Arlington, VA

The diverse range of Arlington VA Real Estate is spread out over 26 square miles, directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The county features a wonderful collection of neighborhoods from urban centers to quaint, residential, tree-lined streets. Although Arlington is one of the country’s most densely-populated areas, it contains a perfect mixture of city and suburban life.Arlington_910x350

Arlington VA Real Estate

Arlington is situated in the Northern region of Virginia on the south bank of the Potomac River. It covers an area of 26 square miles and is bordered by Fairfax County and the City of Falls Church to the southwest and the City of Alexandria to the southeast. Arlington has the distinction of being the smallest self-governing county in the US, and it contains no other incorporated towns within its limits. It is included as part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Arlington has a current residential population of about 207,000. Arlingtonians can claim bragging rights as the most educated in the United States, with more than 35 percent of residents having a graduate degree. It also ranks among the top twenty American counties with the highest median household income.

Around 20 percent of the jobs in Northern Virginia are in Arlington, making this a great place to invest in real estate. The average commute time is less than 30 minutes and the area has easy access to major highways and public transportation. Area schools are known for their excellence, both public and private.

Many of the county’s residential neighborhoods and larger garden-style apartment complexes are listed in the National Register of Historic Places or are designated as local Historic Preservation Districts.  These include:

  • Arlington Village
  • Arlington Forest
  • Ashton Heights
  • Buckinham
  • Cherrydale
  • Claremont
  • Colonial Village
  • Fairlington
  • Lyon Park
  • Lyon Village
  • Maywood
  • Penrose
  • Waverly Hills
  • Westover

Arlington’s “Urban Villages”

There are several unincorporated neighborhoods within Arlington that have distinct character and are often referred to as if they were separate towns. The government has actively developed these communities over the last 30 years, concentrating them near transit facilities such as Metrorail stations and bus lines. Some of these urban village communities include:

  • Ballston – this neighborhood contains tall apartment complexes and condominiums, the Ballston Common Mall and many restaurants, bars, parks and outdoor spaces.
  • Clarendon – located between Rosslyn and Ballston, this quirky, lively community has safe, stable neighborhoods full of single-family homes and tree-lined streets as well as mid-sized office buildings near the Clarendon Metro station.
  • Courthouse – center of the Arlington County government, this neighborhood includes office and city buildings as well as apartment buildings and condos.
  • Crystal City – this neighborhood is a mix of office buildings and residential high-rise buildings that are connected through underground corridors, making much of this area an underground city.
  • Lyon Village – sometimes considered a sub-neighborhood of Clarendon, most of the single-family homes in Lyon Village were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Pentagon City – located near the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, this community is a blend of residential, office and retail complexes and is a popular tourist destination.
  • Rosslyn – one of the most “urban” of the urban villages, Rosslyn has a dense business center and some of the tallest condominium buildings in the Washington Metropolitan area.
  • Shirlington – billed as “Arlington’s Arts and Entertainment District” this community is mostly middle-class residential but also has many upscale homes and retail establishments.
  • Virginia Square – this community is a mix of high-rise apartments, garden apartments, and single-family homes dating to the 1930s.
  • Westover – listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Westover is a pedestrian friendly neighborhood with pre-war single family homes and garden apartment complexes.

Arlington Schools

The county’s students are served by the Arlington Public Schools system, which includes 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 4 high schools. The high schools are:

  • Wakefield High School
  • Washington-Lee High School
  • Yorktown High School
  • H-B Woodlawn alternative school

In addition, up to 26 students per grade level are allowed admittance to the highly selective Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in nearby Fairfax.

There are several colleges and universities that have campuses in and around the Arlington area, including:

  • Marymount University
  • George Mason University
  • Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington
  • Institute for Psychological Sciences
  • John Leland Center for Theological Studies
  • University of Management and Technology
  • The Art Institute of Washington
  • DeVry University
  • Strayer University
  • Argosy University
  • Banner College
  • Everest College
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Troy University
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Westwood College

Arlington Attractions and Points of Interest

With its rich cultural heritage and historical significance, not to mention its diverse and well-educated populace, it comes as no surprise that there are many wonderful things to see and do in Arlington. They include:

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Arlington House (Robert E. Lee’s home, also known as the Custis-Lee Mansion)
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • US Marine Corps War Memorial
  • US Air Force Memorial
  • Women in Military Service for America Memorial
  • Netherlands Carillon
  • Fort Myer
  • The Pentagon

Arlington Transportation

Arlington is part of the area’s core transportation network and is easily accessible by many major roads include Interstate 66, Interstate 395, and George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Public transportation is plentiful in Arlington.  The county is served by the Orange, Blue and Yellow lines of the Washington Metro. It is also served by the Virginia Railway ExpressMetrobus, Fairfax Connector, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, and Arlington Transit.

The nearest airport is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.  Other nearby airports include Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The county is served by EnviroCAB, a taxi company operating exclusively with a hybrid-electric fleet of vehicles. The area has 86 miles of bicycle trails and takes part in Capital Bikeshare, a bicycle sharing system with 14 rental locations around Washington Metro stations.

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A move to Arlington, VA means a move to a perfect mixture of city and suburban life. There are approximately 210,000 residents in Arlington spread out on a land area of 26 square miles – making this country one of America’s most densely populated jurisdictions.

Arlington is seamlessly linked to nearby Washington, DC by an expansive Metro system.

Employment and Economy
Arlington is rapidly expanding and the employment opportunities are excellent. A majority of residents work in the professional, scientific, and technical services. However, the bedrock of Arlington’s economy lies with the Federal government, the military, and companies which work closely with the government.

There are a number of federal agencies, government contractors, as well as service industries, which help contribute to Arlington’s stable economy. These factors have made Arlington one of the highest-income counties in the United States.  The median household income is nearly $93,000 and Arlington has consistently had the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia.

Real Estate
Twenty per cent of jobs in Northern Virginia are located in Arlington, making its real estate an equally ideal investment for commuters and business owners alike.  Arlington provides a favorable commute – the average journey is 26.2 minutes in travel time.  Other reasons to consider investment in Arlington include the area’s easy access to major highways, downtown DC, the Metro, and the public school system. These factors combined have made the value of Arlington real estate rise much faster than the national average in recent years.

The homeownership rate in Arlington is 48.2 percent. The value of the homes in Arlington is also above state average. The median sales price for homes between June and August of this year was $530,000. This is an increase of 11.8 per cent, or $56,000 compared to the median price during the same period last year.

However, in popular neighborhoods such as Yorktown and Cherrydale – both along the Metro line – the average listing prices for homes can reach $1,211,144 and $904,344 respectively.

 Population Demographics
Nearly half of all residents in Arlington live in a family household and the median age in Arlington is 34-years-old. Arlington has a very educated population. More than 35 per cent of residents have a graduate degree – the most in the United States. The population is largely Caucasian, however, about 27 per cent of residents speak a language other than English at home.

There are nine different colleges and universities in Arlington – including Marymount University and The Art Institute of Washington. There are also more than ten colleges and universities with enrollment of 2,000 students and over in and around the Arlington area.

Things to Do
Arlington is best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon, the Arlington National Cemetery, and the Defense Department Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where the Internet was created. But Arlington also boasts a great residential experience.

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Homes for Sale in Arlington

  1. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,031 sq ft
    Year built: 1944
    Days on market: 1
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,383 sq ft
    Year built: 1944
    Days on market: 1
  3. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,490 sq ft
    Year built: 1940
    Days on market: 1
  4. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,395 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 1
  5. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,232 sq ft
    Year built: 1966
    Days on market: 1

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(all data current as of 4/19/2018)

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