MOVING TO ARLINGTON VA – A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE


Arlington VA Memorial Bridge

 

Moving to Arlington Va – A Comprehensive Guide guaranteed to assure you of a smooth transition. How exciting that you are considering moving to Arlington VA!  Of course, it can be daunting as well, especially if you have never visited before and have no idea what to expect.  Perhaps it has to do with a job transfer.  Military?  God bless you and thank you for your service – you are sent all over the globe with a moment’s notice!  Never fear though, I have you covered – I’m a Military Relocation Specialist as well.

So let me tell you a little bit about what you can expect by moving to Arlington Virginia in this must-read guide.  And remember, if you don’t feel like reading right now and have a question you wish to be answered, just give me a call at 703-920-0003 and let’s have a little chat.

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WHERE IS ARLINGTON VA?

Arlington Virginia is part of the Washington DC Metropolitan region consisting of Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland.  The three regions are very close in parts and on any given day many people can traverse at least two of them, if not all three.


Arlington Map

 

It is only a stone’s throw across the southern bank of the Potomac River and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  It is also bordered by Fairfax County and the City of Falls Church to the west and the City of Alexandria to the southeast. This location is a key component of its popularity, being so close to the seat of government in Washington DC.

So, score one for LOCATION!  LOCATION!  LOCATION!

Arlington is the smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying a mere 25 square miles.

With Arlington County’s population estimated at 230,050according to the 2016 figures (Wikipedia), it is the sixth largest county in Virginia and also the sixth highest-income county in the United States by median family income.  It also boasts the highest concentration of singles in the region!

HOUSING IN ARLINGTON VA

I hate to break it to you, but if you’re like most people who move to Arlington VA, you are going to experience some sticker shock because home prices do rank amongst the most expensive in the nation.


Homes For Sale In Arlington VA

 

CHECK COST OF LIVING IN ARLINGTON VA PER SPERLING’S BEST PLACES

 

Do not, repeat, do not think you are going to get a 3 bedroom single family home in Arlington for $200,000 or $300,000.  That animal does not exist.

Still, the selection of homes in Arlington VA is very diverse.  There are many small, quaint homes harking way back, some of which are deemed to be historical and are entered in the National Registry of Historic Places.  Looking for contemporary-styled homes?  Check!  Brick bungalows?  Check!   McMansions? No problem!   Row-type homes – townhomes? You got them!

 

BUYING A CONDO IN ARLINGTON VIRGINIA?  HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW.

 

Last but not least are the adult communities (age 55 & over).  They boast varying designs, lifestyles, entrance requirements, prices, and costs.

So, no matter your taste, when moving to Arlington VA, there is a home for you!

A very diverse selection of homes!

 

REAL ESTATE IN ARLINGTON VA

 

Real estate in Arlington VA tends to be very resilient.  In down markets,  the drop in prices is never as precipitous as elsewhere.  Values are maintained pretty well.

At the time of writing, prices have seen a steady increase as a result of the low inventory across the area as a whole, further exacerbated by the interest rate increases being imposed by the Federal Reserve since the beginning of 2018. This has resulted in a lag of sales year-to-year when compared to 2017.

But wait, that was only until THE AMAZON FACTOR reared its head.  What, you haven’t heard that an AMAZON headquarters will be moving to Arlington Virginia?  Specifically to Crystal City, which is being re-named POTOMAC LANDING?

What this means is that we can no longer discuss real estate in Arlington VA and moving to Arlington VA without considering the advent of the new employer AMAZON and its impact on numerous facets of the County.

Immediately following the announcement there was a crush and rush of interest in Crystal City in particular and other immediate neighborhoods and even across state lines.  There were upward adjustments of some home and condo prices ranging from a low of $5,000 to a high of $30,000.  As a result, at the time of writing, pretty much all the inventory in Zip 22202 is gone.  The rush of buyers – mostly investors – have not seen any perceptible increase in new homes or condos coming on the market.  This is in line with the norm for this time of the year.

