Annandale, VA

Geographic Location

Overview of the Area: Located approximately 8 miles west of the Nation's capital, the community features great access to major highways due to having the Capital Beltway (I-495) on its western boundary and I-395 towards its eastern boundary.
 

Overall Personality

Well known for it's high concentration of Korean restaurants and businesses, it has become a destination for young and old seeking those establishments for great traditional and innovative Korean food, more casual and sweeter fare at Korean bakeries and cafes as well as fun-filled night life at karaoke bars.
 
Top rated restaurants include Kogiya Korean BBQ, Ye Chon and Honey Pig of Korean fame where succulent meats are grilled right at the table, Duck Changs and Rice Pot for Chinese, Silverado, a Mexican restaurant, Imm Thai Cuisine and two Korean bakeries, Shilla Bakery and Breeze Bakery Cafe. For a special cup of coffee, head to the local coffee micro-roaster, Beanetics Coffee Roasters.
 
For destination shopping, one is likely to head just north of Annandale to the Mosaic District or Tysons Corner Mall and Springfield Mall to the south.
 
Annandale has two smaller parks, the Hidden Oaks Nature Center to the west and Mason District Park to the east. Hidden Oaks Nature Center is great for younger children with displays of turtles and snakes. Larger parks lie just a short distance outside of Annandale with Wakefield Park to the West and Lake Accotink Park to the south.
 

Types of Homes

Annandale features all styles of housing with many apartment and condominium complexes lining Annandale's border with the Capital Beltway, mostly detached single family homes to the north and single family detached and townhouse developments to the east. Little River Turnpike, the main east-west road through Annandale is lined with office buildings, strip shopping centers and individual businesses and restaurants.
 

School Districts

Annandale has approximately 40 public and private schools with three elementary schools rated 7 or higher by Great Schools. Northern Virginia Community College's (NOVA) Annandale campus sits on 78 acres just west of Annandale outside the Beltway. The Annandale Campus is the largest NOVA campus site with 15 buildings. The campus includes a gymnasium, theater, greenhouse, police station and the Ernst Community Cultural Center.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

Special annual events in Annandale include a National Night Out in the summer with an outdoor movie and children's activities to promote neighborhood crime prevention and an annual parade in the fall.
 

Nearby Highways

494 to the west, and 396 to the east

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