Looking to buy a home in Bristow, VA? There is more than just Bristow, VA real estate to consider. You should know a bit about this fabulous place to call home. Bristow is an unincorporated town in Prince William County with about 29,000 residents. Most Bristow homes are owner-occupied and are in managed communities run by home owner associations (HOAs). Some of the HOAs are: Braemar, Bridlewood, Bridlewood Manor, Crossman’s Creek, Kingsbrooke, New Bristow Village, Saybrooke and Victory Lakes. The degree of HOA management varies by community, but for the most part, Bristow’s HOAs maintain public spaces, like playgrounds and walking trails; coordinate trash and recycling collection, and provide at least one pool and playground. Many others offer enhanced services and community programming, like cable television service (Braemar), multiple pools (Braemar, Victory Lakes), seasonal parties, outdoor movies and festivals (Braemar, New Bristow Village, Victory Lakes) and have gym facilities (New Bristow Village).
There is no “downtown” or central gathering place in Bristow, but Linton Hall Road runs through the entire town and is a conduit to most retail establishments and HOAs. According to Wikipedia, most of Bristow was once part of the Linton’s Ford Plantation, owned by the Linton Family. In the late 1800s, some of the parcel was sold to the Catholic Church which established Linton Hall School, and more recently to developers who began constructing town houses and single family homes in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. Among the first of Bristow’s HOAs was Braemar, which is by far the greatest in size and offers the most diversity in housing in Bristow. In Braemar, you can find an adult active community (55+), carriage homes, traditional town homes, and single family detached homes in all sizes. In New Bristow Village, one of the latest HOA’s, houses have large front porches and are set close to the sidewalk to create a close sense of community. The HOA keeps a busy planning schedule here. A few of the past events have included: an annual summer kick-off party, Christmas parties, participation in National Night Out and outdoor concerts.
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Bristow, VA Population & Housing Stats
- Population: 28,498
- Households: 8,294
- Average house value: $402,200
- Average houshold income: $123,400
- Persons per household: 3.42
Bristow Public Schools
The Prince William County School system oversees the public schools that Bristow students attend. Most students attend schools within the town boundary, but in middle school and high school, PWCS offers students the chance to transfer to out of bounds schools for specialty programs, like International Baccalaureate, Biotech, Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars, etc. There are 3 elementary schools for Bristow students: Bristow Run, Cedar Point, Victory Lakes
Bristow residents with jobs in Washington, DC, Fairfax County, Arlington, etc. have many options to commute to work from Bristow. Route 66 is the main artery east and it is heavily used for Eastbound AM and Westbound PM commuting. During these time periods “66,” as it is commonly called, has two restrictions: you must have a minimum of two (2) riders in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane and within the portion of 66 that is inside the Capital Beltway. Many Bristow residents establish carpools to navigate this traffic route and share the load. Many others seek out public transportation options. There is a commuter bus route that runs from the Linton Hall Road corridor in Bristow to the West Falls Church Metro Station. View the Bristow to West Falls Church Metro schedule .
There are three commuter lots convenient to Bristow residents for taking the the bus to the metro, the Pentagon, Crystal City or downtown Washington, DC:
- The Limestone lot is near Linton Hall Road in Gainesville, VA
- The new Route 66 Lot
- The Manassas Mall Lot