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Neighborhood Spotlight: Fairfax

Fairfax, Virginia, is part of the Northern Virginia region approximately 15 miles to the west of DC and south of I-66.  Ranked #3 by Forbes Magazine in the 2009 "Top 25 Places to Live Well," Fairfax received high marks for its strong public school system, quality of life and close proximity to the DC area.


Fairfax boasts a number of attractions, including:

  • Historic Fairfax
  • Bull Run Regional Park
  • Burke Lake Park
  • Patriot Center
  • National Firearms Museum
  • Fair Oaks Mall
  • Algonkian Regional Park
  • Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Fairfax is also home to the George Mason University and its popular Patriot Center.  The arena seats 10,000 and has hosted performers such as Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M and James Taylor. The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus comes to the arena every year, along with many other events, such as:

  • The Harlem Globetrotters
  • Disney On Ice
  • The Wiggles
  • Sesame Street Live

The arena recently underwent a $10 million renovation to add new bathrooms, concession stands, a new box office and a new facade for the entrances.
Fairfax also plays host to popular seasonal events:

  • Fall for Fairfax Festival
  • First Fairfax
  • Fall for the Book Festival
  • Chocolate Lovers Festival

With an active community, good schools, and variety of shopping and cultural attractions, Fairfax, Virginia continues to rate high as a good choice for anyone relocating to the area.

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