Fairfax City is one of the very best neighborhoods in Fairfax County Virginia. People are moving to Fairfax Virginia from the Washington DC — Arlington VA — Alexandria VA metro area, Montgomery County MD, and Los Angeles County CA because it has so much to offer.
The City of Fairfax offers so many desirable features in a neighborhood: highly walk-able, a wide range of housing types, richly diverse selection of restaurants and amenities, responsive local Government, close proximity to the DC Metro area, efficient transportation options, and an active parks and recreation department ensures there’s so much to do to connect and socialize with the community. It’s a great place to live.
Fairfax City is located in the center of Fairfax County, only 17 miles from Washington DC. Affectionately called the Doughnut City because it is surrounded by Fairfax County, but also has a small area of Fairfax County at its center. On a map, this looks like a doughnut.
It’s close proximity to the Washington DC metro area makes it a highly desirable location, especially considering the efficient transportation options available to Fairfax commuters. There are several large arterial roads that funnel commuters efficiently in and out of major business areas. Plus, public transportation options are affordable and reliable.
Fairfax City is only 5–10 minutes drive from the Vienna Metro station, this is the terminating hub of the Orange Metro line. The Metro system for Washington DC is a phenomenal system that allows commuters to leave their cars close to home and quickly get into the city without the headache of parking. It’s a great option.
The Fairfax City population of around 25,000 people are all contained in just 6.27 square miles. If you had everything you needed within the city limits, it is feasible to walk to just about anywhere. Old Town Fairfax has a richly diverse selection of restaurants, shops and convenience stores. Only five (5) minutes walk south with bring you the City of Fairfax Government center. A further five (5) walk will take you to the George Mason University campus, just beyond the city limit.
The City of Fairfax underwent major revitalization about two decades ago. This brought in significant development and the addition of condominiums and townhouses. Just beyond the City CBD you will discover leafy green streets and a healthy supply of Single Family Detached homes.
The median price of housing units in Fairfax City is around $580,000 which offers an affordability advantage over the surrounding neighborhoods of Oakton, Vienna, and Clifton.
The Fairfax City Parks & Recreation division maintains the fun sociable sense of community with a packed calendar of events. Throughout the year there’s a host of events designed to appeal to a wide range of interests and bring people together. There’s the chocolate festival, strawberry festival, car shows, heritage events, and many more.
Perhaps the single most popular event is the Independence Day Parade which is one of the biggest in the nation. It’s a testament to the strong civic sensibilities in the community that we see politicians of all stripes participating in the festivities. The line of marching bands, civic institutions, and community groups is long. It’s loud and a whole lot of fun. I highly recommend attending.
Another unique and very popular recurring event is the monthly Rock The Block in the Fairfax City square. Free music, local food vendors, and a beer garden make this a fun community gathering. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and hang with your friends, and make some new ones. This is exactly the type of event that keeps this community alive and inviting.
Fairfax City has so much to offer, it’s definitely worthy of your consideration if your are moving to Fairfax.