Valley Builders: Leaving DC – Rural Custom Home Builds on the Rise in Winchester Virginia

Leaving DC – Rural Custom Home Builds on the Rise in Winchester Virginia

Leaving DC

Lets face it, Washington DC Is just Hollywood for ugly people. Taxation without representation, high unemployment/poverty rates, classist based social structures, parking tickets and let’s not forget the Redskins. Collectively this doesn’t make Washington DC the ideal place to spread your roots and build a family. Faced with DC’s ostentatious ethos and eager to experience an environment more conducive to family ideals, DC and residents of other major metropolitans have set forth a recent trend of de-urbanisation, migrating away from city-centers and building custom homes in hybrid rural/suburban centers such as Winchester, Virginia. Establishing a family outside of the traffic and building a rural custom home is why you have come to Valley Builders.

Misconceptions: Custom Home Building / Rural Relocation

A 2009 University of Kansas study on de-urbanisation concluded that:

“People are moving away from the major cities to smaller cities — and away from cities of 4 million-plus,” he said. “In a sense…you’ll see is that folks are moving out of the city cores into the periphery.”

Even given this increasing trend, widespread misconceptions about the implicit side effects associated with rural relocation still exist, as sacrificing social services, amenities, infrastructure, industry, and worst of all pecuniary gain seem to be inevitable by-products. We at Valley Builders LLC want to dissuade you from these misconceptions by highlighting the many perks of living in Winchester, VA, building your rural custom home and by reiterating that contracting a custom built home is not just within your budget, but a sound financial investment in emerging real estate markets given this ever-increasing trend.

Buy land, they aren’t making it anymore.”  

-Mark Twain

So Why Winchester?

Cost of Living

Individuals making the move from Washington DC stand to reap the rewards of leveraging an inflated DC dollar, as lists Winchester’s overall cost of living 27% lower than that of neighboring Washington DC.


Value Comparison

Cost of Living 27% less than DC
Groceries 9% less than DC
Housing 60% less than DC
Transportation 14% less than DC

4% less than DC

Health & Education

  • Winchester Medical Center – WMC is one of the states premier medical facilities and one of the largest employers in the Winchester tri-county area.
  • Shenandoah University.
  • Lord Fairfax Community College.
  • Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center.
  • Winchester/Frederick County public schools. – Offering 4 high schools and a wide variety of elementary and middle schools Winchester and the Frederick County School Board can cater to the educational needs of any family.



Winchester’s convenient access to infrastructure and its geographical proximity to DC allow it to serve as logistical hubs for corporations like Rubbermaid, Kraft Foods, World Pasta, Kingsdown Mattress, Dupont, Family Dollar Distribution and Home Depot Distribution, who all have large production facilities in the area.


Winchester is accessible by Interstate 81, Routes 7, Route 11, Route 50 and Route 522 and located roughly an hour away from the Washington D.C. area in Northern Virginia. Situated in a geographical “sweet-spot” (between DC Metro, Blue Ridge and Valley-Ridge Appalachian Mountains) Winchester is able to offer all the amenities and social services of a world-class city complemented by the breathtaking rural landscape and its corresponding activities. This is the perfect area of Virginia to build your rural custom home.

About Valley Builders

Valley Builders LLC specializes in new home construction, custom home construction, additions, garages, pole barns, decks, framing and excavation. We have been engaged to build projects from Harrisonburg to Winchester, Bryce to Front Royal and everywhere in between. We focus in the Shenandoah Valley, I-81 corridor and I-66.

The Valley Builders is excited to hear from you so please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation and quote.

Contact us today for a free quote on your upcoming projects!


Thank you for your time.

Brian F.


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Brian is a Class A holding contractor in the state of Virginia. He is insured and licensed to complete any construction projects in Virginia. Brian not only is the contractor of each of his project but he completes the footers, drain tile, framing and is onsite to assure the highest quality of each of the sub-contractors. Brian wrote his companies mission and goes over it with each sub-contractor to make sure when Valley Builders is hired each and every aspect of the job is completed to that standard.

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