Located just 8 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., McLean is known for its gorgeous neighborhoods & high-end real estate that many government officials call home. This affluent community of about 48,000 is the "most expensive" zip code in the area (22102) and is also home to Tysons Corner; the 12th largest business district in the country and largest shopping mall in the D.C./Baltimore region. The Metro's Silver Line offers 4 stations throughout the Tysons Corner area of McLean, making it a great location for commuters.
About 15,000 people call the 3rd best place to live in the United States their home. The town of Vienna neighbors McLean, but offers more of a small-town feel. Along Maple Avenue you'll find small businesses, unique restaurants, cafes, and shops. Wolf Trap, America's National Park for the Performing Arts, is nearby for locals to enjoy concerts, plays, operas and more while enjoying this beautiful outdoor arena. The Metro's Orange Line allows residents to take advantage of public transportation and easily commute by train.
Known for its national park overlooking the Potomac River, Great Falls attracts hikers, kayakers, and sightseers alike. With a population of about 15,000, Great Falls was ranked #1 in the nation for "top earning towns" in 2011 and is more sparse than most Northern Virginia communities, making it ideal for buyers looking for land, open space, and privacy. With all of the beautiful landscape and scenery, Great Falls is a hidden gem only 16 miles from Washington, D.C.
Located just outside of Arlington, Falls Church has a population of about 13,000, making it desirable to those who prefer a small community but want the convenience of being less than 15 minutes from Washington, D.C. Known as the “Little City”, Falls Church is the smallest independent city by area in the state of Virginia. But don’t let the small-town feel fool you. Take a drive down the heart of Falls Church and you’ll find shops, restaurants, and a concert venue all within a couple of blocks.
Recently named the 7th Best Place to Live in America, Reston is located about 20 miles from the Nation's Capital. With a population of about 60,000, Reston is a planned community with a genuine feel. Its Town Center offers great shopping and dining along with a pavilion for concerts in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Reston's parks, lakes, bike paths and golf courses also provide plenty of outdoor activities. The Metro's Wiehle-Reston station allows Reston residents to commute to D.C. in under 45 minutes.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington offers the closest location for anyone that wants to live near the city. Home to about 227,000 people, Arlington is home to several "urban village" communities such as Shirlington, Clarendon, Courthouse, Ballston (to name a few). Arlington is rich in history and home to national landmarks such as the Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery and Iwo Jima. Public transportation in Arlington is widely available with the Metro serving 3 lines (Blue, Yellow & Orange) making it an ideal location for commuters. With great nightlife, restaurants, parks and schools, Arlington offers an urban-like feel with plenty of attractions for both singles and families.