Top 4 Kid-Friendly New-Home Communities in the D.C. Metro Area

A blue mushroom shower is one highlight of the kiddie pool at the Potomac Shores community in Aldie, VA, by Brookfield Residential.

You can’t go wrong with a kiddie pool to get kids active and having fun, like this one with a blue mushroom shower, at Potomac Shores. Photo courtesy of Brookfield Residential.

As a parent, you want to give your children the best of all possible worlds.

Investing in a new home in the right community can help ensure that your children live in a safe community that’s close to the best schools in the area, inside a neighborhood designed to help them live an active and exciting life. NewHomeSource has found the top four kid-friendly new-home communities in the Washington, D.C., area. 

What Makes a Community Kid Friendly?

When deciding on the best community for your family, you need to keep these three factors in mind:

• Safety
• Access to Great Schools
• Kid-Friendly Amenities


Infographic with photos of a playground, kids shoes, a newly built home and a swing that outlines three elements of a kid friendly community, including safety, proximity to good schools and kid-friendly amenities.Children need safety and stability to live a healthy and enriched life. New-home communities are ideal because they foster a neighborly feel that can help reduce crime. So, when you buy your new home, you get to invest in the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are providing your family with a safe place to live. To learn about the safety of the community, ask current residents and do some research about the area’s safety.

The Best School Districts in Washington, D.C.

NewHomeSource makes it easy for you to find your dream home in a school district where your children can thrive. You can easily find the best new home communities in the top-rated school districts in DC by selecting your ideal district and exploring the available homes and communities from there. According to Niche, which ranks schools and communities, the best school districts in the DC area are:

• Arlington PS
• Loudon County PS
• Falls Church City PS
• Fairfax County PS
• Alexandria City PS
• Montgomery County PS
• Prince William County PS
• Manassas Park City PS
• Manassas City PS
• District of Columbia PS
• Charles County PS

Kid-Friendly Amenities

Part of living a complete life is having fun. When you tour a community to see if it is right for your family and children, look to see if the neighborhood kids play outside. Find out if the community has amenities that help foster an active lifestyle such as community parks, playgrounds, pools, sport courts and trails. If a community you tour promotes active living, it can be a good sign that your family will lead a happy life there.

Top Kid-Friendly Communities in the Washington, D.C., Area

Potomac Shores

Potomac Shores, the 2016 Community of the Year, is a little piece of heaven, perfect for growing families that want the best in life. With a marina, canoe club, parks and trails and homes from top builder like Brookfield Residential, NV Homes, Pulte Homes and Ryan Homes, you’ll have plenty to do as a family and can go home to relax in a beautiful home fit for your family.


Outdoor living does not get any better at Willowsford. Your children can explore trails that wind through forest, meadows and ponds. And a working farm in the community ensures your kiddos will be gourmands (or at least, will eat their veggies), since they can be a part of the food-to-table movement and understand where their food comes from. There are also camping and picnics areas, so you’ll always be close to the outdoors.

Lenah Mill - The Executives

Lenah Mill has the best amenity package for families that want to stay active and love life. Just minutes away from where you want to be, Lenah Mill is the best of all worlds. Amenities include the Lenah Mill Club, pools, walking trails, parks and more.

Line K at Willowsford Windmill

Like K at Willowsford Windmill combines luxurious amenities with striking modern architecture (seriously, check out the awesome architecture here!), for a lifestyle that cannot be beat. Amenities that your kids will love include a community pools, a boat house, walking trails, community farm, amphitheater and a community lake.

What are your favorite kid-friendly new-home communities in the DC area? Let us know in the comments below.
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