What It's Like to Live in Virginia's Countryside

  • Horse Farms & Country Homes
  • 11/10/20

Virginia's countryside is unlike anything else; it's private, it's peaceful, and it feels far away from the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC. Let Horse Farms & Country Homes be your guide to moving to and living in rural Virginia.

People Love Living in Rural Virginia

Though our area is only a short drive from Washington, DC, Virginia's small villages and rural counties feel like a world away. Instead of bustling cities packed with government offices, busy streets, and high-rise apartments, Virginia's countryside offers quiet communities sprinkled with general stores, winding country roads, and charming cottages and luxurious estates. No wonder homes in Virginia are so desirable!

When making the decision to move to rural Virginia, it helps to know what to expect, what amenities are common, and what kind of homes are available in this market. Use these resources to learn what it's like to live in Virginia's countryside, or call us at 703.966.9480.

Living in the Country: What to Expect

People who want peace and quiet, a home with acreage, and plenty of room to breathe are drawn to the countryside. Because of the beautiful scenery, spacious properties, and easy access to amenities like equestrian facilities, small general stores, award-winning vineyards, and small local businesses, our area of Virginia is a popular place to find a cute cottage or grand country estate. Here are a few aspects of country living to keep in mind when searching for a home.

The Traffic

Rural living is quiet. And one reason for that defining trait is the traffic, or lack of it. Two-lane roads wind through the countryside, and you won't find many cars on the roads in Virginia's rural communities. Pedestrian traffic and equestrian traffic are common. In some places, quiet dirt roads take the place of cracked concrete driveways and asphalt streets.

Home Search Tip: Ask your REALTOR® whether you and your neighbors or a local municipality is in charge of maintaining the roads.

The Water

Rather than getting your water supplied from a town, you have your own personal well, where you can pump water straight from the source, and the taste is unlike anything else. This is vastly different from living in a town or larger area; townships have strict regulations about drinking water, so you aren't able to get your water for free, nor are you able to get it free of fluoride treatments. Some towns even have regulations for when you can water your lawn — that's not the case in the country!

Homes in rural areas also have septic systems rather than city sewer systems. Don't be concerned about having a home with a septic tank, though; a private septic system is not a huge investment, and all you have to do is get it pumped every few years.

Home Search Tip: When looking at properties in rural areas, make sure to hire an inspector to look at the well and septic tank.

The Scenery

The stars never shine brighter than out in the country, and you can forget about light pollution in rural Virginia. You'll find yourself spending hours outdoors under the dazzling light of the moon and the brilliant stars, discovering out constellations you may have not seen before in the amber haze in the clouds and the nighttime horizon in major cities.

Home Search Tip: Love the view? Buy land around it, or purchase a home next to a conservation easement.

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