Did I Hate the Workday Commute on DC Metro?

Is the Orange Line during working hours worth the hassle or not?  My experience on the DC Metro is not what you would consider veteran – like, but I do have an initial thought or two as to what this would be like in my every day routine.

When I rode the DC Metro Orange Line I was heading from Rosslyn to Ballston.  It was only a small portion of my overall trip that day.  This, although a short trip in the grand scale of things on the Metro, told me a lot about the trips that I would take in the future.  The work day is somewhat of a challenge on the Orange Line, but nothing out of control.

Rosslyn has lots of condominiums to chose from
Rosslyn has lots of condominiums to chose from

What I experienced in the ride was a packed car, but a quick transit.  It’s getting on the car that was the challenge.  Not that there weren’t cars arriving, it’s just that with the time between cars was about ten minutes or more and you didn’t always get on the first one.  Sometimes I looked to my left and right and saw the corridor of the rail way packed all the way down to the wall on both left and right sides.  As soon as the next car revealed a glimpse of its fuzzy yellow headlights, the surrounding people looked up from their iPhones and dashed inside to secure a spot on the car.

This is in no way as packed or crazy as it is in Chicago on the L, but there is a chance you could wait for up to twenty minutes to get on the way to your destination, or maybe just the next stop on the way to yet another.  All in all, I found it to be cost effective, but a bit frustrating for a person used to traveling in a vehicle.

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What it is like on the Metro in Northern VA?

Aubrey Nesbitt and Kelly Nesbitt in Ballston
Aubrey Nesbitt and Kelly Nesbitt in Ballston

First Impressions of the DC Metro

This week I had the opportunity to ride the DC Metro for the first time.  After recently moving to the area and previously experiencing other mass transit systems, I was curious.  I rode the Metro from Huntington to Ballston, transferring from the Yellow to the Blue rail at Pentagon and then from the Blue to Silver at Rosslyn.

Keeping in mind the numerous trips I have taken on the L in Chicago, the subway in New York and the Metro in St. Louis, I reached a couple of conclusions:

First of all, the rail cars themselves are pretty much the same on all four, New York being more used and St. Louis Metro being the newest.  The ease of purchasing a card here on the DC Metro and transferring from one rail car to the other seemed to be easy enough for even me to figure out.

The next thing that I did notice was that the amount of time I spent waiting for the next rail car to come was longer than I expected.  One thing that slowed things down that day was the shutting down of an area of the rail due to a fire response team reacting to some non-disclosed issue.  Other than that, the waiting was not horrible and the rail cars were not over-crowded.

Ballston,_Arlington_County,_VirginiaThe last thing worth mentioning is the price that was paid to travel there and back.  I paid $2.00 for the card and it cost me $7.15 for the round trip.  After returning to the origination of my trip I realized that this price was a good deal, because I didn’t have to pay to park my car.

The DC Metro seemed to be safe and without a doubt was a good deal for the wallet.


What is the condominium community on top of the Hotel Palomar in Arlington?

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Located at 1111 North 19th Street in Arlington, Virginia, the Waterview Condominiums are among the area’s most desirable and luxurious residential condo communities. Last year, the Waterview Condominiums were rated one of Arlington County’s top 12 condominium facilities; and with the Hotel Palomar located directly below the condo units, Waterview residents can enjoy all of the perks that this particularly convenient locale has to offer. Residents have access to the Hotel Palomar’s conference rooms and business centers, as well as the hotel bar and restaurant.

The Waterview condos feature a 24-hour concierge, a private residents-only lounge, a rooftop observation deck with some of the most breathtaking and panoramic views in the area, an outdoor terrace located 100 feet from the Potomac River, a spa and fitness facility, and a reserved parking garage. Individual condo units feature hardwood and parquet floors, floor to ceiling glass windows, and imported granite countertops.

Apart from the obvious luxury of the Hotel and the condominium building, the location of the Waterview is superbly positioned for the Washington Metro commuter. Located in the epicenter of Rosslyn and less than five minutes away from greater Washington D.C., the Waterview offers easy access to Reagan National and Dulles airport as well as downtown Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia.


