Welcome to Arlington

Arlington is a true American success story, teaching other older suburbs how to reimagine themselves as walkable and livable urban spaces. Today Arlington has a youthful vigor and an exciting mix of families and singles, traditional homes and loft spaces atop retail, and new restaurants and bars that even residents of the District will cross the river for.

Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia, USA city skyline on the Potomac River.

Arlington is an affluent North Virginia county located directly southwest across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Closely connected to the culture and history of the nation’s capital, this county’s distinct communities contain a wealth of famous landmarks and a diverse range of Arlington VA luxury homes for sale.

Notable communities within Arlington include the vibrant urban downtown area and calm suburban streets of Clarendon, the thriving contemporary business hub of Rosslyn, the energetic urban village of Ballston, the peaceful streets and historic properties of Ashton Heights, Lyon Village, and Lyon Park, and the luxurious gated community of Country Club Hills. As a resident of Ashton Heights, I can offer you expert guidance on finding the perfect Arlington home from any of the gorgeous luxury homes for sale in Arlington VA.

What to Love

  • Diverse neighborhoods
  • Many shops and restaurants
  • National landmarks
  • Arts, culture, and nightlife

Commute Times

Metro Center 20m by train, 14m by car

Union Station 34m by train, 17m by car

Dupont Circle 34m by train, 12m by car

Reagan National Airport 34m by train, 12m by car

Nearest Metro

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Diverse Communities Combining History and Modernity

Clarendon has a vibrant walkable downtown area surrounded by townhomes and modern condominium and apartment complexes, along with quieter neighborhoods of single-family brick colonials, bungalows, Cape Cods, and contemporary custom-builds. Rosslyn has a central business district of glittering high-rises and luxurious modern living spaces with spectacular views across the Potomac. Rosslyn is a mere 10-minute walk to Georgetown across Key Bridge and has three Metro stations. Ballston is an energetic youthful neighborhood where three-quarters of the population are under 45. Developments here include the Ballston Quarter mall, redeveloped with Metro capability for 2018.

Ashton HeightsLyon Village, and Lyon Park are cozy neighborhoods with large historic Districts, each containing more than one thousand pre-war and mid-century properties in bungalow, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Spanish Mission Revival, and Queen Anne styles. Secluded behind a guarded stone gate, the prestigious Country Club Hills neighborhood features Colonial, Spanish, and Tudor-style properties surrounding the course of Washington Golf & Country Club. New construction homes are being added to the neighborhood while the club’s golf course undergoes renovation.

Arlington, Virginia – August 7, 2019: Sign for Ballston Exchange, a mix of office space, retail and restaurants in the Ballston neighborhood area of Northern Virginia

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Clarendon’s eclectic dining scene includes several Zagat-rated restaurants, with creative takes on French-American comfort food at Green Pig Bistro, delicious Vietnamese noodle bowls and rice dishes at Four Sisters Grill, modern Balkan cuisine at Ambar, and a daytime coffee shop and nighttime wine bar at Northside SocialClarendon Ballroom features a sophisticated, 1930s-style ballroom and a rooftop terrace with fabulous D.C. views. Galaxy Hut has 28 craft beer taps and frequent live music performances. Hip craft beer breweries can be found in several Arlington VA real estate neighborhoods, including Continental Beer Garden in Rosslyn and Crafthouse and Rustico in Ballston.

Ballston Quarter is one of Arlington’s trendiest shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations, and Quarter Market at Ballston Quarter has a wide range of international dining spots ranging from casual quick bites to upscale restaurants. The Village at Shirlington is a delightfully old-fashioned shopping area with refined dining spots and independent retailers. Here you can dine on global street food at Palette 22 or hearty American fare at CarlyleBusboys and Poets combines cocktails and New American cooking with a bookstore, regular lectures, and a monthly book club. Signature Theatre has won Tony Awards for its innovative plays and musicals. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City has around 170 stores and restaurants anchored by Macy’s and Nordstrom department stores.

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Things to Do

624-acre Arlington National Cemetery is the county’s most famous landmark, interring many of those who have fought for their country from the Civil War onward. The Pentagon is located beside the Cemetery. While this iconic hub of United States intelligence agencies is famed for its secrecy, guided tours are available of its facilities. Other famous Arlington sites include the Marine Corps War Memorial depicting the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Three-acre Gateway Park in Rosslyn is a green space with views of the D.C. skyline and annual events including an outdoor film festival and free Jazz Fest. Located in the Potomac between Arlington and D.C., Theodore Roosevelt Island has 88.5 acres of verdant greenery. Washington Golf & Country Club’s amenities include a 6,000-yard sloping course designed by Donald Ross and William Flynn.


Public schools in Arlington are operated by the Arlington County Public School District.

  • Jamestown Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Arlington Science Focus School, Public (Magnet), PK-5
  • Arlington Traditional, Public, Magnet, PK-5
  • Williamsburg Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • Yorktown High School, Public, 9-12