Fairfax Virginia Real Estate & Information

Fairfax Virginia Real Estate & Information

Ranked No. 3 in the “Top 25 Places to Live Well” by Forbes in 2009, Fairfax is an expansive city located in Northern Virginia. Considered part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Fairfax real estate offers a perfect combination of outdoor recreation, economic opportunity, and cultural amenities.

Shopping and Dining
Fairfax’s restaurants offer cuisine from around the world, spanning from Japanese and Korean to Indian, Ethiopian, Irish, and American. A wide array of dining and shopping can be found at the New Springfield and Kingstowne Town Center's, Monument Corner, The Mosaic District and The Fair Oaks Mall. Stores include Apple, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Brookstone, Eddie Bauer, Foot Locker, H&M, Justice, Macy’s, Radio Shack, Sears, and Sephora as well as boutique shops, and onsite condominiums. Don't miss Fairfax’s Community Farmers’ Market held every weekend from May through October.

Parks and Recreation
Northern Virginia is famous for its natural spaces and beautiful parks. Visitors to Fountainhead Park in Fairfax Station can fish, boat, kayak, and mountain bike on the 17-mile Bull Run-Occoquan Trail. Mason Neck State Park is an active heron rookery and an ideal place to bird watch. Huntley Meadows Park, the largest park in Fairfax County, comprises 1,425 acres of freshwater wetlands, meadows, and mature forest. It also features a half-mile wetland boardwalk trail and an observation tower. The 800-acre Great Falls National Park in McLean borders the Potomac River and features a beautiful waterfall, the Patowmack Canal, and 15 miles of outdoor trails.

The city of Fairfax also maintains its own parks. Daniels Run Park has biking, jogging, hiking, and walking trails that run through lush green trees. Kutner Park features volleyball and tennis courts, a soccer field, a horseshoe pit, a hiking trail, and a children’s playground. Pat Rodio Park features football and little league fields. Van Dyck Park is home to lighted basketball and tennis courts, an exercise trail, several multipurpose play areas, a sand volleyball court, playground equipment, and a community center. Additional parks in Fairfax include Ratcliffe Park, Ranger Road Park, Stafford Drive Park, and the Ashby Pond Conservatory Site. There also are several yoga studios in town, including a Bikram yoga studio. Additional recreational activities include numerous annual festivals, including Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, National Trails Day, Fall for the Book Festival, Fall Festival, Irish Festival, The Holiday Craft Show, and Festival of Lights and Carols.

Living
Fairfax is a growing city with excellent schools, low unemployment, and friendly neighbors. Fairfax real estate includes the 22030, 22031, 22032, and 22033 zip codes. Homebuyers wanting to purchase real estate in the Fairfax area have many options to choose from, including new construction, established housing, historic housing, and upscale condominiums. Median home prices in 2012 were $428,300.

Schools, Health, Transportation
Fairfax’s schools have low student-teacher ratios of 10.5 to 1, and are considered some of the best schools in the nation. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked Fairfax High School the 13th best high school in Virginia. Other schools in the city include Fairfax Academy, Daniels Run Elementary, Providence Elementary, and Lanier Middle School. George Mason University is located just south of the city limits.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is located near the Fair Oaks Mall. The award-winning hospital has 182 acute care beds, and is especially renowned for geriatrics, orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, minimally invasive gynecology surgery, urology, and weight loss surgery. Additional hospitals in the area include Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, and the Reston Hospital Center in Reston.

Interstate 66 runs along the city’s northern border. Commuters into Washington, D.C. can travel via the Metro rail, the Virginia Railway Express, or the Washington MetroBus. The city also operates its own independent bus system, the CUE Bus.