The City of Fairfax, Virginia, was founded in 1805. It is an enclave situated within the borders of Fairfax County and is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city and county are both named for Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron who was given five million acres of land in northern Virginia by King Charles. On June 1, 1861, the Battle of Fairfax Court House took place here and is historically the first land battle between Union Soldiers and the rebels. On June 27, 1863, a second battle occurred resulting in a defeat for the Union Army. In 1859, it was decided to change the name to the “Town of Fairfax.” Approximately 15 years later, it was officially incorporated as a town. Fairfax finally became incorporated as a city in 1961 by order of the court. Similar to other towns neighboring Fairfax, it might be in Fairfax County, but under Virginia law, it has power equal to that of the county. Nevertheless, Fairfax is the county seat of Fairfax County.
In 2005, the City of Fairfax began undergoing considerable development, resulting in an additional 45,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 70,000 square feet of office space, and 85 residential condominiums. Then, in 2009, Forbes rated Fairfax number three in its list of "Top 25 Places to Live Well."Another aspect that makes Fairfax, Virginia, such an excellent choice to live is the abundance of natural spaces within proximity. One example is Burke Lake which is a 218-acre freshwater reservoir inside Burke Lake Park. The lake is 55 acres and offers wranglers four and a half miles of fishable shoreline, while the park is almost 500 acres and offers trails for hiking, running, and cycling. Fairfax also has Van Dyck Park located at 3720 Old Lee Highway. This 20-acre park offers residents a shaded walking trail, plus basketball, volleyball & tennis courts. Another exciting place to visit is the National Firearms Museum located in the NRA headquarters at 11250 Waples Mill Road. This one of a kind museum features approximately 2,500 guns in a 15,000 square foot facility. Furthermore, you don’t have to go far to find a place to shop and dine. Located at 11750 Fair Oaks Mall is Fair Oaks Mall offering big name brand stores such as J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Macy's Furniture Gallery and Sears. The mall has tasty food options such as the BRIO Tuscan Grill, Cinnabon, Cold Stone Creamery, and the Mezeh Mediterranean Grill.
The state of Virginia offers some of the most multifarious real estate in the United States. The City of Fairfax is a perfect example of this, offering a wide range of home plans that include Victorian, Tudor, Colonial, Classical American, Traditional, Cottage, Ranch, Italianate, European, and others. Single-family homes in Fairfax, Virginia, offer many different kinds of amenities such as tile floors, granite countertops, varnished hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, formal living and dining rooms, and library, just to name a few. They range in size from three to nine bedrooms, two to 10 bathrooms, and 1,512 to 8,138 square feet. If you’re interested in learning more about property for sale in Fairfax, feel free to contact us today for more information.