Although it is unlikely that this pace of sales will continue, it can be safely assumed that winter sellers might be reluctant to lower their prices.

So, LIVE, LOVE,  ARLINGTON!   I live here.  I work here.  I socialize here.  Come see for yourself!  Give me a call for an in depth discussion of the market!

NEIGHBORHOODS OF ARLINGTON VA


Moving to Arlington VA – Neighborhood Map

 

There are many small neighborhoods in Arlington VA.  Where do you wish to live?  These are known as Urban Villages, many of which are sought-after locations within the county, primarily in and around the Metro Rail stations.

 

As a result of the urbanization drive, many new developments and re-developments feature housing (mostly condominiums)  atop ground- level retail establishments.

Another aim of this urbanization push is to discourage dependency on automobiles. The result is not only a proliferation of housing but also grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment and places of employment. All concentrated together in any given neighborhood resulting in high walkability scores.

 

 

 

 

SO, IT IS EASY TO DITCH THE CAR!

HERE ARE HIGHLIGHTS FROM SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS LISTED BELOW  –

Clarendon – hot spot of the young and restless – sought after by most who move to Arlington VA – lots of restaurants, bars and night life – mostly condos and townhomes centered around the Metro Rail Station – close to everything! Shopping and supermarkets!


Clarendon Arlington VA

Ballston – following on the heels of Clarendon, especially with the total makeover slated for completion in 2020.  Home of Ballston Mall, also getting a facelift at the time of writing!

Country Club Hills– mature  – family oriented – larger single-family homes with well-manicured lawns – wide tree-lined streets.

Fairlington – Huge townhome complex derived from World War II housing facilities.  Very popular and affordable!

Alcova Heights Courthouse Maywood
Arlington Forest Columbia Heights Nauck
Arlington Heights Columbia Heights West North Highland
Arlington Ridge Crystal City North Rosslyn
Arlington View Dominion Hills Old Dominion
Arlington-East Falls Donaldson Run Olde Glebe
Ashton Heights Douglas Park Penrose
Aurora Highlands Dover Crystal Pentagon City
Ballston-Virginia Square Fairlington Radnor-Ft Myer Heights
Barcroft Forest Glen Rivercrest
Bellevue Forest Foxcroft Heights Riverwood
Bluemont Glebewood  Rock Spring
Boulevard Manor Glencarlyn Shirlington
Buckingham Gulf Branch Tara-Leeway Heights
Chain Bridge Forest High View Park Waverly Hills
Cherrydale Highland Park – Overlee Knolls Waycroft-Woodlawn
Claremont Leeway Westover Village
Clarendon Long Branch Creek Williamsburg
Colonial Village Lyon Park Woodmont
Columbia Forest Lyon Village Yorktown

These villages are distributed between North Arlington and South Arlington where North Arlington is above Route 50 and South Arlington is below.

TRANSPORTATION IN ARLINGTON VA


Orange Line Train — Court House Metro Station Arlington (VA) March 2016

No doubt with a move to Arlington VA, transportation will be high on your list.  So, here’s the story.  Even if you are not within walking distance of a Metro Rail Station or a Metro Bus stop, a quick 5 to 10-minute drive will get you in proximity.  Plus, there is Arlington Transit (ART) which is a bus system designed to connect neighborhoods with nearby Metro stations.

There is also the Zip Car-sharing service with drop-off and pick-up locations all around the city.  Just as prevalent are the bike share stations.

You are never too far away from one of the major highways – Route 50, Route 66, Highway 395 no matter where you live in Arlington VA.

But of all the numerous transportation modes, the pride of the pack is the Metro Rail service by way of the Blue, Orange, Silver and Yellow lines.

The Blue Line’s first stop in Arlington is Arlington Cemetery, with the last stop being Franconia-Springfield.

