Southwood is located just off Old Mill Road in Southern Fairfax County in the Mount Vernon area. Southwood homes sit on roomy, treed lots. The yards are meticulous and reflect the activities of the local garden club that decorate the neighborhood green space. Southwood has a tight-knit community that really shows pride of ownership.
Many homes in Southwood have mature-trees and large lawns on quiet streets. These homes were built in the early 1970s but many have had significant renovations or improvements. The Southwood Civic Association is extremely active, planning events and organizing community programs.
Southwood is served by Washington Mill Elementary School, Whitman Middle School, and Mount Vernon High School.
Residents of Southwood are minutes from the George Washington and Mount Vernon rec centers and the walking/biking trail along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Several parks are located close by, including Mt. Zephyr Park, Grist Mill Park, and the Mt. Vernon Estate.