The phrase “single-family home” is something you’ll often see when browsing through real estate listings in Fairfax County. A single-family home might seem easy to define: It’s a home for a single family, right? Eh, not exactly. To be classified as a single-family home in Fairfax County, there are requirements the property must meet. What are those requirements? Let’s take a look.

What is a single-family home?

The legal description for a single-family home is “a structure maintained and used as a single dwelling unit.” So what does that mean exactly? A single dwelling unit will have these characteristics:

No Common Walls

A single-family home is a stand-alone, detached property. This means the home doesn’t share common walls or a roof with any other dwelling.


Single-Family home has no shared property but is built on its own parcel of land. The area around the building is for the private use of the owner.

Entrance And Exit

Single-Family home has its own private and direct access to a street or thoroughfare. This is as opposed to an apartment, which has hallways and a lobby that leads to street access.


Only one set of utilities can service a single-family home and may not be shared in any way with another residence. This applies to heating, electricity, water, or any other essential service.

One Owner

A single-family home is built as the residence for one family, person, or household, whose owner has an undivided interest in the property.

Single Kitchen

Single-Family home has one kitchen. Adding a kitchen to an in-law suite or carriage house will alter a home’s zoning classification.

Benefits Of Buying A Single-Family Home In Fairfax County

The type of home you buy in Fairfax County depends on your budget and needs. A single-family home will suit you if you are seeking privacy. Since it is built on its own slice of land, you’ll have some distance from your neighbors.

You’ll also probably enjoy the extra storage space of an attic or garage in a single-family house in Fairfax County.

Single-family homes in Fairfax County also come in many different architectural styles—whether ranch, Colonial, Mid-Century Modern, Cape Cod—as opposed to the more straightforward design of a condo.

Properties in Fairfax County

7505 Mahoney Dr

This move-in ready split foyer home sits on a flat & beautiful lot in the neighborhood of Pohick Estates. This well-cared-for gem has 5-bedroom 2-bathroom, hardwood floor through out main level. Updated kitchen, granite counters and French door refrigerator. A side door from the kitchen gives access to the newly painted deck and fully fenced backyard with plenty of space for your out door living. The generous-sized family room with recessed lighting in lower level offers an excellent place to entertain your guests. This house is also a commuters dream, very close to Lorton Amtrak Station, I-95, Rt. 1, Telegraph Rd & Fairfax County Pkwy. Schedule your showing before it~s gone. [Pohick Estates - $459,900]

14519 Meeting Camp Rd

THIS HOME HAS IT ALL. This amazing 3 level 2 car garage Stucco home w/ a Screened-in porch. Enter this fabulous home and be wowed by the grand 2 story foyer, beautiful hardwood floors throughout both the main and upper levels. Chef it up in the updated kitchen that's open to the family room. Let the party flow right on to the Screened-in Porch or bring the party out to the open deck or patio! With 3 Bedrooms and 3.5 Updated Bathrooms and a Bonus room in the basement there's plenty of room to grow! Let's not forget about the fully finished basement with a Legit Wet bar, that has granite countertops cabinets, a mini-fridge & Wine Fridge! [Confederate Ridge - $599,888]

5606 Tilia Ct

Gorgeous and well-maintained Colonial in a quiet community. 4 beds, 3 1/2 baths, 2 car garage with lots of upgrades. Freshly painted thru-out, all windows (10/2018), garage door & driveway (2018). New hardwood floor in Family room. 2 new sliding doors leading to big backyard. Brand new carpets on upper level with 2 beautiful baths. Large master bedroom with double walk-in closets and spacious changing area. Walk down to see the fully finished basement. New porcelain floor, unique bar. Extra room with fresh carpets,open closets, separate Jacuzzi bath and shower. Braddock Secondary School is just across the street. Move-In Ready. Sold AS-IS. Home Warranty by Seller. [Burke Estates - $729,900]

