Fairlington neighborhood in Arlington County is located adjacent to Shirlington in the southernmost part of the county on the boundary with the City of Alexandria. The main thoroughfares at Fairlington are Interstate 395 (Shirley Highway) which divides the neighborhood into North and South Fairlington, State Route 7 (King Street) and State Route 402 (Quaker Lane). Fairlington was once called Seminary Heights but changed its name due to confusion with other features in Alexandria. Fairlington name came after combining the names of the two counties in which the neighborhood was then located- Fairfax and Arlington. The neighborhood of Fairlington consists of primarily townhouse-type condominium apartments which were built in the 1940s as the largest housing project financed by the Defense Homes Corporation during World War II. Fairlington is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register. The streets in Fairlington are all two lanes but are slightly winding and usually separated by the equivalent of two or more city blocks. The streets and common areas in Fairlington are heavily treed with oaks, maples, elms, and sycamores. A Fairlington Notable Tree Walk showcases some of the more unusual trees in the area. Fairlington has both bicycle lanes and an on-street bicycle route. There are several Metrobus routes that traverse the neighborhood and adjacent roads which provide additional Metrobus and Alexandria's DASH bus service. Fairlington is also located 5 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County and 25 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Virginia. Fairlington offers several recreational areas for its residents including, Fairington Community Center, which was once an elementary school, Utah Field Park and Abingdon Elementary School. Each condominium association in Fairlington also maintains its own system of swimming pools and tennis and basketball courts for its own residents. Schools in Fairington include Abingdon Elementary School Gunston Middle School and Wakefield High School.
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