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Living in McLean, VA

A drive through McLean, Virginia, takes you past the homes of a veritable who's who of Washington, D.C.; McLean's spacious houses and rolling lawns offer a quiet alternative to the capital city's hustle and bustle, making it popular real estate for government movers and shakers.

The McLean neighborhood is well-known for its current and former notable residents, some of whom include Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, some members of Congress, several Supreme Court Justices, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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Things to Do

While the city is famous for its high-end shopping at Tyson's Galleria and Tyson's Corner Center, residents are still likely to visit local attractions—for example, buying fresh produce at the McLean Farmer's Market or taking in a performance at the intimate Robert Ames Alden Theatre.

There are many choices for fine dining within the McLean, Virginia, city limits, and casual fare is easily accessible in neighboring cities and towns. Cuisine ranges from traditional American selections to an array of international options, such as Amoo's House of Kabob, which features a highly regarded Persian-fusion menu.

Housing in McLean

Due to its greatly sought-after amenities, including easy access to Washington, D.C. and government buildings in the surrounding area McLean, Virginia, real estate is valued significantly more than similar properties in other parts of the state. Many of the large, single-family homes for sale in McLean, VA are priced well into the seven figures, and houses are primarily four or five bedroom properties. Most residents own their homes, whether they choose a detached house or a condo in one of the area's complexes.

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Living in McLean

A majority of locals find living in McLean well worth the higher price tag when they consider the quality of public schools in the area, the safe, peaceful nature of the community, and the family-oriented neighborhood atmosphere. Children can often be seen playing outside on nice days, and nine lovely parks offer hiking, biking, and picnicking opportunities.

Now that McLean, VA, is connected by a Metro stop, residents can get into D.C. more quickly than ever for business or pleasure, making this city an excellent choice to get the best of both worlds.


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  • Shopaholics all know that the best place to find the hottest fashions is at Tyson’s Corner Center. For higher end fashions and accessories, there’s Tyson’s Galleria.
  • Although the surrounding area is busy with development, there’s plenty of green spaces in town for the kids to run around and play, including nine parks perfect for hiking, playing, and picnicking.
  • The McLean Farmer’s Market is a great place to stock up on fresh foods and produce, as well as catch up with the neighbors.


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