11615 Leehigh Dr

Great Location!! Awesome 4BR/2BA single family home on a large 1 AC lot in a sought after Community in the heart of Fairfax County! Close to Wegmans, Fairfax Corner, and surrounded by million dollar homes. Beautiful Hardwood floors, Crown Molding, Gas Fireplace, lots of Natural Light, Updated Kitchen with Granite , Heated Floors & Nice Appliances with Double Electric Ovens. Two Car Garage with ample parking on driveway. Large Deck with steps leading to a Well Maintained Yard. Totally Fenced in yard Backs to Trees & Tree House & Very Private. Prime location on a Quiet Street just mins to Public Transportation and NO HOA! Must See! [Leehigh Village - $689,900]

11696 Carson Overlook Ct

Nestled on a nearly one-acre lot, this immaculate home is sited on a cul-de-sac surrounded by trees in an enclave of eighteen homes. Convenient Herndon/Reston location offers serene privacy with easy access to the Reston Town Center, Dulles Toll Road, Tysons Corner and Reston Metro! Recent Updates include: a gas water heater, HVAC sytem, Refrigerator, Dishwasher and Washer. A spacious two-story Foyer opens to the main-level including a Study, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Family Room and Light filled Sunroom. Gleaming hardwood floors, recessed lighting, molding, chair rail, wainscoting and clear leaded-glass windows enhance the interior. The beautifully Landscaped lot has a private patio and deck for relaxing and entertaining!Must see! There is no HOA management company or HO fees. However there neighborhood Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Reservation of Easements. Agent can provide a copy. [Stuart Hills - $890,000]

8704 Yardley Dr

COME FOR THE SCHOOLS - STAY FOR THE COMMUNITY! Come tour this nicely updated 4 bedroom 3.5 full bath home in the great community of Stratford Landing. Main level features REAL hardwood floors, living and dining rooms with classy crown and chair moldings, stately fireplace and a fully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and center island. The upstairs has three bedrooms to include a master bedroom with en suite bath and side by side walk in closet. The lower level features a large recreation room with full bath, laundry, legal 4th bedroom and storage with a walk-out to the fenced and serene backyard. Once outside you will easily see the perks and beauty of the neighborhood. Many mature and full trees make-up the community landscape and provides ample shade for the fun time spent in the backyard. A major highlight Is the fully screened-in porch which you can enjoy from March all the way until November. Come experience the many great perks and amenities home ownership in Stratford Landing afford you - Highly sought after schools to include the very coveted Fort Hunt Elementary school which has a great Spanish immersion program! Expansive activities available for all ages wether it be at the pool (baby pool as well), Tennis and Volleyball courts or having a get together in the picnic area. The home is nestled on a very quiet street with no thru traffic! 10 minutes or less to Richmond Highway shops, to include Home Depot, Target, Safeway, Giant, and Marshalls. 1 mile from GW Parkway trail/bike path. Commute to Old Town and access to 495/DC/MD in minutes. You owe it to yourself to come tour this home today! This gem will not last long!!!!***Washington once owned 8,000 acres surrounding the Mount Vernon estate, today only a portion of Mansion House farm remains and many homes have been built on the surrounding farms and properties. This property is included in this estate and is eligible for a commutative plaque signifying such.*** [Riverside Park - $599,900]

10005 Coach Rd

Amazing location in sought after Carriage Hill Neighborhood. Over 1 Acre of land with newly redone Pool and a Beautifully landscaped fenced in yard. Newer Windows, Newer HVAC, Newer Roof, Newer Water heater. Spacious rooms and layout in this 5 Bedroom 3 Full Bathroom Home. Close to commuting, Shopping, Schools etc... Private tranquil setting for your home! This is a MUST SEE! [Carriage Hill - $940,000]

