Fairfax homes for sale, Virginia Real Estate
Fairfax, Virginia is a historic community in Fairfax County which has grown rapidly over the past decade due to its location in the heart of the Washington metropolitan area. Fairfax homes for sale are found in well-established beautiful residential neighborhoods. The city of Fairfax has a history traced back to the pre-Revolutionary War era and has managed to retain its charm and colonial roots due to the efforts of local businessmen. Old Town Fairfax is filled with historic buildings and landmarks amidst charming restaurants, quaint shops and art galleries. The Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. An independent jurisdiction of six square miles, the city's official population is 21,000 residents, but the area's housing market extends well beyond its official boundaries.
The Fairfax real estate market offers something for everyone. Fairfax homes for sale are priced as follows: two-bedroom townhouses begin at under $150,000 and range to $500,000 for larger properties. Single-family homes start at just under $200,000 and range to nearly $2 million for estate properties with large wooded lots. Land for custom building is also available.
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History of Fairfax
Fairfax City is located at the crossroads of Northern Virginia's major north/south and east/west highways, and within 30 minutes of both Dulles International Airport and Washington National Airport. Interstate 66 borders the city to the north, the Capital Beltway is less than three miles east, and the Vienna Metro Station is just a mile northwest.
The Fairfax School Division has approximately 2,600 students in grades K through 12. Fairfax High School offers a rigorous curriculum as well as the Fairfax Academy for Communications Arts. The Academy provides specialized coursework in both the fine and performing arts and information technology. Seventy-two percent of the graduates attend quality, four-year colleges and universities in Virginia and nationwide.
Fairfax City is home to George Mason University, one of the largest in the Virginia State school system. Both the Fairfax Symphony and the Virginia Opera perform at the University Center for the Arts, and the Patriot Center hosts both concerts and sports events.
Within the city of Fairfax's six square miles there are 21 parks with pavilions, play equipment, sports fields and trails. Strip malls provide an abundance of local shopping and there are several large shopping malls as well. Fair Oaks Mall is a short distance west of the city limits.
Residents of the community enjoy numerous special events during the year including the Chocolate Lovers Festival, Spotlight on the Arts, the Fall Festival, the July 4th Celebration, the Festival of Lights and history related events including the Blenheim Civil War Weekend with re-enactments from the battle.
The city of Fairfax has a rich history that is evident in its historic downtown area, its 18th and 19th century buildings, and its Fairfax Museum & Visitors Center. The colonial court house, where George and Martha Washington's wills were probated and remain, has served as the center of Fairfax County life for nearly 200 years.
The area that now comprises the city of Fairfax was first settled in the early 1700s by farmers migrating from Virginia's Tidewater region for religious and economic reasons. Fairfax County was established in 1742, when Alexandria temporarily became a part of the District of Columbia. The county court was established at the corner of what was then Little River Turnpike (Main Street) and Ox Road, a major regional crossroads. The little town surrounding the court was then known as Earp's Corner and in 1805, by an act of the state legislature, became the Town of Providence. However, for years it was commonly called "Fairfax Court House" and was officially renamed the Town of Fairfax in 1874.
Through the early 20th century, the Town of Fairfax, VA remained a community of farms and small estates, with a tiny core of commerce, government and society in the few blocks surrounding the courthouse. But in the 1950s and 1960s, Fairfax grew rapidly (including an almost 700 percent increase in population during the '50s). In 1961, the town was incorporated as the City of Fairfax. The city's boundaries expanded in three directions as it grew to its present 6.4 square-miles. After an early-'70s peak of 22,700, the population has stabilized at around 21,000. However, new home construction is increasing the population yet again.
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If you would like more information on Fairfax, Virginia and or/a comprehensive list of Fairfax homes for sale, call or email your Fairfax Real Estate Agent & REALTOR Kacem Benali at (202) 413-3052.