My Father built (for $8000) a simple large cape cod on a full acre in Northern Va in 1947. I was raised there and when my Mom was put in a nursing home my nephew (who wanted to keep it in the family
) bought it in about 1994 for $125K. He sold it in 2003 to move to Texas for $650K. No Va has had a tremendous growth and appreciation.
Wish I could have bought it back in '94. My nephew didn't really buy it for that kind of investment.