Centreville is located in the western end of Fairfax County and adjoins both Loudoun and Prince William County. It is rich in history and situated on the high ground with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and Washington DC 24 miles to the east. Centreville is close to all that the nation's capital has to offer, while also being a distinct community with some of the country's best schools, superb public transport, ample and varied shopping, and quality parks and recreation. At last count there were just under 100,000 people residing in Centreville. Housing is a good investment in this economically sound region. Homes range in price from 100,000 to over 3,000,000 and there are a large variety of size and style to choose from. Get an idea of Centreville housing by clicking "Local Neighborhoods" below or search active housing using the buttons in the upper left hand corner. You can see statistics on Centrevilles real estate market by clicking "Market Stats" below. Centreville is 12 miles from Dulles Int. Airport and a 15-20 minute drive from the Metrorail.
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Just 30 miles east of downtown Washington D.C, Centreville is close to all that the nation's capital has to offer, while also being distinct communities with some of the country's best schools, superb public transport, ample and varied shopping, and quality parks and recreation. Housing is a good investment in this economically sound region, and there are a wide range of architectural styles to choose from in this historic area.
About 96,000 people live in Centreville.
Centreville is located in Fairfax County, Virginia, about 29 miles west of Washington D.C. Centreville is just south of the Washington Dulles International Airport. It is convenient to Rte 66, Rte 28, Rte 50 and Rte 29.
Centreville is a beautiful historic settlement, with plenty of parks and old growth trees. This semi-mountainous region has rolling hills and undulating terrain that affords ample scenic views.
Distance to 3 Closest Major Cities
Tyson's Corner and Vienna, Fairfax County's primary economic powerhouse besides Washington D.C, is just 18 miles northeast of Centreville. D.C. is about 29 miles east. Manassas is just under 7 miles southwest. Chantilly is about 3.5 miles northeast of Centreville.
Fairfax is one of the nation's most economically dynamic counties, with a varied industry base and highly educated workforce, and stimulated by the proximity of the nation's capital. Washington D.C. is only 29 miles east of Centreville and many locals choose to commute to work there. The Tyson's Corner/Vienna region is another huge commercial and retail center for Fairfax and less than 20 miles from Centreville. Local businesses are varied; primary employment sectors include from retail, computers and technology, financial, professional, and hospitality. Fairfax County has one of the largest commercial office markets in the county, and many of these are in the Centreville area. Northern Virginia's high-tech corridor is in neighboring Chantilly, on Route 28, between I-66 and the Dulles Toll Road. Centreville is a neighborly community, and residents make an effort to support local businesses.
Relocating or start-up companies can apply to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority for assorted state and local investment incentives, including a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit (a tax credit of 1,000 per qualifying employee) and a Workforce Services Program (which provides qualifying businesses with consulting, hiring and training help).
Centreville is a great place to buy residential property, thanks to a steady real estate market that benefits both buyers and sellers. Real estate appreciates at a dignified and consistent pace and there are always a good number of properties on the market to choose from.
Centreville is undergoing a period of extensive growth at present; Centreville has almost doubled in size over the last ten years. As buyers you may choose a single family home, apartment, or condo in one of the newer housing developments, or you may fancy the historical character of a home in an older neighborhood.
There are 95 official neighborhood communities in Centreville (operated by local home owner associations) and these are fairly diverse. You can choose a wooden nineteenth-century villa; a post-WWII ranch houses or a brand spanking new estate home. A similar range of choice exists in Chantilly.
Currently, list prices for homes in Centreville range from about $125,000 to over 3 million; the average price for a single family home is about $548,000.
Ample parks, recreational facilities, public plantings, and old growth trees and shrubs make green Centreville a lovely community in which to live. Centreville has good aquatic and recreational centers, and nearby national parks and the nation's capital grant plenty of additional recreational opportunities.
Parks, ball fields, and picnic spots are found throughout Centreville. The Potomac is about 30 miles east of Centreville ; locals take pleasure in boating on the water or jogging along a riverbank trail; fishing is enjoyed in season. The invigorating salt air of beautiful Chesapeake Bay is within an hours drive east, and locals enjoy ocean swimming, boating, sailing, and more. The Blu Gnu Kayak Company runs exciting sea kayak trips on Bay and the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers.
There are several large parks and wilderness areas in Fairfax County, the closest to Centreville being the Bull Run Regional Park. A popular spot for local weddings, Bull Run has large camping fields, extensive wild woods (with hiking trails), and a shooting center, which has trap and skeet shooting and an archery range. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and miniature and disk golf in summer.
There are several superb golf courses in the Centreville region. Fairfax National, near Bull Run, is a semi-private club with a 27-hole course designed in 1959 and known for its quick greens and long par fours. The Chantilly Country Club is a beautiful private facility and Twin Lakes is a public course operated by Fairfax County. Known for its diversity of play, Twin Lakes has the Oaks course built in 1998, and the Lakes course, built in 1967. The Oaks is a superb championship course that meanders through stands of mature oaks and has played host to four United States Golf Association tournaments.
Washington D.C. is an exciting sporting town and has several top national sporting teams, including the Redskins (NFL Football), Capitals (NHL Hockey), Wizards (NBA Basketball), and Mystics (WNBA Basketball), and the D.C. United (MLS Soccer).
Centreville is a lovely historic town, with charming eighteenth and nineteenth-century architecture, ample parks and pretty public spaces. Mature oaks grant shade and add to the character. There are plenty of historic sites in and around Centreville, including the Sully Plantation (now a museum), Mt Gilead House, and the beautiful eighteenth-century Old Stone Church. Centreville's downtown has a great deal of character, with eighteenth-century buildings and old earthworks dating from the community's beginnings in the late seventeen-hundreds.
Centreville is made up of diverse neighborhoods administered by association, and this organization helps to create a real sense of local community. Neighbors meet at the local association pool, have block parties together, and more. Plenty of family friendly events occur throughout the year, from local sporting meets to seasonal celebrations, and the annual Centreville Days festival in the heart of the historic downtown celebrates the community's history and draws hundreds to town.
The Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly is easily Northern Virginia and Washington DC's premier facility for consumer shows and trade events, and provides a big draw to the region. Many Washington DC area attractions are within a short distance, including Dulles International Airport (about 6 miles away), the National Air and Space Museum, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, and beautiful Mt Vernon. Local music, theater, and dance is world-class in Washington D.C
Centreville has a lovely downtown historic district that runs for several blocks, with eighteenth-century houses, churches, a trading post, and old earthworks dating from 1792 when the community was chartered.
The former Sully Plantation, now in a pretty park, was built in 1794 by Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first representative to Congress. Furnished in the federal style, the house is a reminder of Virginia's slavery past, and may be experienced by guided tour.
The beautiful Mt. Gilead house dates back to the early seventeen-eighties and was General Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters for a time during the Civil War (about 40,000 of his Confederate troops were quartered in Centreville). St. John's Episcopal Church stands nearby, on the corner of Mount Gilead Road and Wharton Lane. Originally used as a hospital during the Civil War when it was largely destroyed, the church was rebuilt in the late eighteen-sixties. The adjoining cemetery has a number of interesting gravestones, and some unmarked graves. The beautiful Old Stone Church stands on a neighboring lot and is another charming historical reminder. The site of an historic battle, Ox Hill is another local site of interest.
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