Clarendon is located in Arlington County, Virginia. In 1900 Clarendon was planned on a hill on Wilson Blvd. (formerly Georgetown Falls Foad). Once streetcars came to the area in the early 20th century this part of Arlington County was very busy with travelers. The streetcars were in service until the 1930’s.
In 1920 the town was up to be considered for incorporation but was soon shot down by the courts. However, it was elected for one of Arlington County’s post offices.
The Clarendon Metro Station opened in the 80’s and offerred the Clarendon area a diverse mix of shops, restaurants, bars, office space, and apartments.
Events are also held in Clarendon, such as “Clarendon Day”, which includes live music, rides, food, jewelry, clothing and much more. Other events include CSC Invitational, and Arlington’s Neighborhood Day Parade. There is also a farmer’s market from Memorial Day until Labor Day in Clarendon Central Park.
Want to add spice and history to your life, then you should consider Clarendon your home.
Located at 2800 Clarendon Blvd., the Market Common at Clarendon features an exceptional selection of stores including Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Barnes & Noble, and a variety of restaurants, all of which are located in an attractive and architecturally stimulating street-front setting intended for both walking and window shopping. The Market Common is located near Metro’s Orange Line; three blocks from the Clarendon Station.
If you are looking for a fun place to celebrate, there are a variety of the bars and restaurants to chose from in the Northern Virginia area. For instance, there are options in Arlington like Clarendon‘s Sobe Bar & Bistro (which participates in the annual neighborhood bar crawl) or in Alexandria like at Old Town‘s Murphy’s. Furthermore, there are a lot of Irish restaurants to chose from in Old Town including Irish Walk, O’Connell’s, and O’shaugnessy’s.
Late winter in Virginia many of us have spent our weekends cooped-up inside the house. In addition, the bleak and stormy weather can affect our moods and overall dispositions, creating what is commonly thought of as the wintertime blues. Luckily, for those of us who subscribe to the notion of retail therapy, living in Arlington provides locals with a whole host of high-end retail remedies. With a wide array of exclusive indoor shopping malls and hundreds of specialty stores located throughout Arlington’s many distinct neighborhoods, even the worst case of the winter doldrums can be cured by a little retail therapy. So the next time you have a dollar to spend and an afternoon to spare: stop, drop, and shop at one of Arlington’s acclaimed retail shopping areas, the most popular of which are highlighted below.
Ballston Commons Mall: Located at North Glebe and Wilson Blvd., Ballston Commons stretches out over a 1.3 million square foot parcel of land and features major retailers such as Macy’s, Macy’s Furniture Gallery, and over 100 other specialty stores. Ballston Commons also features a Regal Cinema movie theater, a Washington Sport & Health Club, and two full-sized ice skating rinks. The mall is located on Metro’s Orange Line; one block from the Ballston Station.
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City: Located at 1100 South Hayes Street, Pentagon City Mall is considered a world-class fashion experience and offers a four-level, glass enclosed, atrium-style shopping center featuring more than 170 retail stores. Pentagon City also houses 7 full-service restaurants, a food court and a movie theater. The Pentagon City Mall is located on Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; connected to the Pentagon City Station.
The Market Common at Clarendon: Located at 2800 Clarendon Blvd., the Market Common at Clarendon features an exceptional selection of stores including Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Barnes & Noble, and a variety of restaurants, all of which are located in an attractive and architecturally stimulating street-front setting intended for both walking and window shopping. The Market Common is located near Metro’s Orange Line; three blocks from the Clarendon Station.
Crystal City Shops: Located at 1608 Crystal Square Arcade, the Crystal City Shops provide visitors with more than 200 retail stores, shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafes along Crystal Drive. The Crystal City Shops feature a promenade with direct access to hotels and the Metro. Restaurant options include Bebo Trattoria, Charlie Chaing’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Jaleo, King Street Blues, Legal Sea Foods, and McCormick & Schmick’s. The Crystal City Shops are located on Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; connected to the Crystal City Station.
Pentagon Row: Located at Joyce Street and Army-Navy Drive, the Shops at Pentagon Row feature main stream fashion retailers and commercial restaurants as well as the Arlington Visitors Center. Shoppers can enjoy the charm of Main Street while shopping in an urban village setting. The Shops at Pentagon Row are located near Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; near the Pentagon City Station.
The Village at Shirlington: Located at 2700 South Quincy Street, Shirlington is one of Arlington’s favorite local neighborhoods for dining and theatrical productions. Shirlington is home to the Signature Theatre and features a European-style promenade with shops, restaurants, nightlife and an art-house cinema. The Village at Shirlington is not located within walking distance of a Metro station.
The Benefits of DC without the Disadvantages of DC
Some people want what DC has to offer (i.e. jobs, nightlife, culture), but don’t want all of the extra things that come with it, like higher sales tax, or confusing, traffic filled non gridline roads. DC is easy to get to, from either the Orange line of the metro, the Key Bridge or the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. The nice thing about commuting on the metro is that you won’t have to worry about finding a parking space in DC. Additionally, some DC employers will reimburse their Arlington employees for travel expenses.
