Welcome to Fairfax
Recognized among Northern Virginia’s collection of cities for its nineteenth century character and modern amenities, Fairfax is a highly desirable place to live. Situated in Fairfax County, the city is only twenty minutes away from cultural hub of Washington, D.C. Residents have the best offerings of the region at their fingertips when in Fairfax.
Fairfax takes its name from Thomas, the Sixth Lord Fairfax; his family’s land grant encompassed all of Northern Virginia. Formed in 1742, Fairfax County played a central role in the Civil War, recognized as the site for the first land battle. Near the end of the nineteenth century, the region would see commerce grow with the dairy industry’s help. The economic rebirth brought new businesses and schools to the area, transforming the rural land into a suburban center. The independent City of Fairfax didn’t come about until 1961; around the same time, George Mason University was established. Along with the higher education institution, Fairfax is now home to multiple Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike.
A small-town atmosphere and city conveniences make Fairfax an attractive place to call home. The housing market is in high demand due to a growing population, matching the development of similar cities in Northern Virginia. Modern condos and apartments are available, giving residents the best of contemporary amenities. For peaceful communities removed from the downtown bustle, single family homes on sizable lots can be found in the surrounding neighborhoods. Many professionals commuting into the District choose to settle in Fairfax for its relaxed pace and affordability. While still within easy reach of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, Fairfax maintains a strong community with its own unique character.
Boasting historic charm and urban amenities, Fairfax provides countless opportunities for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Whether exploring the area’s history or enjoying a wine tasting—Paradise Springs Winery and The Winery at Bull Run are nearby—residents can expect activities catered to variety of preferences. Fairfax may be a modern city, but the surrounding area stands as testament to its storied past. Visitors can even view Civil War-era graffiti at the Historic Blenheim farmhouse. Outdoor enthusiasts value the ten regional parks in Fairfax County, including Hemlock Overlook and Occoquan trail. Mason Neck State Park is a destination for kayaking, camping, and more. Art lovers will appreciate the numerous galleries found throughout the city; for live music performances, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra is a local favorite. As the Virginia’s largest public educational Institution, George Mason University continuously hosts new cultural and artistic events.
Thanks to its prime location in Northern Virginia, Fairfax offers no shortage of transportation options. With multiple Metro stops around Fairfax County, residents have easy access to the amenities of Washington, D.C. and Maryland. The Vienna/Fairfax-GMU station serves the Orange Line. Several bus routes run through the area—the Fairfax Connector runs 91 routes daily. To get quickly around by car, drivers can utilize Interstates 66, 95, 395, and 495, which all run through the region. Downtown Fairfax is recognized for being highly pedestrian-friendly.
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