Fairfax Station, VA

Geographic Location

West of Route 123, and South of Chapel Road. Located in Fairfax County, North/northeast of the Fairfax County Parkway, Route 286.
 

Overall Personality

The area, west of Route 123 and south of Chapel Road, is distinctive because it was down-zoned in 1975 to protect the Occoquan watershed.  After that date, the smallest lot possible became 5 or more acres, although there are some smaller lots that were grandfathered when the re-zoning occurred.  As a consequence, the area has a wonderful country feeling that contributes to a slower pace of life.
One of the best features of the area is Fountainhead Park.  The park provides miniature golf, one the nation’s most difficult and well-known mountain biking trails and fishing on Lake Occoquan.  Further east in the park is Sandy Run, an area used for practice and regional meets by crew teams, both from local high schools and Olympics competitors. 
Everyday needs, i.e. groceries, dry cleaning, restaurants, are just minutes away at Laurel Hill, Burke Centre and Potomac Mills.  For those wanting a different experience, Occoquan offers boutiques and waterfront dining.


Defining Characteristics

The characteristics of the area are especially appealing to nature-lovers.  The prolific wildlife includes deer, red foxes, raccoons, possums and the occasional coyote.  Bird-watching and feeding are popular activities due to more than 30 species from the smallest hummingbird to red-shouldered hawks and bald eagles.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

The Lorton Workhouse has ongoing cultural events and on-site artists creating jewelry, paintings and ceramics.  There are also music and dramatic productions throughout the year.
There are always a lot of activities in which to participate. Golfing is available at Laurel Hill and Burke Lake Park.  Street fairs and home tours are always popular in nearby Clifton, and the Train Museum is fantastic for model train enthusiasts and local history.
 

Nearby Highways

Route 123
 

Transportation

Commuting options include carpooling and the VRE.  The train station is only 10 minutes away and connects to Metro at Springfield Mall.  For those wanting to go south in the winter, the Amtrak Auto-Train is also located in Lorton.
 

Types of Homes

Homes run the gamut from older ramblers in the $600,000 to $700,000 price range to new “mini-mansions” up to $2,500,000.  Many properties are horse-oriented with barns, fencing and County equestrian trails throughout to promote leisurely riding.
 

Schools

The area is served by three top Fairfax County high schools.  Robinson, Lake Braddock and South County are all known for their outstanding academic ratings and winning athletic teams.

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