Location, Amenities Make Oakton a Smart Choice for Renters
Oakton, Va., sits in Fairfax County just north of the City of Fairfax, and according to the 2006-08 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimate, the town has 32,169 residents.
Yes, Oakton is one of the many sprawling suburban towns for which Northern Virginia is famous. Those of you looking for apartments in Oakton will rejoice in the fact that the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU metro station is a scant two or so miles away. Not interested in public transportation? Well, drivers will be glad to know the capital is only about an 18-mile trek away, made easy by jumping on I-66.
Oakton Shopping Center houses Giant Food and Famous Dave’s, while Hunter Mill Plaza offers a variety of eateries, including Luciano’s Italian Restaurant and Old Peking. But fear not, retail addicts, upscale Fair Oaks Mall, Virginia’s second-largest mall with more than 190 stores, is just four miles down the road on I-66, so you’ll be fine. This is, after all, Northern Virginia.
Given the peculiarities of Northern Virginia zip codes (and Suburban Maryland is no better at this), it should come as no surprise that Oakton High School actually has a Vienna address. Meanwhile, the Flint Hill School, a private institution that serves grades JK-12, is officially in town – despite being just two miles away from Oakton HS. Oh well, at least the Oakton Library is in the right place.
Fitness and golf adherents will enjoy the Oak Marr RECenter. This massive, 58-acre facility offers residents a heated, Olympic-sized indoor pool, a spa, two racquetball courts and a fitness center. Adjoining that fun-filled edifice is the Oak Marr Golf Complex, which features a 9-hole, par-3 course and a 76-station driving range. And for the links-challenged, there’s always the miniature golf course right next door. There are even two soccer fields, here.
Runners and hikers – or, for that matter, anyone who likes the color green, cute little squirrels, butterflies and squawking birds – will thrill to know that the Difficult Run Stream Valley Trail, a part of the larger Cross County Trail (CCT of Fairfax County, Virginia), runs through Oak Marr Park.
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