Welcome to Fairfax

Part of the sprawling Northern Virginia landscape, Fairfax is a growing city that retains much of its 19th-century, small town charm. Inhabited primarily by commuters working throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, Fairfax is known for its convenient location and transit access, but it also holds many attractions within city limits.

City of Fairfax, USA – March 10, 2020: Old town downtown at University drive, Main street intersection with stores shops and restaurants in Fairfax county northern Virginia

What to Love

  • Historic sites to explore in and around Fairfax and modern architecture
  • Vibrant Arts community: George Mason University Center of the Arts and the Fairfax Art League Gallery
  • Increasingly fast-growing area

Commute Times

Vienna/Fairfax Station 11m by car

Dulles International Airport 24m by car

Nearest Metro

orange line

Commuting Throughout the Area

Northern Virginia is one of the fastest-growing areas of the country, living in Fairfax offers easy access to the entire region, including other parts of Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. proper. Interstates 66 and 95, along with the 395 and 495 beltways, are the area’s main highway arteries, but many commuters take public transport to and from work. The area is served by the Washington Metro Transit Authority. There are many Metrobus stops throughout the city, and Metrorail’s Orange Line serves the area with the Vienna/Fairfax/GMU stop.

Fairfax Real Estate

With an ideal location and growing population, prices in Fairfax trend toward the higher side of the real estate spectrum, even for older, smaller homes. Yet despite the high sticker prices, the price per square foot is still typically much lower than in Washington, D.C., making Fairfax, Virginia, a popular real estate market. In addition to single-family-home neighborhoods, Fairfax is also seeing a boom in condos connected to mixed use developments.

Northern Virginia, Fairfax county residential neighborhood in autumn with houses and paved road with nobody and many fallen autumn scenic yellow leaves foliage season

Things to Do

When first arriving in Fairfax, Virginia, all appears modern and new, but a visit to the city’s historic sites offers a glimpse into Fairfax’s early history. A must-visit is Historic Blenheim, an antebellum farmhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places and famous for the graffiti left by Union soldiers during the Civil War.

For an evening out, catch a performance by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, a professional regional orchestra that performs often in the town. George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public institution, also offers music and cultural performances at the school’s Center for the Arts concert hall or its 10,000-seat EagleBank Arena.

Fairfax, Virginia, also has several museums and galleries, whose rotating exhibitions make repeat visits worthwhile. The Fairfax Art League gallery is a members cooperative representing 100 local artists that hosts monthly exhibits and twice-annual special shows. The Fairfax Museum features exhibits on city history.

City of Fairfax, USA – March 10, 2020: Old town hall colonial architecture with sign for Huddleson Memorial public library, community events in downtown at University drive in Fairfax county, Virginia