The Yellow Line’s first stop in Arlington is Pentagon, with the last stop being Huntington.

The Orange Line’s first stop in Arlington is Rosslyn, with the last stop being Vienna.

The Silver Line’s first stop in Arlington is Rosslyn, with the last stop being Wiehle-Reston East.

Note: The Red and Green Lines do not go to Arlington

Moving to Arlington VA – Metro Rail

Thousands of residents use this mode of transportation each day to get to and from work or to gain access to the rest of the Washington Metropolitan area. There is also service to Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Depending on where you move to in Arlington VA, you can be in DC in less than ten (10) minutes by car or Metro Rail. You can also walk or ride!

Bottom line, transportation in Arlington VA is excellent. It is easy to get around!

SCHOOLS IN ARLINGTON VA


Moving to Arlington VA – Schools

Are good schools a priority for you on your move to Arlington? 

The Arlington Public School system is one of the most laudable school systems in the country, having racked up numerous awards for many of its individual schools which can be listed in the “sought-after” category.  Williamsburg Middle, Arlington Science Focus, Nottingham Elementary, Jamestown Elementary, McKinley Elementary, and Yorktown High are a few.

There are twenty-three (23) elementary schools, six (6) middle schools, and five (5) high schools.

The 2015 enrollment figures for pre-K12 students was 25,678 coming from more than one hundred and twenty (120) countries.

In addition to the elementary, middle and high schools, there are some alternative programs that are offered as well, e.g

Arlington Community High School – a fully accredited alternative high school for students whose life circumstances have interrupted their schooling.

Langston High School Continuation Program which offers students flexibility in the way and timeframe in which students can earn their high school diplomas.

Stratford Program which is a secondary school for students who have special needs.

New Directions designed for a small group (30-35) of students with behavioral difficulties.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and H.B. Woodlawn an alternative secondary program where students control much of their education and do not have continuous adult supervision.

 HOSPITALS IN ARLINGTON VA

Virginia Hospital Center located at 1701 N George Mason Drive is the main hospital serving Arlington. It is a member of the Mayo Clinic Core Network and a Top 100 hospital for Patient Experience by health grades. If you are worried about health issues, like many people, you can plan your move to Arlington VA to be within a comfortable distance to one or more medical facility.

In addition, there are more than fifty hospitals across the Washington Metropolitan Area within close proximity.  Among them are Inova Alexandria HospitalGeorge Washington Hospital, Medstar Georgetown Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital all in Washington DC.

TAXES IN ARLINGTON VA


Moving to Arlington VA – Taxes

Real Estate Taxes in Arlington VA is due on 5th October and June 15th each year.  Properties are assessed early in the year and the values are then multiplied by the rate determined by the County Board. The current rate (2018) is 1.006% per $100 of assessed value.

There is an assessment appeals process as well as tax relief and exemption programs.

There is also a Personal Property Tax in Arlington VA.  It is levied on cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor homes, trailers, motor scooters, semitrailers, boats, and aircraft.

SHOPPING AND DINING


Moving to Arlington VA – Shopping

Love to shop?  Love to eat out?  You will definitely feel right at home with all that Arlington has to offer in these two categories.

There are two major shopping malls in Arlington VA – Pentagon City Mall and Ballston (Quarter) Mall.

PENTAGON CITY MALL

Pentagon City Mall (Fashion Center) is located in South Arlington on Hayes Street where it shares space with the Metro Rail Station, making it super convenient for shoppers outside the area as well.

It is a world-class structure with over one hundred and seventy (170) stores including high-end names such as Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Appleand Rolex.

There is also a huge food court offering food of every variety to suit the most discriminating palates.

Step across the street and more shopping is available at COSTCO among other stores.

In neighboring Pentagon Row, there are still more small shops and many restaurants plus a Harris Teeter Grocery.

