Centreville Real Estate Information

Just twenty miles from Washington, DC, the 49,000-person city of Centreville is an unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia. As the first settled city in the county, historians estimate Centreville was originally established as the town of Newgate in the 17th century. Although Newgate nearly disappeared, the community’s strategic location along major thoroughfares to the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley preserved a tavern and general store in the old town, eventually transforming into the present day place called Centreville. However, Centreville’s illustrious history doesn’t end there. During the American Civil War, the First Battle of Manassas, the Second Battle of Manassas, and the Battle of Chantilly were all fought nearby. The Centreville Military Railroad was the first set of railroad tracks built exclusively for combat use. While Centreville existed in obscurity for so many years and left off the map for most of the past, the city exists today as a distant suburb of the nation’s capital. In fact, a large portion of residents make the commute to work in the downtown area during the week.

Today, Centreville is a typical wealthy American suburb on the east cost. Composed of luxury properties, convenient strip malls, a movie theater, and large housing developments, the city acts as an urban oasis for those who work in the city but would like to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. Virginia Route 28, U.S. Route 29, and Interstate 66 all cross through Centreville making transportation into and out of the city quite simple. Despite Centreville’s small population, it is served by its very own daily journal, The CentreView, that supplements a variety of other regional papers in the area. The Fairfax County Public School District provides acceptable educations conveniently nearby, although all campuses are not necessarily in Centreville itself.

For residents in search of local shopping or a quick bite to eat, the Village Center is a popular hotspot. Centreville Square is another popular retail zone. The Elanor C. Lawrence Park is a sprawling recreational park that spans hundreds of acres and affords park users to picnic, jog, hike, camp, and explore the wilderness beyond. The much smaller but manageable Centreville Road Park is another exciting retreat for residents. Chantilly

In the unincorporated community of Chantilly in both western Fairfax County and southeastern Loudoun County, over 41,000 residents enjoy peaceful suburban living in a town named after its French counterpart. Part of the Washington metropolitan area, Chantilly is just 24 miles from the downtown city center. The city first gained recognition during the Civil War on September 1, 1862 when the Battle of Chantilly took place locally. Although most of the battlefield has since been covered by residential and commercial developments in Chantilly, a small park preserves the rich past that has made Chantilly so special.

In addition to historical parks like those, Chantilly is lucky to be surrounded by a number of interesting recreational parks and facilities. Rocky Run Park, Flat Lick Stream Valley Park, Frog Branch Stream Valley Park, Greenbriar Park, Popular Tree Park, and Fair Woods Park offer park-goers with a number of attractive options. The International Country Club and Fair Oaks Golf Park both offer affordable local golfing. Over a dozen other golfing locations are within a twenty minute drive from the center of Chantilly. Also nearby is the expansive Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and Manassas National Battle Park just southwest on the I-66. A popular annual community gathering is the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival that is hosted by Chantilly each year.

Chantilly serves as the home of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center annex of the National Air & Space Museum and also serves as the headquarters of the National Reconnaissance Office. Additionally, the Washington Dulles International Airport is located partially in Chantilly. Local residents find the airport to be quite convenient, in fact Dulles Airport provides travelers with non-stop service to over eighty domestic destinations and over forty international destinations, thanks in part to United Airlines’ hub at the airport. Because of Chantilly’s straddling position between two counties, students in the city are served by both Fairfax County Public Schools and Loudoun County Public Schools, depending on where they live. Over ten elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools provide more than adequate coverage for the area’s youth. Unfortunately, due to Chantilly’s size, only a single regional library is operated in the city by the Fairfax County Public Library.