6220 Wilmette Dr

Your search is over! Spacious 5 BR, 3.5 BA brick front colonial located in the beautiful Ponds section of sought after Burke Centre! With nearly 3,500 finished square feet, 3 finished levels, including walkout lower level, and a 4-season sunroom the flexibility to meet a family~s needs abounds. Special features include 1st floor office/study with doors for privacy, bright Living Room flows into the formal Dining Room with contemporary chandelier. Enter the remodeled Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 48~ cabinets, stone backsplash and an island with seating for 4. Step down into the Family Room with stunning fireplace with brick surround, contemporary ceiling fan and recessed lighting. The 4-season Sunroom addition with cathedral ceiling, decorative ceiling fan and walls of windows offers views of the pond and access to a spacious deck and fenced backyard with patio. A half bath and a laundry area with new state-of-the-art cloths washer and dryer complete this level. Upper level offers the Master Bedroom with Full Bath and 3 additional Bedrooms share a 2nd Full Bath. The walkout lower level Rec Room is perfect for entertaining inside, or head outside on the patio. The 5th Bedroom on this level offers ample closet space and a Full Bath. There is plenty of parking with a spacious drive off the street and large 2 car attached garage. Burke Centre is a planned community and is recognized for all the amenities available to homeowners, the top rated schools and the close proximity to transportation options. The Burke Centre is also convenient to Burke Lake Regional Park and Golf Course, the Historic Town of Clifton, George Mason University, and an abundance of great shopping and restaurants. Don~t wait to see this terrific home! [Burke Centre - $740,000]

9490 Lynnhall Pl

An impressive home made for hosting for parties big and small. This Randolph Williams custom home offers over 7000 square foot of grand elegant living space. The moment you walk into the beautiful marble foyer you are transported into beauty and grace for the modern day host. From room to room, this 5-bedroom home offers spacious elegance with crown molding, beautiful archways and a floating staircase, these are just a few appointments that will be sure to impress. Intimate occasions can be shared in the library where you can then later enjoy Al fresco dining on the terrace and while watching the koi pond outside. Or enjoy spending the evening in the formal living and dining rooms where large parties can be enjoyed. With an eat-in kitchen, butler~s pantry, 3 fireplaces, and two wet bars you will surely be prepared to host any number of people. After sharing this home, your guests will talk about it in the years to come! The glorious space offers a generously sized master bedroom, family room and a rec room and two Jack and Jill bathrooms. A private office allows any homeowner time to work while enjoying this home. The possibilities for this home are endless. [Oxford - $1,249,055]

12625 Pinecrest Rd

Single family home priced at townhome $$$ - hard to find a single family home under $500,000. Check out our curb appeal - brick front with newer vinyl siding. We offer hardwood floors on the main level, living room with recessed lights and upgraded crown molding. Our kitchen was remodeled with an island with a breakfast bar, white shaker cabinets with brushed nickel hardware, White Fantasy granite counter top, natural slate stone back splash, deep sink with brushed nickel goose neck faucet, a pantry cabinet with roll out drawers, Kitchenaid stainless steel dishwasher, LG five burner gas cooktop with oven, Kitchenaide stainless steel bottom drawer French door refrigerator with icemaker, and a corner lazy susan cabinet. Loads of cabinet and drawer space. There are newer sliding glass doors in the breakfast nook that open to the patio and the fenced back yard with our shed - a great storage place. We also have a recipe book shelf with extra cabinets between the kitchen and the living room. The upper level offers 3 bedrooms up, a remodeled hall bath with slate tile floors, vanity with double sinks and a bathtub/shower with a ceramic tile surround. The master bedroom has a remodeled bath with a newer vanity and a shower with ceramic tile. Our lower level offers a family room, laundry room and a 4th bedroom with a full bath. Additional updates include:New HVAC natural gas system(16), master bath renovation(14), main level hall bath renovation(14), kitchen renovation(14), tankless gas powered hot water heater(14), dimensional roof(11) vinyl siding(10), shutter(10) double hung windows, sliding glass door, front door and gutters and downspouts(10) [Fox Mill Estates - $465,000]

3705 Freehill Ln

Welcome Home to this beautiful Colonial in highly sought after Century Oak with 3 finished levels - 3800sqft & tons of upgrades. Main level Master with remodeled Master Bath and a huge Walk-in closet. All Bathrooms remodeled in 2019. Beautifully remodeled Gourmet Kitchen with granite counters, & Stainless Steel appliances. Dine-in kitchen opens to a 2 level family room perfect for entertaining your guests. Fresh paint throughout, new carpet in Master Bedroom. Fully Finished Walk up basement with a second kitchen. Convenient location, easy access to Rt 50, 66, & Fairfax County Pkwy. Great School pyramid with Navy Elementary, Franklin Middle & Chantilly High. This one won't last long. [Century Oak - $699,900]

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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.