Recognized for its rolling lawns and high quality of life, McLean is a suburban community in Fairfax County, Virginia. The community attracts many high-profile residents, including members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices. McLean is consistently ranked among the best neighborhoods to live and raise a family.
McLean takes its name from John Roll McLean, owner of The Washington Post in the early 1900s. Along with Jean Pierre Guenard, John McLean greatly influenced the region by building the electric railroad connecting the Virginia community to Washington, D.C. Officially established in 1910, the community developed around the new railroad. Today, its proximity to the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency makes McLean a popular dwelling place for DC’s government officials. Ten main neighborhoods make up McLean, each with a unique character.
Historic farmhouses still dot the landscape throughout, lending a pastoral feel to the area. Architecture includes colonials and mid-century ranches with manicured lawns; most homes are four or five-bedroom properties. New luxury developments with spacious lots have emerged in the past decade. Residents enjoy the close proximity to DC’s amenities, while still maintaining a sense of privacy. With a family-oriented atmosphere, prestigious public schools, and beautiful outdoor spaces, McLean is an ideal place for families to put down roots.
The heart of the community is centered around the intersection of Chain Bridge Road and Old Dominion Drive. The quiet business district is populated with small boutiques and neighborhood restaurants. For fresh produce and goods, the McLean Farmer’s Market is a favorite among locals. Luxury shopping centers like Tysons Galleria and Tysons Corner Center have expanded the retail offerings of the region. McLean provides easy access to the region’s multiple parks and preserves along the Potomac River. The two-acre Clemyjontri Park is notable for its accessible play space, designed for children of all abilities. At Scott’s Run, one of Fairfax County’s nature preserves, visitors can enjoy picturesque scenery—there’s even a waterfall on the premises. The Robert Ames Alden Theater is a local destination for performing arts events and exhibition galleries. For more entertainment and dining opportunities, DC’s wealth of options sits in quick reach.
McLean’s winding roads hint at its history—many of the routes were originally horse trails. Now, residents can hop on Route 123 to reach the thriving Tysons Corner Center. Arlington, Great Falls, and Reston are accessible by I-66, I-495, or Route 7. Residents have access to multiple means of public transportation, including local bus services. The McLean Metro Station on the Silver Line provides direct access to the District.