Choosing the Right Neighborhood in Arlington, VA

There are a wide array of neighborhoods in Arlington, Virginia and in others nearby such as Great Falls, McLean, Vienna and Fairfax. Home to the Pentagon, several museums, luxury shopping and dining for every palate, Arlington, VA, is an impressive and diverse city.   Beautiful, established neighborhoods with a rich historical background surround a thriving business and entertainment community.  Many of the neighborhoods date to the middle 1800s, but new neighborhoods have created ideal lots for custom luxury home building.

Arlington’s fantastic neighborhoods didn’t happen by accident – urban planning, urban design and smart, planned growth can take much of the credit.

Arlington includes not one, but two Metrorail corridors (Rosslyn-Ballston and Jefferson Davis/US Route 1) and urban planners have worked over the course of decades to concentrate development activity in key areas to assist in building a strong local economy and thriving business districts.

Much of the land in Arlington is dedicated to planned residential neighborhoods, such as Ballston, Cherrydale, Clarendon, Columbia Pike, Courthouse, Crystal City, East Falls Church, Nauck, Pentagon City, Rosslyn, Shirlington and Virginia Square.

One website that provides detailed information about neighborhoods is Neighborhood Scout. This particular link shows you a map of Arlington broken up into neighborhoods and shows color-coding based on the house value by neighborhood.

Some Arlington, VA neighborhoods to consider for your luxury custom home include:

  1. Rivercrest / Riverwood
  2. Country Club Hills / Marymount U
  3. Clarendon
  4. Cherrydale / Lee Heights
  5. Aurora Hills

According to Neighborhood Scout’s research, the top five neighborhoods have a great deal in common, with median real estate prices averaging $1 million. The value and pristine maintenance of these homes yields high resale values of homes on the market.

It is also clear that these neighborhoods employ upper-level white-collar workers, on average upwards of 75% of the residents are employed in executive, management and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is government jobs, whether they are in local, state, or federal positions. While public transportation is available, the majority of commuters choose to drive to work.

A high level of education is also a commonality between all five neighborhoods. More than half of residents have a masters, law degree, medical degree, or Ph.D. Compare that to the average neighborhood in America, where just 8.4% of adults have completed a post-graduate degree, and it’s clear to see why these neighborhoods are so impressive.

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