Top Reasons to Consider Moving to McLean, Virginia

by Lizzy Conroy
April 17, 2023

McLean, Virginia, a premier close-in suburb of Washington, DC just over the Arlington border and minutes to the Chain Bridge.  Living here affords you easy access to all areas of the greater Capital Region.  While downtown McLean offers a more suburban setting with local touches, from the farmer’s markets and art exhibits to coffee shops and excellent neighborhood dining establishments.  


Here are the top reasons to consider moving to McLean:


Proximity to Washington, D.C. and Greater Region

One of the biggest draws of living in McLean is its proximity to the nation's capital. Commuting to D.C. is easy, due to public transportation options like the Metro, making it a popular choice for those who work in the city but prefer to live in a suburban setting.  Living here affords you easy access to all areas of the greater Capital Region.  A quick 20-minute drive to Reagan Airport and 25 minutes to Washington Dulles International Airport connect you directly to global destinations. 


High Quality of Life

McLean consistently ranks highly on lists of the best places to live in the United States, in part because of low crime and excellent schools. Additionally, McLean boasts a variety of amenities, including parks, shopping centers, and restaurants.   World class dining, shopping and entertainment venues are nearby in Tysons, Northern Virginia's most diverse and dynamic region.  Plus, its location in a beautiful part of Virginia means there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.


Job Opportunities

Northern Virginia is home to many large corporations, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, and Freddie Mac. McLean is also close to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, making it a hub for government and defense contracting jobs. With so many employment opportunities in the area, it's no surprise that many people choose to move to McLean for work.


Cultural Attractions

Despite its suburban location, McLean offers plenty of cultural attractions for residents and visitors alike. The nearby Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts hosts concerts, theater productions, and other events throughout the year, while the McLean Community Center provides opportunities for classes, performances, and other cultural experiences.  McLean Project for the Arts provides year around exhibits, events, classes and more.  


Outdoor Activities

One of the biggest draws of living in McLean is its access to the great outdoors. The Potomac River offers boating, fishing, and kayaking, and Great Falls National Park provides hiking trails and scenic overlooks. Additionally, McLean has several parks and green spaces, making it easy for residents to enjoy the great outdoors close to home.  Also for outdoor enthusiasts, hiking and biking trails abound along nearby Pimmit Run.


If you're considering a move to McLean, these are just a few of the many reasons why it's a great place to call home. With its proximity to Washington, D.C., high quality of life, job opportunities, cultural attractions, and outdoor activities, McLean has something for everyone.

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Lizzy Conroy is partner at Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group. Lizzy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Economics and has served in a number of professional capacities in the Washington, DC area a first with the international trade group of Hogan Lovells, then as a marketing manager with MicroStrategy of McLean, VA. She also held business development positions with Kalmia Construction, a Maryland-based commercial construction company, and Newmark LLC, a New York City-based commercial real estate firm.

Lizzy is the 2017 American Mothers, Inc. Virginia Mother of the Year and currently serves on the AMI National Board of Directors. Lizzy is the 2005 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Woman of the Year and is a past member of the LLS Board of Trustees. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia and is a devoted member of her church, Trinity United Methodist. She is a member of River Bend Golf & Country Club, Great Falls, VA. She and her husband, Steve, live in McLean, Virginia with their two children.

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