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In the Hot Summer, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

In the Hot Summer, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

It’s summer, and in Northern Virginia, that means it’s H-O-T outside. The good news is there’s no shortage of ice cream places in Gainesville/Haymarket/Bristow to go to cool off! Here are some of my favorites. Continue reading

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Spring and Summer Events in and Around Prince William

Spring and Summer Events in and Around Prince William

It seems like we are finally coming out of this pandemic, and as things are opening up more and more, there are plenty of fun events to put on your calendar this spring and summer. There’s something for everyone from water parks to concerts. Read on to find out about all the exciting things you can do in the weeks and months to come. Continue reading

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Tyren Johns: Jacobson Realty’s New Agent

Jacobson Realty is growing! I’m very excited to introduce you to Tyren Johns, the new salesperson at Jacobson Realty! While I focus on the Gainesville area, the plan is for Tyren to concentrate his efforts in Bristow and Manassas. Tyren may be new to real estate, but he’s had a long history of success in the sales business. Continue reading

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Time to Move-Up? New Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow Homes Between $450 - $575K

Time to Move-Up? New Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow Homes Between $450 – $575K

Looking to upgrade? Western Prince William County offers some of the most sought-after real estate in Virginia. Steeped in American history with beautiful neighborhoods and easy access to major transportation corridors for commuters, Western Prince William County is an ideal choice for those looking to move-up. The area has several outstanding neighborhoods with houses ranging in price from $450 – $575K. Take a look at these choice neighborhoods in Bristow, Gainesville, and Haymarket to see all that they have to offer: Continue reading

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Braemar in Bristow, VA – Where Home is THE Place to Be

Braemar in Bristow, VA – Where Home is THE Place to Be

shopping for a new home

When you’re shopping for a new home, what’s on the top of your priority list? Maybe you’re looking for a great location for your work commute or easy access to shopping and restaurants. Perhaps you have kids, and you want to make sure they have access to the best possible schools. Or you might just be looking for a place where you can enjoy nature in your backyard, relax by the pool or practice your tennis serve. Why compromise on any of those things, when you could find all of them in Braemar, Bristow’s largest planned community?

Built between 1996 and 2008, Braemar has over 2,800 homes. And there are a variety of housing options in the community’s ten independent sub-associations. If you’re looking for condos, townhouses, courtyard or single-family houses (with and without garages), Braemar has them all.

Each neighborhood offers plenty of community amenities. For the fitness enthusiast or the busy parent trying to get kids out in the fresh air, Braemar has outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, a volleyball court and tot lots. You can also walk, jog or bike the several miles of paved trails in the community. Living in Braemar means you can get fit in your backyard and pocket that gym membership money each month.

If commuting options are important, Braemar is easily accessible to the Prince William Parkway, Route 66 and Route 29. If you’re headed to D.C., you’re only 36 miles away. And if you prefer to relax on your commute and travel by train, it’s minutes away from the Manassas VRE station.

The community is close to Gainesville, Manassas, and Haymarket. If you’re looking for a nice date night or to buy that perfect pair of shoes, Braemar is only a short drive from great shopping and restaurants at Bristow Shopping Center and Braemar Village Plaza.

If you have children, of course, education is going to be on your list of must-haves in a community. Your children will have access to top-notch education when you join the Braemar community. The community is located in the Prince William County Public School District, which is the second largest district in Northern Virginia and ranked in the top 8 percent in the U.S. (by Washington Post High School Challenge).

Even in bustling Northern Virginia, there is still a strong sense of community at Braemar. Each year is jam-packed with family-friendly community activities like Breakfast with Bunny, community yard sales, dog swims, Braemar Day, Halloween parties and holiday parties. No matter what your priority is in house hunting, Braemar has you covered. To find out more about available homes, call Jacobson Realty and Home Staging today at 703-338-9678 or emailBelinda@JacobsonRealty1.com.

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Great Places to Live in the Washington D.C. Area: What’s the big deal about Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow, Virginia? Part II

Great Places to Live in the Washington D.C. Area: What’s the big deal about Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow, Virginia? Part II

a strong community

When you’re looking for a new home, you may be searching for that perfect backyard or that great school district, but there is something else that should be on your radar as you shop – a strong community.  We believe, as do thousands of others, that even though Western Prince William County — namely Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow and Nokesville — is rapidly growing, there is still a strong sense of community that brings residents together.  Here are some aspects of the community that draw people to the area and keep them there.

