Arlington Real Estate

Arlington, VA

Arlington Real Estate

Arlington, VA is located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.  Ranked by Business Week as the number one city in which to survive a recession, Arlington real estate is a great investment.  Although it is organized as a county in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Arlington is considered to be a city by the U.S. Census Bureau.  With a total land area of 26 square miles and a population of about 207,000 residents, Arlington’s population density exceeds 1,000 people per square mile.

 

Arlington’s growth and development strategies have won awards and in 2005, the American Podiatric Medical Association gave Arlington its number one ranking among the most walkable cities in the U.S.  Most of the development in Arlington is centered around 7 of the 11 Metrorail stations in the neighborhoods of Rosslyn, Courthouse, Ballston, Crystal City and Pentagon City.

Located in the northeastern corner of Arlington, north of Arlington National Cemetery and directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Rosslyn encompasses the Arlington neighborhoods of North Rosslyn and Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights. The many skyscrapers in Rosslyn’s business district make it appear more urban than Washington, D.C. Rosslyn is a popular place to live and work because it is in a highly urban setting, but has generally lower rents and taxes than does the District of Columbia.

Although Arlington does not have component towns or cities, the Courthouse neighborhood is sometimes referred to as county seat, as it is home to the primary county government administrative complex and justice center. The neighborhood consists of high-rise residential and business buildings including offices of washingtonpost.com, Verizon and an 8-screenAMC movie theater. It is home to more than 25 bars and restaurants. Courthouse also features one of the first garden-style apartments complexes built in the United States. Built in the 1930s, Colonial Village consists of private condos, co-op housing, and apartments for rent and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ballston is home to tall modern apartment complexes and condominiums, the Ballston Common Mall, and many restaurants and bars. Ballston also boasts a number of parks, trails and open outdoor spaces and a number of people can be seen engaged in some sport on any given evening. These features as well as its proximity to Metro have led to many young adults calling Ballston home — and have made Ballston a model of transit-oriented development and smart growth.  Ballston is also home to several U.S. government agencies and organizations including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DARPA, and the Office of Naval Research, as well as non-profit groups, such as The Nature Conservancy. Additionally, many government contractors and high tech companies have offices in Ballston such as CACI, and SAIC, The Washington Capitals professional ice hockey team has recently built the Kettler Capitals Iceplex on the eighth level of the Ballston Common Mall’s public parking garage. Ballston is also home to a satellite campus of Marymount University.

Crystal City is an urban neighborhood in the southeastern corner of Arlington. Just south of downtown Washington, D.C., Crystal City is centered along a stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1), just south of The Pentagon, just east of Pentagon City, and within walking distance to  Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Crystal City is almost exclusively populated by high-rise apartment buildings, corporate offices, hotels, and numerous shops and restaurants. There is also an extensive network of underground shopping areas and connecting corridors beneath Crystal City.  Crystal City presently has over 6,000 residents, while around 60,000 come to work there every weekday. It has offices of the United States Department of Labor and many satellite offices for The Pentagon.

Pentagon City is located in the southeast portion of Arlington, near The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., this community of residential, office, and retail complexes is a major tourist stop. Some of the residential options include The River House apartments complex includes three older high-rise buildings (The James, The Potomac and The Ashley) that house many residents. Other high-rise luxury apartments and condos on Pentagon Row as well as the four-story Southampton Condominium townhouse community provide housing for thousands of residents. Just across from the Costco complex is the Claridge House, a residence for retired as well as disabled residents. Virginia Highlands Park, located immediately south of the central retail area, provides a lush green space as well as basketball, tennis, soccer, and softball/baseball facilities. Adjacent to the park are the Aurora Hills branch of the Arlington Public Library system and a firehouse. The suburban neighborhood of Aurora Hills, which consists primarily of single-family detached housing, extends due south of Pentagon City.

 

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