At a Glance
- Public Transportation: Bus & Rail
- Walk Score: 34
- Grocery Stores: Whole Foods, Giant, Trader Joe’s, La Mart
- Local High Schools: Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jefferson, West Springfield
Springfield comprises 7.9 square miles. The city is approximately 12 miles Southwest of Washington DC. Springfield is located in the lower left quadrant of the Capital Beltway and the I-395 junction. Due to the ease in which one can travel from the junction to all of Northern Virginia, this interchange was affectionately given the name “The Mixing Bowl.”
Those seeking public transport have many options. For rail travel, Springfield is served by the Metro’s Blue Line via the Franconia-Springfield station. Those interested in bus transport may opt for the Fairfax connector bus.
Springfield is home to many established neighborhoods with larger single-family homes priced in the mid $500,000 range. The area attracts both young families as well as retired individuals looking to settle down in a community-focused town yet within short distance to the vibrant Capital.
Things to Do
Springfield is a picturesque town that, even with the Interstate junction, has still retained its beloved rural vibe. The rolling hills help – certainly paying tribute to simpler times. When the weather is nice, locals enjoy Springfield’s various recreational spaces. One such favorite is Lake Accotink Park, where visitors must prepare to be amazed by the historic carousel, Hidden Pond Nature Center, and Pohick Stream Valley Park.
For those with shopping pangs there is The Springfield Mall, a recently renovated and upgraded mall that is the second largest indoor shopping venue in Fairfax County.
Rail is what first brought people to this rural town way back in the 1800s. However, once settlers realized how fertile Springfield’s soils were (thanks to the area’s plentiful streams), the city became a hotspot for tobacco plantations.