The community of Chantilly, Virginia was named after the Chantilly mansion built by Charles and Cornelia Calvert Stuart on this site about 1817. The name "Chantilly" originated in France with the Chateau de Chantilly, just north of Paris. Cornelia's grandfather, Richard Henry Lee, a statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence, had previously named his 1763 Westmoreland County plantation "Chantilly". The stone house, possibly an old tavern built about 1823, is all that remains of the Chantilly farm. Chantilly, Virginia and Chantilly, France share a friendly relationship in light of their common name.
Chantilly is located in Western Fairfax County approximately 24 miles from Washington DC and is home to the Washington Dulles Airport. Chantilly is named after an early 19th century farm and mansion located on what is now Route 50. The Battle of Chantilly took place during the Civil War on the grounds of the mansion, which is now owned by the International Country Club. Chantilly has a population of approximately 24,000 residents and occupies 12.15 square miles.
Overall Personality/Defining Characteristics
Chantilly is a bustling area with tremendous growth and more planning in progress. There is a planned metro already under construction, which can only improve the already strong economy in the area by affording individuals to move a little further out. Continued focus on commercial development in the Route 50 corridor also keeps the economy strong. The new Stone Springs Hospital has had a major impact on the community as it feeds into those commercial spaces bringing in medical professionals and expanding the other types of businesses and restaurants.
There are several places worth exploring in Chantilly. The Dulles Expo Center has a public event almost every weekend throughout the year with the biggest being the antique show and the Sugarloaf Craft Festival. The rich history in and around Chantilly provides many of the area’s noteworthy attractions including: Sully Plantation, Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Walney Visitor’s Center, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, The Steven F. Udvar Hazy National Air & Space Museum, and Ticonderoga Farm. Mustang Sally Brewing Company is worth a stop (they also have a cornhole league that meets on Thursday nights). For the best pupusas around, definitely make time for Cerrito’s Pupuseria. There may be a wait but you won’t be disappointed. Also, just a short car ride away is the Manassas Battlefield and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
The average commute time for Chantilly residents is 31 minutes and will likely improve with the completion of the metro. There are metro buses available as well as the Fairfax County Connector. These will take you between bus stops, park&ride, and the metro. The Dulles Access Road is a good and viable option for getting somewhere quickly or to connect to another major highway.
Types of Homes in the Area
Home values range from $320K–$610K with the median sales price of $510K. The best buys can be found in Chantilly’s Dulles South Corridor. The housing options are diverse. Whether the choice is a large or small single family, town home, condo, in a planned community or on a little bit of land the options are available. One of the largest planned communities in Chantilly is South Riding with many amenities and several shopping centers.
School Districts in the Area
The schools in Fairfax County are divided into 5 regions with each region organized into geographically based pyramids. Region 5 serves Chantilly with 6 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school. The Chantilly High School is rated by U.S. News at #21 in the state and number one of 30 in Fairfax County. The graduation rate is 97%.
Chantilly Day is a big event that occurs annually. Visit http://www.chantillyday.com for more information. The Dulles Expo Center also hosts the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival twice a year. There is something for everyone to love with over 300 artisans displaying and selling unique, handcrafted creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography, as well as live interactive demonstrations with master craftspeople, specialty foods, and entertainment. This is one of the largest craft fairs in the region.