Prince William County, VA Real Estate
Guide to Prince William County, Virginia
Adjacent to the Potomac River, Prince William County is situated in Virginia on the east coast of the United States. With a diverse pool of residents and housing properties, the area also features some amazing parks, historical battlefields, and plenty of nightlife opportunities.
South of Loudoun and Fairfax Counties
Prince William County is situated in northern Virginia and is bounded on the north by Loudoun and Fairfax Counties; to the west is Fauquier County, to the south are Stafford County and MCB Quantico, and to the east is the Potomac River, with Charles County, Maryland lying across the river. Manassas is the county seat while the largest town in the county is Dumfries. Some notable destinations within Prince William include Potomac Mills, Fountainhead Regional Park, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
Named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland
The county was named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland—the third son of King George II. At the time of European encounter, the inhabitants of the area that would become Prince William County were the Doeg—an Algonquian-speaking sub-group of the Powhatan tribal confederation. The Doeg maintained several villages in the area until the 1650’s.
The First & Second Battles of Manassas took place in the area around 1861. Today, the National Battlefield Park provides the opportunity for visitors to explore the historic terrain where men fought and died more than a century ago. Some historic sites to see on the battlefield include the Robinson House, Brawner’s Farm, Battery Heights, and Stone House—a historic house used as a hospital during both battles. It is near the intersection of Sudley Road and Lee Highway.
The County is Traversed by Many Highways & Roads
Route 234—or Sudley Road—bisects the county and travels to towns like Manassas and Dale City. I-66 is an east-west road running across the county, while the more commonly used I-95 is the most congested interstate in the area. Driving northbound on I-95 is a quick hit to Loudoun County and finally Washington, DC. Route 1, 15, 29, and 123 are other important roads in the county. Manassas Regional Airport lies near its namesake city, while both Dulles Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport are also located nearby. The county is also served by both VRE and Amtrak lines with some stations sitting in Quantico, Woodbridge, and Manassas.
A Wide Range of Property Types
Prince William County is home to a significant amount of commuters since the county is just 35 miles south of Washington, DC. Because of this aspect, the area surprisingly offers some of the most affordable housing in the region. A wide range of property types and friendly communities ensures that the county real estate market remains vibrant and desirable. Depending on where in the county you decide to reside, you can expect anything from gorgeous custom built estates and stately waterfront properties, to classic ranchers, townhomes, and condominiums.
Potomac Mills Mall & Some Local Eateries
The Potomac Mills Mall is the 10th most popular tourist destination in Virginia and the largest outlet mall in Prince William County. Situated in Woodbridge and adjacent to I-95, this mall offers over 225 retailers, a large food court, and an 18-screen AMC movie theater. The mall also features 22 anchor stores like Marshalls, JCPenney, and Burlington Coat Factory. IKEA, Costco, Walmart Supercenter, Toys “R” Us, and Chuck E. Cheese’s are a few establishments outside the mall, while there are also a number of local eateries and bars to check out as well. Charbroil Grill Brazilian Steakhouse is a wonderful Brazilian-style steakhouse offering all-you-can eat meat, seafood, and salad in a big, bustling space. The atmosphere is excellent; the staff is polite and generous, while the delicious food is just the right price. Other restaurants in this area include Vietnam75 Noodle, BonChon Woodbridge, and Tokyo Japanese Steak House.
Besides Potomac Mills, the majority of shopping and dining establishments are scattered throughout the county and depending on where you live you could be closer to one than the other. Blue Ridge Seafood Restaurant is located off Lee Highway in Gainesville and is a longtime seafood spot with ocean themes serving lobster and crab entrees on picnic tables. Thai Taste is situated in Manassas and is a restaurant serving curries, noodle dishes, and other Thai fare in a casual strip-mall setting. Some other restaurants in the county worth checking out are Afghan Famous Kabob, Grafton St. Restaurant & Irish Pub, Pa Nuang Thai Cuisine, and La Jarochita Restaurant. If you’re looking for a music venue, check out Jiffy Lube Live near Wellington. This popular amphitheater is an outdoor concert venue seating around 25,000. Some musical acts to perform here include KC and the Sunshine Band, KISS, and the Grateful Dead.
Historical Sites & Two State Parks
Two National Parks lie within the county. Prince William Forest Park is adjacent to MCB Quantico and is a sprawling natural terrain with miles of scenic walking and biking trails, plus cabins for camping. The other is the aforementioned Manassas National Battlefield Park, which features period fences, canons, battlefield signs, and a visitor center among other things. Other green spaces in the county are Fountainhead Regional Park, Bull Run Golf Club, Bull Run Regional Park, and the Dominion Valley Country Club.
Splash Down Waterpark is located in Manassas and is a seasonal water park featuring slides of various sizes, a lagoon, leisure pool, a beach area, and a lazy river. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located in Triangle and is free to the public. WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are some of the more popular exhibits on display while there are also areas where little children can play. Other historical sites include Rippon Lodge, Brentsville Historic Centre, Lucasville Historic Site, and the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park.
Located just 35 miles to the south of Washington, DC, Prince William County is home to numerous parks, historical sites, important roads, and property listings that vary from estate homes to condominiums.
Real Estate Market Stats
Basic Stats Overview
Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Last Updated: 12/20/2015
|Homes for Sale||1,371||-20.2%||-44.5%|
|Solds: 90 Day||1,433||-7.8%||-41.5%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||98.08%||-0.4%||-0.5%|
|90 Day Sold||$351,183||+0.9%||-0.4%|
|90 Day Sold||$316,900||+0.6%||-3.5%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||46.41||+7.5%||+21.0%|
|Homes for Sale||888||-23.8%||-47.2%|
|Solds: 90 Day||806||-6.2%||-42.3%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||98.55%||+0.2%||+0.1%|
|90 Day Sold||$418,791||+0.8%||-0.3%|
|90 Day Sold||$400,000||0.0%||-3.1%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||51.47||+7.0%||+22.4%|
|Homes for Sale||434||-13.1%||-36.4%|
|Solds: 90 Day||568||-7.9%||-37.0%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||97.06%||-1.7%||-1.9%|
|90 Day Sold||$272,715||-0.2%||-0.1%|
|90 Day Sold||$268,500||-0.2%||+1.1%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||38.00||+7.1%||+18.3%|
|Homes for Sale||49||-18.4%||-67.3%|
|Solds: 90 Day||59||-28.8%||-74.6%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||97.97%||-0.1%||-0.4%|
|90 Day Sold||$183,013||-3.0%||-10.2%|
|90 Day Sold||$180,000||+4.8%||+3.6%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||58.24||+15.8%||+27.0%|