What’s The Connection Between Fairfax City And Fairfax County?

The similarity of the names often gets us to wonder that what’s actually the connection between the Fairfax City and Fairfax County. So, let’s learn how these two, the city and the county, are connected in the section below.

The city of Fairfax is an enclave surrounded by the separate political entity of Fairfax County. However, Fairfax City also contains an exclave of Fairfax County. The city of Fairfax and the area immediately surrounding the historical border of the city of Fairfax, collectively designated by Fairfax County as “Fairfax”, comprise the county seat of Fairfax County. A county seat is an administrative center, seat of government, or capital city of a county or civil parish. While the city is the county seat, a small portion of the county comprising the courthouse complex, the jail and a small area nearby is itself an exclave of the county within the city. Likewise, Fairfax County’s Government Center is west of the City of Fairfax. Virginia’s largest public educational institution, George Mason University, is also located in unincorporated Fairfax County, along the city’s southern border.

Before the City of Fairfax became an independent city, it was a town in Fairfax County and the schools were part of the Fairfax County (FCPS) system. When the town moved to city status in 1961, state law required that a local school board be organized to govern the schools.

A School Services Agreement was entered into with FCPS to continue to manage and operate the schools; the City School Board and Superintendent oversee this Agreement and are responsible for the management of the school buildings owned by the City.

Thus, though, under Virginia law, the city was separated from Fairfax County yet remains the county seat. Also, the public schools in the City of Fairfax are owned by the city but administered by the Fairfax County Public Schools system under a contractual agreement with Fairfax County.

Properties in Fairfax

Just renovated! New kitchen! Renovated bathrooms! Fresh paint and new carpet throughout! All new windows! 2018 roof! Hardwoods on main level.

5304 Kaywood Ct

This Baron model is turn-key and ready for you! Walk out basement with den. Incredible screened porch and deck perfect for entertaining. FCPS: Oak View and Robinson. Easy access to Metro bus and VRE. Community pool memberships available. No HOA! [Kings Park West - $690,000]

Perfectly updated cottage in the woods, tucked away on half an acre.

11311 Popes Head Rd

Almost everything has been replaced in the last couple of years to include the central air, water heater, well pressure tank, water conditioner, water filtration, and new ductless system to boost efficiency of the central unit. Brand new roof was just finished last week and fresh gravel just laid on the driveway! Not to mention just great uses of space and clever storage hiding around every corner. There's nothing to do but enjoy feeling like you're living away from it all, while keeping the conveniences of Fairfax just a few minutes away. Quick access to Rt 66, 50, and 495, with even quicker access to Fairfax County Pkwy and Braddock Rd. Why buy just a lot for the same price, when you can have this perfect little space waiting for you? [Popes Head - $479,999]

September special! Come and see this lovely private residence in Fair Lakes.

12838 Fair Briar Ln

Relax, work, and entertain in a multi-level home. Enjoy new hardwood flooring and new carpet. 3 Bedroom, 3 Full Bathroom end unit with garage and two extra parking spacing. Kitchen featuring a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances. Full sized washer & dryer. Spacious dining room and living room with fireplace. Enjoy quiet dining on your private balcony. Gated community where your condo fees cover everything! This includes a club house that features a pool, 24 hour fitness center, BBQ areas with picnic tables, a billiards room, pet friendly, snow and trash removal; relax and never have to worry about any maintenance or care outside of your home. Convenient to interstate 66 east/west and Fairfax County Parkway. Shuttle service at community entrance for students going to school and for travelers to Metro. Park and ride 5 minutes away to connect easy access to areas such as Arlington and DC. [Fair Lakes - $379,900]

Completely renovated home on Half Acre lot in great location.

4600 Village Dr

Wheelchair ramp for access thru second entrance. Wheelchair accessible full bath on main level.Close to Fairfax Corner, RT 29,Rt 50,I-66, Ffx. County Parkway, Fairfax County Government Center and City of Fairfax. Wegmans is within walking distance. Large new kitchen with new cabinets,granite counter tops, ceramic tile flooring and center Island.Huge living room with wood burning fireplace and built-in shelving.Hardwood floors on entire main level.Two Bedrooms with attached baths on Main Level and a third Bedroom with attached bath on the lower level.Basement is walk-out level with several windows and has a large family room, a bedroom, library, utility room,workshop and laundry room. Huge walkable Attic floored for storage or possibly additional living space. Two large sheds on the property. A vegetable garden in the side yard is ready to pick the vegetables. [Leehigh Village - $575,000]

Great condo close to all that Fairfax has to offer! 1 Block to Wegmans and close to other shopping and dining.

