Centreville, a mid-sized suburb located about 30 miles west of Washington DC, was recently named the 30th best community to live in in the country by Money magazine. Centreville experienced explosive growth in the late 1990s and early 2000s due an influx of companies and businesses. Several major commuter routes pass through Centreville, including I-66, Routes 28 and 29. The Ellanor C. Lawrence Park provides expansive green space within the community.
Centreville was originally known as Newgate due its proximity to the popular Newgate Tavern. The town of Centreville was founded in 1792 and is one of the oldest communities in Fairfax County. A number of historic homes, churches, and sites remain today. Centreville is perhaps best-known for the many Civil War battles fought nearby. Confederate Colonel John Mosby’s rangers used its land as a base of operations, leading to the sobriquet of Mosby’s Confederacy.
Local Real Estate
Centreville offers many different styles of homes at a variety of price points, from the low $100,000s to over $1 million. Detached homes, primarily Colonial in style, currently sell from the mid $400,000 to the mid $600,000. Condos sell between $200,000 and $400,000 while townhomes sell from the mid $200,000s to just over $500,000.
Centreville Day is an annual festival with a parade, pet pageant, dance- and sing-along, History Train rides, food, and much more. Kids can even wear their costumes to trick-or-treat in the marketplace while the adults shop. Cox Farms hosts an annual fall festival with a corn maze, hayrides, live animals, slides, farm store and more. The 1,500 acre Bull Run Regional Park offers a fabulous array of outdoor activities, including a waterpark, golf, and nature programs. Shopping and services are plentiful both within the Centreville’s historic district and at nearby shopping areas.
Visit the Winery at Bull Run to sample wines from its working vineyard, hear live music, and enjoy food truck fare. Stop by the Main Street Pub in Clifton to watch the big game or meet friends for happy hour. Sample the fresh beer made onsite at Sweetwater Tavern.
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