Centreville Offers Renters Contemporary Comforts with a Touch of History


Historic cemeteries, churches and other reminders of yesteryear add character to Centreville.

Like many Northern Virginia towns that aspire to be cities, Centreville isn’t even incorporated. Nonetheless, according to the 2006-08 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimate, more than 50,000 residents call Centreville home, making it one of the largest communities in Fairfax County.

And as a prominent suburb of Washington, D.C., Centreville provides an ideal home for apartment renters working downtown or in suburban Maryland.

Centreville has a strong sense of community, bolstered by its own newspaper – The CentreView Southern Edition (which also covers Clifton and Little Rocky Run) – and public library. It’s also home to a pair of high schools: Mountain View School, located in the town proper, and Centreville High School, which is in nearby Clifton.

People looking for apartments to rent in Centreville won’t be without material essentials, either, as the town features a number of convenient shopping plazas and is only a short car ride away from the more than 190 stores at Fair Oaks Mall. And this being Northern Virginia, there are plenty of parks in the area – led by the 650-acre Ellanor C. Lawrence Park complex – for those days when you want to enjoy the great outdoors.

What separates Centreville from many other Northern Virginia communities are its robust sense of history and the myriad, still-standing reminders of yesteryear. The town includes its own historic district – featuring a number of 18th-century churches and cemeteries, Civil War-era battlefields and more – and is home to the famed Centreville Military Railroad. Built by the Confederate Army in 1861 during the Civil War, the Centreville Military Railroad was the world’s first railroad built exclusively for military use.

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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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