Falls Church City Real Estate Information

Much smaller than its counterparts in Arlington and Alexandria, the city of Falls Church has a population of just over 11,000 people and is a significant portion of the greater Washington metropolitan area. Rich in culture and history, Falls Church was actually first the site of Native American settlements in 1667. Interestingly, Falls Church’s Broad Street and Great Falls Street have preserved and commemorated their footpaths from long ago. The city’s name is derived from a church that was built in 1734.

Although the Metro doesn’t serve the city directly, there are to stops named after Falls Church that are actually in Fairfax County but designed to serve Falls Church’s residents. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates a number of bus lines that transverse Falls Church and connect the city with urban Washington. For residents who wish to exercise and use a bicycle to reach the capital, a portion of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park runs through the city. Surprisingly, the trail is quite busy on weekday mornings. While commercial options are relatively limited in relation to the larger cities of Alexandria and Arlington, the Seven Corners Center is a major shopping area that has most stores residents would typically shop and run errands at.

The small but effective Falls Church City Public Schools provides exceptional educational programs to students in grades K through 12 via two elementary schools, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, and George Mason High School. At one point, the high school was ranked as the best in the Washington, DC area by Newsweek and the Washington Post. While these campuses all serve the youth of Falls Church, only Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is actually located within the confines of the city.

Since the 1950s, the city has hosted an annual Memorial Day parade to commemorate veterans and those who have served the nation. The very popular parade is widely attended not only by local residents but also dignitaries from the capital and residents from surrounding areas. The parade includes marching bands, military units, fire and rescue companies, and other dancers and performers. Another popular community event is the 3K Fun Run that usually draws between 4,000 and 7,000 runners of all ages. Besides the run itself, the event also includes a number of food and craft vendors.

A number of municipal parks are sprinkled across Falls Church. The largest ones, including Sleepy Hollow Park, Benjamin Banneker Park, Upton Hill Regional Park, and Madison Manor Park are used both for typical recreational activities but also host a number of organized youth sports leagues. The unique Bluemont Junction Park is built around a stream that trickles through the city and is especially beautiful at dusk.