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Residents of Arlington enjoy the Rosslyn Farmers Market

Rosslyn Farmers’ Market is located at North Lynn Street at Metro Park in Rosslyn. The market is open on Thursdays, beginning in May and through October. The market offers pastries, organic fruits, herbs, and locally-grown vegetables.

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U.S. Federal Agencies in Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia is home to many Federal Agencies of the United States. It has been described by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell as “the economic engine of the state” at a Northern Virginia Technology Council address in January 2010 as government contracting has played an important role in the economy of Northern Virginia, providing jobs for many residents. Many of these Federal Agencies are located in Arlington.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
View of the U.S. Patent Office in autumn.

Here is a list of those Federal Agencies and their locations:


Defense Contract Management Agency
Institute for Defense Analyses
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Carlyle District)


Envirnomental Protection AgencyNational Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center
National Foreign Affairs Training Center (Arlington Hall)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Ballston)
Immigration & Naturalization Service (Ballston)
National Science Foundation (Ballston)
Office of Naval Research (Ballston)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Ballston)
Defense Information Systems Agency (Columbia Pike)
Defense Threat Reduction AgencyNuclear Waste Technical Review Board (Courthouse)
U.S. Marshals Service (Crystal City)
Army National Guard Readiness Center (George Mason Drive)
Defense Intelligence Agency (The Pentagon)
Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (The Pentagon)
Department of Defense (The Pentagon)
National Guard Bureau (The Pentagon)
National Security Space Office (The Pentagon)
Defense Logistics AgencyTransportation Security Administration (Pentagon City)
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Pentagon City)
Mine Safety and Health Administration (Rosslyn)
Bureau of Diplomatic Security (Rosslyn)
Office of the Inspector General (Rosslyn)
U.S Trade & Development Agency (Rosslyn)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Virginia Square)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Virginia Square)
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Washington National Airport)

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National Reconnaissance Office
National Reconnaissance Operations Center

Fort Belvoir

Department of Defense Agency in Alexandria VA

Defense Contract Audit Agency
Defense Logistics Agency
Defense Technical Information Center
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
United States Army Intelligence and Security Command
United States Army Material Command


Central Intelligence Agency (Langley)
Farm Credit Administration (Tysons Corner)
National Counterterrorism Center (Tysons Corner)
United States Trade and Development AgencyOffice of the Director of National Intelligence (Tysons Corner)


United States Geological Survey


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The Federal Highway Administration is part of the Department of Transportation

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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Aubrey NesbittAbout the Author --- Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

Record Fair at the Artisphere

A Record Fair was held at the Artisphere. Vendors and consumers gathered for this day long activity. At the midway point, there was a film screening. Afterwards, the director of the movie had a question and answer session with the audience. Ian Mackaye was in attendance.

Rosslyn is located in the northeastern corner of Arlington County, north of Arlington National Cemetery and directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown in Washington, D.C. The numerous high-rise buildings of Rosslyn appears (in some ways) more urban than nearby Washington.

Added to the mix are new condominiums, lively restaurants and exciting shops, all with easy access to Washington and close-in proximity to Interstate-395, the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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Performance Art at the Artisphere

Visiting the Artisphere in Rosslyn was very enjoyable. I was there to see Kaki King, a critically acclaimed female guitarist. Taking the some what spiral stairs past the lounge, and up to the second floor was neat. There were a few art related quotes to read from the walls display, as well as a series of artistic photographs streaming from a projector onto a wall.

Entering the Dome Theatre, there were steep seats which created an immediate intimate closeness with the stage. Looking up, the spherical shape of the Dome Theatre reminded me of a planetarium. During the performance everything was very professional, there were perfectly timed lights and video that corresponded with the acoustic-electric guitar’s rhythms & progressions & physical movements which were a part of King’s kickstarter. During a pausing moment, Kaki King told the audience that this was her third performance of the nights entertainment, entitled ‘the Neck is a Bridge to the Body.’ Overall, I found the music and video to be soothing and cerebral. Afterwards, I left for the Orange line metro station two blocks away, still thinking about the sounds and pictures that I had seen earlier that evening.

