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Herndon - Town vs. County Stats
Avg Price in Herndon: $574,400/Co. / County Avg $1,046,300
Avg Taxes in Herndon: $5,000/Co. / County. Avg $7,300
Avg Sq. Ft. in Herndon: 2,836/Co. / County Avg 3,736
Avg Price per/ft2 in Herndon: $203/Co. / County Avg $280
Avg Walkscore in Herndon: 39 / County Avg 36
Avg Year Built in Herndon: 1991/Co. / County Avg 1985
Avg Days on Website in Herndon: 81/Co. / County Avg 110
Herndon Real Estate Market Health
Living in Herndon
Herndon is home to 23,000+ residents, the Town of Herndon benefits from its proximity to a major Airport, International Airport at Dulles or Dulles Airport as it is know. It also benefits from being near a major metropolitan area - 22 miles from downtown Washington,DC Herndon also benefits from its small town charm, it's rich heritage and it's strong sense of community. A key tenet of the Vision for the Town, crafted by the Herndon Town Council, Celebrating Community Spirit:
"Council and staff members pro actively work together to create attractive, comfortable, and pleasant public spaces and private amenities. People are enlivened by beautiful locales, signature events, and shared traditions. These attributes - all distinctly Herndon - establish the Town as a desirable destination throughout the region. Herndon is a town comprised of healthy, safe, distinctive neighborhoods and well-received, successful businesses. Neighborhoods provide a wide variety of homes that promote lifestyles reflective of our historic, diverse, and transit-oriented community. Residents walk, cycle, drive, or use public transit to their jobs, restaurants, and cultural events. The synergy created by these elements fosters a community that residents are proud to call their hometown."
Herndon has a total of 7,908 Homes in the incorporated town. 2,993 of those are Single Family Detached homes, 2,403 are Town homes, and 2,512 Condos
Herndon being an incorporated town is an integral part of the county in which it is located. Fairfax County provides to the citizens of Herndon public education, library services, health and social services, mental health assistance, fire and rescue service, judicial services, correctional facilities and additional recreation services and facilities. To understand Herndon's unique charm, it is good to look back to how Herndon began.
In 1688, King Charles II of England granted five million acres, known as the Northern Neck, to Thomas Culpeper, second Baron Culpeper of Thoresway. A small portion of this immense grant became the land on which Herndon is located.
Herndon was first settled when Constuction of a Mill in a hollow along a stream near today's intersection of Elden and Locust Street. This was around the early 19th Century.
Herndon really developed with The coming of the railroad in the 1850s. At that time Herndon was but a small village and they needed a name in order to establish a post office for the new railroad depot, which was built in 1857. The village residents had a meeting and, according to legend, a survivor of the wreck of the S.S.Central America was present He started recounting the heroism of the ship's commander, William Lewis Herndon, who had gone down with the ship. The group of villagers was so impressed they decided that the new Post office at the Railroad station be named for Commander Herndon.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, the Union Army seized the railroad and secured it for their use as far as Vienna. Most of the remaining tracks and bridges were destroyed or damaged, but Herndon was spared. The only known Civil War activity in Herndon was a raid conducted on St.Patrick's Day, March 17, 1863, by legendary Confederate Colonel John S.Mosby against a contingent of the First Vermont Cavalry posted at the Herndon Depot.
Finally the Town of Herndon was incorporated in 1879, it was only 4.25 square miles. Herndon was defined by the railroad, with dairy farms located around Herndon shipping their milk daily to Washington DC for processing and distribution. The railroad also transported city dwellers looking for respite in the countryside, with several spacious summer houses appearing in Herndon.
On March 22, 1917, A uncontrollable fire broke out destroying much of Herndon's downtown, this included 16 businesses and two homes. The downtown was quickly rebuilt with structures made of brick instead of wood.
With the advent of cars, trucks and better roads, the railroad became less of a necessity for Herndon farmers and residents. The last big job for the railway was hauling sand to be used in the concrete mix for the runways at Washington Dulles International Airport. The last train left the Herndon Depot in August 1968.
