Arlington VA Condos
Guide to Arlington VA Condos
Arlington, Virginia has an amazing selection of condominiums. Widely acclaimed as a model for smart growth, Arlington County has identified eleven different "urban villages" with access to public transportation and a walkable lifestyle and encouraged high-density housing in these neighborhoods. This strategy has provided Arlington with a diverse housing stock of single-family homes, townhomes and condos.
Most of Arlington's condos for sale can be found along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. These neighborhoods occupy the first five neighborhoods along the DC Metro's Orange and Silver lines as it heads west out of the city. We are going to run through a list of these neighborhoods first, then move onto Crystal City and Pentagon City, which are serviced by Metro's Blue and Yellow lines, and then talk about Shirlington and Columbia Pike.
Condos for Sale in Rosslyn
Situated on a gentle incline rising from the Potomac River and National Mall, condos in Arlington's Rosslyn neighborhood enjoy a topography that provides for some amazing views of the Washington, DC monuments. Residents of Rosslyn Condos enjoy "one stop to DC" access via both the Blue and Orange lines that run through the Metro station here. While Rosslyn was once known as more of a commuter destination with loads of office jobs, but not much residential development, this neighborhood now has some of the most luxurious condos in all of Arlington. The condominiums here break down as follows:
Old-School with Views: The Atrium, The Belvedere, Prospect House and The Weslie were all built in the late 1970s-1980s and boast spectacular views. Prospect House and Weslie are next-door neighbors, both located directly behind the Iwo Jima Memorial.
Haute in Arlington: With the construction of the Turnberry Tower, Residences at Waterview, Memorial Overlook, Dakota, Wooster Mercer Lofts and Gaslight Square, all of which occurred in the mid-2000s through the present, Rosslyn has become the luxury condominium destination for Arlington, VA.
Boutique Condos: 1800 Wilson and Terrace Lofts were both built in mid-2000's and provide mid-level living options for those that want to enjoy the benefits of an amazing location with the personal feel of smaller buildings.
Condos for Sale in Courthouse
Named after the big Arlington County Government complex that it surrounds, the Courthouse neighborhood bears no resemblance to its stuffy namesake.
Highrise Buildings: The Odyssey, Williamsburg, Park at Courthouse Woodbury Heights and The Charleston provide a wide range of options for prospective condo buyers.
Tree-lined Garden Style: Colonial Village occupies the northeast corner of the neighborhood. Built in the 1950s and converted to condos in the 1980s, these garden-style homes are set within a campus-like settings and provide a nice stock of reasonably priced homes for the area.
Condos for Sale in Clarendon
To visit Clarendon is to want to move to Clarendon. Historically known as Arlington's downtown, Clarendon is bustling around the clock. Despite its marquee name and reputation, there are only four major condo buildings in the neighborhood. Clarendon 1021 and Station Square are the largest of the four, and are located next door to one another. The other two big names in the condo market in Clarendon are The Phoenix is located at Highland St and 10th St N, and The Hartford, which is the smallest building, but ideal for those looking for a quieter space while still having access to all of the fun and excitement that Clarendon offers.
Condos for Sale in Ballston-Virginia Square
These two neighborhoods sit on the western side of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and offer the most options in terms of condominium styles and locations.
Liberty Center and The Continental are the two tallest buildings in the neighborhood, each of which boast rooftop pools with expansive views. EastView and WestView straddle the Metro station at opposite ends and each feature pools, as do Lexington Square, Ballston 880, Summerwalk, Tower Villa and Windsor Plaza. The Monroe and The Berkeley appeal to those looking for smaller, more boutique options.
Condos for Sale in Crystal City and Pentagon City
Heading south from Rosslyn toward Alexandria on the Metro’s Blue line are the urban villages of Pentagon City and Crystal City. The former of these two, named after the famously shaped National Military Command Center, has been tremendously built up in recent years. Immediately above the Pentagon City metro station is The Fashion Centre Mall, which offers some of the DC area's best shopping with Nordstrom and Macy's acting as the mall's two anchor stores. Condo options in Pentagon City include Pentagon Ridge, The Cavendish, Ridge House, Horizon House and The Representative.
One Metro stop south is Crystal City, which is a recognizable as the "downtown" adjacent to Reagan National Airport. With the BRAC (Base Realignment Commission) having sent a slew of Pentagon jobs south to Ft Belvoir, Crystal City is going through a tremendous renaissance with the Crystal City Business Improvement District leading the way in attracting investment to the area, keeping unemployment rates extremely low and bringing in new residents to the neighborhood. Four main condominiums dominate the Crystal City condo market: Bella Vista, Crystal Gateway, Crystal Park and The Eclipse.
Condos for Sale in Shirlington
Shirlington is one of the newer urban villages of Arlington adjacent to Fairlington, running against Four Mile Run and bordering Alexandria, Virginia. The Village at Shirlington, a mixed-use development with retail, restaurants, and residences acts as the area’s downtown. In addition to retail and entertainment options, the shopping center also makes public festivals and events like the Shirlala Music Festival and Wags and Whiskers. The main condo developments in this area include Heatherlea and Shirlington Village Condominium. Heatherlea is a community made up mostly of townhomes, but also has townhome-style condominiums that intermingle with the full-sized townhomes. Shirlington Village is conveniently located just steps away from the excitement of the Shirlington Village Shopping Center.
Condos for Sale in Columbia Pike
Located in South Arlington, this neighborhood is home to longtime favorites, like the Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse and Bob & Edith's, but has recently been revitalized with new shopping, restaurant, and housing options. New developments seem to pop up all of the time in Columbia Pike, but the main condominium complexes in the area include The Barkley and Columbia Place Condos. The Barkley has amazing amenities and prices to match, and Columbia Place Condos come with modern amenities and is located just one block from the Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse.
Choosing the Right Arlington Condo for You
Condominiums are synonymous with Arlington, ranging from high-end palaces in the sky to boutique condos in the middle of it all. With a convenient public transportation system, amazing restaurants and shops and a dynamic and ever-changing population, there always seems to be a high demand for condominiums that offer extra perks to its residents. Condos are here to stay in Arlington, and continue to create an exciting real estate market.
Some people think Fairlington is a bunch of building that all look alike. Not so! Sometimes when my wife and I go for a walk we will check out the many types of building and some of the special features. There are 1024 historical buildings in Fairlington. All buildings are of colonial revival type. Most buildings have gable roofs but some have hipped roofs, flat roofs or gambrel roofs. There are also a handful of mansard roofs. Windows are 6 over 6 and the chimneys are non-functional. Now that is not cookie cutter.