Make a Move- To the Shenandoah Valley!

27 Mar
March 27, 2009

Warren County was the place to move to in 2005. Affordability was the main reason. Home buyers came to Front Royal and bought their dream home for the price of a small condo in Northern Virginia. It was too good to be true, right? Minutes from I66. Close proximity to all the best wineries. Gorgeous mountain views, every where you turn. After the gas prices began to rise and property values dropped, all this sudden it wasn’t so great. The wonderful affordable homes declining in value offered no relief from the rising cost of gas. Many buyers once considering buying the serene mountain retreats in the Shenandoah Valley disappeared- over night. Now that gas prices are down and home sales are looking up in Warren County, hope is restored! So why wait- make a move now!

Warren County is back. Front Royal is no longer “that little tourist town with cheap houses and no shopping”. The 2006 cencus confirmed that the population in Warren County was 36,102. The town officials have worked hard to bring in businesses who are providing convenient shopping opportunities to the residence. The citizens of this growing town are chirping with contentment to be able to shop at Lowes, Target, Walmart, and  the money for taxes going back into the community and schools their children and grand children attend. There are two very large brand new shopping center with every store imaginable. Plans are in the works for another shopping center.


Did you know that Front Royal is the Canoe Capital of Virginia. It’s the place where the Skyline Drive begins.  There is a flow of tourists through front royal, but who could blame them? I’d come here all the time if I had to live somewhere else. The Shenandoah River promises weekends of fishing and fun. Skyline Caverns are one of the most magnificient attractions in the Shenandoah Valley. Walk down historic Main Street. Charming shops and Mom and Pops restaurants line the streets. Classic Americana at it’s best!

Many of the new residents of Front Royal come from other areas. To answer a question I am constantly being asked- Yes, the Warren County Public School system is excellent.  The High Schools are educating the youth of this community to adapt to life beyond high school. The students are receiving career training and technical education through work study programs that have been implemented. Career programs are in place at each of the brand new high schools which are both fully accredited. Local businesses within the community offer scholarships to the graduating students. Front Royal offers private education as well, with 7 private schools facilitating the area. One of the country’s most prestigious schools, Randolph Macon Academy is right here in Front Royal. Students attending this prestigious school are from all over the country- some are from other countries. Can you imagine having a learning facility like this available to your children, within minutes from your home? The parents in Warren County receive this option of convenience.

Homes sales in Warren County are on the rise. In February of 2008 there were 22 units sold. This past February, 2009, MRIS reports that there have been 25 home sales. This is a step back into the right direction for the Real Estate market in Warren County. After all, there were 28 sales in 2007- that’s only 3 more than 2009 and 6 more than 2008. Sales are slowly rising again! Warren County is the place to be and I’m excited I’m here. If you were waiting for the bottom of the market- you may just have missed it. We have relocation packages available. Please email your address [] if you would like a FREE information package delivered to you.

If you are looking to get away from the city for a fun day in Front Royal on Main street- attend the Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival on May 16. Remember to stop by the Avery-Hess Booth and tell us how much you love the Shenandoah Valley!

For a walking tour of Front Royal or more information on the Shenandoah Valley, contact Beth Barnett with Avery-Hess, Realtors at 540-533-4793 or You can also search for information on-line at

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