When someone mentions Northern Virginia, the first place that comes to mind is Fairfax City. Rated Number 3 in the Forbes Magazine “Top 25 Places To Live Well” in 2009, Fairfax City is one of the best places to live outside of the Washington D.C. area. Not only is Fairfax City a beautiful location, but it has one of the strongest public school systems, a high median salary, and ranks in the top 1% for small businesses nationwide. Because of this, Fairfax City has a strong economy as well as a lot of unique businesses, shops, and restaurants.
Downtown Fairfax City has undergone a large redevelopment in the past few years, beginning in 2005, and has completely redone the center of Old Town Fairfax. The Fairfax Library was rebuilt, with a new parking garage and several multipurpose rooms, and the block across the street was remodeled with multiple shops and businesses and a large 4 story parking garage.
Some favorite chain restaurants were put in, like Panera, Potbelly’s, and The Greene Turtle, as well as smaller more unique restaurants like the family run Lebanese restaurant Al Maza, whose stuffed grape leaves and lamb gyros are delicious and can be picked up to go, and Victoria’s Cakery, a small business that makes and sells an assortment of baked goods and makes the best cakes in the area, especially their white chocolate raspberry cake with white chocolate shavings on top.
Several shops and clothing stores were added as well, like Fair Trade Winds, a family run business providing cerified fair trade and environmentally sustainable products supporting artisans, farmers, and crafts people from both the local area and other parts of the world, or The Factory, a tiny shop that sells vintage t-shirts and apparel. Old Town Fairfax also hosts numerous festivals and events, like The Chocolate Lover’s Festival, the Fall Festival, Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, The Holiday Craft Show, the Festival of Lights and Carols, and more.
Fairfax City also has the distinction of being surrounded by a multitude of parks and beautiful outdoor spaces as well, making it the perfect combination of business and leisure. Van Dyke Park, right next to Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church, has a skate park, multiple playgrounds, basketball courts, a soccer field, and paths for walking, biking, or running. Most of the large surrounding neighborhoods have pools and parks, like Mosby Woods, Green Acres, and Fairfax Villa, and the Oak Mar Rec Center.
George Mason University is located just down the street from Old Town Fairfax, and hosts numerous shows and sporting events at the Patriot Center and the Aquatic Center, as well as the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. There are also several top rated high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in and near Fairfax City, like Fairfax High School, Oakton High School, Woodson High School, Frost Middle School, Lanier Middle School, Daniels Run Elementary, and more.
Fairfax City is one of the most beautiful and convenient locations to live; just outside of Washington D.C. and the perfect combination of city and suburb. The center of Fairfax County, it provides a mixture of vintage charm with innovation and unique experiences, making it the perfect place to live for anyone who wants the convenience of a city but the feeling of a community.
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