Fairfax, VA 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 its parks and recreation programs, achieving the coveted AAA bond rating for its 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. Start shopping for homes for sale in Fairfax, VA.
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Fairfax is an independent city in 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 D.C. metro region, the city—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 D.C., 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.
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. Browse the newest real estate listings in Fairfax, VA.
Fairfax High School recently received U.S. News and World Report’s Gold Award—its highest recognition—for placing in the top 250 out of more than 22,000 schools nationally. Other reputable schools include Providence Elementary School and Lanier Middle School. When it comes to higher education, George Mason University is located nearby. Find homes in Fairfax by school district.
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 include easy access to I-66 and I-495.
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 visitor’s center, and many landmarks to explore.
The Mosaic District sets a new standard by creating a vibrant, sophisticated environment that connects families and friends together. This unique district was created through a hand-selected mix of retailers and restaurants, intelligent urban design and a passion for enabling authentic community engagement. Mosaic brings all of these together to create Washington D.C.’s most innovative retail and entertainment community. Mosaic includes a hand-selected mix of local fashion boutiques, inspired culinary options, healthy grocers, an art house cinema, and premier national retailers.
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is also incredibly popular, and a highly regarded outdoor theater that caters to all genres of the performing arts. It’s a must-see for all living in the area.
Local events take place throughout the year. Some of the highlights include the following:
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