Arlington, Virginia has close to 60 different neighborhoods/civic associations. The below sections give a detailed description of the most popular neighborhoods in the county. Each neighborhood section has a search button to search for homes on Realtor.com that are currently on the market for that neighborhood. If you would like to learn more about a specific neighborhood or house, reach out to our co-founder, Blake Davenport, a licensed REALTOR® and local expert via the contact information on the footer of the website.
Arlington, Virginia Neighborhoods
Ashton Heights is located in the heart of Arlington, Virginia encompassed by Wilson Blvd, Glebe Rd, Rt 50, and Irving St. This Arlington neighborhood gives its residents a suburban feel that is just walking distance away from the urban amenities of Ballston and Clarendon. When driving through Ashton Heights, you will find mostly single family homes with street parking. You will see numerous new construction craftsman homes scattered across the original colonial style homes. The neighborhood contains the newly renovated Ballston Quarter. The Ballston Quarter is a one stop destination for all things food and entertainment. When you live in Ashton Heights, you will feel a great sense of community. To learn more about the community, visit the community's website.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $1,151,000
Must Try: Ted's Bulletin, Ballston Quarter
Located between I-395 and Aurora Highlands, Arlington Ridge is an Arlington, Virginia neighborhood that is in a great location to get to several places quickly. It is easy to walk to popular spots like the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Pentagon Row and Crystal City. Hop in your car and you can be in Washington, D.C. or Alexandria in just minutes. Arlington Ridge consists of a combination of single family colonial style homes, townhomes and apartment complexes.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $660,000
Must Try: Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Pentagon Row
When locals talk about Aurora Highlands, they think one thing- no car needed. Aurora Highlands is one of the most walkable communities to live in. It is within walking distance to the Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro stops, the Washington D.C. Reagan Airport, Pentagon Row and the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Comprised of single family homes and condominiums, Arlington Ridge boasts the best of both worlds for young and old professionals looking to live right outside of Washington, D.C..
Aurora Highlands is home to Virginia Highlands Park, which is a great Arlington park that has various types of athletic fields that are always occupied by sports leagues and locals.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $720,000
Must Try: Fashion Centre, Virginia Highlands Park, Thaiphoon
Bluemont is located in center of Arlington just west of Ballston. It is bordered by the W&OD Trail, N Carlin Springs Rd, Glebe Rd, and parts of I-66. It is one of the larger Arlington, Virginia neighborhoods and consists of mostly single family homes with a few townhouses located near Glebe Rd. If you are looking for a new construction home, Bluemont has some of the most recently built construction homes in Arlington.
Bluemont contains numerous retail stores, a grocery store, and several restaurants. One restaurant that you must try is Pupatella, which serves the best pizza in Arlington, Virginia! Besides Pupatella, Bluemont has a lot of parks like the Bluemont Park and Bon Air Memorial Park. Bluemont Park has a fun disc golf course that is great for all ages.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $926,000
Must Try: Pupatella, Bluemont Park
The Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhood is in the heart of Arlington, Virginia along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and is a great place to live. Bordered by Wilson Blvd, Glebe Rd, I-66, and Kirkwood Rd, it contains the Ballston and Virginia Square Metro stations and has countless restaurants so it could not be anymore walkable. It has a combination of office high rises, apartment buildings, high rise condominiums, townhomes and single family homes. The single family homes north of Washington Blvd have a great combination of suburban living and urban amenities. When driving through this neighborhood, you will see impressive Washington and Lee High School and Quincy Park, which offers a great outdoor space for locals. The Annual Taste of Arlington festival occurs in this neighborhood every Spring and is an Arlington local favorite!
