Neighborhoods & Housing
In Stafford County, the range of housing options includes everything from exclusive gated communities to starter homes, to townhouses, cluster homes, and apartment complexes. Of course, golf communities are available as well. In fact, if beautiful waterfront property is what you have in mind, you can find that in Stafford, too, with neighborhoods situated along the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. And for those who prefer a rural lifestyle with rolling hills and larger lots offering more privacy, Stafford is the right place for you.
Whatever your preference, you’ll find housing costs in Stafford County (and throughout the Fredericksburg Region) to be significantly less than other communities in the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC, area. Property taxes are also much lower in Stafford County, yet community amenities like parks, recreational facilities and open space, and public libraries are widely available.
Stafford is a family-oriented community, with an average household size of 3.0, compared to the U.S. average of 2.6. The affordability factor makes homeownership an achievable goal for many Stafford residents, where the ownership rate is 79.5% compared to many neighboring communities and the U.S. average of 69.7%. At year-end 2010, the average home in Stafford was valued around $327,000, well below many of the competing markets within the Northern Virginia MSA.
Many of Stafford’s neighborhoods are relatively new (built within the last 10 years) and others continue to come on-line, including several mixed-use developments offering services and amenities within walking distance. Visit the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors website for more information on housing options in Stafford County.