Fairfax: Well-Regarded Town Boasts Rich History, Bright Future

Chef making chocolate pastries.

The sweet life: Fairfax hosts a number of community events, including an annual, two-day chocolate lovers’ festival.

Fairfax, Va., is a unique place. It’s both the county seat of Fairfax County and an independent city, and generally has its own vibe and feeling.

With a population of 23,281 (according to the 2006-08 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimate), Fairfax is a small city in a sea of suburbia. But it stands out among the green lawns, football teams, screaming and dreaming teenagers, burdened parents, and shopping malls. In 2009, the folks at Forbes.com ranked it third on their list of “America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well” in.

They ranked it so because, of their 25 listed cities, it has the highest number of start-ups per capita. And, yes, I must confess that even I was involved in a failed Internet venture here during the halcyon days of ’99-’00, when everyone thought the sky rained venture capital money. Well, let’s just say we had ourselves a drought (a little hint: choose your future business partners wisely).

But that doesn’t have to happen to you if you rent an apartment in Fairfax. After all, Fairfax is still doing great some 10 years later.

And, really, Fairfax has been doing great since being settled in the 1700s. In fact, you can learn all about its history at the Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center.

Fairfax is located 20 minutes from Washington, D.C., and even closer to Alexandria and Arlington, so commuting is pretty easy for the renter. In addition, Fairfax has one WMATA Metrorail station on the Orange Line. But you may not even need to use it, as the city boasts some 29,000 business and government employees: So, you know jobs are here. That, or maybe you’ll catch that entrepreneurial spirit Forbes.com was raving about.

Of course, many other people pass through and even live in Fairfax for four-plus years by attending George Mason University. Continuing on the education kick, there are three public high schools in Fairfax and several private ones.

You have Fair Oaks Mall for shopping, and if that’s not enough, you have many, many other shopping choices within driving distance. You’ll find no shortage of parks in which to enjoy yourself, and there are several town-wide events to occupy your weekends.

If you want convenience, location and a prolific history, Fairfax would make a great home. Check out Apartment Showcase for apartments in the area.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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