Fairfax, Virginia is an area within Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. The city contains a large number of 3 to 4 bedroom detached single family houses, but condos in high-rises are also common. The majority of properties are owner-occupied, and Fairfax is home to many young professionals and families. Stately townhouses and attractive condos are often seen in Fairfax real estate listings.
Fairfax was the scene of the first land battle of the Civil War and its Courthouse is historically significant and is one of the oldest buildings of its kind in Virginia. The Courthouse Plaza is intersected by Old Lee Highway and is close to the Main Street marketplace. Popular neighborhoods for those in the market for attractive, high-end homes include Fairfax Station, Lee Highway and Willow Springs. George Mason University is the city’s largest public institution, and the city has a sizeable student population. In addition, Forbes rated Fairfax Virginia as third in the top 25 Places to Live Well in 2009. Fairfax earned this high ranking because of its quality public school system, high income and growing commerce.
Employment is one of the factors that has made Fairfax a popular place to live. In addition to having seasoned companies located in the city, Fairfax is a great place for small business owners and start-ups. Major employers in Fairfax include: Sun Trust, Federal Technology Services, Verizon Wireless, Honda as well as George Mason University. ExxonMobil has an office in Annandale, which is close to Fairfax, and employs a number of Fairfax residents. People who work in Washington DC can commute to work from Fairfax by car or through the Washington Metro’s Orange Line with a stop at Vienna station. Forbes identified Fairfax’s strong commerce as one of the main reasons the city was able to rebound from the Great Recession in 2008, and noted that the city is