Real estate firm: 10 best-value neighborhoods in DC area for first-time buyers

WASHINGTON — With home prices in the D.C. metro area hitting an all-time high in May, more buyers may be resigned to look in less-desirable areas but real estate firm Trulia has identified 10 of what it calls Washington’s Best Value Neighborhoods for first-time buyers.

Trulia bases its list on prices, the quality of schools, crime rate, the commute and nearby amenities. It also points out some on the list will still have flaws, like being near noisy freeways or being far away from the city center.

No. 1 on its list of Best Value Neighborhoods in Washington is University Park, Maryland.

The community gets high marks for schools, a low crime rate, a good commute and a median home selling price that’s well below the metro area average.

In D.C., Kingman Park in Northeast D.C., just North of the D.C. Armory and within blocks of the bustling H Street Corridor, is No. 2 on the list. It scores well for restaurants and schools.

Farlington-Shirlington in Arlington, Virginia, comes in third. It ranks high mostly for value, or what you get for your money.

Trulia’s top 10 best value neighborhoods in the region:

  1. University Park, Maryland
  2. Kingman Park, D.C.
  3. Fairlington-Shirlington, Virginia
  4. Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  5. North Springfield, Virginia
  6. Groveton, Alexandria, Virginia
  7. Pimmit Hills, near Tysons Corner, Virginia,
  8. Broadlands, Loudoun County, Virginia
  9. Fort Hunt (near Mt. Vernon), Virginia
  10. Lincolnia, near Annandale, Virginia

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify University Park is not in Avondale, Maryland.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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