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Adriana Halp…,  in Melbourne, FL

My husband is getting a job in Lorton, VA. We want to be within a 1 hr. commute. Looking for country living & acerage? Horse areas plus. Ideas?

Asked by Adriana Halpern, Melbourne, FL Sun Dec 5, 2010

Don't know what areas are horsey and not expensive since we're moving from out of state. I would love to know where to begin :-) Thanks!

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I sold real estate for 18 years in Fredericksburg, Va and what you are looking for is in Spotsylvania and Stafford counties. Get an agent or do a search of these counties and you will find what you are looking for. Do a search for 5 ac and up as that is what is needed for horses. It is a beautiful area and about 30-45 min to Lorton.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 5, 2010
Adriana - I think you've been given good info - I'd look around in the Stafford area if you dont mind the commute. It's going to be more affordable. I see you're an agent, if you need to be connected to someone in that area, I might be able to help you out (that's a bit out of my area). In the meantime, feel free to use my web site to search http://(www.VickyChrisner.com) the MLS for listings to see if you find something that looks good to you.

Good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 5, 2010
Adriana-a lot will depend on your price range and if the property already have a barn and paddock for your horse(s). There are a number of horse friendly areas around Northern Virginia but it is all going to depend on your price range.

Here is a link to one property in Woodbridge well within the hour commute:
http://franklymls.com/PW7438777

You can go further south and or west of the Lorton area but it doesn't take long for you to exceed an hour commute. As you may not know the Lorton area will be part of a major influx of personnel in the next year due to relocation of jobs to Fort Belvoir and the new NGA facility a few miles away in Springfield. Traffic patterns are going to undergo a big change. Perhaps your husbands new job is part of that influx?

The good news is if you are working close to Lorton Station you could go as far south as Fredericksburg VA and ride the Virginia Rail Express into Lorton, This may be your best bet for affordable horse ready properties on acreage. The drive could push your hour limit if you are driving during major rush hour traffic but depending on your husbands ultimate location in Lorton. So you need to be prepared for our traffic.

If you would like to email a list of your requirements and price range I'd be glad to send you properties that might fit your needs. It is hard not knowing the area and trying to look through the MLS without knowing the commute patterns.

Regards,
Cindy
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 5, 2010
Hello Adriana, another great area will be Loudoun county which is about 45 to 1 hour commute to Lorton, a 5 to 10 acree will do for a home that will entertain horses, I see you are a Realtor if you need help in this area , please let me know.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
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http://www.imalam.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 5, 2010
In addition to Spotsylvania and Stafford one must keep in mind Haymarket, Gainesville, Catharpin and Manassas might be most ideal. Those postal cities are often overlooked, but because of Rt. 234 they are within an hour.

Generally you need at least a 5 acre lot and depending perhaps a 10 acre lot. The big question is if you need fencing and barns already on the property or now.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 5, 2010
Hi Adriana - I grew up on Merritt Island so I can warn you to prepare yourself for sticker shock! If you can email with some more specifics of exactly the type of property you guys are looking for, I'd be happy to run a search and email you the results!
Web Reference: http://www.jimmccowan.com
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