Neighborhoods across Prince William County have been named among the best places for homeownership in Virginia, according to “NerdWallet,” an online independent comparison site. Prince William County neighborhoods took six slots in the top 20 on the list of best places in the state to own a home. Four of those neighborhoods placed in top 10.
Linton Hall came in at the top spot; Buckhall came in second. Montclair took the third spot while Marumsco placed seventh on the list. Dale City took the 12th spot and Lake Ridge came in at 16.
The study, which used information gathered by the U.S. Census American Community Survey, evaluated places with populations of more than 15,000 and asked if homes were available, if people could afford to live there, and if the population was growing.
According to the NerdWallet.com study, home ownership rate, median monthly homeowner cost, median monthly household income, median home values and population growth figured into the overall rating of a community’s appeal. The study tallied values given to each category to rate the communities.
Aside from the hard numbers, the study included some subjective items such as the Hylton Performing Arts Center near Linton Hall; easy access to boating, fishing and camping for Buckhall residents; tree-lined streets around Lake Montclair; and Marumsco residents’ access to the Occoquan Bay and Featherstone National Wildlife refuges.
Prince William Chairman Corey A. Stewart credited the county’s variety of activities, amenities and attractions as reasons people would want to buy homes in the county. “There are a multitude of reasons why people want to live in Prince William County. We have safe neighborhoods, excellent schools, and— as cited in the story—access to an array of cultural and recreational opportunities. We are close to the nation’s capital, and yet still have a competitive housing market with the lowest average property tax bills in Northern Virginia. It comes as no surprise to me that Prince William County is ranked among the best in the nation by another media outlet.”
Several Prince William County communities also gained some recognition from the “Washington Business Journal” which listed 25 of the “hottest” residential real estate ZIP codes in the Washington Metro area.
The 20115 ZIP code in Gainesville placed 19th on the list. Three Woodbridge ZIP codes earned spots on the list with the with 22193 placing number one, 22191 came in at number six and 22192 came in at the number eight spot.