Great Falls is named after the beautiful falls of the Potomac River which this community overlooks. It isn’t a city or town, rather a Census Designated Place (CDP). The population in 2010 was 15,427. Recently Great Falls topped the list of CNN Money’s Top Earning Towns with a median family income of more than $350,000.
Great Falls Park, run by the National Parks Service, for which the area is named, is located nearby. The 800 acre park offers stunning views of this natural phenomenon as well as a historic glimpse into our Nation’s early history. Also on the Potomac River is Riverbend Park, a 400 acre riverfront park with forests, meadows and ponds. This stunning park is a great way to escape the bustle of city life in the beautiful outdoors. The Patowmack Canal is also located nearby. There are many trails and walkways in the area.
Art lovers can get their art fix at the Great Falls Art Center with year round classes in painting, pottery, sculpture and more for all ages, children through adult. Local Great Falls Studios, a consortium of local artists, offer studio tours, virtual galleries and networking opportunities for the artistic.
In addition to outdoor beauty and cultural arts, Great Falls is also a delicious place to dine. Tasty traditional Irish eats are available at The Old Brogue Irish Pub. If you prefer Italian cuisine head to Marcello Ristorante, another area favorite. Many other great restaurants are just a short drive away in neighboring communities.
Great Falls is steeped with early American history. The Colvin Mill Historic Site is located in the area and features an operating grist mill, exhibits, a gift shop and an activity barn. Tours are available and concerts are often held here. This is a fun place to visit for an afternoon picnic or for a fun weekend activity.
The home lots in Great Falls tend to be quite spacious with many offering at least an acre, often more. The abundance of space is great for those wanting a little privacy, but still wanting a location close to D.C. This community is sparsely populated and spread out, but still welcoming and friendly.
Great Falls is just a short commute from Washington D.C. The area itself does not have many public transportation options, but those interested in riding the Metro into D.C. will find stations in the neighboring community of Vienna. It’s about a 20 minute drive into the city, although it can take much longer during peak traffic times.
The area is home to Great Falls Library and many wonderful public schools. All of the area’s public schools are part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system. They will have the latest information about zoning for each school. Before buying a home it is a good idea to research the educational opportunities in the area to ensure they meet your child’s needs.
If you’re looking to buy a home in the Great Falls, VA area, contact a realtor today. They will be able to provide you with the most recent information available about property values, available homes and more. As a Northern VA realtor I’d love to help you find your new home in Great Falls.
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