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Living in Clifton, VA

Located in the southwestern quarter of Fairfax County, Clifton, Virginia, is a tiny community featuring exquisite homes on large lots and an old-fashioned town center. Living in Clifton, you'd think you were miles away from civilization, when in fact you're only 21 miles from Washington, D.C. This is perfect for commuters who want a big-city job with all the comforts of small-town living.

Things to Do in Clifton, Virginia

Clifton, VA, is home to Fairfax County's first and oldest destination winery, Paradise Springs. Serving as the gateway to Virginia Wine Country, this family-run establishment offers tastings, wine tours, and intimate, wine-fueled dinners.

For rest and relaxation, head for Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, just 2 miles to the west of Clifton, Virginia. A variety of walking trails, mostly by the Bull Run River, will get your heart rate pumping. Considering how close to civilization it is, the park feels incredibly tranquil, and views of deer are almost guaranteed.

Back in town, take a wander down Main Street and you will soon find out why the locals call Clifton "Brigadoon." The quaint shopping street has the feel of a rural back road about it, as if you've been transported back in time. Pop inside the picture-perfect bakeries, antique stores, and gourmet Italian delicatessens, however, and you'll find that the shopping is distinctly upscale, and guaranteed to leave you utterly charmed. 

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Housing in Clifton

Clifton real estate dates back to 1771 and many centuries-old Colonial homes still line historic Main Street, but it was the completion of the Clifton Heights development in 2003 that really attracted new homeowners to the area. Homes for sale in Clifton range from spiffed-up Colonials and European-inspired mansions to charming rambler-style properties; many feature large lots and outdoor living areas. Despite the proximity to D.C., prices remain some of the most affordable in the capital city area.

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Getting Around Clifton

Buying in the Clifton neighborhood puts you in the commuter belt of downtown Washington, D.C. Residents who commute generally take the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE) to L'Enfant Plaza or Union Station and pick up the metro to their D.C. destination. The main roads can get pretty backed up during peak times, and residents are known for being very strategic when organizing their driving and adjusting their commute times or taking the back roads.


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What Locals Love

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  • Serving as the gateway to Virginia wine country, Paradise Springs winery features winery tours, tastings, and special events, like Friday Evenings in Paradise, where visitors enjoy live music and delicious wines.
  • Nature lovers make their way to the Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, a slice of heaven nestled peacefully within the hustle and bustle of the city. The park features hiking and horse trails.
  • Quaint bakeries and shops along Main Street help make planning weekend activities that much easier.


Clifton Real Estate at a Glance

  • 27 Homes Sold*
  • 92 Avg. Days on Market*
  • $1,000,000 Median Price*

*over last 3 months

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