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Northern Virginia, one of the most affluent regions in the country, is home to about 1/3 of the state’s population. Located just outside of Washington D.C. to the southwest, Northern Virginia, or NoVa as referred to by the residents, is the highest income region in Virginia, resulting in an abundance of real estate, shopping, dining, and educational options. Fairfax County, currently the most populated jurisdiction within Northern Virginia, is located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. to the southwest. Fairfax County is home to some of the state’s best schools, as well as Tyson’s Corner, one of the best shopping and business centers in the region.
Fairfax City, the heart of Fairfax County, is 20 miles from Washington D.C. With convenient access to both I-66 and I-495, and the Vienna Metro, residents can commute to D.C. fairly easily. George Mason University is located in Fairfax City and is walking distance from Old Town Fairfax, as well as the Fairfax Courthouse Townhomes, located right next to George Mason University, which means no shortage of great homes for college students to rent. A few minutes from Old Town down Lee Highway are the Glen Alden Townhomes, right next to the Fairfax County Government Center.
Route 50, which runs through the center of Fairfax City, has a lot of great neighborhoods, such as the Penderbrook Townhomes, which are located right across the street from Fair Oaks Mall and is nearby to two of the larger shopping areas in Fairfax, Fairfax Towne Center and Fairfax Corner. Just down the street from Fairfax Towne Center are the Cedar Lake Townhomes and the Fair Ridge Townhomes, which are conveniently located between downtown Fairfax City and Fair Lakes, a shopping center with multiple centers for business and shopping. Further down 50 next to Chantilly High School and Rocky Run Middle School are the Birch Pond Townhomes.
In the opposite direction, 5 miles down the road from Old Town Fairfax, just across I-66, is the Town of Vienna and the Vienna Metro. Oakton High School, just 3 miles away, caters to the students of the surrounding subdivisions, such as the Arrowood Townhomes and The Assembly Townhomes. The Beech Grove Townhomes are also just minutes from the Vienna Metro, providing convenient access to the Orange Line.
A few minutes from Old Town Fairfax down Little River Turnpike is Woodson High School and Frost Middle School. Located just across the street from Fair City Mall, these schools are surrounded by great subdivisions like Comstock Townhomes and Lyndhurst Condominiums. This side of Fairfax County is about 10 minutes from the exit for I-495, as well as being nearby to the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus.
If you’re looking for something a little closer to I-495, you can head from Woodson High School down Little River Turnpike to the area near Inova Fairfax Hospital and Gallows Road in Falls Church. Townhomes like those found in Strathmeade Square Townhomes offer beautiful brick exteriors and convenient access to Falls Church High School, Camelot Elementary School, and Jackson Middle School.
If you head towards the Tysons Corner area, which is the 12th largest business district in the nation, nearby to the headquarters for the Central Intelligence Agency, you’ll find great neighborhoods like the Hallcrest Heights Townhomes in McLean, Virginia. These neighborhoods are catered to by McLean High School and Langley High School, two of the top schools in the county. One of the most affluent areas in Fairfax County, McLean also offers access to the new Metro Silver Line, as well as the high-end shops in Tysons II.
Fairfax County in Northern Virginia has a lot to offer, in both location and culture, and has the housing to match. The diversity of the area means there are houses to meet any need, and the area’s proximity to Washington D.C. makes Northern Virginia one of the best places to live in the country.