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Lifestyle, Elevated: Why McLean is the Best Place to Live in NoVA

As a realtor here in McLean, VA, I can tell you firsthand that McLean isn't just a place; it's a lifestyle.


I have been so lucky to witness how McLean provides its community with an ideal combination of peaceful suburban living and convenient urban access, thanks to its nearness to Washington, DC.


From prestigious neighborhoods to top-notch schools, plus the convenience of being close to cultural gems, I can confidently say that McLean is the perfect place for those seeking luxury living without compromise.


In this post, I'll be going over everything you need to know about the luxury living market in McLean, including: 

  • why McLean, VA is the best choice for luxury living
  • the McLean lifestyle
  • architectural designs of luxury homes in McLean

I'll also throw in some of our hottest McLean listings to get you started on your virtual home search!

Now that we've laid the foundation, let's go into this deep dive into luxury living in McLean, VA.

Why McLean, VA is a Prime Destination for Luxury Living

Let's start by exploring the unique charm and comforts that make McLean, VA such an attractive choice for luxury living.

From its tree-lined streets and well-maintained parks to its vibrant local shops and restaurants, McLean exudes a distinct, welcoming charm that captures the essence of upscale living.

One of the standout features of McLean is its unbeatable proximity to Washington DC. You're just a stone's throw away from the nation's capital, which means you have easy access to all the cultural, professional, and entertainment opportunities it brings. 

Along with that, residents of this town enjoy a high quality of life as evidenced by:

  • a booming economy
  • top-rated schools
  • low crime rates
  • a strong sense of community

McLean has earned its reputation as a prestigious and safe community, and it's a point of pride for both residents and realtors like me.

Need more proof? Even Travel + Leisure thinks so! McLean made it on its list of the 10 best places to live in Virginia for the same reasons I gave above.

The McLean Lifestyle: Where Luxury Meets Quality Living

As someone who's been part of McLean's community for quite some time, I can tell you that the McLean lifestyle is all about the good stuff in life. 

Let's take a closer look at what makes this place stand out:

Exploring the McLean Way of Life

In McLean, it's not just about having a home; it's about embracing a lifestyle that's all about enjoyment and well-being.

With McLean's natural beauty as the backdrop, there are a ton of ways to have a good time here.

Whether you're up for a relaxing day at the Congressional Country Club's golf course, a refreshing hike in one of McLean's best scenic trails, or indulging at one of our top-tier restaurants, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy. 

Check out these other blogs I wrote where I go into further detail about the best dining options and things to do here in McLean:

If you're into the outdoors, the Potomac River is just around the corner, offering activities like kayaking, fishing, and laid-back picnics by the water. 

Be sure to check out my other blog posts for more outdoor adventures in this beautiful area!

Quality Education, Healthcare, and Culture + Community

McLean doesn't just excel in leisure; it's way up there in the essentials too.


Our schools consistently rank among the nation's best, so if quality of education is one consideration in your home search, McLean is your best bet.

Langley High School consistently shines as one of the area's premier public high schools, achieving high academic rankings year after year. 

McLean High School is all about delivering a challenging curriculum that includes a wide variety of AP and honors courses. 

And let's not forget The Potomac School, a well-known private school that focuses on developing good character along with academic excellence. 



Health and wellness are a top priority here at McLean. Don't mean to flex, but we have the finest facilities and medical professionals in the region, so you and your loved ones will be in good hands.

I go deeper into this subject in these blogs:

Community Bonds and Local Delights

And when it comes to culture, things are always interesting here in McLean.

We've got the McLean Community Center, which is the center of all things cultural and community-related. Their event calendar never dries up! There's always something fun and enjoyable happening here.

But what truly makes McLean special is the close-knit community. Neighbors aren't just the folks next door; we're friends who genuinely care about one another.


I talk about the McLean community in detail here: Discovering McLean, VA's Diverse Neighborhoods and Communities.

We celebrate this connection with a range of local events like the McLean Farmers Market and the much-awaited McLean Day festival, which is celebrated yearly in May.

Bespoke Abodes: Unparalleled Luxury in McLean, VA

Now for the most-awaited part. I'm thrilled to walk you through the wide range of luxury real estate options we have here in McLean!

But first, let's explore what makes these homes truly special—their architectural designs.

McLean's Diverse Luxury Homes

What I personally love about McLean is that there is a diversity of styles to choose from here.

But although they're different, a common thread seems to run through each one: a warm, homey feeling that pulls you in almost instantly.

I'm showcasing one listing for every architectural design below so you can appreciate each one better.


Colonial Revival

817 Carrie COURT McLean, VA, 22101

  • 6 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 7,551 ft²
  • Residential
  • Built 2011



7201 Old Dominion DRIVE McLean, VA, 22101

  • 6 Beds
  • 9 Baths
  • 9,601 ft²
  • Residential
  • Built 2015



1015 Basil ROAD McLean, VA, 22101

  • 5 Beds
  • 12 Baths
  • 14,000 ft²
  • Residential
  • Built 1999



1625 N Albemarle STREET McLean, VA, 22101

  • 6 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 7,400 ft²
  • Residential
  • Built 2023



1743 Dumbarton STREET McLean, VA, 22101

  • 6 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 7,250 ft²
  • Residential
  • Built 2013


French Château

1332 McCay LANE McLean, VA, 22101

  • 6 Beds
  • 10 Baths
  • 13,722 ft²
  • Residential
  • Built 2022

Want to keep looking? Click here to continue your virtual home search.


Start Your McLean Journey Today

Now that you've peeked into luxury living in McLean, it's time to take the next step!


Download our Homebuyer's Guide to get your journey started. Tour our listings and immerse yourself in the McLean lifestyle.

This is also the part where I get to know you more so that I can help you find your dream home. I can't wait to meet you!

Your McLean adventure awaits, and I'm here to be your trusted partner. Let's begin today.


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