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Old 09-30-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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We are looking to buy a house somewhere in the Villamay/Collingwood/Fort Hunt Area.
My wife fell in love with the neighborhoods, but I honestly don't know much about the area.
I've searched through the various threads on the subject and - other than the argument whether the area is "Alexandria" - I haven't been able to find much...especially regarding Villamay.
I've done quite a bit of google-ing and understand the schools, etc, but I'd like to get general impressions from folks who know the area.
Seems to be an older population with some recent younger families moving in.
Don't want to spend that much money and be surprised when there are no "younger" neighbors in close proximity.
Thanks for any input you may have.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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This general area is the Potomac River west to Fort Hunt Rd. In general, the closer to the river, the more expensive, and the farther north, the more expensive. Thus Villamay is the priciest, followed by Waynewood, then Collingwood, then Fort Hunt. Villmay houses were built by all the same builder (May, I think). These houses are well-built, relatively small inside, and expensive. The neighboorhood is very hilly. Waynewood is a tight community, with their own very popular community pool and park. The homes are mostly split-levels and split-foyers. WW has its own elementary school and is walkable to Sandberg Middle (formerly Ft Hunt High School). Actually, all the kids in these four neighborhoods would go to Sandberg MS, then West Potomac HS. Collingwood is not quite as nice as Waynewood, but still a perfectly fine, livable neighborhood. fort Hunt is a more electic collection of houses in the southernmost area. Very low crime in all these areas. The area was originally settled in the 50s and 60s so there are still some original old-timers in the area, but it has been turning over over the past twenty years so there is a real mix. There are some other neighborhoods in the area, too. Wellington (woodsy) Marlan Forest (bigger houses) and West Grove (the farthest North, but not as expensive as Villamay or Marlan Forest) that are smaller, but you might consider.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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I'll second what Kevbros conveyed. If it means anything, Villamay has one of the higher concentrations of Republicans than most of the rest of the area, which indicates it still has a lot of older folks. Most of the homes are on pretty good size lots with some of the most expansive front lawns around. As to the "argument" about where these communities are, they're in Fairfax County, despite having an Alexandria mailing address. One of my kids went to Sandburg and West Potomac and did fine.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:56 AM
 
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Thank you both for the insight. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.
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