Maybe I'm biased, because I absolutely love the state of Virginia! When they say it is for lovers, you could not be more right because the overall vibe is truly spectacular. The beauty of living in Franklin Farm is the fact that you get a small town atmosphere within a large metro area. Such a close proximity to the D.C. metro area means that there is always something to get into, whatever your taste.
I enjoy, the park system as well as the days spent at Chantilly Highlands. I like the fact that the public transportation is on time and always prompt. Shopping in Franklin Farm is more of a needs than wants type of deal. Like I said if you really are looking at something in particular you would like to purchase, then you have the entire metro area to shop.
There are plenty of grocery stores nearby as I tend to shop at local Food Lions or the occasional Farmer's Market. I would definitely recommend giving Franklin Farm a look if you are relocating for work, family or pleasure.