The former town proper was located on SR 619, Bristow Road, about 1 mile southwest of the intersection with SR 28, Nokesville Road, at the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing.
The area is mostly residential managed communities including but not limited to Braemar Community, Bridlewood, Bridlewood Manor, Brookside, Crossman Creek, Foxborough, Kingsbrooke, New Bristow Village, Lanier Farms, Saybrooke, Sheffield Manor, and Victory Lakes.
The community is home to the Jiffy Lube Live outdoor concert stage which was formerly known as the Nissan Pavilion.
Bristow also offers recreation to include Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, DP Golf Academy, trail rides at Cross Stables, Bristow Manor Golf Club and more.
There are restaurants and eateries including Foster’s Grill, Asian Garden, Tony's New York Pizza & more.