Welcome to McLean

Located on the banks of the Potomac River, McLean, Virginia is known for its luxury homes and high-end shopping. Only ten miles from Washington, D.C., McLean is home to many diplomats, military, members of Congress, and high-ranking government officials.


McLean* is named after John Roll McLean, a publisher and owner of The Washington Post in the early 1900s. In 1904, he and a senator from West Virginia named Stephen Benton Elkins built the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad (GF&OD), an interurban trolley line that ran between Georgetown and Great Falls Park in Fairfax County. The owners subsequently gave their names to two stations along the railroad’s route: McLean Station at Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) and Elkins Station at Old Georgetown Pike (Route 193). The development around the McLean Station became the town of McLean, VA in 1910 when the communities of Lewinsville and Langely merged.


Here is some information about McLean and reasons to call it home:


  • Today, McLean is home to over 50,000 residents. Home buyers can find a wide range of homes to choose from including historic Colonials, modern and contemporary properties, luxury elevator townhomes, and sprawling estates. Property features can include lavish amenities, Potomac River views, and horse stables. The opportunities for customization are limitless.


  • Conveniently located between Vienna and the Potomac River, McLean is accessible from many of the region’s main thoroughfares, including the Capital Beltway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Interstate 66, Dulles Access Road, and Routes 123 and 193. The Silver line of the Metro runs through McLean. Other nearby Metro stations include West Falls Church (Orange line), East Falls Church (Silver and Orange lines), and Tysons Corner (Silver line). MetroBus and Fairfax Connector each have several bus routes traveling through McLean, including routes connecting downtown McLean with the McLean Metrorail station. There are also numerous biking and hiking trails in the area. · McLean sits along the Dulles Technology Corridor, “a quiet, affluent business cluster that stretches from Tysons to Loudoun County in Northern Virginia.” Companies such as Capital One, Mars, Booz Allen Hamilton, Freddie Mac, Hilton Worldwide, DynCorp, and the Gannett Company all have headquarters in the McLean area.


  • McLean residents have access to top-rated public schools for kindergarten through 12th grade as well as nearby colleges and universities. Marymount University in Arlington, University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Falls Church, and George Mason University in Fairfax are all a convenient distance from McLean.


  • High-end shopping can be found at Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria. Recreation attractions found in McLean range from breathtaking views of the Potomac River at Great Falls Park to live performances at the Alden Theater.


Please contact us today for help finding your dream home in McLean, VA!


*McLean, Virginia is not the only community in the DMV region that is named after Mr. McLean. His former estate, named Friendship and located in Northwest Washington, D.C., is now known as the residential neighborhood called McLean Gardens.

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