McLean, VA


An upscale urban community along the Potomac River, minutes from Washington, D.C

Welcome to McLean

McLean is one of the most prominent areas to live in Northern Virginia. With its proximity to Washington, D.C., there is an abundance of influential people that work in the city and call this urban suburb home. Just 10 miles from the capital, professionals have a quick commute taking the Metro silver line into D.C. A highly sought-after area along the banks of the Potomac River, McLean has a rich history, all the conveniences of a large city, plenty of top restaurants, and luxury shopping. Styles of architecture most often seen in homes are Colonial, contemporary, and modern on large estates.
McLean is a high-end community home to powerful and successful residents who work across the river in Washington, D.C. Each neighborhood is filled with beautifully manicured streets, large lots, and friendly neighbors. Many parks and outdoor spaces offer locals trails to hike, walk, or run in nature within minutes of home. The biggest festival of the year, McLean Day, is held in spring and celebrates the community with music, food, dance, carnival rides, and fireworks. Another fun and tasty festival is the McLean Chocolate Festival held in April to raise money for the McLean Rotary Club, all while sampling the decadent chocolates of local chocolatiers.

What to Love

  • Affluent urban community with large estates
  • Top-notch restaurants and entertainment
  • Access to several high-end shops and retail centers
  • Short commute into Washington, D.C. via the metro silver line

Local Lifestyle

McLean is a luxurious area of Virginia to live, where the majority of residents own their homes. It has an ideal mix of suburbia and city living minutes away from one of the largest cities in the country, Washington, D.C. There are no shortages of activities, parks, fine dining, and retail shopping for locals to choose from.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Within McLean, residents have an eclectic assortment of dining options in this upscale urban neighborhood. If you want to explore something new, there are always additional excellent restaurants in neighboring D.C. Every cuisine you might have a craving for can be found, ranging from Italian, Mediterranean, Persian, Afghan, American, steak, and seafood. With unique dining venues and variety in choices, eating out doesn’t get more fun.
Located in the Capital One Center, you have both the Starr Hill Brewery’s rooftop Biergarten and the Wren Restaurant serving Japanese cuisine inside the swanky Watermark Hotel. In nearby Tysons Corner Center, locals dine at Seasons 52 for their elevated American dishes with an award-winning wine list. Or they taste the seafood at the island-themed Coastal Flats.
In the heart of McLean is the elegant J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood for perfectly cooked Angus beef steaks. For international flavors, you can find kabobs, lamb, sambosa, and slow-cooked stews on the Afghan menu at Aracosia McLean.
Dining at Pulcinella Italian Kitchen will transport your taste buds to Southern Italy with delicious bites in a casual ambiance. At Amoo’s Restaurant, it’s like dining with a family serving Persian cuisine and friendly service in a warm ambiance. Family-owned Kazan Restaurant has delicious Turkish and Mediterranean dishes that have been a staple in McLean since 1980.
Locals have more than enough options for luxury shopping at several locations. Tysons Galleria is one of the largest and premier locations for purchasing designer brands. The center has a European feel increasing the posh vibes. You can find more retail options at Tysons Corner Center, a shopping mall and dining establishment a short distance from Tysons Galleria. At The Boro Tysons, locals can live, work, and play all in one complex with many shopping and dining options.

Things to Do

McLean residents use both urban and outdoor spaces to enjoy leisure, play, and relaxation. Are you seeking a quiet break from the city? Escape to Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, with trails along the Potomac River, beautiful views, and natural landscapes. Clemyjontri Park is a well-planned, two-acre park with trails, grassy areas, an excellent playground, and a carousel.
The McLean Community Center is where residents can come together and share experiences all in one location. Various classes, trips, and events are offered throughout the year to promote community unison. The performing arts center puts on many plays, music, dance, and comedic performances in a cozy venue. The annual McLean Day Festival is held each spring at the community center.
Sports fans head to the Capital One Arena & Center in Washington D.C. to cheer on a hockey or basketball game.


McLean has several highly rated schools served by Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • Montessori School of McLean
  • Chesterbrook Elementary
  • The Potomac School
  • St. Luke Catholic School
  • Cooper Middle School
  • St. John Academy
  • The Langley School
  • McLean High School
  • Langley High School
  • The Madeira School


To get started with real estate in McLean, contact Eva Swersey with East Street Properties.

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