Masonvale is an employer-assisted housing development of 157 rental units on 27 acres on the eastern edge of the George Mason University (“Mason”) campus in Fairfax County, Virginia, a suburban area of Washington, D.C. Located in a region known for its high cost of living, the university considered how to address its need for workforce housing options. Mason entered into a ground lease for the development of Masonvale, which provides conveniently located, high-quality housing—including townhouses and flats—at below-market rents. Rentals of units are limited to faculty, staff, and full-time graduate students at Mason and employees of the city of Fairfax and Fairfax County, with priority for new faculty.