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

5031 Oakcrest Dr

Gorgeous 5BR 4.5 BA colonial in highly sought-after North Hill Community. Bright and spacious, with a total of nearly 4,000 finished sq/ft, all meticulously maintained. Main level features an absolutely stunning updated kitchen. Silestone quartz wraparound counters, 36 in cabinets, double wall oven + additional convection oven w/ gas stove cooking, PLUS a walk-in pantry (your inner chef will thank you!). French doors from kitchen lead to custom screened-in porch w/ ceiling fan (enjoy your summer evenings without having to deal with the bugs!) Dedicated dining room off kitchen. Living room boasts nearly full wall of windows, with custom built-in shelving. Upper level master bedroom boasts spacious walk-in closet and large attached bathroom, complete with soak-in tub and separate shower. Additional attached study/bedroom off of master bedroom. All other bedrooms are sizable, with plenty of closet space and ceiling fans in each room. Fully finished basement features full wall of built-in shelving, plus a generously sized wet bar (fabulous entertainment space!). All bathrooms updated. Cedar shake roof. Oversized two-car garage. Gorgeous outdoor spaces: sits on beautifully maintained and landscaped .29 acre lot, w/ a sprinkler/irrigation system installed to keep the grass green no matter the season! Superb location, too: sits at the end of a quiet neighborhood cul-de-sac, right across the street from the golf course. NO HOA enclave with trees and privacy. Next to GMU, shopping, 66, VRE & in Woodson HS pyramid. This property will not last! NOTE: Seller prefers to be in property until July 15, 2019. [North Hill - $919,900]

2849 Zimpel Dr

The living is easy in this impressive and spacious home in the heart of Fairfax! Minutes from the Fairfax/Vienna Orange Line Metro and other major commuter routes. From the moment you walk into the two story entry way to this bright and open home you will fall in love! With over 4,100 sq ft, space is not something this home is lacking! The floorplan encompasses four spacious bedrooms with plenty of room for sleep, study and storage. Four fullbathrooms and a stylish gourmet kitchen that flows through the great room and a breakfast room floodedwith windows to really let that sunlight in! Great Room also features a double sided fireplace, shelving andnew ceiling fan. The master bedroom, complete with two spacious walk-in closets, master bath with dualvanities and tray ceilings is situated to allow for plenty of natural lighting. With brand new carpet and freshpaint throughout - this home is ready for its new owner to make it their own! The professionally landscapedyard and custom patio make the yard virtually maintenance free. You will love living in this home, minutes from everything that Fairfax offers - variety of restaurants, shopping and much more! [Briarwood Trace - $860,000]

11590-A Cavalier Landing Ct #801-A

This move- in ready home has been updated, including new stone floor in kitchen and eating area, new paint, new light fixtures, new carpeting main level and lower level. Fully renovated downstairs bathroom, and new laminate wood flooring. 2014 HVAC, 2016 Dishwasher. Open-concept dining and living room. Gas fireplace, and stainless appliances. 1 attached car garage. Main level master bedroom with walk-in closet. Lower level-bedroom and full bath, laundry room, 2nd entrance through garage. Club house for private party. Pool, playground/tot lot. Situated in family-friendly neighborhood near great restaurants. Easy access to I-66, Wegmans, Fairfax Corner and Fair Oaks Mall. It's hard to list all the indoor features of this stunning home. Schedule a tour today. [Courts At Wescott Ridge - $384,950]

3115 Wynford Dr

Attractive and spacious colonial in Popular, quiet neighborhood. Approximately 2776 square feet interior; Approximate half acre, nice yard, fence in back yard; Hardwood in all bedrooms, foyer, stairs, hall, breakfast area and kitchen. Just painted interior. Recent dishwasher, gas range, and Hot water heater. Gas fireplace in main level family room; Laundry/Utility storage room on main level; Sliding glass doors to side yard, brick patio; second brick patio from upper level den; 4 large bedrooms on upper level, plus a large den/rec room/office; Updates in kitchen and baths; New front door; 1 car garage; Fabulous location! Close to everything, Dunn Loring metro and shops, Stylish Mosaic restaurant, shopping, theater district (1.5 mile walk), Fairfax Hospital/Campus; Highly rated Mantua, Frost, Woodson schools; cul de sac neighborhood (no through traffic); Eakin Park and trails; Located near major routes 495, I-66. Wonderful place to live! [Sutton Place - $744,900]

