Where can I buy waterfront land for sale in Northern Virginia?
Depending how you define it, there are several areas where it is possible to find waterfront land for sale in Northern Virginia. For the purposes of this post, I looked at Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and Fauquier County.
We can strike Arlington County from the list, because there is virtually no waterfront land left in the county. In fact, during the past 365 days, not a single property classified in the MLS as waterfront land was listed for sale in Arlington County.
In Fairfax County, you can find waterfront land for sale on the Potomac River, in and around Great Falls and McLean. However, expect to pay a premium for these sites. By premium, I mean $1 million plus.
If you’d like to stay in the Great Falls and McLean area, but you don’t want to fork out $1 million for a home site, then you might be able to find waterfront land on one of the tributaries feeding into the Potomac River.
Occasionally you can find land for sale between $500,000 and $1 million on these tributaries, but these sites often have problems with wetlands.
A third option for waterfront land for sale in Fairfax County is in the southeast corner of the county around Mason Neck. Land here can also fetch a premium, but you may be able to find a buildable site under $500,000.
Heading west into Prince William County, there is considerably more affordable waterfront land for sale in Northern Virginia along the Occoquan River and Bull Run.
Along Bull Run and in the Riverview Estates area, beautiful waterfront building lots can be purchased in the $300,000s—perhaps even below $300,000 if you are lucky. This area also offers convenient access to Manassas.
Still more affordable waterfront land is available in Prince William County along the banks of Lake Jackson. Here you can purchase waterfront land for around $100,000.
Fauquier County also offers affordable waterfront land for sale in Northern Virginia.
The county’s southwest border is bound by the Rappahannock River. Consequently, much of the waterfront land for sale in Fauquier County is located on the Rappahannock River. Smaller lots may be purchased for under $200,000, while larger lots – 100+ acres in some instances – command a commensurately higher price.
In Loudoun County, Catoctin Creek winds its way south from the Potomac River, which bounds the county’s northern border.
Goose Creek runs roughly east-west. There is no single waterfront community where waterfront land is concentrated for sale in Loudoun County, so prices vary considerably depending on the specific location.