Parkfairfax, bordering Fairlington to the south and Shirlington to the west, was built in the '40s to support housing needs of government defense workers, and then converted to condos in the '70s. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and It consists of 1,700 homes situated among tree-lined streets. The homogenous architecture is characterized by two- and three-story no-frill colonials structures, consisting of one-and two-bedroom units, most of which, if not all, are updated or renovated. The community offers multiple swimming pools, volleyball and tennis courts, a library, and lots of green space with tot lots.
The high-quality amenities, grounds, and common areas are very-well maintained, supported by relatively high condo fees and an organized condo association. Because Parkfairfax is a designated historic place, any external renovations or even landscaping changes have to be approved. Layering this on top of the condo association approval process, residents and prospective residents with a burning desire to make exterior changes to express themselves may feel constrained, especially when compared to a neighborhood like Takoma Park, MD.
Restaurants, Retail, and Entertainment
While Parkfairfax doesn't include any commercial space, walking across the neighborhood border via pedestrian bridge into Shirlington gives Parkfairfax residents access to high quality restaurants, retail, and theaters. The Parkfairfax condo association organizes many activities for its residents, including outdoor jazz concerts during the summer that can draw hundreds of residents.
Things To Do
People Watch In One Of The Many Parks And Greenspaces
Swim In One Of The Three Pools (Or All Three!)
- Walk Over To Busboys & Poets In Shirlington for Open Mic Night
Host A Tennis Tournament With Friends or Neighbors
Attend a Condo Association-Organized Jazz Event On The Lawn
Parkfairfax is convenient for drivers. It borders I-395, providing easy access south and reach DC in 10-ish minutes. Reach Arlington and Old Town Alexandria via car in minutes. Street parking is a breeze in Parkfaifax. While Parkfairfax doesn't have a Metro station, it does have MetroBus lines and DASH bus lines that run to Old Town, DC, Crystal City and the Pentagon, each with Metro stations of their own to take residents and visitors to further destinations. The Potomac Yard Metro station (Blue/Yellow lines), located about two miles east, is slated to be completed Spring 2022.
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