Burke Real estate Information

Situated in Fairfax County and nestled in the northern portion of Virginia, the city of Burke has a total population of almost 58,000 people. Named after Silas Burke, a 19th century farmer and merchant, the community of Burke saw its humble beginnings in 1824 develop into a railroad junction and mail stop. Historically, Burke was in the middle of the American Civil War and was one of the first Union regions to be captured by the Confederacy. Once a rural farming community, Burke developed into a distant suburb of Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, following World War I when the federal government expanded. A convenient train service and extensive network of roads connect Burke to downtown Washington today. The Virginia Railway Express has two stations in Burke at Burke Center and Rolling Road.

Kings Park was the first large subdivision to be created in Burke, leading the way to several more similar subdivisions. Today, Burke is quite heavily populated by a number of Virginians who not only work in Burke and the surrounding region but also downtown Washington to the northeast. A number of other communities add to the diversity of the city. Burke Centre is the largest planned community and consists of five subcommunities: The Commons, The Landings, The Oaks, The Ponds and The Woods. The Fairfax County Public School System administers a successful public education system through an interesting system of three elementary schools and two secondary schools. Each secondary school is a combination of middle and high school.

As an interesting fact, Burke is featured in the video game Fallout 3 that features a fictional post-nuclear Washington, DC. But besides this small distinction, Burke’s residents have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Parks and facilities operated and maintained by both Fairfax County Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority provide convenient playgrounds and easily accessible exercise areas throughout Burke. Burke Lake Park is the largest park, at 888 acres and includes a jogging path, campsites, numerous picnic and sports areas, and even a well-kept 18-hole golf course and driving range. The Burke community also comes together several times annually to celebrate a variety of events. The most notable events unique to Burke include Burke Fall Festivals in Septembers, Pumpkin Playground in Octobers, and a Farmer’s Market in the summer months.