amenities such as a clubhouse and pool, so this is something to keep in mind if those types of options are important to you. For those who aren’t avid pool-goers, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to choose from.
The Village of Mt. Air Townhomes
The Village of Mt. Air is a centrally located family-friendly community in the popular historic district of Lorton. It is within easy reach of major commuting routes like Route 1 and I-95, and the neighborhood is less than five miles from the Lorton VRE Station. Those who are stationed at Ft. Belvoir will enjoy a short commute, as the Village of Mt. Air Townhomes is just minutes from two gates.
Spread over 40 acres of wooded land, this popular neighborhood consists of 182 three-story townhomes built in the 1980’s. The homes are of varied design, offering square footage upwards of 2,200 square feet. Some of the townhomes have garages, while others come with plenty of on-street parking. Like the townhomes in Laurel Crest, homes are generally priced in the $500 to $600’s.
The fees are slightly higher than that of Laurel Crest, as the neighborhood also offers tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, and pet stations. And, the association frequently hosts community gatherings and festivals, with the goal of being a relaxed and welcoming neighborhood for families, retirees, and young professionals.
Mason’s Passage Homes and Townhomes
Mason’s passage is situated at the head of the Mason Neck Peninsula, off US-1 and Gunston Road. This distance to downtown D.C. is about 20 miles, and Ft. Belvoir is approximately eight. Not only is it convenient to major roadways, it is also just a few miles from the Lorton VRE Station. This is a major benefit to those who commute during heavy traffic times.
Mason’s Passage is a well-established community of 180 single-family homes and townhomes. Built between 1999 and 2001, the brick single-family colonial-style homes have spacious basements and large kitchens. The single-family homes have on average, four bedrooms and 2,500 square feet, and are competitively priced. While the homes are large, one downside is that most sit on rather small lots. The townhomes in Mason’s Passage are three-story brick-fronts with garages and lower-level rec rooms. Like the single-family homes, the townhomes also range in size, but overall can be a bit less expensive than some of the other townhomes in Lorton.
The community does not offer amenities such as a pool or sports courts, so the HOA dues are on the lower end, at $82 per month. This fee covers ground fees, trash, and maintenance. The community provides residents with a private and relaxed atmosphere, and the options for outdoor activity in the area are endless. Gunston Hall, Mason Neck State Park, Pohick Bay Golf Course, and Pohick Bay Park, are all close by.
Like our other favorites in Lorton, the neighborhood of Harbor View is within easy reach of Route 1 and I-95. The VRE is still a great alternative to driving, as the Woodbridge VRE station is actually closer by two miles than the Lorton station.
Most of the homes in Harbor View are rather spacious, and while competitively priced for the region, Harbor View is one of the more expensive places to live in Northern Virginia. Homes vary in style, but you’ll mostly find colonial or split-level brick homes with between three to five bedrooms and up to 4,000 square feet of living space. One of the best features of the neighborhood is that most of the lots are a half an acre or larger with plenty of trees.
More than any other community on our list and more than most in Northern Virginia as a whole, Harbor View offers a significant number of amenities. Residents can enjoy everything from community festivals to an events pavilion to a private marina. For this reason the HOA dues are on the high end, yet it’s still a highly sought-after place to live.
Going into this housing market can be a challenge, and we’re here to help. Contact V Star Real Estate, and we can help you find the right home for your needs. Let us know if you have any questions about the best neighborhoods in Lorton, Va. Be sure to check out our website to search for all of the latest listings in the area!
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