People who work and play in Washington D.C. often don’t want to pay high real estate prices that are standard in our nation’s capital, so they head to the suburbs for affordable housing. Woodbridge is considered by many to be the gem of the Northern Virginia (NOVA) area, thanks to its enviable proximity to shopping, jobs, entertainment and historical attractions. Woodbridge and its surrounding areas are hotbeds for various industries, such as technology, healthcare and education, making it an ideal home for people in all stages of life. It’s also renowned for being especially diverse and welcoming to people of all nationalities and religions. Woodbridge homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $340,000, lower than average for the Washington metro area. Homes for sale in Woodbridge span all price points, with popular neighborhoods including Georgetown Village, Featherstone Farms and Old Bridge Estates.

Located in the eastern portion of historic Prince William County, Woodbridge is a stone’s throw from nearby Manassas, which is the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas/Bull Run, a must-visit for Civil War buffs. George Washington’s picturesque plantation, Mount Vernon, is also a short drive away. Plus, at just a half-hour’s drive from D.C. itself, Woodbridge allows residents to soak up all of the cultural relevance of the capital’s many war memorials, world-class museums, dining and nightlife opportunities.

That said, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Woodbridge proper. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a totally free experience for those interested in the history of this significant military branch. Shoppers will delight in Potomac Mills Mall, which boasts more than 200 stores and is one of NOVA’s biggest and best. Locally based wineries and craft breweries are also popular for the over-21 crowd, who enjoy tastings paired with farm-fresh food.

Sports enthusiasts who want to stay close to home often support The Potomac Nationals minor league baseball team, which is based in Woodbridge. Outdoorsy types take full advantage of any of the area’s many parks, especially Leesylvania State Park, which is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Named for the state’s historic Lee family, the park is situated on the shores of the Potomac River, which Native Americans first settled. Visitors can enjoy just about any type of activity, from kayaking and hiking to fishing, swimming and more.