Retirement: you’ve been waiting – and working – for this. It’s a time to do those things you’ve been waiting to do: learn new skills, devote time to hobbies, travel and simply relax.
Finding the right city for your retirement is key. Maybe you hope to move somewhere quieter, somewhere closer to family or simply somewhere with beautiful scenery. No matter what your reasons, it’s a tough decision with many attractive options. One option you should consider for your retirement is Aspire at Belmont Bay.
Aspire at Belmont Bay, located in Woodbridge, Virginia, offers a prime location and beautiful surroundings. You’re close to the water, along the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers. There’s plenty of nature for you to enjoy, whether you want to take a stroll along the waterfront, wander the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge or spend evenings on your deck or patio enjoying the sounds of nature.
The soothing properties of nature can be a welcome change from the hustle and noise of city life. The great thing about moving to Aspire at Belmont Bay is that you’re close to major cities. A short drive up I-95 connects you to Alexandria, Arlington and Washington, D.C.
About 20 miles north of Belmont Bay, you’ll find Alexandria – one of the most charming cities in the country. Old Town Alexandria, in particular, provides historic appeal with a modern twist. Shop and dine at more than 200 boutiques and restaurants, or simply wander down cobblestone streets, looking at buildings and homes that didn’t look much different a couple centuries ago.
Arlington, just a few miles north of Alexandria, is most known for housing the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and the stunning U.S. Marine Corps Memorial. You’ll also find just about any style of shopping, dining and entertainment you can think of, from the Pentagon City Mall to unique boutiques and independent theaters and restaurants.
Living in Northern Virginia puts you incredibly close to the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C. might be a compact city, but it contains a lot: Smithsonian museums, art galleries, the National Mall, parks and must-visit national landmarks. The city’s dining scene has also become a stand-out in recent years, including everything from small, mom-and-pop restaurants to high-end dining. You can spend years visiting D.C. and never run out of first-time experiences.
The best part about living in the 55+ apartments at Aspire at Belmont Bay is that you can visit the city during the day, and then return to your peaceful home when you’re ready for a little quiet.
Belmont Bay offers a nearly endless array of activities. Whether you want to travel to a nearby city or stay close to home, you certainly won’t be bored. Here are some of the activities you can look forward to.
Northern Virginia is home to Potomac Mills, one of the state’s largest indoor shopping malls. The mall contains more than 200 shops and restaurants, including Calvin Klein, Coach, Costco, Nordstrom and Vera Bradley. If you’re shopping for (or with) the grandkids, the mall features stores like Build-a-Bear, LEGO, Carters and GameStop. Many of the shops are outlets, so you’ll enjoy the thrill of a good deal.
Woodbridge also has Potomac Town Station and Smoketown Stations, both of which are outdoor shopping centers that offer dozens of shops and restaurants.
If you love spending time outdoors, Belmont Bay and Woodbridge have plenty of activities for you to enjoy. Leesylvania State Park features over 500 acres, where you can hike, bike, camp, picnic, boat, kayak, fish and more.
Being so close to the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers, you can head out for a boat ride or a walk along the waterfront. You can explore the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge or one of Prince William County’s 50 parks, or get in a round of world-class golf at one of the many courses in the area.
Both Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. are steeped in American history. In Arlington, you can visit the Arlington National Cemetery, where you’ll find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame. In Alexandria, wander George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. And, of course, Washington, D.C. is practically a history museum to itself.
If you’d prefer to stay closer to home, you still have plenty of options, You can visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Rippon Lodge and historic downtown Occoquan.
When you want to dine out, Aspire at Belmont Bay and Woodbridge have restaurants to suit almost every taste. Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are a regional staple, and there are plenty of delightful seafood restaurants such as Dale Seafood and Tim’s Rivershore. If you want seafood in Washington, D.C., look no further than BlackSalt on MacArthur Boulevard.
Belmont Bay and Woodbridge offer countless other restaurants such as:
Not only is Woodbridge quieter and less busy than the surrounding cities, but it’s also more affordable. It’s 41.6% more affordable than Arlington and 25.9% more affordable than Alexandria. It also costs 27.7% less than Washington, D.C. You’ll pay less in housing, food, utilities and transportation. With a lower cost of living, you can do so much more.
For current and soon-to-be retirees looking to relocate, Aspire at Belmont Bay and Woodbridge, Virginia allow you to escape fast-paced city life while still remaining close to the fun. Along with its ideal location, Aspire at Belmont Bay offers the opportunities and amenities to fill your retirement with everything you dreamed of. Contact Aspire at Belmont Bay today to learn more!