Dunn Loring Real Estate Information

Home to just under 8,000 people in Fairfax County, Dunn Loring was founded in 1886 and was the earliest platted subdivision in Fairfax County. Dunn Loring was originally created around a train station and post office. The area didn’t see significant growth until the Spanish-American War when Camp Russell A. Alger brought a significant influx of people and money to Dunn Loring. Since then, the community has grown into a center of culture and trade. Ideally situated at the intersection of the I-66 and I-495, Dunn Loring sees its fair share of commercial traffic. However, residents find that their charming neighborhood offers an ideal quiet community that is close to the capital for commutes but far enough away to be relaxing and spacious.

The Dunn Loring-Merrifield Station offers seamless and affordable transportation into metropolitan Washington, DC, via the Metro’s Orange Line. Equidistant from Dunn Loring are Washington Dulles International Airport and Washington Reagan National Airport. The latter is more convenient for most Dunn Loring residents due to the Metro connection in place. A number of bus servies also connect Dunn Loring with Washington, DC and the surrounding areas.

Most Dunn Loring residents value the significant recreation facilities available nearby. Dunn Loring Community Park, Scott Run Community Park, Pimmit Run Stream Park, and Town Park are favorites with local residents. The community organizes a range of activities for all age groups. Local golf enthusiasts can tee off at the Westwood Country Club nearby. The local youth baseball teams are especially popular and are widely supported by the community. The historic Washington and Old Dominion Regional Trail dates back to its use as a commercial railroad and is an interesting excursion through the dense forestry of northern Virginia. Each year, thousands of locals and visitors make the trek. Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Galleria, and Pike 7 Plaza are both close by and provide a range of stores and restaurants for residents to enjoy.


Although an independent city, Fairfax takes its name from the county it is situated within. Part of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Fairfax was named after Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron in England, who was originally awarded the land several centuries ago. The city itself was first established in the 1700s by farmers who toiled in the tidewater region. With a population exceeding 21,000 Virginians, a rich culture unique to Fairfax has become the life and blood of the city. The Chocolate Lovers Festival, Blenheim Civil War Encampment/Historic Homes Tour, Spotlight on the Arts, National Trails Day, Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening Show, Irish Festival, Fall Festival, The Holiday Craft Show, and Festival of Lights & Carols each adds a unique aspect to the pulsating community life fostered in Faifax.

With an illustrious past, a number of historic places are scattered around the center of Fairfax. 29 Diner, Blenheim, Old Fairfax County Courthouse, Fairfax Public School, and Ratcliffe-Logan-Allison House are all sites on the National Register of Historic Places. However, recent develops have complemented the past with a vibrant new collection of facilities. In 2005, the city sponsored the development and construction of the Fairfax City Regional Library, over 45,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, several office condominiums, and almost a hundred upscale residential condominium units. This interesting of old and new is one of Fairfax’s best attractions for residents.

Transportation is quite convenient for both residents with and without a vehicle of their own. The city’s CUE bus runs an extensive network that connects points in Fairfax as well as areas outside of the city. Although US-29 and US-50 intersect in Fairfax, a number of state routes and the I-66 are quite accessible and whisk drivers into Washington and other important cities within just a few minutes. The well-known Army Navy Country Club is situated just east of Fairfax. Daniels Run Park and Ratcliffe Park are highly-utilized parks that are usually crowded by area residents every weekend. The Joseph Willard Health Center can be found in the center of Fairfax and is a godsend for many in Fairfax as it provides convenient and quality health services.