Mantua is one of Fairfax’s signature single-family detached neighborhoods. The serene setting of rolling hills, trees and parkland give the streets natural character and charm.
Combine this setting with excellent location for commuters, and it makes it a sought after neighborhood.
The area consists of over 1500 homes of varying styles, built in different years. The land in Mantua is abundant, subdivided ranging from .25 acre lots to 1 acre.
The sense of community is also traditionally very strong, and they have an active Civic Association.
Homes for Sale in Mantua
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The market in Mantua is usually very strong in a good market.
The land in Mantua which the original homes are built holds good value as well, if you are looking to build a new construction home.
Mantua has a good reputation of solid appreciation over the decades.
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Immediately outside of Mantua you will find the amenities plentiful. Directly to the north of the community is Scout on the Circle, Pan Am shopping center, and the Mosaic District.
These three combine for dining of all price ranges and types, movie theater, gyms, grocery stores and all types of shopping.
Some of the best amenities are actually within the neighborhood itself. Residents of Mantua have the opportunity to become a member of the Mantua Swim and Tennis Club.
This club is located right in the neighborhood and has an active youth swim and dive team, as well as tennis leagues for all ages.
Mantua residents also enjoy access to multiple parks that run through the northern side of the neighborhood. The biggest is Eakin Park, which has sports fields and a walking trail along Accotink Creek.
One of the reasons Mantua is so popular is its great location: it borders Route 236, Pickett Rd, Route 50 and Prosperity Ave.
For commuting to DC, 495 and 66 give the best access, both of which are close to the neighborhood.
If you are not from this area, these are some major arteries through Northern VA.
There are also a lot of jobs around the area, since the Mosaic District, Inova Fairfax Hospital, two colleges, and numerous other commercial office areas are all nearby.
Types of Floor Plans
Mantua was primarily built in the 1950s-1970s, but homes were built anytime after that as well.
Due to the large range of dates of constructions, there is also a very wide range of homes.
Many of the older homes fall into one of three styles. The first is a rambler style ranch home, with all the main living space on the level you walk in.
Some of these also have a finished basement which gives more finished square feet.
Another popular type is a split level. In these homes, you walk into a landing and then can go either upstairs or downstairs.
This offers more square footage that is above the ground so more daylight.
Colonial is the third most popular style you will see in the original homes in Mantua.
These are traditional, usually brick, three level homes with upstairs bedrooms, and a main level with kitchen and living/dining rooms.
With that said, there is a wide range of homes in Mantua, which will continue as the neighborhood further develops over the years.
Many of the homes in Mantua have attached garages, mostly 2 car.
There are historically no association bylaws controlling building and renovations in Mantua. Construction is controlled by the Fairfax County zoning/permitting process.
Combined with the popularity of the neighborhood, many of the older homes have seen both smaller and larger additions to add square footage and functionality to the floor plan.
New Homes in Mantua
Mantua has been a popular neighborhood to build custom, semi-custom, and spec homes by a number of developers.
If you are looking to build a new home, see my guide on new homes in Northern VA.
If you take a drive around the neighborhood, you will see the turnover of the original homes into new homes.
Building in Mantua took off in the 2010s and has since continued, transforming the neighborhood.
As time goes by, this gives the buyer a variety of other homes to choose from in the neighborhood.
This includes craftsman homes, modern farmhouses, contemporary homes, and other more customized looks.
There are many third party sites on the web that offer information on schools, which are quite useful.
Mantua has a history of being linked with schools that are highly rated on these sites, including Frost Middle and Woodson High School. Here is an example.
It is always a good idea to double check the Fairfax County official school boundary locator to verify. This locator can be found here.
Selling a Home in Mantua
All good things eventually come to an end. If the time has come to sell your home in Mantua or Fairfax VA to move elsewhere, check out my home selling guide.
Mantua is a unique neighborhood, so make sure to hire an agent (like myself) who will be able to showcase for potential buyers not only on your home’s features, but the benefits of living in Mantua as a whole.
Reach out below if you would like to know what your home is worth.
Whether you are just starting your search or have a specific question, I am here to help. I am a real estate expert in Northern VA and would love to chat with you about your goals.
Overall, Mantua is enjoyed by residents and will continue to thrive as the area grows. Use the form below to find out more.