In beautiful Fairfax County, there is a delightful census-designated place known as Great Falls, Virginia. Great Falls is home to around 16,000 residents with room for more. The Great Falls area has a long, rich history dating back to the late 1700s when early settlements began to appear in the area. Unofficially, the early village was called Forestville, but in 1955 it was officially named Great Falls. You’ll find this charming community just fifteen miles west-northwest of Downtown Washington, D.C. on Virginia State Route 7. It is situated a short ten and a half miles north of the county seat, Fairfax.
The Potomac River forms the eastern and northern border of Great Falls with multiple tributaries flowing through the community. A few of those are Piney Run, Captain Hickory Run, Clarks Branch, Difficult Run, and Nichols Run. The CDP is situated on the Piedmont upland, a very beautiful area, and on its east side, you’ll find the community’s namesake, the Great Falls of the Potomac River. Great Falls is comprised of roughly twenty-five square miles in the Washington Metro Area and the larger Baltimore-Washington Metro Area. Great Falls is surrounded by other Washington suburbs such as Travilah and Darnestown on the north, Wolf Trap on the south, Potomac on the east, Sterling on the west, McLean on the southeast, Dranesville and Reston on the southwest and Lowes Island on the northwest.
Although it is a bedroom community, Great Falls still offers desirable amenities and attractions for residents and visitors alike. One of its most popular attractions is Great Falls Park, though the River Bend County Park is also a popular gathering place in the area. Many of the area’s events are hosted at the Village Green, including concerts in the summer and numerous holiday celebrations. Adding to the allure, the area schools are widely considered to be some of Northern Virginia’s best. Students residing in Great Falls are served by Colvin Run Elementary, Forestville Elementary, or Great Falls Elementary, all of which feed into James Fenimore Cooper Middle, then Langley High School. With so many wonderful amenities and features, Great Falls is clearly a must-consider option for prospective homebuyers. Homes for sale in Great Falls include properties of various architectural styles, ages, and sizes. Furthermore, Great Falls real estate falls within a relatively broad price range to accommodate most budgets. Whether you are searching for a smaller, efficient home, or a spacious property with room to roam, please allow us to assist you in your home search.