Fairfax, VA

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The City of Fairfax, Virginia, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The six-square-mile jurisdiction in the heart of Northern Virginia was founded in 1805 as the Town of Providence. Known for its courthouse, it was for a time known as Fairfax Courthouse then as the Town of Fairfax. The City of Fairfax was established as the independent city in 1961. The city celebrates its past and embraces the future. Nestled in the suburban expanse of the Washington DC metro region, the City of Fairfax, Virginia, with its hallmark landscaped and leafy street medians, is an oasis, unique and brimming with vitality that recently has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top three places to live in the nation.  It was, and still is, at the crossroads of Northern Virginia. It's just 20 minutes from Washington, DC, with an attractive blend of commercial, office, retail and residential properties. It combines the charm of a small town with the opportunities of a thriving urban area.
 

Overall Personality

The city has received many top rankings on “quality-of-life” lists.  It simply comes with the territory for this small city of 24,000 known for its superior “small town” community feel situated in a world-class metropolitan region. Whether being recognized for receiving the nationally prestigious gold medal for our parks and recreation programs, achieving the coveted AAA bond rating for our financial strengths, or placing 12th among all jurisdictions nationally for the percentage of city occupations in the “creative class,” the city has a reputation for achievement, as well as a place of enjoyment and fun for its residents.
 
In 2009, Fairfax was ranked Number 3 in the "Top 25 Places to Live Well" by Forbes Magazine.[5] Forbes commended Fairfax for its strong public school system, high median income, and growing sole proprietors
 

Noteworthy Attractions

Historic Fairfax City provides interesting and educational activities, and attracts many local and regional history buffs due to its many historic buildings and landmarks. There are guided walking tours, a visitors center, and many landmarks to explore.
 
Mosaic District the community experience to a new standard by creating a vibrant, sophisticated environment that connects families and friends together. This unique district is created through a hand-selected mix of retailers & restaurants, intelligent urban design and our passion for enabling authentic community engagement. Mosaic brings all of these together to create Washington D.C.’s most innovative retail & entertainment community.  Mosaic includes a hand-selected mix of DC’s top independent fashion boutiques, inspired culinary options, healthy grocers, an art house cinema, and premier national retailers.
 
City of Fairfax Regional Library - The library includes the Virginia Room, a collection of books, photographs, and manuscripts related to Fairfax County history, government, and genealogy www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/fx/
 
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a incredibly popular, and highly regarded outdoor theater that caters to all genres of the performing arts. It’s a must-see for all living in the area.
 

Transportation Options

Fairfax is 16 miles (26 kilometers) southwest of Washington, D.C. Washington Metro's Orange Line serves Fairfax through its Vienna Station. CUE Bus and Metrobus operate in Fairfax.
Nearby major highways: Easy access to I-66 and I-495
 

Types of Homes in the Area

The City places high priority on maintaining a wide variety of housing types and price ranges with a long-term focus on the modernization and redevelopment of the City’s housing stock. Strong emphasis is also placed on creating a more
balanced mixture of housing types, allowing families and individuals to move within the City as their housing needs change. 
 
Fairfax City offers, in conjunction with Main Street Bank, home improvement loans up to $250,000 interest free for the first two years. http://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/community-development-planning/neighborhood-renaissance/programs
 
 

School Districts in the Area

  • Providence Elementary School       
  • Lanier Middle School
  • Fairfax High School recently received US News and World Report’s Gold Award, its highest recognition, for placing in the top 250 out of more than 22,000 schools nationally
  • George Mason University                    
 

Annual Events

 
March - Chocolate Lovers Festival
Events have included craft shows, historic building open houses, children's activities, collections of vendors selling various edible chocolate products, and even chocolate sculpture contests
 
Spring - Fairfax Civil War Day
 
Civil War re-enactment camp is held at the Blenheim estate, a city-owned historical property. The encampment features military muster, drill, and a firing demonstration
 
April - Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts
The festival runs for three weeks and features music, dance, theater, art and choral concerts. Events take place at venues throughout the city and the colleges
 
June - National Trails Day
National Trails Day is held to celebrate the trails, open spaces and parks in the City of Fairfax
 
July - Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening Show
The largest hometown parade and fireworks celebration in the Washington metropolitan region. The day's events include a parade through Old Town Fairfax, tours of historic buildings and local museums, an Old Fashioned Fireman's Day at the Fire Station #3, and a live concert and fireworks display at Fairfax High School
 
September - Irish Festival
A festival of Irish and Celtic song, dance and music is held in and around Old Town Fairfax
Fall for the Book Festival
Features readings, discussions, lectures and exhibits from nationally-recognized writers and professionals.
 
October - Fall Festival
The second Saturday in October. This event includes more than 500 arts, crafts, and food vendors, and is held outdoors on the streets of the city. Attendance is about 35,000 to 45,000
 
November - The Holiday Craft Show
An annual Holiday Craft Show is held at Fairfax High School on the third Saturday and Sunday of November. The event features hundreds of craft vendors. Attendance is about 8,000 to 10,000
 
December - Festival of Lights & Carols

On the first Saturday in December, the city holds a Festival of Lights and Carols. Activities include photos with Santa, caroling, a yule log, hot mulled cider, illumination of Old Town Fairfax, and the lighting of the city Christmas tree 

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