An upscale Washington, D.C. suburb with stunning architecture and great schools.

Welcome to McLean

Situated only 10 miles from Washington, D.C., in Fairfax County, McLean is among the premier suburbs in Northern Virginia. Perhaps it is its quintessential tree-lined streets or natural beauty, but residents in McLean love living in this town and are ready to welcome new neighbors. Likewise, locals enjoy an excellent public transportation system that grants them access to the city's best luxury amenities, schools, entertainment venues, and fine dining locations. 

This town was named after its namesake, John Roll McLean, the former owner and publisher of the Washington Post. It was also among the stops within his streetcar line, which ran from downtown Washington through Fairfax County. McLean is also home to several Fortune 500 Companies and wealthy and high-level government officials. Thus, this small suburban town is home to an affluent group of professionals and their families. By virtue of its thrilling main street, exciting calendar of local events, and impeccable dedication to art and history, McLean is ready to accommodate new residents with diverse interests and of varied ages.

What to Love

  • Stunning views of the Potomac River from private estates
  • A lovely blend of historical and modern architecture and large wooded lots
  • Top-quality outdoor recreational activities
  • An abundant selection of fine dining facilities and shopping destinations
  • Excellent schools

Local Lifestyle

McLean is the third wealthiest city in the United States, as it is home to some of the most expensive mansions and estates with large wooded lots in the DMV area. It is known for its high-quality lifestyle and affluence, as most residents enjoy a high disposable income. Locals in this town also enjoy an opportunity to interact with one of the most scenic regions in the nation. Every season, they get a chance to participate in a wide range of great activities in its beautiful parks, including hiking, biking, or even camping.

Yet, for those who prefer a simple and comfortable lifestyle, McLean also has a lot to offer. With a wide range of culinary offerings and locally-owned small businesses, this community can satisfy all your needs, as it is adaptable to your desires.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Visitors and locals agree that McLean offers some of the best locations to shop and dine in Fairfax County. You will indeed find a new favorite spot regardless of your needs. 

If you are looking for an ideal shopping experience, look no further than
Tysons Corner Center, Virginia's biggest shopping mall and the 10th largest in the U.S. Here, you will find a well-equipped movie theater as well as several chic boutiques, including Lord +Taylor, Bloomingdale's, and Nordstrom department stores. Note that Tysons Corner has an ongoing development plan that seeks to transform the mall into a green, urban, and walkable location by 2050 where people can live, play, and work. These plans intend to accommodate a maximum of 100,000 residents and up to 200,000 employees by taking advantage of the four additional Metro stations.

Alongside Tysons Corner lies Tysons Galleria, a three-story shopping mall that houses luxurious brands like Chanel, Max Mara, Cartier, Versace, David Yurman, Neiman Marcus, and Restoration Hardware. Another local favorite is Crate & Barrel, which offers several trendy kitchenware options, furniture, and other home essentials.

McLean also offers a wide selection of outstanding high-end restaurants to satisfy your culinary preferences. After shopping at Tysons Corner, visit Eddie V's Prime Seafood, an exquisite fine dining establishment serving seafood and steak dishes. If you are craving a quick snack or a sweet treat, Paris Baguette has an excellent variety of tasty sandwiches or cakes.

Other local favorites include Lebanese Taverna (traditional Lebanese food in a modern setting), Balducci's Food Lover's Market (serves cheese, wine, desserts, and delectable sandwiches), and Star Nut Gourmet (a specialty bistro that makes tantalizing breakfasts, desserts, gelato, lunches, and gifts).

Things to Do

McLean has a busy calendar of activities celebrating the region's unique beauty and inviting locals to participate in various enjoyable outdoor activities. Whether you visit the McLean Community Center or the Spring Hill Recreation Center, you will enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, including swimming in a heated indoor pool, culinary classes from professional chefs, and spacious workout areas. 

If you prefer playing sports or exercising in the great outdoors,
Lewinsville Park is a world-class sporting facility. Whether you want to play basketball, tennis, football, or baseball, the amenities in this park are adequate to accommodate your needs. If you have kids, Clemyjontri Park is a 2-acre, child-friendly park with a picnic pavilion, a children's playground, and a carousel. Scott's Run Nature Preserve is another fantastic location to enjoy breathtaking views of the Potomac Riverfront and its waterfall while enjoying its nature trails. 


The Fairfax County Public School District serves McLean.


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