Living in the Washington, D.C. Metro area is both exciting and rewarding. District of Columbia is our nation’s Capital and the most important political center in the world, but it also is the central hub for a vibrant and thriving metropolitan area comprised of parks and neighborhoods; making the DC Metro area a wonderfully interesting place in which to work and live. We hope the information below helps you gain a better understanding of the DC/Virginia/Maryland area. If you have questions, please let us know.
The city of Alexandria, VA commonly called Old Town is consistently ranked as one the country’s best places to live and work as it blends 18th and 19th century architecture with a thriving modern culture. Alexandria is the home of one of the best preserved examples of colonial architecture in the country. The city’s cobblestone streets and century-old building retain the city’s historic past while embracing the area’s modern and hip vibe.
Located on the Potomac River and just six miles outside of Washington, D.C., Old Town’s nearly even ratio of workers to residents proves its vibrancy and appeal to businesses and families alike. The city thrives with its boutique scene, chef-driven restaurants, vibrant arts and culture, and a walkable lifestyle. Old Town’s refined waterfront setting is often visited by international dignitaries and statesmen for cocktails and exquisite meals.
Many cyclists riding the Mount Vernon Trail stop in Old Town Alexandria for a bite to eat or a picnic in one of Alexandria’s parks. Easy to navigate by foot, downtown Alexandria begs to be explored and enjoyed by all.
Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods (such as Del Ray, Rosemont, and others) are compact, walkable, high-income suburbs of Washington, D.C. Del Ray is “Where Main Street Still Exists” with made-for-strolling Mount Vernon Avenue dotted with pizzerias, barbecue restaraunts, and sophisticated dining spots. Del Ray hosts the popular “First Thursday” events in which every first Thursday of the month, a new festival takes to the streets to add a new splash of fun and local culture to the neighborhood.
Many neighborhoods outside of the city limits use an Alexandria address. Despite the Alexandria address, these neighborhoods are part of Fairfax County. To maintain the political/geographical division in Alexandria, locals often refer to the non-Alexandria City areas as “Alexandria South.”
Alexandria was named #5 on Livability.com’s list of “Top 10 Best Downtowns” in 2014.
Known for walkable urban villages like Clarendon, Ballston, and Rosslyn, Arlington is a small historic county right across from the Potomac River from Washington DC. It is home to the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, and many war memorials such as the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Air Force Memorial, and Pentagon Memorial.
Arlington has 11 Metro stops making it a car-optional city that offers everything from eclectic theaters to Bohemian cafes. The city is the best of both worlds due to its successful combination of urban, hip, and exciting lifestyles with a hospitable, charming, and easy lifestyle. Arlington neighborhoods mix metropolitan high-rises and turn-of-the-century colonial homes, chic and funky boutiques, top-tier dining, and neighborhood restaurants.
With 36 parks, 7 playgrounds, and 5 trails, Arlington uses thoughtful, long-range planning by using smart growth, urban design principles, and extensive community input to build its strong economy and thriving business districts. Many of the urban villages incorporate a mixed-use initiatives while preserving the residential neighborhoods.
This historic city is home to some of the most sought-after schools in the metro area.
Nestled into the suburban expanse of Washington, D.C. metro region, Fairfax is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia just 16 miles southwest of the capitol. The city is widely known for its outstanding cultural amenities, strong public school system, rich history, high medium income, and growing sole proprietors.
Every year, Fairfax sponsors world-class events such as the two-day Chocolate Lovers Festival, Fall for the Book, and Spotlight on the Arts. Other annual events include the October Fall Festival, the day-long Independence Day celebration, the Holiday Craft Show, Fairfax Civil War Day, National Trails Day, and the Irish Festival. These events add to the rapidly growing arts and culture scene the city offers.
Fairfax also offers other family friendly entertainment at AMF bowling lanes, the Atlantis waterpark, Flight Trampoline Park, and 32 other public parks with trails, playgrounds, athletic courts and fields, picnic areas, and more. While the children have their fun, adults can relax at one of the many wineries that the city has to offer.
Fairfax is also home to Virginia’s largest public institution, George Mason University, which fills the city with world-class thinkers, music and cultural events, nationally recognized sports teams, and Olympic athletes. The city and the university also have an excellent town-gown relationship.
Recently, Fairfax was ranked at number 3 in Forbes Magazine’s “Top 25 Places to Live Well” and Fairfax High School placed in the top 250 out of more than 22,000 schools nationally.
Falls Church City is a small, but historic city of only 2.2 square miles. Undeterred by size, Falls Church is the wealthiest independent city in not only Virginia, but the entire country. Besides featuring quick access to distinguished museums and art galleries in nearby Washington, D.C., almost every neighborhood is a treasure in itself with many restaurants and shops that reflect the city’s cultural diversity.
