Woodbridge, Virginia, is a community that is located about 20 miles south of the nation's capital in eastern Prince William County. Some residents commute to Washington D.C. via Interstate 95, bus, or VRE rail transit. About 5,000 residents call Woodbridge home. The 225-store Potomac Mills Mall is located in Woodbridge. It is one of the largest regional malls in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Captain John Smith first explored the area in 1608. The area originally included the large Woodbridge Plantation, owned by Thomas Mason. In 1795, Mason constructed a toll bridge to replace ferry service across the Occoquan River. For years, travelers along the King's Highway had to rely on a ferry for transport across the water. The toll bridge was immediately a success, and it generated significant profits for its owner. Today's Belmont Bay golf course community includes Woodbridge VA homes situated on land once occupied by the plantation.
Parks and Recreation
Leesylvania State Park
is located along the Potomac River. Swimming, boating and watersports are all popular at the expansive, 542-acre facility. There's a boat launch, store, snack bar and gift shop. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent. Hiking trails abound, and one leads to an ancestral residence of the family of Robert E. Lee. The 20-station fitness path is also popular.
The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors an excellent opportunity to see bald eagles and ospreys. Visitors have an opportunity to see wildlife in natural habitats that pre-date human habitation.
Attractions and Activities
The Ospreys Golf Club
at Belmont Bay features a sporty, 5,577-yard, par-70 layout situated along the Occoquan River. Golfers will enjoy ample challenges presented by the water hazards, well-positioned bunkers and often-narrow fairways. The 182-yard second hole features water along the left side, from tee-to-green. Mature trees and rolling terrain make this a surprisingly demanding course.
The Prince William County Fair
is held in September every year. Don't miss the chainsaw artist demo and the "Big Cat Encounter." There's a midway, craft demonstrations, clown circus and nightly grandstand shows. The kids will love having a choice of pony or camel rides.
The prospective Woodbridge home buyer will find a wide variety of Woodbridge VA real estate, from Woodbridge properties on golf courses to Woodbridge real estate with water views. Newer all-brick Woodbridge homes for sale may be priced at $1 million or more, while many traditional Cape Cods, Georgian Colonials and split levels will be among the homes for sale in Woodbridge that are much more modestly priced. Nonetheless, many of these fine examples of real estate in Woodbridge will feature nice-sized lots with lush landscaping. It is possible to learn much more about the hundreds of examples of residential Woodbridge by consulting with a Woodbridge realtor. This Woodbridge real estate agent can highlight some of the best values in the area.