Average Sold Price in the last year: $574,000
Must Try: El Pollo Rico
Cherrydale is located in northern Arlington west of I-66 and north of the Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhood. Cherrydale consists of mostly single family homes with a few townhomes, condos and apartment buildings. In Cherrydale, you will find older homes with a lot of character on the outside with recent renovations on the inside. If you haven't heard of Cherrydale, you probably have driven through it without knowing. The center of Cherrydale is right next to the five points intersection of Lee Highway, Old Dominion Dr, Quincy St, and N Quebec St where you have probably had difficulty making a left turn. Cherrydale has a few retail stores along Lee Highway but is mostly residential.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $994,000
Must Try: Portabellos
The Clarendon-Courthouse neighborhood is in our opinion the epicenter of Arlington, Virginia and our favorite place to go on the weekend. If you want to be surrounded by countless restaurants, bars, grocery stores, fitness studios and retail stores, this is the neighborhood for you. However, you are going to pay for it, as it is one of the most expensive places to live per sqft. Clarendon-Courthouse contains a mix of high rise condominiums, apartment complexes, townhomes and single family homes.
The neighborhood is home to two metro stops: Clarendon and Courthouse. There is an AMC located next to the Courthouse Metro and three small parks within the Clarendon-Courthouse neighborhood. For the many millennials that live in Arlington, it is the place to live.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $602,000
Must Try: Ambar, Circa, Lyon Hall
Situated right between the border of Pentagon City and Bailey's Crossroads, Columbia Pike is a major residential hub in Arlington, Virginia, serving a quarter of the Arlington population. Currently under a Revitalization Project, it is an urban hotspot for families and young professionals alike. While Columbia Pike is not technically a designated neighborhood/civic association of Arlington, we felt like it was best to group all the major neighborhoods surrounding Columbia Pike into one group. Those neighborhoods include Penrose, Arlington Heights, Alcova Heights, Columbia Heights, Columbia Heights West, Columbia Forest, Douglas Park and Barcroft.
Single family colonial style homes like the one pictured in this section are the most common homes in the area surrounding Columbia Pike. Along Columbia Pike, you will find countless restaurants and bars including the popular Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Also during the summers, Columbia Pike hosts several Movie Nights under the stars on Thursdays and Saturdays across its several parks such as Penrose Park, Monroe Park, Alcova Heights Park, and Jennie Dean Park. Columbia Pike offers a little bit of everything for every type of personality!
Something interesting that many people may not know about Columbia Pike is that it was the preferred "farm to market" route for Washington, D.C. beginning in the early 1800s. That being said, the tradition of the weekly Columbia Pike Farmers Market has been carried over for 200 years now and counting. What makes this market stand out amongst others in Arlington, Virginia? Held every Sunday, this market offers everything from organically grown produce to artisan jewelry and homemade trinkets and desserts!
Average Sold Price in the last year: $467,000
Must Try: Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, Sugar Sugar Donuts, Bob and Edith's Diner, Columbia Pike Farmers Market
One of the most charming neighborhoods in Arlington, Virginia, Donaldson Run has a secluded neighborhood feel even though it is only minutes away from the Washington, D.C.. It is nestled between Old Dominion Drive, the Washington Golf and Country Club, and Potomac Overlook Regional Park. The neighborhood mostly consists of single family homes nestled amongst trees with a couple of churches, Taylor Elementary School, and Marymount University. Donaldson Run can be very hilly in parts with the homes built up on sloping landscapes. The Donaldson Run stream runs through the neighborhood from Marymount University to Potomac Overlook Regional Park and the Potomac River. There is a trail that runs alongside the stream that serves as a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $1,101,000
Must Try: Donaldson Run Stream Trail
East Falls Church
East Falls Church is the western corner of Arlington County located adjacent to the city of Falls Church with I-66 running through the center of the neighborhood. While the neighborhood of East Falls Church is not the most walkable neighborhood in Arlington, some of the major roads in Arlington run through it like I-66, Washington Blvd, and Lee Highway. Also this neighborhood contains the East Falls Church Metro stop which is the last metro stop in Arlington for the orange and silver lines.
The style of homes in East Falls Church follow the traditional Arlington style - single family colonial style home. Also typical of Arlington, new construction craftsmans are scattered amongst the mix. So while the neighborhood of East Falls Church is located close to I-66 and contains a Metro stop, it does not have much to offer its residents compared to the other Arlington neighborhoods. However, if you like seafood, we would highly recommend making a visit to Chasin' Tails. Our favorite dish? The Crawfish Étouffée!