BALLSTON QUARTER (MALL)

Major renovations to Ballston Mall which is located at 4238 Wilson Boulevard in North Arlington commenced over a year ago which will produce a spectacular shopping arena complimented by facades, a new plaza, mews, streetscape, and garage improvements, while the site of the existing Macy’s Home Store will be transformed into a mixed-use building (combination of residential and retail) of which 51,000 square feet will be ground floor retail.

There are small shopping plazas all across the city where names like CHICO’s, Pottery Barn, BARNES & NOBLE, Crate & Barrel, ETHAN ALLEN, The Container Store, SEPHORA, Williams-Sonoma will be familiar.

These are complemented by well-known grocery chains – WHOLE FOODS, Trader Joe’s, HARRIS TEETER, Safeway, GIANT, Shoppers Food Warehouse.

DINING


Moving to Arlington VA – Dining

Hungry?  Walk or drive the length of Clarendon Boulevard and you will be fed in a different type of eatery for weeks!

How about FIREWORKS AMERICA PIZZERIA & BAR, Me Jana, RAYS THE STEAK, Corner Bakery, COSI, California Tortilla, IRELANDS FOUR COURTS, Summer Restaurant, BEN’S CHILI BOWL, Rhodeside Grill, CHEESECAKE FACTORY, Delhi Club, FOUR SISTERS GRILL, Sakura to name a few.

Feel for some French cuisine?  La Cote D’or at 6876 Lee Highway will not disappoint.

There are eating establishments along most major thoroughfares, especially by the Metro Rail stations and within each neighborhood.  How about some barbecue ribs from Texas Jack’s Barbecue on Arlington Boulevard?

BOB & EDITH’S DINER, La Betttola Restaurant, BONSAI SUSHI, Portofina, TOP THAI, Café Italiana, CANTINA MEXICANA, Taste of India, ENJERA are some of the South 23rd Street establishments.

Need something more upscale?  There is famous steakhouse Ruth’s Chris on Crystal Drive high up on the 11th Floor with an amazing view of the airport skyline.  A couple of steps there is yet another famous steakhouse Morton’s in addition to  McCormick & Schmick’s.

More Crystal City restaurants include Legal Seafood, UYGHUR CUISINE, Buffalo Wild Wings, JALEO, Chipotle, TORO, Ted’s Montano Grill, CHICK-FIL-A.

Plus there are more fast food joints than you can shake a stick at.

A new one with a different twist opened recently on S Fern St. called ROTI MODERN MEDITTERANEAN, all laid out for you to make up your own menu.

IT’S ALL HERE IN ARLINGTON!  BON APPETIT!

MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN ARLINGTON VA

In addition to the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT which is the largest single employer, other major employers in Arlington VA include

IT WAS ANNOUNCED JUST A WEEK AGO THAT AMAZON WILL BE SETTING UP A HEADQUARTERS IN CRYSTAL CITY FOR 25,000 JOB OPENINGS.

PARKS IN & AROUND ARLINGTON VA


Moving to Arlington VA – Parks

Arlington VA is the place for parks and biking trails, so if you are the outdoor type, Arlington is made for you!  With over 1100 acres of parks and open spaces, there is a wide variety to choose from.

There are some with playgrounds, picnic areas, basketball, and other sports:FIND A PARK

Check out the most popular parks near Arlington VA Condominiums 

ENTERTAINMENT

Whatever strikes your fancy by way of entertainment can be found in Arlington VA.  Food festivals, weekly farmers’ markets, marine corp races, movies, art, theatre (Arlington is home to the renowned Signature Theatre), bars, county fairs, major places of interest and tourist attractions like Arlington CemeteryAir Force Memorial911 MemorialThe Pentagon.

If and when you exhaust these, Washington DC is but a metro rail stop away!  There you will have access to all the world-renowned museums, theatre of all types and variety at The Kennedy CenterNational TheatreArena Stage by the waterfront and so many more.

FAQS ABOUT MOVING TO ARLINGTON VA

Questions of one kind or another are always inevitable when moving to Arlington VA. 

