Fairfax is a scant 16 miles from Washington, D.C., meaning an easy commute to work or all of the cultural opportunities available in the nation's capital. The median income in the area is close to six figures, and the schools are highly rated. Forbes magazine listed Fairfax in the top three on their "Places to Live Well" list in 2009, noting strong growth in the small business sector that ensures community resilience even when the overall economy is slow. The Neighborhood Renaissance program in Fairfax was designed to help sort out the intricacies of making upgrades and repairs to properties. The program acts as a liaison between homeowners and licensing and zoning boards. As a result, your home can change as your life progresses, so your investment will have lasting value.

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Homes for sale in Fairfax, Virginia, vary widely, from grand homes with rich histories to a brisk foreclosure market. You'll find houses in long-established neighborhoods and in areas on the verge of renewal. There are lovely walkable neighborhoods with breathtaking landscaping as well as sweet starter homes for those who are new to the market. All are a short hop from the nation's capital and everything it has to offer. Significant square footage is offered, too, with many 4-bedroom homes listed.

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