Tysons Corner lies at the crossroads of Rt. 123 and the Capital Beltway between the community of McLean and the town of Vienna. Compared with the rest of the surrounding Northern Virginia area, Tysons Corner has a very humble history. Known originally as Peach Grove, the area was named Tysons Crossroads after the Civil War. William Tyson purchased a tract of land from A. Lawrence Foster. There, Tyson and his wife Susan, raised nine children. Tyson farmed and served as the local postmaster. It wasn’t until 1968 when Tysons Corner finally hit the big time. That year Tysons Corner shopping mall opened its doors. Tysons Corner Center was one of the first super-regional malls in the country, drawing customers from surrounding states as far away as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Tysons Corner Center has reinvented itself several times since the first grand opening. Shoppers can take delight in over 2 million square feet of retail space on three levels. Tysons Corner remains the largest mall in the metropolitan area and the 11th largest in the United States.
Over the past forty years, Tysons Corner has transformed itself from a sleepy little crossroads to the 12th largest employment center in the United States. The residential population currently hovers around 20,000, however that number swells to nearly nine times that amount as over 160,000 workers come to work. Tysons Corner is the 12th largest employment center in the United States, with over 54 million square feet of developed office space.
Quality of Life
There are very few residences in the central Tysons Corner business district. There is plenty of entertainment and dining available at Tysons Corner and Tysons Galleria Mall. The planned extension of the Washington Metro via the new Silver Line into Tysons Corner will ease access for residents as well. Planners envision up to 200,000 jobs and 100,000 residents in coming decades. Most homes are found on the outskirts of the central business district. Prices for homes typically range from the low $200,000’s for modest apartments to the high $600,000’s for more luxurious townhomes, upper floor condos and detached homes.
Corporate headquarters in Tysons Corner include, Mitre Corporation, Capital One (What’s in Your Wallet?), Northrop Grumman, Hilton Worldwide, Gannett Corporation (USA Today), and SAIC.
Tysons Corner is centered around the intersection of the Beltway, Rt. 495 and Dolly Madison Highway, Rt. 123. Other major highways nearby are Rt. 66 and the G.W. Parkway. The main local thoroughfares are Rt. 123, and Rt. 7, also known as Leesburg Pike. The closet Metro station (on the Orange line) is currently located just outside the Tysons Corner boundary line in West Falls Church. However, construction is underway for the Silver Line which will provide Tysons Corner with four new Metro Stations.
Washington Dulles International Airport: < 18 miles, about 20 minutes via the Dulles Airport Access Road
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 15 miles, about 30 minutes via G.W. Parkway
Baltimore Washington International Airport: < 50 miles, about 1 hour via route 495 & 95