Free Public Events Haymarket is always hopping with community events like Haymarket Day, Oktoberfest and their Friday Family Summer Concert series. During these events, local musicians, artists and businesses show residents and visitors what life in Western Prince William County is all about.  The next exciting free event will be the “Arts Alive” program at the Hylton Performing Art Center at the George Mason Campus in Prince William County on May 2ndfrom Noon-4pm. Local artist, actors, vendors and musicians including the Manassas Chorale will be sharing art inside and outside the grounds of the center. The entire event is free, and the center will be grooving to art!
Clubs – From community service clubs and family clubs to golf and country clubs, Western Prince William County has you covered, especially for golfers.  If you like to relax and dine with friends or play 18 holes of golf, you might enjoyEvergreen Country Club, Dominion Valley Country Club, Broad Run Golf and Practice Facility or the Stonewall Golf Course.  Our golf courses are so high quality, the Robert Trent Jones Club at Lake Manassas in Gainesville is where Tiger Woods will be hosting the 2015 Quicken Loans National from July 27-August 2, 2015. One of the premier stops on the PGA Tour, this event raises funds and awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation and pays tribute to our armed forces.  Buy your tickets early!
Parks – Western Prince William County has open space that brings people together.  Whether it be for a Grizzlies football game, soccer games on lighted fields, a hike on Bull Run Mountain or a picnic in the park, this part of the county offers fields, streams and mountains, as well as a plethora of historic sites such as the untouched beauty of the Manassas Battlefield grounds that encourage residents and visitors to learn more about the history and attractions of this special region.
Nonprofits – Western Prince William County is a place where nonprofits work to enhance the lives of those with particular needs.  Some nonprofits work directly with those they serve.  For Example, Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center in Haymarket provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine activities for those with disabilities.  The Benedictine Sisters in Bristow provide services for homeless women and their children and free instruction for English language learners.  There are also organizations like Dominion Woman’s Club that support other nonprofits organizations.
We know planning to move means making many decisions.  If you are considering moving, call Belinda Jacobson-Loehle at 703-338-9678 or emailBelinda@JacobsonRealty1.com.  Belinda would be happy to tell you more about the Western Prince William County community.

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Great Places to Live in the Washington D.C. Area: What’s the big deal about Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow, Virginia? Part I

Great Places to Live in the Washington D.C. Area: What’s the big deal about Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow, Virginia? Part I

half-packed boxes

When people think of moving, usually images of half-packed boxes and household chaos come to mind. What most people don’t consider is what happens before the move, before the home buying and even before the financing. Yet this early step is one of the most important – deciding which community to live in. In speaking with folks in Western Prince William County (namely, Bristow, Gainesville and Haymarket), we’ve been asking what drew them to the area and how they made the final decision to move here. Here are just two aspects of Western Prince William County that were mentioned over and over.


We know real estate is all about location, but in the case of Western Prince William County, location means something other than “we want to be near the city.” In fact, of the people we spoke with, most wanted access to Washington D.C. and the Metro area but didn’t necessarily want to be that close to the Capital. What they wanted was a nice little escape when they returned home from a long day at work. Western Prince William, with the Bull Run Mountains in the backdrop and its rural roots juxtaposed with contemporary conveniences made these folks want to call Western Prince William County home. And while residents of Western Prince William County appreciate the natural beauty of the area, they also enjoy easy access to shopping and dining. From the quaint shops and cafes of Old Town Haymarket to the restaurants and stores of Atlas Walk and Route 29, this area has something for just about every taste.


For families with children, schools are a major concern. Whether families want to send their children to private or public schools, quality of education is crucial. Western Prince William County is fortunate to have some of the best schools in the area. The award winning public and private schools are accredited and have excellent academic and athletic reputations, as well as active, supportive parent teacher organizations.

According to Prince William County Schools (PWCS), recent state test scores show PWCS scored above other Virginia counties in just about every area. In reading and writing, PWCS outperformed the state on six of seven reading tests and equaled the state on the other. On high school reading, PWCS improved and had a pass rate of 90 percent. PWCS outperformed the state on all three writing tests. In science, PWCS met or exceeded state performance on four of six science tests. In history and social science, PWCS met or exceeded state performance on eight of nine history/social science tests.

In addition to having excellent K-12 schools, Western Prince William has college campuses right next door in Manassas. George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College offer local options for higher education, as do some private colleges and career schools. We could go on about Western Prince William County and what makes it a viable place to live, and we will in Part II. For now, however, we will leave you with this thought. If you are considering a move and would like to know more about this growing but connected community, call Belinda Jacobson-Loehle at 703-338-9678 or email Belinda@JacobsonRealty1.com.

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