What’s one of the most important things condo buyers consider before buying a condo?
Now that you’ve settled on purchasing a condo in Kingstowne, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know about the area.
There are three condominiums in Kingstowne;
- Eton Square – Built between 1990-1995 in the Middle Village of Kingstowne. Most units in Eton Square are one or two bedrooms, however, Eton Square overs a few rare three bedroom condo units. There are a total of 298 condos available in Eton Square. Eton Square is a garden style condo in the heart of Kingstowne and of all the condominiums in Kingstowne, it is the closest to the Kingstowne Town Center.
- Chancery Of Kingstowne – is located in the North Village of Kingstowne adjacent to a beautiful lake with a gazebo and a winding walking path. The garden-style condos of the Chancery are larger than most condominium developments in the area. There are a total of 170 condo units spread amongst the thirteen lock secured buildings.
- Stratford Place At Kingstowne – Located in the South Village of Kingstowne The Stratford Place condos were built between 1985-1995. There are six different floor plans including both one and two bedroom units. There are 244 individual condominium units in this development. Residents have access to the Stratford Place swimming pool as well as the pool and other amenities at the Kingstowne Residential Owners Association.
Between these three condominiums, there are 799 units.
Do you like what you hear and see?
How does the community feel to you? Don’t just rely on photos from the internet. Hop in your car and drive around Kingstowne.
Each condo building has its vibe and personality. Google the neighborhood to find reviews and local forums to find out what the folks who live there think of the community.
Stop by a few open houses and while you’re at talk to the neighbors. Many times the most helpful information will come from folks that already live there. Neighbors can give you insight into noise, traffic, and safety.
What to Expect
All the homes in Kingstowne belong to the Kingstowne Residential Owners Corporation (KROC). That means operating within the guidelines and rules of the association.
You’ll receive a copy of the covenants and bylaws while under contract. Be sure to carefully review.
Remember when you purchase a property in an HOA you agree to the rules they have in place. This is in addition to whatever rules and regulations there are within the condo development.
It’s typical to expect a home within a homeowners association to offer several amenities and condos here in Kingstowne are no exception. In addition to the amenities at each of the above-mentioned condos, you’ll also have access to the full list of amenities available to all other Kingstowne residents.
” Residents enjoy amenities including miles of walking trails, a beautiful lake, swimming pools, tennis and volleyball courts, numerous tot lots, an aerobics studio and two state of the art fitness centers. ” KROC
- Tennis courts
- Group Fitness Classes
- Karate, Tennis, and Soccer lessons
- The Kingstonian Magazine
- Recreational classes
- Fitness Centers
- Walking trails
One question we hear from most home buyers in Kingstowne;
What are the schools like?
There are two Fairfax County public high school pyramids in Kingstowne, Edison, and Hayfield. Based on your address your children will move through one of these two pyramids.
Majority of the homes in Kingstowne fall within the Hayfield pyramid with those in the North Village being the exception.
We are fortunate in Fairfax County to have some of the highest ranked schools in the nation. I once again recommend speaking to neighbors about their experience, and I encourage my clients to do their own research as well.
Our clients use several websites to research schools that service the Kingstowne community. Here’s a list of sources to start your school research:
- Fairfax County Schools – https://www.fcps.edu/
- Great Schools Dot Org – https://www.greatschools.org/search/
- U.S. News & Education (high school rankings only) – https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/virginia/districts/
- National Center for Education Statistics – https://nces.ed.gov/search/
- School Digger – https://www.schooldigger.com/go/VA/
HOMES ARE HOLDING THEIR VALUE
When choosing a home, you want to consider more than just how beautiful the property looks. You also want to research how values have changed over the last few years. What has the average sales price been over the past five years?
We’re very fortunate to live in a very transient area, meaning people are constantly moving in and out of the DC metro area even when other real estate markets are down. I study the real estate market and would be happy to share the market stats with you.
COMMUTE TO WORK
Commute times vary widely throughout Fairfax County, but the Census Bureau puts the average commute time to work at just about 25 minutes in the United States. Located on the western edge of Alexandria just outside of the beltway many find Kingstowne to be the perfect distance from the busyness of the city.
The proximity to the beltway appeals to many Kingstowne residents. You can quickly reach both the Van Dorn and Franconia-Springfield Metros not to mention the commuter bus stops throughout various Kingstowne neighborhoods.
PROXIMITY TO SHOPPING AND RESTAURANTS
Kingstowne Towne Center is in the heart of Kingstowne and its a one-stop spot for shopping and dining. The Towne Center boasts numerous choices for shopping, dining, and entertainment. You can grab a bite to eat, enjoy a movie, get a haircut, do a little shopping and then head to the supermarket all without leaving the Kingstowne Towne Center.
IS THIS WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF THERE IN 5-10 YEARS?
Life happens, to all of us. You and your spouse have two kids and thought you were done, but now your family of four is growing to one of five. It happens.
Suddenly, the three bedroom townhouse you bought starts to feel a bit too small. We can’t predict the future, but we can plan for it.
My advice along these lines is to look for a home you think you can live in comfortably for the next five years. This will give you the best chance of having some appreciation accumulate when you’re ready to sell.
In Northern Virginia traffic is always a consideration. Here are a few things you can look for when looking at homes in Kingstowne.
- Is the neighborhood so large that there will be dozens of cars trying to leave at the same time each morning?
- How many ways are there to access the neighborhood?
If it’s off a major road is there a stop light
- Is it adjacent to a school where parents dropping off their kids will hamper your commute?
- How many school buses will be lined up blocking your way?
What’s the speed limit outside the neighborhood?
On average, Kingstowne has a lower crime rate than the rest of Virginia. With being said I highly recommend you contact the local police depart get more information on the crime statistics. You can also find this information online.
HOW LONG DO condos in Kingstowne STAY ON THE MARKET?
You’ll hear real estate agents talk about DOM or days on the market this is how many days it takes a home to receive and accepted an offer after initially coming on the market.
Days on market is an excellent indicator of to measure the popularity of a neighborhood. As your real estate agent, I have this information readily available and would be more than happy to share the current stats with you.
You will find Kingstowne Market Stats helpful to you as a buyer because its a good indicator of how in demand condos in the area are and will help guide you when submitting an offer. This can also be helpful in determining what the market will likely look like in the future when you’re ready to sell your home.
A few other indicators of a hot market are growth in the population, low supply of homes, and new companies moving into the area.
Kingstowne Condos Active Listings[Updated every 15 minutes]
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About the Author: The above article was written by Abraham Walker, Your Northern Virginia Real Estate Agent, helping clients market their homes to achieve high sales with a quick closing time is my main priority. He’s the co-founder of Ask A Walker and can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and HERE on this blog.
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