Vienna, Virginia is a town in Fairfax County. The first settlers were European, and the first home built in 1767 was called Ayr Hill. As more people settled in the area, the town came to be called Ayr Hill. It was known by that name for a hundred years. From the 1840s to the 1860s a lot of people moved to the Ayr Hill area. The Hendrick family came from New York and purchased a large amount of land, and became influential local leaders, so when they suggested changing the town name to Vienna in honor of their hometown, the name was changed. During the Civil War, troops camped at Vienna, even after the war was over. In time, more northern families in search of milder climates and good soil moved to Vienna. When the trolley was established in 1903, it provided transportation to Washington, D.C. In the 1950s many businesses were established, which led to more housing and shopping centers. Today there are approximately 17,000 people who call Vienna home.
Vienna celebrates its history by offering information through the Freeman Store and Museum. The store has abundant information on the history of the Vienna and includes an exhibit on the farming that was so important to the area. The store also offers gifts and books for any age. The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is dedicated to performing arts, featuring space for both indoor and outdoor performances. Animal lovers will enjoy checking out Roer’s Zoofari. Visitors will be able to purchase feed and then interact with the animals. Whether it’s a parakeet stick to hold as the birds land on the hand that feeds it or the giant Watusi or llamas that you see from the safari wagon ride and are able to feed using feed cups, you will find the experience interesting. There are also lambs and goats that you can bottle feed, or have a meet and greet with alligator, snakes, ferrets or parrots.
Vienna real estate offers a little of everything. You’ll find townhomes, ranch style homes, split level homes, newer contemporary homes and estate-like homes. As neighborhoods are changing, older homes are being updated, and smaller homes have been replaced by larger, newer homes. The areas have beautiful trees and well-maintained lawns in the older neighborhoods and well-designed landscaping in newer areas. The schools are highly rated, and downtown Vienna has many small businesses and shops. The people work to preserve the traditions of the small town and embrace the growth as well. All combined this makes the area a must-see option for homebuyers in the northern Virginia area. If you would like more information regarding homes for sale in Vienna, Virginia, allow us to assist you. Please contact us today.