Which Arlington Neighborhood Should You Live In?

Published on August 3, 2020 under Community

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Arlington is growing, and it's no surprise- it's been voted one of the best cities in Virginia to live in. A vibrant city with an important place in American history, Arlington has a lot to offer residents. It's also only fifteen minutes away from Washington D. C., which is great for commuters, travelers, and anyone interested in viewing our nation's monuments, museums, and other attractions in the capital. Arlington offers the best of quiet suburban living, open space, greenery, urban culture and nightlife, and prime location, without the crowds of the capital. But as with any big city, each neighborhood is a completely different experience, and choosing where to live can be overwhelming. Here is our guide to the hottest neighborhoods in Arlington that you should consider moving to, and what they offer.


This busy commercial district is home to companies like Deloitte and Nestle, as well as national media outlets like Politico and the Washington Business Journal. It's also easy on the eyes, with expansive views of Washington D.C. and the Potomac River. It has lots of community events for residents to participate in, and has a thriving nightlife scene. It also has highly-ranked schools. Kids in northern Rosslyn go to Arlington Traditional Elementary School, the #2 public elementary school in Virginia. The neighborhood is also home to Arlington Science Focus Elementary School which ranks seventh in Virginia. For commuters and frequent travelers, this neighborhood is well-connected, with easy access to the region's highway network and metro system. House prices have surged in recent years in response to the neighborhood's growing popularity, now ranging from $400,000 to over $4 million.

Things to do in Rosslyn:

  • Visit the US Marine Corps War Memorial
  • Visit the Arlington National Cemetery
  • Walk through Gateway Park


This is Arlington's wealthiest neighborhood. While there are some single family homes, it's urban setting means that the majority of housing takes the form of condos and attached houses. Residents living here get to enjoy over thirty restaurants and ten bars, as well as vibrant nightlife for the younger crowd. There is a Whole Foods, Apple Store, Cheesecake Factory, and other urban staples. Groceries, activities, parks, and metro stations are all within walking distance of homes and condos. The neighborhood is served by top-ranked elementary and high schools. Stand-alone homes have price tags over a million dollars, while condos start around $400,000.

Things to do in Clarendon:

  • Shop at the Market Common
  • Get active at Rocky Run Park
  • Spend time with kids at Henry Clay Park

Honorable Mentions

Crystal City

This dense corporate hub is about to get Amazon's second headquarters. The company is planning to bring 25,000 new jobs to the region. It also sits right next to the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Arlington Forest

This quiet neighborhood has plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks, and is more affordable than neighborhoods like Clarendon. It has great schools and is good for both families and retirees. Median houses prices are around $550,000.

Arlington is full of unique and interesting neighborhoods, from quiet suburban havens to lively urban centers. If you are interested in purchasing a home, we here at First Savings would love to help. Reach out to one of our loan officers today, and we can guide you through the process.

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