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Fairfax, VA Real Estate

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The city of Fairfax has long been a popular place to call home. Home to George Mason University and less than 20 miles to the center of Washington DC, Forbes named in number 3 in “Top 25 Places to Live Well.” With one of the best school systems in the country, a high median income and the growing number of sole proprietors there has been a steady rise in the search for homes for sale in Fairfax and Fairfax Virginia real estate. Fairfax real estate has had many notable residents, some of these people are Sam Champion, Sabrina Lloyd, and tobyMac to name a few.

History of Fairfax Virginia

The city of Fairfax was named after Thomas Fairfax, the sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron who was given 5 million acres in the northern part of Virginia by King Charles. The city was settled in the early 1800’s by farmers in the tidewater region. Originally established as the Town of Providence by the state legislature in 1805. Unfortunately for the village of the time the first land battle of the Civil War was fought here. By 1874 the town was officially remained Fairfax, and finally incorporated as a city almost 100 years later.

There are multiple notable buildings in Fairfax.

  • Former Fairfax County Courthouse – the oldest and most likely the most historic building.
  • Fairfax Elementary School – the oldest two-story building and an expensive one for the time costing $2,750.
  • Old Town Hall – built in the year 1900, the town hall is a social and architectural symbol and was a gift to Lord Fairfax.
  • Ratcliffe-Allison house – built in 1812
  • Old Fairfax County Jail – built in 1891
  • Blenheim – built circa 1855
  • 29 Diner – built 1947

Things to Do in Fairfax Virginia

Before you are ready to commit to buying a home in Fairfax, Virginia; or perhaps before you even begin looking into Fairfax Virginia real estate, you need to know what entertainment and amenities that it this city has to offer you and your family. From parks and recreation to museums and historic sites, the city and the county have plenty to offer and shopping is plentiful to say the least. Also, you can be satisfied knowing that your children are receiving a top notch education.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Ox Hill Battlefield Park
  • Burke Lake
  • Lake Accotink
  • Pohick Creek
  • Civil War Interpretive Center
  • Daniels Run Park

Historical/Educational Activities:

  • National Firearms Museum
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Capitol Building
  • Cedar Hill – The Frederick Douglass Historical Site
  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm
  • Fairfax Museum

Shopping/Indoor Entertainment:

  • EagleBank Arena
  • Fairfax Corner – a large shopping center that combines shopping, office space and living space
  • Reston Town Center

Fairfax Virginia Schools

The Fairfax County Public School system maintains a reputation for being one of the top public school systems in the nation. Within the system there is the top high school in the state, and the third nationally ranked: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The students at this school were tested and proved 100% of the student body was proficient in math and science, and every single AP test was passed. Pretty impressive. That is not the only school to measure up, the top 20 high schools were all at least 80% proficient in math and science – the majority of them 90% plus.

The Public School System has many other great opportunities, including magnet schools, high school academies and English as a second language programs. They are dedicated to talented and committed teachers, a rigorous curriculum that has been developed to meet and exceed state standards, classrooms and facilities that have been designed to promote learning.

In addition to public schools there are a number of private schools that are also an option for parents who seek to look into all the available opportunities. There are also a number of preschools and daycares for the little ones who are under 5. The Boyd School received 4.5 stars on Google, a preschool on Oak Street.

Contact the Fairfax VA Real Estate Team at Virginia Estates

If you are interested homes for sale in Fairfax, VA, contact Rick Walden at Virginia Estates today. Our realty lists the most beautiful properties in the Commonwealth. From estates to historic homes in Fairfax we truly are the most qualified to help you find your ideal home.

Call Rick at (877) 646-8800, or e-mail him at rick@virginiaestates.com. Thank you for visiting our website.