Vienna is an authentic and affluent neighborhood with small-town charm and plenty of modern amenities. Vienna has been included in CNN/Money and Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live” lists for several consecutive years, most notably taking home third in 2013. This quaint, cultured town offers a great lifestyle, good access to major employment centers, both hyper-local and world-class shopping and dining options nearby, and some of the best public schools in the country. It has a historic downtown center — home to the oldest volunteer fire department in the county, the first black public school, and the first county hospital — and offers a variety of beautiful homes for any type of home buyer.
Vienna is just 12 miles west of Washington D.C. along I-66 and surrounded by other notable neighborhoods like Reston, Great Falls, Chantilly, Fairfax, Mclean, and Falls Church. Conveniently, each of these areas are just 10 miles or less from Vienna and easily accessible by car. Residents can also hop a ride at the Vienna Metro station along the Orange line. Home buyers ultimately choose Vienna because it is a convenient and modern yet safe and serene place to raise a family just miles from the capital.
Like many other Northern Virginia neighborhoods, Vienna has its own rich history dating back to the 18th century. The land was first settled in 1754 by Colonel Charles Broadwater, and the first home was built in 1767 by Broadwater’s son-in-law, John Hunter. In the 1850s, Dr. William Hendrick settled into the area with his family and decided to rename the community ‘Vienna’ after his hometown in New York. Just a decade later, Vienna hosted one of the earliest battles in the Civil War along the town’s railroad tracks. It was the first time troops had ever traveled by train, and they were ambushed by Confederate forces along the tracks in a clash now known as the Battle of Vienna. Both Confederate and Union forces used Vienna as a camping ground during the Civil War, so when the war drew to a close, many families decided to just stay put. Decades passed and Vienna stayed a quiet, rural town until urban development reached its borders around 1950. However, despite Vienna’s post-modern growth spurt, it stayed true to its historical roots and offers a pleasant reprieve from the fast-paced life of the capital.