Vienna, Virginia Real Estate and Information
Vienna, Virginia Real Estate and Information
Vienna, Virginia, is a beautiful suburban town about 17 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C.
You can read more about "Life In Vienna" on our Vienna blog and you can read about Vienna real estate on our Northern VA real estate blog.
Considered part of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, Vienna preserves the aura of America’s early colonial years which emanates throughout the city. It is this serene sense of history and its leafy pastoral neighborhoods that make Vienna a calm oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the adjacent communities in Fairfax County. In 2005, CNN-Money and Money magazine recognized the city’s undeniable charm and livability, ranking it No. 4 on its annual list of the 100 best places to live in the U.S.
Here's a peek at what you'll find in Vienna:
Vienna shares its borders with several other communities. Wolf Trap forms its northern border, with Tysons Corner, Dunn Loring, Merrifield and Oakton on its northeast, east, south and west respectively. Many of these and other nearby communities are unincorporated, with certain sections of them carrying a Vienna ZIP code and/or postal address even if they are outside of the town’s borders.
Vienna's Fascinations, Attractions, and Wonders
Let’s look at some of Vienna’s attractions beginning with some shopping and dining options.
Extraordinarily unique and eye-catchingly chic shopping blends seamlessly with classy, high-end fine dining at The Shops at Fairfax Square, located near Tysons Corner Shopping Center on Leesburg Pike between Interstate 495 (aka Capital Beltway) Highway 267 on the northeast edge of Vienna. Here you can feed your shopping needs at world-renowned stores like Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton, and then treat your tummy to Morton’s Steakhouse, Chef Geoff’s or any of the other mouthwatering eateries here at The Shops at Fairfax Square.
The aforementioned Tysons Corner Shopping Center offers a more pocketbook friendly shopping and dining experience compared to The Shops at Fairfax Square. At Tysons Corner, you’ll find everything from large, national chain department stores, like Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and specialty shops, like Aerosoles, Eddie Bauer and GameStop. Dining options include Neishai Thai Cuisine, Norton’s American Bar & Grille and La Sandia Mexican Kitchen and Bar.
- Tiffany & Co.
- Louis Vuitton
- Eddie Bauer
- Morton’s Steakhouse
- Chef Geoff’s
- Neishai Thai Cuisine
- Norton’s American Bar & Grille
- La Sandia Mexican Kitchen and Bar
Parks and Recreation
The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department takes care of several city and neighborhood parks and sports fields, including Northside Park, Southside Park, Glyndon Park and Meadow Lane Park. Each of these leafy, green parks provides baseball fields, picnic tables, tennis courts, playground equipment and multi-purpose trails. Speaking of trails, part of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park trail cuts right through the middle of town.
Arts and Culture
Located just outside of Vienna’s city limits, the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a virtual mecca of theatre, dance, opera and various other styles of music. It also holds the distinction as the only national park for performing arts in the U.S.
The Vienna Community Center plays host to several events throughout the year, like plays, antique exhibits and health fairs. The center also houses Club Phoenix, which functions as a teen hangout, where young people can play some billiards or ping-pong while blasting some tunes on the jukebox. And parents will be happy to know that the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department staffs the center.
The Freeman House’s storied history includes serving as a hospital during the Civil War, and as a railroad station, fire department and post office. These days, it doubles as an informative museum and “olde tyme” general store.
Historic Vienna, Inc. sponsors the annual “Walk on the Hill” garden tour on the last Sunday in April.
The ViVa! Vienna! Town Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend. Check out the arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage booths, entertainment just for the kids, and of course special Memorial Day booths.
Other annual events to look forward to in Vienna include Oktoberfest, the 4th of July Celebration and the Holiday Stroll down historic Church Street.
Everyday Life in Vienna
Virginia has a humid subtropical climate with average temperatures ranging from 24 degrees in January to 89 degrees in July. Vienna sees a little bit of everything weather-wise. It receives about 45 inches of precipitation per year, including an average of 19 inches of snow.
Workers based in Vienna have an average commute time of 31 minutes, which is only slightly longer than the national average of 28 minutes. Unemployment is significantly lower here than for the rest of the U.S. Recent job growth is also positive, coming in above the national average.
If you’re in between jobs when you live in Vienna, you have a number of employers from which to choose. Vienna’s top 10 employers are:
- Navy Federal Credit Union
- Fairfax County Public Schools
- Town of Vienna
- Cardiovascular Management Group
- Westwood Country Club
- Whole Foods Market
- Contemporary Electrical Services
- Giant Food
- Wheat's Landscape
- United States Postal Service
Fairfax County Public Schools which administers two high schools, two middle schools and six elementary schools, serves Vienna’s public education needs. Parents can also choose from several private and parochial school options including Our Lady of Good Counsel School (K-8), St. Mark Catholic School (Pre-K to 8), Fairfax Christian School (Pre-K to 12) and Parkwood School (Pre-K and K).
Some of the hospitals and medical centers in the Vienna area include Inova Fairfax Hospital, Reston Hospital Center and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
Vienna has a tangle of freeways and state highways for drivers and a Washington Metro station with large parking garages. Washington Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport provide air travel service for Vienna and Fairfax County residents. Other public transportation options include the Fairfax Connector, a county bus service, and the Orange, Blue and Yellow lines of the Washington Metro trains.