4171-B Lochleven Trl #1504-B

Beautiful hardwoods on the main level. Flexible spaces to satisfy every lifestyle. 3 spacious bedrooms. Owner's suite features walk in closet and luxury bath with soaking tub and separate shower. Easy access to major commuter routes [Wescott Ridge - $410,000]

Large single-family home in quiet neighborhood.

4605 Cambryar St

4 BR, 3.5 BA. Two-story foyer with large window provides lots of light. Large kitchen with island offers lots of counter space. Walk out to elevated deck from the kitchen through sliding glass door. Kitchen is open to family room with gas fireplace. Lots of living space on main level - dining room, family room, sitting room. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet and large master bath with separate tub/shower. Three other bedrooms on second-floor with shared bathroom. Partially-finished basement with full bath walks out to back yard. Large unfinished space in basement provides lots of space for storage. Two-car garage. Washer and dryer in mudroom connecting main level to the garage. New carpet and freshly painted. Lovely landscaping. Trees provide privacy from neighbors without blocking out the light. Convenient to Rte 66 and Rte 50/shopping/health care. Walking distance to Fairfax Corner, restaurants, and movie theater. Five min drive to Wegmans, Whole Foods, and Fair Oaks Mall. Walking distance to commuter bus stops to Vienna Metro and Fairfax Government Center. Conveniently located by Rte 29 and Fairfax County Parkway. [Cambryar - $729,000]

Huge townhouse-style condo with tons of valuable updates, tucked away in a quiet part of the neighborhood across from a dense tree grove.

4321 Hackney Coach Ln

Largest floor plan in the community (Kingston model). 1 of only 14 over 2,000sqft, out of nearly 200 homes. ~~~ Updates include newer windows, newer sliding glass door, newer AC (2013), newer water heater (2017), newer washer/dyer, and Brazilian Maple HW floors. ~~~ 10 min walk to Wegmans, restaurants/shopping at Fairfax Corner, and Fairfax Co Govt Center. Minutes (driving) to Fair Oaks Mall and other retail/dining centers like Fairfax Town Center and Fair Lakes Promenade. Commuter friendly w/ easy access to major roads like rt66 and Fairfax Co Pkwy. Metro bus picks up in front of the neighborhood. 25 minutes to Dulles Airport. ~~~ The front entrance is bounded by an impressive tree and a spacious patio surrounded by privacy fencing with a convenient outdoor storage shed in the corner. The main level features a large kitchen, huge pantry, half bath, open dining/living room combo, and a separate cozy family room with gas fireplace and storage closet. The second level has two large bedrooms, a full bath, and laundry room. The private master suite covers the entire top floor highlighted by soaring vaulted ceilings, a study area, large walk-in closet, and generous master bathroom. ~~~ Private community amenities include outdoor pool, playground, gym, tennis court, community center, and trails. There is transferrable AHS home warranty through January 13, 2020. [Carriage Park - $409,900]

Highly Sought After Community! Great Location! Great Schools! NO HOA! Large Yard, front and back.

5313 Gainsborough Dr

Shows Very Well! BRAND NEW ROOF 8/19. BRAND NEW Finished Basement 8/19. REFINISHED Hardwood Floors 8/19. Beautiful Upgraded Kitchen Cabinets in Solid Cherry. VERY NEAR to Burke Centre VRE, Several Metro Bus Stops, Lakeview Swim Club, Lakeside Park, Trails at Royal Lake, George Mason University, Braddock Road, Route 123, Shopping and Great Restaurants! You won't be disappointed! [Kings Park West - $609,900]

Georgetown Model(Colonial) in sought after Greenbriar neighborhood for sale featuring 4 bedrooms, 2.

13123 Pavilion Ln

5 bathrooms, 2 car garage, fireplace, concrete driveway. Just had whole interior painted, New Quartz counter top installed, Brand new Master Bath, Updated light fixtures. 1959 sq ft of living space. NO HOA, Greenbriar West School Boundary. Location Location Location [Greenbriar - $520,000]

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.