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At a Glance
- Public Transportation: Bus & Rail
- Walk Score: 88
- Grocery Stores: Trader Joe’s, MOM’s Organic Foods, Whole Foods, Safeway & Giant
- Local High Schools: Washington & Lee, Yorktown, Wakefield
Arlington is just a stone’s throw across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. The county’s proximity to the Nation’s Capital, with neighboring counties of Falls Church and Fairfax, put Arlington in an enviable location.
Arlington is served directly by Metro’s Orange Line and the areas along it are colloquially known as the “Orange Line Corridor.” Ample bus service is also available to residents via the ART and Metrobus lines.
Arlington is a trendsetter in urban planning and reduced dependency on automobiles. The “urban villages” of Arlington were developed around Metrorail stations specifically for this purpose. In addition to reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions, this smart planning approach provides the majority of residents easy-access within Arlington and the DC Metro Area.
The urban villages of Arlington grant numerous other conveniences for residents; each neighborhood is nearly 100 percent self-sufficient with grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Residents may also access Capital Bikeshare, with plentiful checkpoints throughout the county and the Metro area.
Arlington boasts a variety of residential properties: from contemporary condos to classic bungalows and newly built craftsman-style homes, buyers are sure to find a property they love. Many of the county’s residential neighborhoods are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Arlington has something for everyone, even if they prefer more suburban-style or urban-style living.
Things to Do
There are many well-known sites, national memorials, and museums for Arlington residents and visitors, including the Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Air Force Memorial. The Orange Line Corridor offers a ton of retail amenities and nightlife, concentrated mostly around the Clarendon and Ballston Metro stops.
Additionally, because it is so easy to access the District from Arlington, residents often avail themselves of DC restaurants, spots and activities as well.
Robert E. Lee originally owned the land that is now Arlington’s National Cemetery. During the Civil War, the Union seized the land from the Lee family.