Annandale, VA Homes For Sale
Annandale is a large suburb in Fairfax County, Virginia. Covering 18.8 square miles, this affluent community is home to approximately 41,000 residents. While quite populous, the number was even higher prior to 2010, at which point the westernmost portion of town was annexed in order to create census designations for Wakefield and Woodburn. Annandale is bisected by the Capital Beltway running north/south as well as Virginia State Route 236 running east/west. Additionally, Columbia Pike begins in Annandale, running through Arlington County, all the way to the Potomac River.
The history of Annandale dates back to 1685 when Col. William Fitzhugh purchased 24,000 acres of fertile farmland and built a large tobacco plantation which would become known as Ravensworth, the largest plantation in all of Virginia. The original surveyor of the land picked out a prime location given that a road bed led directly to the Accotink drainage basin, allowing for convenient transport of tobacco. During Colonial times, Accotink Creek was a deep waterway, allowing for ocean-going ships. The property bounds of Fitzhugh and other neighboring tobacco barons converged at Backlick Run, allowing them all to make use of the waterway. To learn more about Annandale, VA homes for sale, start browsing the active MLS listings below:
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Six generations of Fitzhughs tended Ravensworth plantation, building mansions along the way. Only one remains, known as Oak Hill, a neo-Georgian structure built by Maajor Henry Fitzhugh around 1779. Over the years, family members sold off portions of the land and in 1830, the community became known as Annandale. New farmers arrived, often coming from the north and bringing new techniques such as crop rotation and fertilization. The growing of a community included a blacksmith, livery, taverns, a school, a post office and churches. Also playing an integral part were the building of major roadways. Backlick Road was joined by the Little River Turnpike in 1806, connecting Annadale with Alexandria and Fairfax. In 1810, Columbia Turnpike was built. These three roadways converged at the town center.
While Annandale's history is long and storied, including involvement in the Civil War, a larger residential boom didn't begin in earnest until around 1930. Development continued at a steady pace, throughout the World War II era and up to the present. Detached single-family homes account for 64% of the real estate marketplace with 34% condos and townhouses. The median list price is fairly high at $525,000, although you'll find a wide range, starting with modest one-bedroom condos at around $100,000 and climbing to $1.5 million for a brand new seven-bedroom custom home. In between are homes of all sizes, ages and styles, including Colonial, Victorian, Cape Cod, Tudor, French Country, Dutch Revival, Rambler, Split-level, and various custom designs with traditional influences. The market stayed on a fairly even keel in the wake of the housing downturn and is currently showing a strong 11% value growth over the past year.
There's lots of greenspace and outdoor activitites in Annandale. Accotink Creek was dammed during the 1960, creating Lake Accotink, a popular recreational spot with boating and fishing. Also in the area is Accotink Stream Valley Park, Woodburn Road Park, Pine Ridge Park, Holmes Run Stream Valley Park, Waterfield Park, Mason District Park, and the Fairfax Cross County Trail which provides hiking, biking and cross-country skiiing through pristine woodlands with an abundance of wildlife. As for more urban enjoyment, there's a diverse range of restaurants, bakeries, coffeehouses and bars. Grocery Stores include two Giants, a Safeway and various local markets. Foodies will also enjoy the Annandale Farmers Market which has a reputation for being one of the best in Fairfax County. About the only thing going against this popular suburb is the lack of a local Metro station – the closest one is to the north in Merrifield. For more information about Annadale, VA real estate, contact us today.
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Listing information last updated on December 19th, 2018 at 8:46am EST.