Falls Church took its name from the 18th-century Episcopal parish The Falls Church when founded in 1734. The area dates back to the late 1600s as an early Colonial settlement shared with Native Americans. In 1948, Falls Church became an independent city in efforts to establish a highly acclaimed school system. There are many historic sites in the city including Cherry Hill Farmhouse and Barn and Tinner Hill, the site of the first rural chapter of the NAACP. The city also offers a map for a self-guided Victorian Walking Tour of the cities earliest historical buildings.
The city offers 12 parks for residents to play, walk, run, bike, trail, and grill. Many of the parks offer lighted basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. Residents love to unwind at The State Theatre and Artspace Falls Church where they enjoy art, live music, and entertainment. At the Eden Center, residents can enjoy the largest Vietnamese shopping center on the east coast and some of the best Vietnamese food you can find.
Loudoun, a county situated in the Commonwealth of Virginia, was originally part of the five million acre Northern Neck of Virginia Proprietary granted by King Charles II of England to seven noblemen in 1649. It encompasses 520 square miles and is bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Potomac River.
Loudoun is home to over 35 award winning wineries with vineyards and tasting rooms along with an abundance of diverse and historic cultural attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy. There are numerous parks and trails situated throughout the county to provide residents with access to the great outdoors. The western portion of the county maintains a rural and historical environment, and is designated to remain primarily rural per the County’s land use policies.
From elegant communities and planned villages to scenic and rural farmland, Loudoun County allows residents to enjoy any lifestyle they desire. The county also has many public and private schools to choose from along with summer and year round camp programs for children in grades k-8 to enjoy.
Loudoun is the third most populous county in Virginia with a full-working economy and many high tech companies. Just 30 minutes outside of the nation’s capital, Loudoun offers unrivaled employment opportunities. In Loudoun, a highly educated work force is always at your service.
Home to the headquarters of the CIA, McLean, VA is located in Fairfax County between George Washington Parkway and the town of Vienna, just 9 miles northwest of downtown D.C. McLean is known for its luxury homes, high-end shopping destinations, and sought-after public schools. It is also home to the wealthiest zip code in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Tysons Corner Center and the Tyson Galleria are major shopping destinations in the DC Metro Area as Tysons Corner Center is the largest mall in the state and in the Baltimore-Washington area. Within the central area of McLean, you’ll find opportunities to take in shows at the local theatre, and shop and dine at locally established shops and restaurants.
Over the years, McLean has been home to many diplomats, members of congress, and high-ranking government officials and their families due to its close proximity to D.C. There are also many Fortune 500 companies located within the city.
Residents can enjoy local parks, visit a colonial farm, or explore Great Falls Park. The Great Falls National Park feature extraordinary views of the Potomac and Great Falls along with 15 miles of hiking and five miles of horseback and biking trails.
Prince William County is a great place to live, work and play. Named after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, Prince William County is located to the east of the Potomac River and is the second most populous county in the Commonwealth of Virginia with approximately 436,636 residents.
More than 14 million visitors come to Prince William County each year to enjoy its natural and man-made attractions— including two national parks, a state park, public recreation areas, historic sites, wildlife refuge areas, and shopping malls. These parks offer activities, programs and special events for all ages, day camps and after-school care for children, working adults and senior citizens.
The public school system is the second largest in the state consisting of 57 elementary, 16 middle, and 12 high schools, as well as a virtual high school, two traditional schools, three special education schools, and two alternative schools.
Prince William County is riddled with things to do for everyone. The county is home to the Potomac Nationals, the Minor League affiliate of the Washington Nationals offering residents and visitors alike a chance to enjoy a baseball game in their free time. Prince William also offers residents a shooting range, local snorkeling and scuba diving, and water parks. There are also many theaters and historic sites to visit as well.
By its very design, Reston is a self-contained community, balancing living space with recreation, open spaces, appropriate commercial development, and more. Add to the wide variety of activities and programs available, as well as the broader resources in the surrounding area, and it’s easy to see that you’ll never run out of things to do and places to explore.
Reston is a large, self-sufficient community spread over more than 7,000 acres located in Fairfax County within easy reach of D.C. Reston is known for its eclectic style and appreciation for the arts. It is apparent in the architecture of the homes, the village centers and even in surrounding commercial buildings. The presence of art can even be found walking along any of the many trails, which are decorated with sculptures and murals.
It is home to the Reston Town Center with many businesses that have both high-rise and low-rise buildings. The Center also includes shops, restaurants, offices, a movie theater, and hotels. Reston was ranked 7th for the Best Place to Live in America in 2012 by CNN Money Magazine.
