Fairfax residents take pride in the city’s history as is evident in the historic charm of Old Town Fairfax. Old Town Fairfax has undergone an extensive redevelopment, which began in 2005. The redevelopment added a new City of Fairfax Regional Library, more than 45,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, more than 70,000 square feet of office condominiums, and 85 upscale residential condominium units. Other attractions include the annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival, Irish Festival, Holiday Craft Show and Patriot Center, which hosts professional sporting events.
In May 2009, Fairfax was ranked No. 3 in the “Top 25 Places to Live Well” by Forbes Magazine. Forbes commended Fairfax for its strong public school system, high median salary, and a rate of sole proprietors per capita that ranks it in the top 1% nationwide.
You may be surprised to learn, however, that Fairfax real estate is actually not part of Fairfax County. Many families are attracted to Fairfax because of the city’s excellent primary schools and George Mason University. GMU boasts more than 30,000 students and is the stat’s second largest university. Commuters also appreciate the short commute to Washington, D.C.