Homes for Sale in Arlington County Virginia
Arlington County is a stone’s throw across the Potomac River and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital. It’s home to over 207,000 residents and is the fourth largest county in the state. Arlington is the headquarters to many government departments and agencies being so close to Washington DC which makes it an ideal location for business people and families to find a permanent home. As a result of this close proximity to the seat of government in DC, the Pentagon and numerous military bases, it boasts a very strong job market.
Arlington County is located West of Washington DC and is bordered by the lower Potomac River. The medium income and cost of living is around $96,000 whereas in Virginia as a whole, the median is about $59,000. Arlington County is a little higher on the US cost of living index at about 123 whereas the average of the US is 100.
Home and Rental Prices:
The average home price in Arlington County is about $680,000 (detached) and $400,000 (condos/townhomes) and rental prices are around $2000. Over 65% of homes in the area were built before 1970.
Arlington County is home to Fort Myer and the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery as well as several golf courses, smaller communities and residential neighborhoods. I-66 runs East and West through Arlington County as well as I-395 into Washington DC and the capital district.
The County was originally part of the ten-mile square surveyed in 1791 for the Nation’s Capital. From 1801 to 1847, what are now Arlington and a portion of the City of Alexandria were known as Alexandria County, District of Columbia.
In 1920, Alexandria County was renamed Arlington County to eliminate the confusion between these two adjacent jurisdictions. The name “Arlington” was chosen because General Robert E. Lee’s home of that name is located in the County, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. By law, there are no cities or towns located within the boundaries of the County.
In 1922, the Virginia Supreme Court held that Arlington is a continuous, contiguous, and homogeneous entity, which cannot be subdivided, nor can any portion be annexed by neighboring jurisdictions. The Arlington County government exercises both city and county functions, one of the few urban unitary forms of government in the United States. The County is almost fully developed; there are no farms and little remaining vacant land.
From live music, to annual performances, arts and crafts fairs, and heritage events, Arlington County is booming with festivals and activities year-round. The Heritage Festival is open to the public each February and celebrates a wide range of cultural diversity with music, dance, ethnic food, a variety of vendors and artisan crafts.
Regardless of what time you visit or when you decide to explore this great county, there’s always something to do. Tour our Civil War history, the Pentagon, or visit us for a recreational tour in the summertime with dozens of bike paths, sidewalks, and pedestrian friendly bridges.
The Arlington County Fair is a fantastic summer event each year with dozens of rides, creative displays, games, international food, local crafters, live animal shows and music. The fair happens annually around the middle of August.
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