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Great Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, a woodsy village sited along the Potomac, unofficially known as Forestville until it took its current name in 1955. It is bordered on all sides by suburbs in two states, including; Darnestown and Travilah Maryland on the north, Potomac Maryland on the east, McLean Virginia on the southeast, Wolf Trap Virginia on the south, Reston and Dranesville Virginia on the southwest, Sterling Virginia on the west and Lowes Island Virginia on the northwest.
Great Falls is a “big lot” detached single-family home community with a median property value well above one million dollars. It is generally recognized as one of the most expensive zip codes in the country. There are no townhomes, condos or other multifamily buildings in the neighborhood. Architectural styles in Great Falls include log cabin, farmhouse, Colonial Revival, Tudor, ramblers, Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, transitional, modern/contemporary, among others. Great Falls properties are not connected to public sewer and water, so one of the reasons lots are large is to accommodate wells and septic drainfields.
The Great Falls Village Center offers restaurants, shops, and a Safeway grocery store.
Adjacent to Great Falls is the 800-acre Great Falls National Park, with a Virginia and a Maryland side. The neighborhood is bisected by Georgetown Pike, the first scenic byway in Virginia. This designation prevents widening of the 12 mile, two-lane road.
Great Falls amenities include the Saturday morning Great Falls farmer’s market, historic Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls Grange, Great Falls Studios, Riverbend Golf and Country Club, Riverbed Park and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve and the Turner Farm equestrian center.