The Artisphere is the result of 40 years of community desire culminating with a public & private partnership with Arlington County & Rosslyn Business Improvement District and Monday Properties. Amenities here include:

  • 4,000 sq. ft. Terrace Gallery, plus two additional gallery spaces for visual arts
  • 4,000 sq. ft. Ballroom (3,000 sq. ft. dance floor) for events, performances and live music
  • 220-seat Dome Theatre for concerts, films and presentations
  • 125-seat Black Box Theatre—the new home of WSC Avant Bard
  • 387-seat Spectrum Theatre for concerts and events located just next door
  • Free WiFi
  • Two-story Video Wall screening experimental film and video installations
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For real estate at Rosslyn in Arlington VA contact Nesbitt Realty

Rosslyn is located in the northeastern corner of Arlington County, north of Arlington National Cemetery and directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown in Washington, D.C. The numerous high-rise buildings of Rosslyn appears (in some ways) more urban than nearby Washington.

Added to the mix are new condominiums, lively restaurants and exciting shops, all with easy access to Washington and close-in proximity to Interstate-395, the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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Westmoreland Terrace- Quiet Arlington Condos

Westmoreland Terrace

The Westmoreland Terrance Condominiums are a garden-style, private entrance condo community located at 1314 North Fort Myer Drive along North Ode Street in Arlington, Virginia. Located just outside of the Rosslyn business district and the greater Courthouse Metro area, this sprawling condo community spans 4.2 acres and offers a quiet and more subtle living alternative compared to the surrounding metropolis. Built in 1947 and converted in 1982, the post-war cinder and brick facade buildings offer parking and storage amenities, and 8 out of every 10 condos features a private laundry facility.

The Westmoreland Terrace Condominiums house 149 condo units and there are 159 unassigned parking spaces available to its residents. Residents have a choice between one and two bedroom units, and the condos are also pet friendly, a rare feature compared to nearby residential communities. Finally, each unit features thick walls and a choice between red and white oak parquet floors.

The Westmoreland Terrace condos have anywhere between 14 and 16 units per building and the layout of the property captures the rich history of Arlington County. The surrounding acreage maintains many of the original trees that existed before the building was constructed, some in excess of 150 years old, and the property is reminiscent of an older, less urbanized ideal. The Westmoreland Terrace Condominiums boost a tucked-away feeling and yet the property is within several yards of US 50 and is only an 8 minute walk from the Rosslyn Metro station. The property is both well maintained and well managed. Through its consistent and quiet manner, this calm and peaceful condo community has thrived for over 60 years.

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Live Near the Base at Fort Myer Heights

Fort Meyer Heights lies at the southern side of Rosslyn, along Fort Meyer and toward Arlington National Cemetery.  Fort Meyer Heights is behind the Iwo Jima Memorial toward Clarendon.

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Cherrydale — Spacious Estates Located in the Heart of Arlington

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Cherrydale is a popular neighborhood in Arlington County VA

Cherrydale is a neighborhood in Northern Arlington, Virginia. It is centered on the intersection known as the Five Points consisting of Quincy Street, Military Road, and Old Dominion Road and boasts single family homes. Cherrydale Estates are primarily brick homes built between 1900-1930’s surrounded by large trees and quiet streets. At first glance you would think you were in a small town.

The Washington Monument is only 3.5 miles away and Georgetown is roughly 2 miles away.  Interstate 66 is minutes away providing quick commuting into Northern Virgina. Ballston Metro and Virginia Square Metro are also in very close proximately providing quick commuting.

Cherry orchards inspired Dorsey Donaldson to name the area “Cherrydale” in his 1893 application for a post office. Only a few remains of the original cherry orchards survive, all on private residential property.

Stuart Nesbitt, RealtorStuart Nesbitt is a Realtor™ licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His office is located in Fairfax County near the City of Alexandria in Belle Haven. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and attended Fairfax County schools. Call him at any time to discuss your real estate needs.