2985 Caribbean Ct

Contemporary colonial on a professionally landscaped cul-de-sac in rapidly developing Merrifield. This rare single-family home~lets you walk to the Mosaic District, with it~s fine dining, shopping, and entertainment, or to the Dunn-Loring Metro. Over 4,000 sq ft of freshly painted and carpeted living space on three open floors. Four bedrooms with walk-in closets, including a gorgeous master suite and an in-law suite on the lower level. Second-floor sitting area overlooks airy, two-story family room, which opens into the chef~s cherry kitchen with granite counters and island. Hardwood floors throughout. Elegant dining room is across from granite serving console and cozy living room. Look out on cherry blossoms each spring from the first-floor library with custom bookshelves. Just down the road from Tyson~s and Vienna. Minutes from 66 and 495 for easy access to the District, Alexandria, and Crystal City.~ [North Ridge - $849,999]

12994 Hampton Forest Ct

Welcome to this gorgeous home located on phenomenal 1/3 acre lot in sought after Hampton Forest. 1 Car garage Single Family priced at Townhouse Price. Walk into foyer with access to living/dining room with brick surround wood burning fireplace & mantel. Walk past the half bath to find the brand new updated kitchen with granite, new appliances & custom back splash. Open & bright eat in kitchen leads you to the expansive deck overlooking the private rear yard. Rear yard fully fenced with shed, garden area, & more! Upper level holds 3 bedrooms 2 full bathrooms. Master bedroom includes a large closet & full bathroom with custom tile walk in shower. Lower level includes vast recreation room with new flooring & separate laundry/utility room with wash sink. Don't miss out the opportunity to make this amazing home yours today! [Hampton Forest - $549,990]

12043 Overbridge Ln

BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOME IN HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER FAIR CHASE! WIDE-PLANK HARDWOOD ON 3 LEVELS, ENTIRE HOME FRESHLY PAINTED TOP TO BOTTOM, GOURMET KITCHEN W/ISLAND AND PENDANT LIGHTS, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BACKSPLASH, SS APPLIANCES, A/C REPLACED IN 2017, MULTIPLE ARCH WINDOWS JUST REPLACED, CUSTOM WALK-IN CLOSET, TRAY CEILING IN MASTER, CROWN MOLDING ON MIDDLE FLOOR AND MASTER, SURROUND SOUND AND HOME THEATER PREWIRED ON ALL LEVELS, INCLUDING PROJECTOR PREWIRED ON BASEMENT LEVEL, PROFESSIONALLY LANDSCAPED, AMPLE VISITOR PARKING DIRECTLY BEHIND HOME, WALKABLE TO FAIRFAX CORNER, FAIRFAX GOVERNMENT CENTER, FAIR LAKES PROMENADE, NEAR 66, 50, 29, AND 286! [Fair Chase - $549,900]

4225 Mozart Brigade Ln #15

BACK ON THE MARKET, BUYER FINANCING FELL THROUGH, PROPERTY APPRAISED AT 290K. TOTALLY REMODELED !!!! TWO BEDROOM CONDO IN GREAT COMMUTER LOCATION !! !! EXQUISITE DESIGN !! QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP, MODERN KITCHEN WITH STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES W/SOFT CLOSING CABINETS, BACK SPLASH, NEW FLOORING , ALL NEW STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES , LED LIGHTS, MODERN BATHROOM WITH AMAZING SHOWER SYSTEM GREAT LOCATION!! [Cedar Lakes - $289,000]

8911 Glade Hill Rd

Highly desirable neighborhood has very little turn over. Now is your chance to get into Ridglea Hills at a bargain price - and this home is in excellent condition! Move in ready. Over 3600 finished sqft.Tons of updates. Kitchen with gas cooking, granite counters, hardwood floors and ample cabinet space. Breakfast area overlooks private backyard! Hardwood floors continue into the family room, living room and dining room. The family room is huge - 21x13 - and has a beautiful accent wall with wood burning fireplace. Windows abound to bring natural light into all of the rooms. Hardwood stairs lead to the hardwood upper-level hall and 4 very generous bedrooms with new carpet. Both full baths upstairs have been updated. The master bedroom is 20x13 plus has a large dressing area. As an added bonus the washer and dryer are on the bedroom level. The finished lower level is great for entertaining and gaming. The rec room has a wet bar and beverage cooler. The bonus room is perfect for a home office or hobby room. The newer full bath is great for overflow guests! Plus there is massive storage space with built in shelving. The outdoor space is private and inviting. Enjoy the frequent deer behind the back fence. Relax on the front slate patio with your neighbors. Top Schools - Mantua -Frost-Woodson! Minutes to 495, Mosaic District and Metro. Close to shopping, schools and parks. This home can't be beat!~PRICED TO SELL ! BANK APPRAISED AT 850,000+**OFFERS RECEIVED**OFFER DEADLINE NOON MAY 12TH** [Ridgelea Hills - $799,800]

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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.