Marumsco Village is a modest neighborhood of about 275 acres in Woodbridge, Va. It sits close to four similar subdivisions that cover 1,070 acres — Marumsco Hills North and South, Marumsco Acres and Marumsco Woods. The five are in Woodbridge, Prince William County, and are represented by Supervisor Frank J. Principi.

Now in a third term, Principi is implementing his vision for smart-growth improvements across Woodbridge. He is working to widen U.S. Route 1 and fighting to improve transit options, renovate local libraries and schools, and attract a mix of good shopping and dining options.

Mostly single-family Cape Cods, split-levels and ramblers line streets that run up and down hills. The houses include a mix of brick construction, siding or a combination of both. Some houses have garages or carports. Most streets have sidewalks.

“A lot of people buy small houses, then put on an addition or just tear the house down and put up a much bigger one,” said Joel Martinez, a resident since 2001 and a local real estate agent.

Large, newly constructed houses are obvious, though not predominant.


Diverse neighborhood: Gregg Reynolds lives with his wife, Jean, in a three-level Cape Cod on a third of an acre in Marumsco Acres. He bought the property in 1972 for $33,000. It was the intermediate model in price and size.

“Back in the late 1950s when it was built, it probably sold for $18,000. When we bought it we wondered how we were going to do it. But we did. And today it’s probably worth $188,00 to $190,000,” he said. “It’s been a great little house. We added a front and back porch. And just last year we put in a new boiler. The old one lasted all these years.”

Reynolds favors Principi’s vision of a new Woodbridge. “Route 1 hasn’t changed for 75 years,” he said. “I think our county was turned down by some corporations as a business destination because the Route 1 corridor looks more 1950s than 21st century. Infrastructure renovations will attract new businesses and bring in more taxes.”

The neighborhood is culturally diverse. A sign in front of Stanley Baranowski Jr. and Dolores Zulian’s house states in English, Spanish and Arabic: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”

“I believe it expresses very well the view of the majority of the people that live in our neighborhood and I’d also like to think that live in our community, commonwealth and throughout the country,” said Reynolds.

What’s nearby: Marumsco Acre Lake Neighborhood Park is a great local amenity. Fishing in the lake is allowed from the shoreline and off a small pier. There’s a picnic pavilion, a basketball court and a playground.

Hammill Mill Park, “a hidden gem,” said Principi, offers a pool with waterslides, a walking trail, a tot lot and a covered picnic area with grill.

Veterans Memorial Park is the largest neighborhood park. There are open fields, ball courts, ponds with geese, ducks and herons, colorful play equipment, a trail and picnic tables. A bridge overpass connects the community to the park.

There’s also Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge and the Potomac River to the east. The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is almost complete and will include a boardwalk and connect directly to other parks. George Mason University’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center is next door to Marumsco Village, and students there can study the Potomac River through restoration and local sustainability practices.


Jose Edward, 13, works on his shot at Hammill Mill Park. (Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post)

Marumsco Plaza is home to Todos Supermarket, Family Dollar, Walgreens, Pollo Campero and others. Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center offers Wegmans, Navy Federal Credit Union, Comfort One Shoes, REI and other shops. The Potomac Mills outlet mall is in Woodbridge.

Living there: Marumsco Village, Zip code 22191, is roughly bordered by Occoquan Road on the east, Horner Road on the south, Virginia State Route 294/Prince William Parkway on the west and Interstate 95 on the north and west. Single-family houses predominate, but there are also townhouses.

“The market has been very good here,” said Martinez, a real estate agent with Classic Realty. “Houses don’t last long. They sell quickly.”

According to Martinez, 31 properties are for sale, ranging from a three-bedroom, one-bathroom townhouse listing for $197,000 to a four-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family house for $559,000.

Twenty-three properties are under contract, ranging from a three-bedroom, one-bathroom single-family house for $180,000 to a four-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family house for $349,950.

In the past year, 170 homes sold, ranging from a four-bedroom, one-bathroom single-family house for $169,900 to a six-bedroom, five-bathroom, single-family house for $580,000.


Longtime Marumsco Village resident, Ron Saxe, 68, crosses the bridge of Marumsco Creek. (Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post)

Schools: Belmont, R. Dean Kilby and Occoquan Elementary; Fred M. Lynn Middle; Woodbridge Senior High.

Transit: The roughly 26-mile drive to and from the District takes about half an hour in non-rush-hour traffic but is probably double that during morning and evening commutes. “Express lanes on Interstate 95 alleviate some of the traffic,” said Martinez. The quickest route from downtown is via Interstate 395 to Interstate 95 at Exit 161 onto Virginia Route 1 South.

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) has a stop at Woodbridge Station, which connects riders to Metro stations in Virginia and the District.

Crime: According to the Prince William County police, there were no homicides in the past year. Figures for other crimes were not available.