Reston is known for its cultural activities including the Reston Festival, Farmers Market, Day-After Thanksgiving Parade, Relay for Life, and the Reston Triathlon. Reston’s Lake Anne is popular for canoes and rowboats as well as free summer concerts at the Lake’s plaza. Reston has a zoo, a community center, museums and galleries, golf courses and tennis courts. Reston has a variety of diverse activities to do year round.
Tysons is the urban center of Fairfax County and is known as “America’s Next Great City” as the urban area is on its way to being transformed into a walkable, sustainable, urban center that will home up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs. Tysons is envisioned to become a 24-hour urban center where people live, work and play; where people are engaged with their surroundings; and, where people want to be. It is currently home to some of the best shopping found anywhere on the East Coast, along with fine dining and an unbeatable assortment of hotels.
As one of the premier shopping experiences on the East Coast, Tysons Corner shopping includes three main areas: Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria. From everyday brands to luxury items, Tysons Corner has everything. Tysons Corner will soon be home of a new Wegmans. Along with the trendy shops are a variety of restaurants that include everything from Greek food to Brazilian food
Having sufficient public facilities, including parks and athletic fields, is a critical component in serving the needs of the population and employment base of Tysons. A comprehensive urban park system supports a high quality of life for residents and provides social, economic and health benefits. Tyson’s Corner also offers easy access to all of the attractions in Northern Virginia, as well as everything downtown DC has to offer.
The Town of Vienna is known throughout the area as a vibrant historic town with exclusive dining and shopping options that are the loving creations of its local residents. Located just 20 miles outside Washington, D.C. in Fairfax County of Northern Virginia, Vienna has been ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States with highly ranked public schools and a public library.
Residents will enjoy Vienna’s hometown atmosphere of Maple Avenue bustling with specialty shops, numerous restaurants, and family run businesses and stores, tree-lined Historic Church Street, and leisurely drives through Vienna’s Historic District. Vienna has been able to maintain its distinctive small-town friendliness, community spirit, and widely cherished traditional values.
With 11 beautiful parks, Vienna offers residents many place to relax and play. Residents can access the W&OD Trail., an interactive and state of the art fitness trail that allows residents to amplify and diversify their workout. Although not in the town’s limits, many visit The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and nearby residential shopping centers.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, located in between the states of Maryland and Virginia. The city is home to many national monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, and most of the monuments are situated on or around the National Mall. The city is not only known for its politics and history, but also for its shopping, dining, museums, cultural arts, and media. The Washington Metro is a popular way to get around the city as well as the bus system. The downtown area of Washington, D.C. a variety of activities that anyone can enjoy. The National Zoo is free to the public and visitors are rewarded with the sight of six orangutans climbing across 500-foot-long stretch of cables. Baseball games in National Park are some of the best deals residents can find, with affordable tickets, food, and drinks. Kids are invited down to run the bases after games too. The locals’ art scene thrives in D.C., especially at the Hillyer Art Space, where residents can expect live music and wine late into the night. Locals also love their crab cakes, and the Old Ebbitt Grill claims to have some of the most famous crab cakes with an old time atmosphere filling the restaurant. In the Barrack Row area, people can stroll down the streets and window shop menus of a variety of restaurant cuisines before choosing where to dine. Nightlife is emerging in the Atlas District, near Capitol Hill, bringing a new twist to D.C. bars.
Georgetown is a well-known district located in Northwest Washington D.C. along the Potomac waterfront. Founded in 1751, the city of Georgetown predates Washington. The historic area is lined with cobblestone streets and 18th and 19th century architecture. It houses two famous landmarks the Old Stone House and the City Tavern Club. Many previous presidents made Georgetown their home, making it a renowned city. Today, Georgetown has evolved to be more commercial with everything from mainstream stores and restaurants to locally owned boutiques and restaurants. It has trails for walker, joggers, and cyclists who want to escape the city feel for a while as well. Also Located in the heart of the district is Georgetown University, a very prestigious University. Houses in Georgetown are upscale rowhouses of different styles. Each one is full of history and charm.
Glover Park is an exquisite neighborhood in northwest Washington D.C., approximately a half of a mile north of Georgetown. The area is just west of the United States Naval Observatory and Number One Observatory Circle, the Vice President’s mansion. The patriotic city plays the sounding of colors synchronized to the nation’s Master Clock every morning and evening for the Glover Park residents to hear. Glover Park is a unique place to live with the Russian and Chinese Embassy on one end, and a softball field, dog park, and playground on the other. Residents get the best of both worlds in Glover Park. The schools are highly ranked and the area has one of the lowest crime rates in the District.