Vienna, Virginia is one of the best places to live in the Metro D.C. area. You will find Vienna just 15 miles outside Washington, D.C. While Vienna has plenty to offer everyone in the metro area, its residents know that it’s the one town within striking distance of the city that manages to combine quiet, rural life with big-city convenience.

The town of Vienna has seen tremendous growth over the past half-century. Enjoying a post-WWII boom, Vienna became a shopping hub starting in the 1950s. Maple Avenue was widened in 1958 to make room for more shopping centers, and these commercial amenities have fueled the growth of this town since. Tysons Corner Center opened in 1968. In 1986, the Vienna Metrorail station opened, officially connecting residents with the metro D.C. area. Today, Vienna is home to many companies that do work for the federal government.

In spite of all of that growth and progress, Vienna has retained its values and small-town sensibilities. Residents work hard to maintain the institutions and traditions that have been a part of the town’s past, while still looking ahead to the possibilities of the future.

You can see some of that small-town spirit when you drive down Maple Avenue today and see all of the specialty shops, family businesses, and restaurants. The Historic District is home to the Freeman House and Museum, which was a general store back in 1859. You can visit Centennial Park, which is home to a restored railroad caboose.

One element that sets Vienna apart from surrounding communities is the availability of fine dining options and diverse restaurant fare. For example, Bazin’s offers you upscale dining in a relaxed atmosphere. You can enjoy torshi, lamb shank, and other Persian food at Rose Café. Paya Thai has some of the best Thai food around. If you like great Greek food. Scorpios offers genuine Gyros and rotisserie chicken. Amphora is a classic diner known for its fresh-prepared International-American dishes in a relaxed atmosphere, with more than 350 menu items.  The Vienna Inn, one of the area’s most prized landmarks is famous for its chili dogs and ice cold Budweiser beer.k.

Vienna is also home to Tysons Corner. Tyson’s Corner is the largest suburban business area in the nation, and the 12th largest business district overall. It is home to nearly 26 million square feet of office space, housing industries from both the private and public sectors. Every day of the week, 100,000 workers from around Fairfax County and the surrounding areas make the trek to Tyson’s Corner. The Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria are two of the region’s most popular and most diverse malls, bringing nearly 55,000 people into Vienna every day to shop.

Vienna residents enjoy year-round community and recreational options. The Walk on the Hill is a spring garden tour through the historic district, which occurs each year in April. The Viva! Vienna! Festival showcases local businesses and organizations every Memorial Day. Ghouls and Goblins roam the street each October for the annual Halloween Parade. The Monday following Thanksgiving is when residents participate in another stroll, this one the Holiday Stroll where they can enjoy all of the spirit and sights of the holiday season.

If you are looking for a community that offers great homes, the best schools, and is minutes away from Washington,D.C., Vienna just may be the place you will end up calling home.