Herndon Community Center
Herndon has a great community center which is right in the heart of the town off of Ferndale Ave. The Herndon Community Center boasts an award-winning recreational facility and fitness center with a spa like feel. The 56,000 square foot facilities includes the Fitness room, 3 Racquetball Courts, 25- yard indoor heated pool, spa, and sauna, Full-Size Gymnasium, 6 outdoor lighted tennis courts (3 of which are covered for indoor play between September-April), locker rooms, personal training services, drop-in child care, group fitness classes included with facility admission, as well as several other classes (swimming, water fitness, tennis, wellness, gymnastics, dance, art, martial arts, and more). They also have an outdoor soccer field and 2 state of the art baseball fields. Herndon Community Center also backs to St. Joseph's Elementary School and St. Joseph's Church.
Herndon one of the "Best Places to Live"
Herndon was awarded one of the spots in Money Magazine and CNN/Money.com's 2011 ranking of the "Best Places to Live" in America.
Herndon was one of only five Virginia communities deemed one of America's "Best Places to Live," and - at # 34 - was second only to Leesburg among Virginia communities included in the ranking.
The ranking of America's top 100 towns includes communities that, according toMoney editors, "boast great job opportunities, top schools, safe streets and economic strength - even now." In particular, Herndon was lauded as "a great base to explore the many jobs in the area. Herndon sits right near the so-called Dulles Technology Corridor, where companies such as AOL, Microsoft, and Verizon are big employers." Money editors also cited Herndon's proximity to Washington DC, as well as the excellence of its public schools, as reasons why it is among the listed communities.
Herndon High School
Herndon has one high school within the town limits and it is Herndon High School, located off Dranesville Rd. at 700 Bennett St. Herndon High school opened in 1911 in it's original location at 901 Locust st. and is a fully accredited 4 year high school.
By 1930 Herndon had seventy-one students enrolled, with classes such as economics, agriculture, and business education offered, with classes in industrial arts later offered. In 1961 Herndon Intermediate school started within the walls of Herndon High School. By 1967 they had gotten too big to keep both schools in the same building, which is when Herndon High School moved to it current location off Bennett St.
Herndon High school can claim to be the first school to open the first school cafeteria in 1942. By the 1950's they had to expand the building to accommodate more students.
Herndon currently holds almost 2,200 students and 222 staff members.Herndon school boundary also encompasses the unincorporated part of northern Reston, VA. Herndon's team mascot is the Hornets, which is represents every sport from baseball, basketball, football, track, tennis, cheer-leading, and band. Herndon high school has a long tradition of notable students including the following:
Scottie Reynolds ('06), Former point guard for Villanova University Wildcats, named a McDonald's All-American, Reynolds was named the 2006-07 Big East Rookie of the Year.
Brandon Guyer ('04), Professional Baseball Player. Played college baseball at UVA and was then signed by the Cubs on July 6, 2007.
Angie Goff ('97), Television weekend news anchor for WRC-TV in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Bill Butler ('65), Former MLB player (Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins)
Jon Carman ('95), Former professional football player for the Buffalo Bills. All-American for Georgia Tech.
Don Handfield ('89), Filmmaker, Producer and Author.
John Auslander, Former University of Maryland basketball player and current coach
Herndon has it all
Whether you are visiting for pleasure or business, you will enjoy the small town charm of this pre-Civil War town and the many attractions Herndon offers.
Located in western Fairfax County, Herndon is just 22 miles from downtown Washington, DC. We are just minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport and Herndon is the closest town to the National Air and Space Museum's Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. With many hotels offering shuttle service to the museum and with express bus to Metro-rail into Washington, you can stay in Herndon and still be close to it all. After a day of sight-seeing, enjoy an evening of international cuisine at one of over 100 restaurants nestled in and around our downtown, and check into one of our nationally-recognized name brand hotels for a good night's sleep.
Packed with outstanding recreational activities, the award-winning Herndon Community Center offers many programs and events. Enjoy the town's 11 parks or take a hike on the W&OD Trail, which runs through the heart of downtown Herndon. Or spend a day on the links at the HerndonCentennial Golf Course, named one of Golf Digest's "Places to Play."
Each year, thousands of people enjoy a wide variety of free concerts and special events on Herndon's Town Green, including the Herndon Festival, Friday Night Live! and more. Herndon is also home to the renowned Elden Street Players,
an award-winning theatre group.