At a Glance
- Public Transportation: Bus, Metro
- Walk Score: 54
- Grocery Stores: Trader Joe’s, Shoppers Food Warehouse, Daily Spices
- Local High Schools: Fairfax, Paul VI Catholic, W.T. Woodson
Fairfax is the principal city for Fairfax County and is comprised of 6.3 square miles. The city is approximately 16 miles Southwest of Washington DC. It is located just north of Burke and west of Falls Church, on the outside of the Beltway and right off of Route 66.
Fairfax Old Town has recently been renovated. Stretching 4 blocks wide by 2 blocks long, this pleasant area offers plenty of opportunity for walking or bicycling to the many restaurants and shops.
The Cue Bus serves Fairfax, connecting commuters to George Mason University, the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU metro station, and various stops just out of the city’s boundaries. Students, staff, and faculty may ride The Cue free of charge.
The City of Fairfax offers properties that suit a wide variety of requirements. From first-time homebuyers seeking attractive condominiums or single-family homes, to empty nesters looking to settle down in a quiet all-American city, opportunities abound. There are also numerous clusters of townhomes in the downtown area, which provide some urban feel as well.
Things to Do
Being home to George Mason University, the city of Fairfax enjoys the intellectual rigor, competitive athletics, and bustling nightlife that go hand-in-hand with college towns. Arts and culture maintain a strong presence in Fairfax, never leaving college students or residents for want of things to do.
Historical buildings are plentiful in Fairfax. Residents are particularly proud of the County Courthouse, which dates back to 1800. The courthouse functioned as Union military headquarters during the Civil War. Other buildings of special note are the Fairfax Elementary School (1873) and the Old Town Hall (1900) built in a classical revival style, which maintains original woodwork characteristic of the exquisite craftsmanship of those earlier times.
In addition to vibrant farmers’ markets, Fairfax hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year including the Chocolate Festival and the Holiday Crafts Festival.
The city’s namesake is derived from Thomas Fairfax, an Englishman who was granted five million acres of Northern Virginia soil by King Charles II. The region went on to experience prolific agricultural growth, still evident today in the town’s numerous farmers’ markets.