My New Woodbridge

Dated: 10/15/2016

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The New Woodbridge

I moved here in 1998 and goodness where has time gone. Moving from Germany to an unfamiliar area and on first look nothing like where I have lived before.

The Route 1 corridor, coming across the Occoquan Bridge, with what seemed to me unappealing stores and business.  I was not impressed to be honest. Our realtor at the time took us to several townhouses and finally found a rental in River Oaks, Woodbridge. I liked River Oaks as it had nice townhouses and single family homes, a clubhouse with a pool, walking area and even a tennis court. All things I was not used to seeing in Germany.  The traffic and the HOV system took some getting used to.

At the time there was a Giant store just down the road from us, but has been long gone by now. Overall Woodbridge offered ample shopping opportunities, the famous Potomac Mills Mall and plenty of parks.

Leesylvania State Park being one of my absolute favorite. It is right on the Potomac River with a fishing pier, several walking/hiking trails, historic markers and plenty of gazebos with grilling stations to have gatherings or reunions. If you come at the right time you can observe plenty of wildlife.

Woodbridge in the beginning was not my favorite place, but it offered affordable rentals and plenty of options for everyday life.

Now, jumping 18 years forward, wow, Woodbridge has evolved into a very desirable area among military and government workers, and families alike. The area grew from building a brand new Town Center – Stonebridge Town Center, very similar like the Reston town center in Fairfax.  Wegmans a new kind of grocery store with very competitive prices and lots of options to choose from. Clothing stores like Old Navy, Charming Charlie, DSW, REI, Petco, Ulta just to name a few and outdoor seating restaurants like Uncle Julio’s, Firebirds, Brew Republic Beerworks, P. F. Cheng, Starbucks, Not your average Joe, we have become a modern and trendy little town and you will find something for everyone.  Image title

That’s not all folks.  Prince William County started widening route 1, new sidewalks and bike lanes to make it more accessible. The HOV lanes are also Express Lanes now to support the growing traffic. The old Potomac Hospital has become Sentara Hospital with a brand new surgical center and free standing ER. 

There is so much going on here right now and Woodbridge is clearly on the rise of becoming the next best place to live and work to Fairfax. You might think that sounds exaggerated, but with new housing communities and amenities, coupled with projects like the Construction of the George Mason University Potomac Science Center in Belmont Bay, Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Neabsco Commons and Potomac Shores, interconnected by improved roads, Virginia Railway Express service or even water transport, it is clearly revitalizing the area so that people can easily “live, work and play” among the different areas.

Furthermore, the university’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center will find it’s home here. Stonebridge is also the proposed location of a new Potomac Nationals ballpark.

Prince William County has 97 schools to choose from and though in the past some may not had the best reputation, even here parents and students have seen improvements. Go visit the school, don’t just take the online reviews in. Every family and student is different.

It is said that Prince William County exceeds the Virginia average with a 91% on-time graduation rate. And $38 million in scholarships.  The new Colgan HS is ready for new students and 2 additional schools are to be built in our Waterfront and Golf Community Potomac Shores.

The soon-to-be-built boardwalk spanning Neabsco Creek and the Wetlands, stretching about half a mile and connecting Leesylvania State Park with the Rippon Lodge region, will become a great place for outdoor people, families and wildlife enthusiast.Image title

Last but not least, other forms of public transportation are in the talks for “fast ferry” service: a fleet of all-weather catamarans carrying 100 or more passengers in comfort from one of Woodbridge’s marinas up the Potomac to work or tourist destinations like National Harbor or Old Town Alexandria. Let’s not forget the VRE station in Potomac Shores that will connect commuters to all areas.

However, Metrorail service along the I-95 corridor, extending south to Woodbridge and west to Manassas, might be the ultimate revitalization project for Prince William.

So, if you have not been to Woodbridge in while, you might be in for a surprise!  We still have more affordable homes for sale and with new communities like Cardinal Grove, Eagles Point, and the ultimate Potomac Shores in Dumfries, we are a great place to be, play and live in!

We finally bought a single family home in River Oaks and with home prices going up, it has been a great investment since then.

I love our New Woodbridge and happily call it home now!


Jordana Adams

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Jordana Adams

I moved here from Germany in 1998. I worked 10 years for the Unites States Army in Berlin-Germany as a civilian, and a military spouse. I met some really great people. I love to travel, and spend time....

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