Interstate 66; US Highways 29, 50; State Route 123
Although it is situated in the center of Fairfax County, Fairfax City remains an independent jurisdiction located just 17 miles west of Washington, DC. The city serves as the county seat, protecting the original wills of George and Martha Washington in the judicial center. The original courthouse was built in 1800 and has been used continuously except during the Civil War, when it was occupied by Union troops and used as a stable.
With a history dating back to the 1700s, the city has carefully preserved many of its original homes and buildings. Most of these vintage structures can be found in the historic district, a quaint area made even more charming by old-style brick sidewalks, distinctive boutiques and fine restaurants.
Quality of Life
Boasting a rich colonial past, it is not surprising that Fairfax City holds the largest Independence Day celebration in Northern Virginia, as well as an outstanding Fall Festival. An active city recreation program includes a youth basketball camp, adult recreation programs, year-round sports leagues and tournaments, and a municipal band. In summer, outdoor concerts are held at the City Hall amphitheater.
Most of the homes here are single-family residences that were built within the last three decades. Beautifully restored historic properties represent another desirable niche on the home market, with prices dependent upon on size and condition. Fairfax City offers very few apartments, however a supply of condominiums and elegant “in-town” townhouses are available for a maintenance-free lifestyle. Newer homes on quarter-acre lots are primarily found in the suburbs just outside the city. Fairfax City offers residents the advantages of the charmingly old and the vibrantly new, resulting in a quality of life which blends historic value, metropolitan amenities and suburban ambiance
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Data last updated: May 20, 2018 9:12:am.