Why live in the Vantage Homes community? Because it’s a great collection of single-family homes close to Kingstowne, Old Town and Washington D.C, plus several Metro stations are nearby to get you wherever you are going. Built in the 1970s, these 420 homes have a variety of floor plans, including contemporary, colonial, rambler, split level, split foyer and bi-level styles. Vantage Homes is located off of South Kings Highway in Alexandria. There is a large playground, basketball courts and a series of walking/jogging paths around the neighborhood for all residents to enjoy. The very active homeowners’ association maintains an informative website and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, The Villager, that residents can choose to receive in either hardcopy or electronic form.
Living in Vantage Homes
This newsletter features articles of interest to community members, a babysitting roster, event listings, association news, messages from local politicians and advertisements for area business. There are a variety of clubs, committees and groups that you can join if you choose. The website mentions gardening and singing clubs. Password protected sections of the website include messages boards, places to post items for sale and electronic versions of the newsletter. The homeowners’ association coordinates an annual picnic and 2 yard sales per year. Children attend Groveton Elementary, Carl Sandburg Middle and West Potomac High Schools.
When you are looking to grab a cup of coffee or a freshly baked pastry, be sure to check out Grounded Coffee in the Shops at Telegraph at the intersection of South Kings Highway and Telegraph Road. This shopping area also includes a florist, a dry cleaner and Glam Day Spa. The nearby Kingstowne Town Center features a 16-screen Regal Cinema, 2 grocery stores, and several fun shops and restaurants such as World Market, Bonefish Grill, Moby's, Macaroni Grill and Firehouse Subs. Huntley Meadows Park is situated just down the street from Vantage and provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. With its 1,425 acres of forest, wetlands and streams, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of beavers, frogs, heron or dragonflies. There are hiking/biking trails, including a ½ mile boardwalk trail, a visitor’s center and wildlife observation platforms also. A swimming pool, exercise room with weights and cardio equipment, spin, dance & Pilates studios, sports courts and various athletic fields can be found at Franconia District Park and RECenter; it is conveniently located just down a little ways on Telegraph Road.
Whether you are commuting to your downtown D.C. office building, the Pentagon or out to the Dulles Corridor, there is a painless way to get there from Vantage. Several blue and yellow line Metro stations are close by; there are even buses that stop right near the neighborhood to take passengers to both the Huntington (yellow) and Franconia-Springfield (blue) stations. If you prefer the VRE, trains are waiting at the Springfield and Alexandria stations to take you to your destination. All key commuting routes are close by, including the Beltway, the GW and Fairfax County Parkways, Interstates 395/95 and Route 1. Fort Belvoir, a U.S. Coast Guard station, Bolling Air Force Base, the Navy Yard and Fort Myer are all easy to get to. The Metro Park complex off of Beulah Street houses many government contractors technology companies and the INOVA Healthplex that has a 24-hour emergency department and many medical offices.