Arlington County Real Estate Information

Home to 206,800 residents, Arlington County is located just across the Potomac River from the United States capital, Washington, DC. Originally designated as part of the Colony of Virginia by the British land grants of the 17th century, Arlington developed into a plantation town before becoming the current urban community it is today. As a part of the Washington metropolitan area, Arlington was originally a part of the District of Columbia before the land was retroceded back to Virginia in 1846. In 2006, CNN Money ranked Arlington as the most educated city and in 2008, BusinessWeek ranked Arlington as the safest city in which to weather a recession. Arlington also includes several of the nation’s richest communities.

Because of Arlington’s proximity to Washington, a number of high-profile buildings are part of the county. The Pentagon is perhaps the most distinguished and is the home base of the United States Department of Defense. A number Arlington’s communities are mainly commercial, namely Pentagon City, Crystal City, Rosslyn, Courthouse, and Ballston all host a number of other agencies, lobbyist groups, corporations, and organizations. However, there are also many residential communities, such as Arlington Heights, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Lee Heights, Claremont, Columbia Forest, Douglas Park, and Forest Hills.

Transportation to and from Arlington is made quite easy through a variety of affordable methods. To reach downtown Washington, the Metro’s orange line, yellow line, and blue, and soon-to-be-completed Silver line, serve Arlington’s various communities. For those residents looking to drive within the region, the I-66 and I-395 are the major thoroughfares through Arlington and offer convenient drives to surrounding areas in all directions. A commuter rail service, the Virginia Railway Express, also serves Arlington in addition to a number of bus services, namely Metrobus, Fairfax Connector, and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission Regional Bus. Even more convenient is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport that is served by most American carriers to destinations throughout the continental U.S.

A variety of attractions, many a part of the nation’s history, is located in Arlington County. The Arlington National Cemetary, the Air Force Memorial, and the Marine Corps War Memorial. Arlington County spends about half of its revenue on education, making it one of the top ten per-pupil spenders in the nation. The Arlington Public Schools system operates five major high school campuses with a plethora of elementary and middle schools to feed them. A number of colleges and universities operate campuses in Arlington, adding to the youth of the community as well as providing a well-qualified set of local residents. Marymount University is the only university with its main campus located in Arlington. However, George Mason University, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, DeVry University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University all have satellite campuses in Arlington. A number of out-of-state colleges and universities also operate small campuses to support travel abroad programs in the capital.