Welcome to Arlington
Vibrant, chic metropolis in the backyard of the nation’s capital
Nestled along the southwestern bank of the Potomac, the metropolitan enclave of Arlington combines the best of city and suburban living. With its walkable residential areas and fantastic amenities, it’s no surprise Arlington was ranked second on the Best Cities to Live in America by Niche.
Once part of the nation’s capital, Arlington formally became part of Virginia in the middle of the 19th century. This charming Northern Virginia community is home to some of the most important historical and significant sites in the nation, like Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon.
This community is one of the most sought-after spots to live in the DC Metropolitan Area for a good reason. It has an ideal location, excellent local schools, and an endless list of amenities and recreation spots. Spanning nearly 26 square miles of land along the Potomac, Arlington has something for everyone. Award-winning restaurants, live music venues, art galleries, and expansive natural preserves fill this idyllic metropolitan village.
What to Love
- A bustling, vibrant urban center
- Plenty of upscale shopping and dining districts
- Extremely walkable residential and recreation areas
- Excellent local public and private schools
- Ideally located just outside Washington, D.C.
Located just across the Potomac, Arlington is just a short drive away from Washington, D.C., and the greater metropolitan area. Spots like the National Mall, Georgetown, and Tyson’s Corner are easy to commute to for work and recreation via several bridges and Metro lines.
Houses in Arlington range from historical estates to single-family suburban homes to high-rise condominiums overlooking busy downtown streets. There is truly something for everyone in this metropolitan oasis. Residents will find plentiful spots nearby each neighborhood for shopping, dining, and relaxing.
Arlington has endless opportunities to explore the natural beauty of Virginia that lies just outside this bustling urban village. The Mount Vernon Trail, which runs along the Potomac River, is a great spot for hiking and biking. Arlington has an excellent local park and recreation system, boasting several children’s play areas, spray grounds, and summer camp programs.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Italian eatery Sfoglina Rosslyn
serves classic and regional favorites in a refined dining space dotted with warm lighting and wood walls. The carefully curated menu features a build-your-own mozzarella bar, handmade pasta, and freshly prepared bread. Sfoglina’s dessert menu is legendary, with delectable bites like vanilla bean panna cotta and tiramisu giving the perfect finishing touch to an Italian meal.
Bangkok 54 Restaurant
is an authentic Thai spot with a bright, vibrant atmosphere. This family-owned and operated eatery serves favorites like panang curry and crispy fried rockfish. Bangkok 54 also has an extensive menu featuring sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi.
At Hot Lolas
, Chef Kevin Tien has curated an innovative menu of Sichuan and Nashville flavors as the inspiration for its chicken sandwiches, wings, and tenders. The fun, lively eatery is a local favorite for its amazing flavors and delectable dishes.
New American restaurant Carlyle
has an extensive menu of starters and mains with inventive takes on favorites like fresh oysters on the half shell with a blood orange mignonette and a drunken ribeye with roasted cremini mushrooms. Carlyle has an impressive bar menu with craft cocktails, fine wines, and beers on tap.
Things to Do
Arlington has a thriving art scene supported by Arlington Arts and the office of Arlington Cultural Affairs
. This community organization supports artists with studio space and outreach programs. Arlington is home to over 70 public art exhibits, including statues, metalworks, murals, stained glass, and large installation pieces.
Each summer, the Lubber Run Amphitheater
hosts a concert series with performances from big bands to blues to orchestral music. This amphitheater, located in the heart of Arlington, also hosts community theater and special children’s events throughout the year.
At Potomac Overlook Regional Park
, there are over 67 acres of natural and cultivated Virginia woodlands to be explored. This park boasts miles of hiking trails, an organic garden, and an education center. There are also programs and camps for residents held at the park throughout the year.
is an interactive social gaming complex perfect for adults and children alike. This state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of games that use motion tracking and projection mapping to create hyper-realistic virtual experiences.