Average Sold Price in the last year: $895,000
Must Try: Chasin' Tails, South Block
Leeway is a small Arlington, Virginia neighborhood in-between the East Falls Church, Westover and Yorktown neighborhoods. Leeway gets its name from Lee Highway which intersects the neighborhood at its core. Lee Highway is one of the major roads in Arlington so it is very easy to get places from this neighborhood. While Lee Highway contains several restaurants and retail stores, you will find better places to eat and shop in Arlington, Virginia. The homes in this neighborhood range from the single family colonial style to the new construction craftsman. Typical of Arlington, real estate developers have been buying older homes in this neighborhood over the past few years and building massive craftsman style homes.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $1,043,000
Must Try: District Taco
Lyon Park is a great neighborhood to live in and is located in the heart of Arlington, Virginia. It is encompassed by Irving St, Arlington Blvd, and 10th St N. It is a residential area that is just south of the Clarendon Metro with great walkability to many shops and restaurants. Homes in Lyon Park consist of colonial style single family homes built in the 1930s with new construction craftsmans scattered amongst the mix. If you are looking for a suburban feeling neighborhood but want to be able to walk to your favorite restaurant on a Friday night, you should consider living in Lyon Park!
Average Sold Price in the last year: $987,000
Must Try: Astor Mediterranean, Bonchon
Lyon Village is located in the heart of Arlington, Virginia just north of the Clarendon-Courthouse neighborhood. The neighborhood is surrounded by Wilson Blvd, Kirkwood Rd, Lee Highway, and N Veitch St. It is a great place to live since it has a friendly suburban neighborhood feel and is walking distance to numerous shops and restaurants that the Clarendon-Courthouse neighborhood has to offer. Homes in Lyon Village are similar to the other Arlington, Virginia neighborhoods with older colonial style homes with a mix of new construction craftsman homes. Lyon Village Park is a park within the neighborhood that is a great place to play basketball or tennis on a week night or weekend afternoon. Overall, if you want the best of both urban and suburban lifestyles, you should look at homes in Lyon Village.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $1,220,000
Must Try: Northside Social, Don Titos, Spider Kellys
Do you dream of living close to the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. but just far enough away that you can escape into a peaceful neighborhood? We advise you check out the charming neighborhood of Old Glebe. Tucked quietly between Glebe Road, the Washington Golf & Country Club and just steps away from the historic Chain Bridge, Old Glebe is nestled into the northwestern part of Arlington, Virginia.
Old Glebe, voted one of the most walkable areas in Arlington, is the perfect area for families and older professionals. The entire town itself is a 1.8 mile circle with plenty of nature trails and sidewalks along the main roads for locals just wanting to stay active. However, if you want to live in this peaceful neighborhood get ready to break out the check book as Old Glebe has some of the most expensive houses in Arlington, Virginia.
Some of the main attractions in Old Glebe include Fort Ethan Allen, Glebe Road Park, Pimmet Run Trail and one of our favorites, the Gulf Branch Nature Center!
Average Sold Price in the last year: $1,345,000
Must Try: Gulf Branch Nature Center
Rosslyn is made up of three Arlington, Virginia neighborhoods - North Rosslyn, half of North Highland, and Radnor-Ft Meyer Heights. Rosslyn is the closest neighborhood to Washington, D.C. as it is right across the Potomac River via the Francis Scott Key or Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. Rosslyn consists of numerous high-rise commercial and residential buildings which form the iconic skyline seen on the Home page of our website. Rosslyn has a different feel than the other residential neighborhoods of Arlington as it feels like a true urban environment.
Rosslyn offers some of the nicest high-rise condominiums in Arlington, Virginia like Turnberry Tower (pictured in this section) that have terrific views of Georgetown, the Potomac River and Washington, D.C.. However, these amazing condominiums and lavish townhomes have some of the highest $/sqft in all of Arlington upwards to $1,000/sqft. Besides regal places to live, Rosslyn offers tons of restaurants so you will never have to go far to get a tasty bite to eat. Plus, the Orange, Silver and Blue Metro lines go through Rosslyn station so you can travel anywhere rather quickly.