Where do I register my car? – DMVNOW.com or Call 804-497-7100

How long do I have to do so? – Within 30 Days of Moving In.

Where do I get my drivers’ license? – Check with DMVNOW.com for Locations

How is trash removal handled?

Regular collection occurs weekly. Place containers at curbside no earlier than 5 PM the day before collection and no later than 6 AM the day of collection. Place recycling bins curbside on the same day as trash to recycle newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, bottles, and cans. Composting, yard waste, brush and leaf recycling are collected different times of the month for each community. Check with the Arlingtonchamber.org for details.

Are there choices for utility companies?

Check with ArlingtonVA.us for Utilities – Water is provided by the county, The Water Pollution Control Plant handles sewer and water – New Utilities for Water, Sewer, Refuse and Recycling are set up at 703-228-6570

Who are they?

 Electricity is through Dominion Virginia Power – Phone provided by Verizon.com – Cable providers include Comcast of Arlington (703-841-7700) or Verizon FIOS TV of Virginia (800-837-4966) – Gas Provided by Washington Gas (703-750-1000)

Where is the nearest library? – 703-228-3348 to Find Your Nearest Library (Central Library)

How many hospitals are there? (See Hospital Section Above)

How do I obtain a license for my dog?  Visit ArlingtonVA.US to register a pet or call 703-228-4000

GET THESE AND MORE CITY ANSWERS HERE

Although this guide answers many of these questions, the list goes on and on.  To supplement these answers and more, use the link to access a copy of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Relocation Packet.

And if you are a business person, you definitely should become a member of this vibrant and active Arlington Chamber of Commerce once your move to Arlington VA is complete.

CONCIERGE SERVICE

Arlington VA is my home and I can help with your transition in making it yours too!  I look forward to helping you Relocate to Arlington VA.

My help extends to getting you moved.

Are you interested in a concierge service, i.e. having someone getting you packed and unpacked once you arrive here?

Are you interested in getting items donated?  Cleaners, etc.?  Just ask and it will be done!

Arlington May 22, 2019
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2904 13th Rd S #404-2
Arlington, VA 22204
2904 13th Rd S #404-2 Arlington, VA 22204
1 of 34
$299,900
Subdivision: Commons Of Arlington
BEDS
2
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
841
BUILT
1948
ON SITE
1Day
MLS ®
VAAR149314
Escape to your private backyard oasis, this lovely 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Ground Floor Condo has a rear fenced in patio that backs to a wooded area- enjoy the peace and quiet while sipping your...
2030 Adams St #1207
Arlington, VA 22201
2030 Adams St #1207 Arlington, VA 22201
1 of 42
$320,000
Subdivision: None Available
BEDS
2
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
897
BUILT
1964
ON SITE
1Day
MLS ®
VAAR149630
Welcome home to this 12th floor corner condo at The Circle in N. Arlington, 1.5 miles from DC and a few metro stops away from the Pentagon and Crystal City! Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and a...
1422 21st St S
Arlington, VA 22202
1422 21st St S Arlington, VA 22202
1 of 35
$1,269,900
Subdivision: Arlington Ridge
BEDS
4
BATHS
4
SQ.FT.
2,260
BUILT
1959
ON SITE
1Day
MLS ®
VAAR149716
Magnificent home in Arlington Ridge. Spectacular renovation with picturesque views. 4 beds/3.5 baths, fabulous kitchen with high end appliances, gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Large new windows...
4409 1st Place S
Arlington, VA 22204
4409 1st Place S Arlington, VA 22204
 