Virginia Restaurants & Shopping
Advantages to Arlington include the shopping centers and malls, like Pentagon City Mall, Ballston Common Mall, Crystal City Shops, Rosslyn Metro Mall, and Clarendon’s Market Commons Mall, just to name a few. A nice quality about shopping in some of the luxury stores in Arlington, like Nordstrom for example, is the superior quality of goods.
Throughout Arlington there are lots of great bars and restaurants. There is a lot of variety ranging from different ethnic foods to different style settings. For example, there is Cava Mezze in Clarendon, which serves authentic Greek food, there is Carpool in Courthouse, which has pool tables and games, and there is Legal Seafood’s in Crystal City which has great oysters.
Neighborhood and Home Variety
There are plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from in Arlington. You’ll find that each neighborhood and home has a unique atmosphere, which sets it apart from the rest. For example, if you like a middle-class walkable residential neighborhood, with an indie movie theater, you might like to live in a two bedroom condo in Shirlington. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a 3 bedroom townhouse, built in the 1980’s, with a balcony, an assigned parking space, and a nearby metro stop with lots of surrounding businesses, you might like something in Clarendon.
Active, Affluent, and Awesome
Arlington has a rich economy that is supported by a constant infusion of people new to the area, as well as Northern Virginia locals. One thing you’ll find in common with these transplants and natives, is a shared educational background which is usually a bachelor’s degree, at the minimum. Also, for people teaching or working on their education, there is Marymount University in Arlington.
Many people come to the area because of the vast amount of jobs hiring. When they get here, they are very active. The dead of winter won’t stop some joggers and bicyclists from getting their work out in. Happy hours at Whitlow’s in Clarendon are hip and happening all year round. For some of the older crowd, you might like to have a glass of wine at Eat Bar.
Are you leaving the area, but not quite ready to part with your Clarendon townhome? Are you active duty military, with upcoming orders for assignment in Germany? Regardless of your circumstances, property management is a great way of safely and effectively renting out your property. You could use your rental property income to put towards the mortgage, if you haven’t paid it off yet.
Separation between Clients
Tenants and landlords each have their own wishes that they each want met (e.g. timely rent payments, proper repairs / maintenance, thorough unit inspections, etc.) Having a property manager can make this process a walk in the park, especially for the landlord. Without a property management service, there is the potential to have quarrels over issues, which can lead to undesirable leeway being extended (i.e. late payment). For example, what if your tenant would like to paint the walls? Will you let them smooth talk you and guilt trip you into having it their way? Nesbitt Realty can enforce your rules and keep a diplomatic barrier between both parties.
Nesbitt Realty can file all of the legal paperwork (e.g. lease, pets addendum, lead based paint disclosure, etc.) involved with renting out your property. This documentation can provide a great preventative safety measure for the landlord, in case of a breach of terms. Nesbitt Realty has several NVAR licensed Realtors who can put your property into the MLS (multiple listing service) and thus reach a much larger audience, than say, using craigslist.
Reliability and Accountability
Whether we like it or not, sometimes homes need maintenance and sometimes they need maintenance at the worst of tim
es (e.g. the dead of winter, early Sunday morning, in the hot and humid summer, etc.) Nesbitt Realty has top notch accountability with handling maintenance issues – from sinks needing snaking, to hardwood floors needing updating, to lost keys needing replacing. If you need to get a hold of the Nesbit Realty, you can call and either a.) Get a hold of someone or b.) Get a call back from someone in a very timely manner. Not everyone has this level of reliability and accountability.
Outside political and economic forces can seriously affect the market conditions in the area. CMA’s (competitive market analysis) can help estimate what you can charge for you rental. On the other hand, Zillow estimates, can be very distorted and misleading. Additionally, Nesbitt Realty’s Principal Broker, Will Nesbitt, keeps a very up to date informed eye on the trends affecting the area. This can help to create an appropriate price to get your place rented quickly, preceding a harsh rental market.
Some smart people are aware of the fact that you can use your money to make more money. One way to do this is to buy choice properties, when the conditions are right. Will Nesbitt regularly surveys listings all throughout the Northern Virginia area, to find these assets for clients. Also, the combination of his experience with the vast array of properties, combined with his moral ethical outlook for your best interest, leads to a good partnership for everyone involved.
Situated directly across Washington DC’s Potomac River, Arlington VA is an urban county that covers a total land area of 26 square miles. The properties in the area are a varied mix of commercial buildings and residential units. The metropolitan district can be easily accessed both by car and public transportation.
Some of the urban villages included in Arlington County are the following:
Arlington Ridge – boasts of its mansion-lined boulevard and a picturesque view of surrounding areas including Washington D.C.