Annandale Real Estate Information

Located in the far northern portion of Virginia, Annandale and its 55,000 residents are well connected to the rest of Virginia and the east coast via the Capital Beltway and Virginia State Route 236. Characterized by rolling hills, deep stream valleys, and heavy red clay soils, Annandale is a charming and picturesque city that offers its residents a quiet and suburban environment within reasonable distance to many commercial centers. ExxonMobil operates its Downstream Operations business headquarters in Annandale in addition to its ExxonMobil Aviation facilities. A simple half-hour drive can whisk Annandale’s residents into downtown Washington, DC, where a number of them work during the day before retiring to their suburban neighborhoods for the evening.

The Northern Virginia Community College’s oldest and largest campus was founded in 1965 and is based in Annandale. The Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center also adds to the very dynamic cultural fabric of the city. A number of notable independent private schools enroll a number of Annandale’s best and brightest students, including Kenwood School, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Montessori School of Northern Virginia, Oakwood School, Pinecrest School, St. Ambrose Catholic School, and Westminster School. Despite the large presence of private institutions in the area, the public school system is quite good. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is a popular magnet school in the region and Annandale High School has one of the few International Baccalaureate programs in the area. Over a dozen elementary, middle, and high schools supplement these storied institutions.

Accotink Creek, formerly an important link for ocean-going ships in colonial times, is still a major attraction today. Historically, the location where Annandale’s oldest road and the first toll road in America, Little River Turnpike, met the Accotink Creek is where the ships loaded tobacco and other lucrative goods. Today, Lake Accotink serves as one of Annandale’s most valued recreational hotspots. On weekends, residents often use the lake for fishing, boating, and swimming when the lake is opened to the public. During the week, the lake serves as the U.S. Army's Fort Belvior Proving Ground. The Fairfax Cross County Trail runs through Accotink and provides residents with an uninterrupted path that can be used for hiking, biking, running, and jogging. The trail is even used for cross country skiing during the snowy winter months. A number of different wild life species can be spotted throughout the year.