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Fairfax County Information

During the past several decades, new concepts in residential housing have been developed in many areas of the country, including Fairfax County. One of these concepts is that of residential developments in which the open spaces, parking and private streets, recreational and other facilities are owned and maintained by a mandatory-membership association of the owners. These developments are generally organized in three basic forms: Property owners’ (or homeowners) associations; condominium unit owners’ associations; and real estate cooperatives. All three forms exist in Fairfax County and are collectively referred to as “community associations.” Below are the current associations in Fairfax.

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At the heart of the Washington, DC region, Alexandria makes a big impact because of its exciting, energetic, diverse neighborhoods and communities. Founded in 1749 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alexandria is nationally recognized for its abundance of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, historic attractions, award-winning restaurants and eclectic shopping. With five Metro stations and a range of hotels to suit every taste, Alexandria is the perfect gateway to all that Greater Washington has to offer.

Old Town

From the Potomac River waterfront to the King Street Metro, restaurants, shops and historic attractions line King Street and the side streets radiating from it. Events — including parades, house tours and a two-day art festival — make Old Town a lively neighborhood year-round.

Del Ray

Founded in 1894 as a “streetcar suburb” to Washington, DC, Del Ray is a cozy neighborhood and national historic district that describes itself as “where Main Street still exists.” Much of the pride in the neighborhood revolves around the charming late 19th and 20th century architecture. Del Ray bustles with an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants that are clustered around Mount Vernon Avenue. Del Ray is also an enclave for the arts, celebrated each year on the first Saturday of October with Art on the Avenue, a multicultural festival.


North of Del Ray along Mount Vernon Avenue is Arlandria, a small neighborhood nestled between Arlington and Alexandria. It is also popularly known as Chirilagua, for the El Salvadoran village that was home to many of its residents. Small shops and restaurants with an international clientele line its streets.

Eisenhower Valley

The Eisenhower Valley is home to the United States Patent & Trade Office, a complex of five buildings that accommodate more than 7,000 federal employees. Nearby the Westin Alexandria hotel is due to open in the fall of 2007. An easy walk of just two blocks away is Hoffman Town Center, which bustles with restaurants, an ice cream shop and a 22-screen movie theater. A short drive away is Cameron Run Regional Park, popular with families for its miniature golf, waterslide and wave pool.

West End

Only eight miles from downtown Washington DC with easy access to I-395, this is the city’s largest and fastest-growing neighborhood. Home to a large, diverse variety of restaurants and several fine hotels (and plenty of parking), points of interest include the Civil War-era Fort Ward Park.

Alexandria has consistently been ranked as one of the country’s best places to live and work. Many of the reasons are to be found in these neighborhoods that come together to give Alexandria its unique charm.

Arlington is an urban county of about 26 square miles located directly across the Potomac River from Washington DC. Arlington’s central location in the Washington DC metropolitan area, its ease of access by car and public transportation, and its highly skilled labor force have attracted an increasingly varied residential and commercial mix. Originally part of the area surveyed for the nation’s capital, the portion on the west bank of the Potomac River was returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the U.S. Congress in 1846. This area was known as Alexandria City and Alexandria County until 1920 when the county portion was renamed Arlington County.