Fairfax, Virginia Real Estate and Community Information

Fairfax, Virginia Real Estate and Community Information

Recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as number three in its "Top 25 Places to Live Well,” Fairfax is living up to this distinction. As a smaller town with about 23,000 people, Fairfax maintains a charming and welcoming vibe. Its strong ties to this region’s rich history have put Fairfax on the map as one of the nation’s most cherished historic places. Quality public schools, a strong local economy, and close proximity to Washington D.C. all contribute to steady growth and rising demand for Fairfax real estate.

Shopping and Dining

While Fairfax is a relatively small city, there is no shortage of shopping opportunities for bargain hunters and fashionistas alike. Visit Tysons Corner Mall and Tysons Galleria for a top notch shopping experience, complete with unique boutiques, restaurants, and a movie theater. The Fair Oaks Mall—one of the area’s largest shopping destinations—features over 200 stores, including JCPenney and Sears.

Fairfax has a number of excellent restaurants and bars, catering to all manner of tastes and occasions. You can find favorite national chains, such as Ruby Tuesday and Outback Steakhouse. If you're willing to take a short drive north to Reston, there is Reston Town Center, located in the downtown area. This is an outdoor shopping center that offers over 50 stores, 30 restaurants, a movie theater, and the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel. At the heart of of the Reston Center, known as the Pavilion, there are a plethora of community events, concerts and festivals all throughout the year.

There are many restaurants to choose from that are near Fairfax. Some notable dining spots include:

Parks and Recreation

In Fairfax it’s easy to stay active, explore the great outdoors, appreciate art, and delve into American history. In addition to several city parks in and around town, Fairfax residents have access to such gems as Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, where big names in music and dance—such as Yanni and Riverdance—dazzle crowds of over 6,000 in the park’s amphitheater. For a really “cool” time, strap on some skates at the Fairfax Ice Arena, which provides open ice-skating and hockey. Sports fans can also catch a Patriot’s basketball game at George Mason University’s 10,000-seat Patriot Center.

Not surprisingly, Fairfax is home to a number of National Historic Sites, such as the City of Fairfax Historic District, the Old Fairfax County Courthouse, and the Ratcliffe-Logan-Allison House. Tours and open houses happen nearly every day of the week in Fairfax. Civil War enthusiasts will especially want to check out the Civil War Interpretive Center, which provides moving glimpses into the lives of Union soldiers during the war. Fairfax residents also enjoy a number of annual events and festivals throughout the year. The Fairfax Fine Arts Festival, Fall for the Book Festival, and the Chocolate Lovers Festival are just a few of the events that bring people together to celebrate and enjoy shared interests.


The federal government and the technology sector are major employers for Fairfax residents, which boasts an unemployment rate well below the national average and a median income of $94,985. With demand for domestic and national defense technology consistently on the rise, Fairfax’s economy is expected to grow by about 35% over the next ten years, which makes Fairfax real estate all the more desirable. Efforts by groups, such as the Downtown Fairfax Coalition, ensure that further development of Fairfax continues to meet the needs of this growing community. The median home price in Fairfax is $449,200, with homes ranging from colonial-style estates in the Historic District, to sleek condos and quaint townhouses downtown.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Children in Fairfax attend Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest public school district in the Washington D.C. area. In ranking Fairfax as one of the “Top 25 Places to Live Well,” Forbes magazine noted that a large part of Fairfax’s success is due to its strong public school system, a factor worth considering when thinking about buying Fairfax real estate. George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public university, is also located in Fairfax.

For acute care and medical services, Inova Fairfax Hospital is a nationally recognized medical facility. Providing both basic medical services and specialized medicine, Inova Fairfax consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top hospitals.

Fairfax is twenty miles west of Washington D.C., by way of I-66, making it the perfect location for those commuting to the nation’s capital. Other major highways, such as US-50, US-236 and I-495, allow for easy travel to neighboring communities, like Arlington, Manassas and Alexandria. Following US-50 and US-28, the Washington Dulles International Airport is approximately twenty minutes from Fairfax.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a.k.a. the Metro, is the leading mass transit system in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, Arlington and surrounding capital area. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction.

If you are thinking about buying or selling Fairfax real estate, give us a call at (703) 739-4663 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

Contact Information

Stone Wood Team
EXP Realty
2165 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria VA 22314
Office: (703) 739-4663
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