Woodbridge, Virginia (the seat of the Woodbridge Magisterial District) is a census-designated place located in Prince William County. The District had a population of over 54,000 residents as of the 2010 census; the Woodbridge CDP had a modest 4,055. Woodbridge is bordered scenically by the Potomac and Occoquan rivers, and has geographic borders at Occoquan Road and Dawson Beach Road with I-95 to the west.
Woodbridge’s history developed as a village consisting of farms and industrial complexes. When the Woodbridge postal delivery zone was established, it included Dale City and a planned community called Lake Ridge, which had been built in the 1960s and 1970s. The CDP took its name from the wooden bridge built by Thomas Mason in 1795 to carry the King’s Highway traffic across the Occoquan River in lieu of a ferry already in place. Mason’s home, Woodbridge Plantation, was located on the site of what is now a golf course community. The 2010 census saw Woodbridge lose some land area; parts of it were split into Marumsco and Neabsco, Virginia.
Residents of Woodbridge are lucky to have many attractive amenities in their community. It is the home of the Potomac Mills Mall, which has the distinction of being one of Northern Virginia’s largest outlet malls. It has over 225 stores and eateries for visitors to enjoy. Woodbridge is also the home of the Potomac Nationals baseball team. The team has been in Prince William County for over 30 years, and plays 140 games a year during the April through September season. Also within Woodbridge is Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a safe haven for wildlife and habitats that are endangered or nearly extinct in North Virginia. Bald eagles and ospreys are just some of the residents of the Refuge. Other attractions are Veteran’s Park and Leesylvania State Park, both situated on the Potomac River. Here, individuals and families can swim, go boating, hike, and enjoy picnic facilities.
As Woodbridge is just 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., many residents are commuters. Commuters have several options in Woodbridge, including access to Interstate 95, two VRE commuter train stations, a local bus service, and a successful “slugging” system which is an informal type of ridesharing in which commuters line up and are picked up by vehicles wanting to have access to the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lane on the highway.
Are you looking for a cozy and homey community that’s a great place to live, work, and play? Learn more about Woodbridge today by contacting your local real estate agent!