To look into the future, Rosslyn was just approved for a huge redevelopment project called Rosslyn Plaza which will redevelop an eastern section of Rosslyn over the next 25 years that will add roughly 2.5 million square feet of retail, offices, residences and public open space.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $582,000
Must Try: Quarterdeck, Il Radicchio
One of our absolute favorite areas in all of Arlington, this up and coming village boasts trendy and eclectic restaurants and shops. It's dubbed the urban arts and entertainment district of Arlington, Virginia. The reason we adore this charming town? There is a restaurant for everyone's taste including Italian, Greek, Thai, Japanese, Hawaiian, Indian, Irish, American, Wine Bars, Breweries and more!
Located in the southeast corner of Arlington County, bordering Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria, Shirlington is one of the more affordable places to live in Arlington. While Shirlington does not have a metro stop, there is a metro bus that runs from Shirlington into Washington, D.C. making stops at the Pentagon and Farragut West Metro stops.
If you are looking to buy your first home, we would highly recommend looking in Shirlington!
Average Sold Price in the last year: $428,000
Must Try: Carlyle, Palette 22
Registered on the National Register of Historical places, this charming neighborhood is one of Arlington's best kept secrets. Westover is comprised of colonial style homes built in the 1940s that have been renovated to meet today's needs and tastes. In Westover, you will find retail stores and restaurants in the community center that are within walking distance of the residential neighborhoods. The most popular event that attracts us to Westover is the weekly farmers market that features local artisan breads and cheeses, tasty produce, homemade pies and other baked goods, jams, dog treats, popsicles, flowers, donuts and many more.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $971,000
Must Try: Westover Farmer's Market, The Italian Store
Bordering Fairfax County, Williamsburg is a real estate developer's dream as many of the neighborhood's older homes have been continuously under renovation over the past few years. In fact, more homes have been built in Williamsburg in the last few years than any other neighborhood in Arlington. Not far from the East Falls Church Metro stop, Williamsburg has become a prime living spot for those DC commuters with families who are drawn to the best neighboring schools which include Nottingham and Tuckahoe Elementary School, Williamsburg Middle School and Yorktown High School.
One must try restaurant in Williamsburg is Backyard Barbeque. It serves up some of the best BBQ in all of Arlington, Virginia. An interesting fact about Williamsburg is that a lot of Civil War territory has been preserved including Minor Hill park where an observation tower was built to watch out for the Confederate troops in Fairfax, VA.
Average Sold Price in the last year: $1,340,000
Must Try: Peking Pavilion
Looking to settle down with your family in the Arlington, Virginia area? Located half a mile from the East Falls Church Metro stop, Yorktown is the perfect location for young families looking to raise their children in a community full of notable schools including Nottingham Elementary, Discovery Elementary, Williamsburg Middle and Yorktown High.
Situated just north of Lee Highway, east of North Jefferson Street and west of the Washington Golf and Country Club, Yorktown is comprised of colonial style, cape cod and New England craftsman style houses. Locals can be found frequenting the Lee Harrison Shopping Center at Harris Teeter, Chesapeake Bagel Factory, Starbucks and a Discover Arlington favorite, Duck Donuts! For those of you who aren't aware, Duck Donuts is a hidden secret in Yorktown. Founded in Duck, North Carolina, Duck Donuts is known for serving mouth-watering, old-fashioned donuts. Served hot off the donut maker in front of your eyes, Duck Donuts allows visitors to choose an icing, a topping and a glaze to drizzle over your custom-made delectable donut. We assume after reading this, you are probably in the car on your way to grab one of these babies. We hope you like them and Yorktown just as much as we do!
Average Sold Price in the last year: $1,118,000
Must Try: Duck Donuts, Peter Chang, Pie-Tanza
Average Sold Price statistics compiled using sales data from BRIGHTMLS. Last updated June 2019.