$691,900
Subdivision: North Barcroft
BEDS
3
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
1,560
BUILT
1975
ON SITE
1Day
MLS ®
VAAR149558
Location! Location! Location! Cul-de-sac jewel in North Barcroft neighborhood, this is a three bedroom + den and two full baths home. House faces Arlington Hall Park with its large sports fields,...
4117 Four Mile Run Dr #B
Arlington, VA 22204
Open House
4117 Four Mile Run Dr #B Arlington, VA 22204
1 of 26
$515,000
Condo: West Vge At Shir
BEDS
3
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
1,356
BUILT
1966
ON SITE
3Days
MLS ®
VAAR148928
Rare 3 bed / 2.5 bath 2 level townhouse in West Village with a storage unit included. Walk out to a lush green lawn. Tons of natural light, hardwoods throughout, updated kitchen with granite...
1881 Nash St #TS01
Arlington, VA 22209
1881 Nash St #TS01 Arlington, VA 22209
1 of 42
$4,995,000
Subdivision: Turnberry Tower
BEDS
3
BATHS
5
SQ.FT.
4,447
BUILT
2009
ON SITE
3Days
MLS ®
VAAR149272
Top floor, tower suite penthouse with a superior modern renovation designed by architect Salo Levinas. With unparalleled living spaces and private terraces, this award winning residence has...
1530 Key Blvd #525
Arlington, VA 22209
1530 Key Blvd #525 Arlington, VA 22209
1 of 21
$419,000
Subdivision: Atrium Condo
BEDS
1
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
765
BUILT
1986
ON SITE
3Days
MLS ®
VAAR149612
Whimsical, artistic, unique --one bedroom, one bath. Sunny, Southern exposure with hand painted finishes, mosaic touches in bath / kitchen. Updated kitchen, flooring, lighting and bath. Walk in...
1121 Arlington Blvd #842
Arlington, VA 22209
1121 Arlington Blvd #842 Arlington, VA 22209
1 of 13
$335,000
Subdivision: River Place North
BEDS
2
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
884
BUILT
1955
ON SITE
2Days
MLS ®
VAAR149640
2BD Unit in mint conditions ,great view open floor plan, great view from the large balcony. 2 blocks to Rosslyn Metro, walk to Georgetown, convenient to shops and many restaurants. Gated community...
1742 Rhodes St #5-302
Arlington, VA 22201
Open House
1742 Rhodes St #5-302 Arlington, VA 22201
1 of 20
$279,500
Subdivision: Colonial Village II
BEDS
1
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
544
BUILT
1940
ON SITE
2Days
MLS ®
VAAR149648
Superb Location - A 50-acre green oasis just a 7 min walk to Courthouse Metro, shopping, dining! Iconic Colonial Revival garden apartments, clustered around beautifully landscaped & maintained...
2326 Vermont St N
Arlington, VA 22207
2326 Vermont St N Arlington, VA 22207
1 of 48
$1,975,000
Subdivision: Lee Heights
BEDS
6
BATHS
7
SQ.FT.
6,249
BUILT
2007
ON SITE
2Days
MLS ®
VAAR149666
Exquisite detail and unsurpassed quality throughout! Lush gardens, cascading waterfalls and extensive hardscaped multilevel dining areas with professionally designed exterior lighting surround this...
989 Buchanan St S #205
Arlington, VA 22204
Open House
989 Buchanan St S #205 Arlington, VA 22204
1 of 11
$309,916
Subdivision: Trafalgar Flats
BEDS
1
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
690
BUILT
2019
ON SITE
2Days
MLS ®
VAAR149646
Grand Opening, Now Immediate Delivery! Introducing Trafalgar Flats, Arlington's newest luxury condominium community. These 78 boutique condos feature stunning finishes including standard quartz...
2036 Woodrow St #4
Arlington, VA 22207
2036 Woodrow St #4 Arlington, VA 22207
1 of 26
$198,000
Subdivision: Dominion Terrace
BEDS
1
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
588
BUILT
2005
ON SITE
4Days
MLS ®
VAAR149584
An incredible value for Arlington! Well maintained one bedroom condo, steps away from the popular Lee Heights Shopping Center. This lovely condo includes a galley kitchen, spacious dining/living room...
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