Situated on the Potomac River and only five miles from the heart of the District, living in Arlington VA is the perfect blend of big city and small town charm. While Arlington is home to over 230,000 residents, it is classified a county as it is not actually a city under Virginia Law. Arlington is home to The Pentagon, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Amazon’s “HQ2” headquarters, and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has a strong connection to D.C., as it was originally part of the southwest portion of the 10 mile diamond area that constituted the nation’s capital. However, after a vote by the residents, Congress retroceded the area back to Virginia in 1846. Today, you will see a mix of historic residences, high rises, condominiums and single-family homes that suit every lifestyle to purchase or rent. Read below to find out more about living in Arlington, VA.
Arlington is home to nearly 60 neighborhoods, all with unique attractions and personalities. Just a few are highlighted below:
Clarendon-Courthouse: As Arlington’s civic center, this neighborhood is the epicenter of Arlington culture with local craft breweries, boutiques, and a fun nightlife scene. With a multitude of ethnic eateries such as Spanish tapas, Balkan cuisine, Vietnamese restaurants and Lebanese food.
National Landing: Made up of three separate neighborhoods, Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard, this community is located only minutes from the Pentagon and Washington D.C. and is also where Amazon’s “HQ2” headquarters is located. National Landing also provides local cafes, food trucks, live music, and an eccentric boutique scene.
Rosslyn: Only a ten minute walk to Georgetown D.C., this neighborhood is a flourishing cultural hub with a true urban feel. Lined with both commercial and residential high-rise buildings which form a beautiful skyline, the iconic D.C. skyline is right across the river with spectacular views. Rosslyn’s high-rises are balanced with historic landmarks, ornamental gardens, and farmers markets.
Located right outside of D.C, Arlington is a walkable city with a myriad of bike acces with over 100 miles of dedicated bike paths with four main trails such as the W & O.D. Railroad Trail, Mount Vernon Trail, Curtis Trail, and the Four Mile Run Trail. The Capital Bikeshare service also allows access to bikes with sites located along the county.
Arlington is served by the Metro with convenient access to four Metro lines: Blue, Orange, Silver, and Yellow, the Metroway rapid bus system, as well as its own county bus system, Arlington Transit (ART).
Arlington has an award winning eclectic art scene with more than 60 pieces of permanent artwork created in public spaces ranging from sculptures to murals, allowing the arts to integrate into the architectural and economic landscape of the city. These pieces work to produce a vibrant and creative atmosphere and a desirable community to live in.
Arlington County is also a nationally recognized leader in green living with environmental protections in spheres such as managing stormwaters, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is on track to be carbon neutral by 2050. There are seven community gardens in the county as well as tree planting and habitat restoration programs that work to keep both the planet and residents healthy.
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