Virginia Square, Urban Village, Small Town Feel

by Dan Lesniak

Custis TrailLiving along the Orange Line in Arlington offers an amazing urban lifestyle with plenty of options, recreation, and endless activities to pursue. But what if you are looking for a not-so-urban setting, with all the convenience of one, including the ability to live car free? Virginia Square could be just what you are looking for. Located along the Orange Line between Ballston and Clarendon, Virginia Square offers a unique village atmosphere in Arlington. With less commercial development, the neighborhood has become an educational and cultural center for the city, within a residential community.

The two largest employers of the neighborhood are the FDIC and George Mason University, both within a block or less of the Metro station. Most other businesses in the area are retail and restaurant based businesses, serving the area residents, which are within an easy walking distance from the Orange Line. Most of the smaller businesses that serve the neighborhood are long standing establishments that have been able to overcome economic issues and retain a loyal, local customer base. These work and business anchors have helped Virginia Square move from a more car-centric neighborhood to one that is a thriving urban village. The addition of apartment buildings near the station has helped this transformation, bringing more housing options to the area.

Yet, despite development changes, Virginia Square has maintained its sense of individuality and community connection. Along the walkable streets of the area, you will find many single family homes with tended front yards, and access to natural green spaces and community centers. There is direct access to the Custis Trail, a popular part of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in the county. Quincy Park is the largest of four area parks that are an easy walk from the Metro station, and offers baseball fields, playgrounds and picnicking. The Arts CenterArlington Central Library and Arlington Arts Center serve as community cultural hubs for the area as well.

The neighborhood highlights of Virginia Square give the area a small town village feel in the heart of our urban Orange Line. If you want to live in the best of both worlds, this stop on the Metro is worth exploring. Myself, and the Orange Line Living team are here to provide you with our unique and specialized services. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected].

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