Dale City, VA Homes For Sale
Some of the most affordable homes for sale in all of Washington Metro can be found in a large, pleasant suburban community known as Dale City. Located in Virginia’s Prince William County, this is one of region’s larger real estate marketplaces, covering 15 square miles of gently rolling terrain, and home to more than 66,000 residents.
It may be called a city but it really isn’t—not in the typical sense, anyway. Instead, it’s a huge master-planned community made up of 21 subdivisions, all sporting some sort of take on the “Dale” theme—Cherrydale, Glendale, Mapledale and so-on, stemming from the “hills and dales” of Virginia. Kind of cute, right?
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This was all the vision of Cecil Don Hylton—an entrepreneur who started out as a huckster selling produce at the Washington, DC farmers market before branching out into the sod business with a fleet of several dozen trucks. Hylton also ran a sewer company and formed the first cable TV provider in Prince William County.
By the late 1960s, it was time for Hylton to conquer new horizons—namely building this large unincorporated community that he proudly referred to as “the friendliest little city around.” While condos for sale do exist—primarily in the form of townhouses—the emphasis is on detached single-family houses that have sprung up over the decades as the community has evolved.
As a result of the fairly lengthy development period, you’ll find a nice variety of homes for sale, from more modest Ramblers and Split-levels of the 1960s and 70s to larger Colonials, Capes and various other traditional custom styles. Prices start in the low $200s and climb to about $600,000 with a median list of about $350,000.
There’s all sorts of local amenities as well, including Andrew Leitch Park—home of Waterworks Waterpark with a beach pool entry, a baby pool, beach volleyball, a variety of water slides and jungle walks and full-service concessions. Also in the community is the Dale City Farmers Market, a Giant grocery, the Sterling Golf and Swim Club and some restaurants and fast food chains.