Only two stops from the nation’s capital along the Orange Line, Courthouse carries with it the appearance of being part of Washington D.C.. Being the seat of Arlington County’s government, Courthouse houses primary administrative buildings, hence the neighborhood’s name. The urban village consists of a combination of high-rise residential and business buildings mixed with the government buildings. Courthouse brings the Washingtonian experience, without being in Washington D.C.
The current landscape of Courthouse is dominated by new construction. This, mixed with the stately architecture of Arlington County’s local government, gives this village a distinctly Washingtonian feel. Courthouse draws in the governmental workers as well as residents looking for the Washington D.C. experience without the high costs of Clarendon or inside of the District itself. Prospective buyers have a wide range in choice, from older more historic constructions to newer more contemporary constructions.
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Food and Entertainment
The streets of Courthouse are lined with endless food and entertainment options. The village is well known for its Flea Market and Farmer’s market held on Saturday’s from 8:00am until noon. Shoppers have the ability to buy local, fresh produce as well as the odds and ends found in most flea markets. The Flea and Farmer’s Market are held at the Courthouse Plaza, located in the heart of the village, a premiere pedestrian mall stocked with restaurants, shop and a movie theater.
Courthouse does not fall short when it comes to food. There are a number of local establishments in and around the Plaza, as well as a few City Smart Living staples including Ireland’s Four Courts and Ragtime, to name a few. The village houses a variety of restaurants ranging from informal lunch spots to upscale restaurants, as well as small venues for local bands to play. Residents of Courthouse can enjoy the great nightlife, or, for a change of scenery, go to Georgetown or Clarendon, which are both a short walk away.
In terms of outdoor activities, the Custis Trail, a paved trail, runs through Courthouse. This trail leads to most of the major Trails in Northern Virginia including the Mount Vernon Trail, the Potomac Heritage Trail and the Capital Crescent Trail.
Transportation options in Courthouse are top-notch. The Courthouse Metro station, an Orange Line stop, is in the center of the village. Other forms of transit include Metrobus and Art routes. Courthouse also has easy access to several major roads including Route 50 , Interstate 66, and Interstate 395.
In addition to the driving and transit options, Courthouse is very bike and pedestrian friendly. Most roads have bike lanes and wide sidewalks which allow for safe passage through the village. Capital Bikeshare also has several stations in Courthouse.
Courthouse is for residents who want the stately feel of Washington D.C. without actually living in the district. Courthouse has a very “resident-friendly” feeling, due to an abundance of community offerings including the Flea and Farmer’s markets. Being both Virginian and Washingtonian, resident friendly and stately, Courthouse is a viable option for residents looking for something truly “Arlington”.